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No. 5 Utah Gymnastics Defeats No. 9 Georgia 197.675-197.125

Alex Stark

It was Senior Night for the No. 5 Utah Red Rocks (9-1, 5-1 Pac-12) against the No. 9 Georgia GymDogs (5-8, 4-3 SEC), and the Red Rocks won with a season-high 197.675-197.125. The win came in front of a greater than capacity crowd of 15,403 giving Utah an average attendance of 14,928, which is enough for Utah to claim their 12th straight gymnastics attendance title (32nd overall) and sixth women's sports attendance title (fourth in a row).

It marked the final home regular season meet for Utah's three senior gymnasts: Kailah Delaney, Breanna Hughes, and Kassandra Lopez.

After one event, the Red Rocks led the GymDogs 49.225-49.125. Utah began the night on vault. Hughes led the Red Rocks with a 9.875. Delaney (9.850), Tiffani Lewis (9.850), Baely Rowe (9.850), and Samantha Partyka (9.800) also all posted strong scores on the vault. Georgia was led on bars by Brittany Rogers (9.925).

Utah, who has been excellent on bars all season, posted a season-high 49.550 on bars in the second rotation to take a 98.775-98.500 lead on Georgia. Georgia posted a 49.375 on the vault. Rowe closed out bars with a 9.950. Hughes (9.925), Sabrina Schwab (9.925) and Lopez (9.900) all posted scores of 9.900 or better on bars. Georgia was led on vault by Rogers (9.925).

Utah took to the beam for the third event of the night, and Georgia was on the floor. Delaney fell in her beam routine, which put pressure on the four Utah gymnasts following her to all hit on their routines. Hughes was up after Delaney and scored a 9.850 in the high-pressure situation. Lopez hit the biggest beam routine of the night for the Red Rocks, scoring a 9.950, a new career high for her. Rowe (9.875) and Maddy Stover (9.825) both also hit their routines, giving a 49.325 on beam. Stover suffered a shoulder injury during her routine that would bother her the rest of the night, and her status moving forward is unclear. Georgia posted a 49.275 on floor, led by Mary Beth Box (9.875) and Brandie Jay (9.875).

"We have worked so hard to become a beam team," said Rowe. "We’re trusting everyone around us."

Utah closed out the meet on the floor, posting a 49.575. Georgia finished on beam with a 49.350. Utah started off strong on the floor with Rowe (9.850), MaKenna Merrell (9.875), and Lewis (9.925), but Stover's shoulder injury was bothering her and led to a fall. This put pressure on Schwab and Hughes to finish strong, and they did. Schwab posted a 9.925. Hughes closed out her regular season career at Utah with her first-ever career perfect 10.0. "That was the cherry on top. The perfect 10.0 was a lot of fun to see," said co-head coach Tom Farden.

Next up for the Red Rocks is the Pac-12 Championship in Seattle, Wash. on Saturday Mar. 16 where they will try to defend their back-to-back pac-12 Champions title.

Be sure to listen to interviews with:

Co-head coach Tom Farden

Breanna Hughes, Kassandra Lopez, and Baely Rowe