The fifth-ranked UTAH Red Rocks conquered the 2017 Pac-12 Women’s Gymnastics Championship. Now Utah has three championship title to their name after also earning the title in 2014 and 2015. The Red Rocks recorded a season-high 197.925 to seize the first place. OREGON STATE took the second spot with a 197.400 total team score, followed by WASHINGTON and UCLA who tied for third place with a 197.100 overall team score.
Stanford scored 196.625, winning the afternoon session, followed by California (196.30), Arizona (196.275) and Arizona State (195.60).
Freshman star MyKayla Skinner remained unparalleled against Pac-12 opponents winning the all-around event (39.725) and floor event with a perfect 10.0. Further, she also tied with teammate Tiffani Lewis for the gold for the vault (9.95) event. 20-year-old Skinner has become the fifth Utah gymnast in six years to win the all-around conference title.
“We got off to an impressive start on the bars and just took off from there,” said Skinner. “Winning the Pac-12 title is a dream come true.”
Utah co-head coach Tom Farden said that the team was calm, aggressive and determined, to prepare for the meet in this week’s practice.
“We knew this would be a clash of inches, and we responded to every event with landings that were spot on,” he added.
The Utes kicked off the event on bars where they made a meet-high 49.425. Kari Lee and Missy Reinstadtler captured with silver-medal 9.90s. Baely Rowe, who came second in the all-around with a 39.575, Lewis and Skinner took just 9.875s. After the first rotation, Utah tied in with Washington. Oregon State (49.350) and UCLA (49.150) came in third and fourth, respectively.
In the beam, after Maddy Stover made a mistake in the leadoff position, which resulted in a low score, next in lineup MaKenna Merrell and Reinstadtler earned 9.85s. .Skinner, Lee, and Rowe put up three back-to-back 9.90s to take Utah lead with 98.825, followed by Washington (98.70), Oregon State (98.675) and UCLA (98.10) as the teams jumped to the third rotation.
Utah continued with their flawless-form posting 9.90 streaks with Macey Roberts and Reinstadtler as the first and second competitors on floor. Then Lewis made a career-tying 9.925.
The Utes finished the event with 148.450 while Washington (148.0), Oregon State (147.875) and UCLA (147.675) trying to catch up with one event left.
As Lewis made a perfect a 9.95 on her 9.95-valued vault the Red Rocks sealed the competition with ease on vault, posting another meet-high 49.475, to finish the night.