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Beam Dooms Red Rocks at NCAA Championship

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Deena Lofgren

The No. 5 Utah Red Rocks failed to qualify for the Super Six after a two falls on beam, leading to a score of 195.7625 to finish sixth. The final scores were Oklahoma (197.7875), Alabama (197.3875), UCLA (196.7000), California (195.8500), Nebraska (195.7750), and Utah (195.7625). This marked the first time Cal has defeated Utah (Utah held a 17-0 series lead prior to this meet).

The Red Rocks got off to a slow start in the meet on vault. Utah started out with three scores below 9.800 on vault. Breanna Hughes led the Red Rocks with a 9.8875. Utah's 49.100 on vault is tied for their third-lowest vault score on the season.

Utah had a bye in the second rotation before taking to the bars. Utah faired better on the bars, posting a 49.2875, led by a 9.900 from Kassandra Lopez. All five bar scores Utah counted were 9.800 or better. After each team had completed two events, Utah was in fourth. The scores at the halfway mark were Oklahoma (98.8500), Alabama (98.6125), UCLA (98.6000), Utah (98.3875), Nebraska (98.0125), and Cal (97.9500).

Next, Utah moved to the beam where Utah started with back-to-back falls from Samantha Partyka and Kailah Delaney. Hughes also struggled on the event Only three Utah gymnasts hit: Baely Rowe (9.9), Maddy Stover (9.8125) and Lopez (9.8). Utah's 48.1375 on beam is the worst individual event score regardless of event this season for Utah, which effectively took them out of contention for the Super Six.

Utah closed the night on the floor where they scored a 49.2375, led by a 9.8625 by Tiffani Lewis. Utah finished with their lowest score of the season, a 195.7625.

Three Red Rocks gymnasts did earn All-American honors at the meet: Kassandra Lopez (first-team bars), Baely Rowe (second-team all-around and beam), and Sabrina Schwab (second-team bars).