The No. 6 Utah Red Rocks (5-1, 3-1 Pac-12) topped the Washington Huskies (3-5, 2-1 Pac-12) at the Huntsman Center, 197.125-196.250. The final score does indicate how close the meet was between the No. 6 Red Rocks and the unranked Huskies. A strong finish on floor however gave Utah the large final margin over Washington. With the win, Utah captured their 50th career win over Washington remains unbeaten against the Huskies. The win came in front of a crowd of 15,503.
Breanna Hughes continued her excellent senior season, capturing her first career win on floor with a 9.975.
"I knew that was one of my best routines ever," said Hughes. "It was really exciting to hear (the) Huntsman (Center) erupt in roars. It’s great to have not only your teammates behind you but 15,000 fans."
Hughes also tied with Kailah Delaney for the win on vault with a 9.90 (which tied Hughes' career high and was a career high for Delaney). Hughes posted a career high 39.575 to win the all-around, barely edging out Washington's Ashley Northey (39.550).
"We’re so pleased with this team and its versatility," said co-head coach Tom Farden, who again tinkered with the lineup. "We continue to move positions and personnel in our lineups looking for the right formula for postseason play. At the midway point, with three 197 scores, we’ve proved we can compete against the best in the country."
One change to the lineup was to remove Samantha Partyka from the floor exercise to let her rest and recover from an injury and install Maddie Stover, who made the most of the opportunity, scoring a 9.825 on the event.
"Even though we’re a young team, we’re all training all four events and we’re all ready to go when called upon. I love the floor exercise and was so excited to be out there."
Freshman Sabrina Schwab got the win on bars with a 9.925. Schwab also posted a 9.925 on floor. A Utah gymnast failed to win beam. Instead, it was Washington's Allison Northey (9.90) who won the event, with Utah's Baely Rowe and Stover tying for second (9.85).
This marked Utah's third-straight meet where the Red Rocks scored greater than 197. Utah bounced back well from the loss against UCLA last week. Next, the Red Rocks are on the road to take on No. 13 Stanford on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. PT (3 p.m. MT).