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Red Rocks Defeat BYU 196.175-193.850 to Open 2016 Season

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The No. 4 Utah Red Rocks (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12) defeated the BYU Cougars (0-1) 196.175-193.850 at the Huntsman Center under seventh year co-head coach Megan Marsden and first year co-head coach Tom Farden. This is Farden's first win as a head coach at Utah. The announced attendance at the Huntsman Center was 15,023. BYU is led by first year coach and former U.S. National team gymnast, Guard Young.

The Red Rocks started out on vault and looked solid as usual, scoring a 48.950. This was the Red Rocks lowest scoring event on the night, but vault scores will be lower this year due to a change in vault scoring (you can read more about the changes here). The Red Rocks were led by Kailah Delaney's 9.850. Breanna Hughes added a 9.825, and Samantha Partyka posted a 9.800. BYU posted a 48.275 on bars, led by Brittni Wilde's 9.775.

For the second rotation, the Red Rocks posted a 49.225 on bars, their best event on the night. Baely Rowe led Utah on bars with a 9.925. Kassandra Lopez (9.875), Breanna Hughes (9.850), and Tiffani Lewis (9.800) also posted strong scores. On vault, BYU scored a 48.525 on vault. After two events, Utah led BYU 98.175-96.800.

The third event for Utah was beam. There were a few near falls for the Red Rocks, but they did well overall, scoring 48.975. The Red Rocks were led by Maddie Stover's 9.825. Samantha Partyka (9.800), Kailah Delaney (9.800), and Baely Rowe (9.800) also posted strong scores for the Red Rocks on beam. BYU posted a 48.575 on floor. After three events, the Red Rocks led 147.150-145.375.

The fourth and final event for the Red Rocks was the floor routine. The Red Rocks posted their second highest event score on floor with a 49.025. Sabrina Schwab, a late addition to the floor routine, drew a huge ovation from the Huntsman Center crowd with her 9.900, the highest score on the event for the Red Rocks. Breanna Hughes (9.850) and Kailah Delaney (9.825) also posted strong scores in the floor routine. BYU posted a 48.475 on the beam, giving Utah the 196.175-193.850 final margin and the win.

The Red Rocks will next travel to Southern Utah on Friday, Jan. 15 at 7:00 p.m. MT.

BYU head coach Guard Young

Utah Gymnasts

Utah co-head coach Tom Farden