Utah places second, Stanford fifth in 2015 NCAA women's gymnastics team finals
Just a .050-point difference separated NCAA women's gymnastics champion Florida from runner-up Utah in the team finals on Saturday night in Forth Worth, Texas. The Gators secured their third straight title with an all-around score of 197.850, just edging out Utah's 197.800. Stanford, the other Pac-12 team to compete in the Super Six, finished fifth with an all-around mark of 197.250, behind Oklahoma (197.525), Alabama (197.275) and ahead of Auburn (195.625). For more details, check out NCAA.com.
The Utes looked title-ready after the team posted a 197.475 in the semifinal on Friday -- the program's highest ever score in that round -- and rose from the 12th seed to its 19th Super Six appearance. All-American Georgia 'No-Grips' Dabritz led the Utes on Saturday night with a perfect 10 on the uneven bars and a 9.975 on vault. Dabritz is the first gymnast in NCAA history to post a perfect 10 on uneven bars in the team finals and semifinals. Freshman Kari Lee performed well in the vault (9.925), beam (9.875) and floor routine (9.875), while senior Corrie Lothrop posted a 9.925 on bars and 9.850 on beam.
The Cardinal, competing in its first Super Six round since 2012, took an early lead Saturday night with high scores on uneven bars (49.575) and beam (49.550). Ivana Hong topped all competitors with a 9.975 on the beam. Freshman Elizabeth Price led the team, scoring no less than a 9.9 on all four events; her highest, a 9.950 on vault. Junior Taylor Rice put on a floor routine worthy of a 9.9 and posted a 9.875 on both beam and bars, while Kristina Vaculik added 9.900 marks in the bars and the beam events.