The No. 4 Utah Red Rocks gymnastics team (5-0, 0-0 Pac-12) will leave the state of Utah for the first time this season when they open Pac-12 competition in Seattle, Wash. against No. 19 Washington (2-4, 0-1 Pac-12) on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 2:30 p.m. MDT. The meet will be televised on Pac-12 Network, and live scores will be posted on utahutes.com.
After posting a season-high 197.625 in the quad meet at the Huntsman Center last Friday, the Red Rocks moved up one spot in the national rankings. Utah ranks in the top 10 in each individual event as well, No. 4 on vault (49.275 season average) and floor (49.233), No. 5 on beam (49.283), and No. 6 on bars (49.258). Freshman MyKayla Skinner is ranked in the top 10 in each individual event and the all-around. She is ranked No. 2 in the all-around (39.642) and floor (9.942), No. 4 on vault (9.925), No. 9 on bars (9.892), and No. 10 on beam (9.863). Senior Baely Rowe is ranked No. 3 in the all-around (39.625) and No. 5 on beam (9.90).
For the third week in a row, Skinner was named the Pac-12 Gymnast and Freshman of the week after posting a career-high 39.775 in the all-around in the quad meet. Skinner’s 39.775 in the all-around, which is the second-highest in the nation this season, tied Ashley Postell in 2005 for the highest freshman all-around score. It is also tied for the fifth-highest all-around score in school history, and the highest since Georgia Dabritz posted a 39.775 in the 2015 Pac-12 Championship. Skinner has claimed 13 wins on the season out of a total of 15 possible. Other Red Rocks winners include Rowe (three) and sophomore MaKenna Merrell (two).
The Huskies opened Pac-12 competition at Cal-Berkeley last week in a tri-meet, finishing second, behind Cal but ahead of San Jose State. In the meet, the Huskies scored a season-high 195.325. UW’s top all-arounder is Hailey Burleson, who posted a season-high 39.350 at Cal. Washington is led by first-year head coach Elise Ray, who was an assistant for the Huskies for five years before taking over the head job. Tomorrow’s meet will be Washington’s home opener.