The No. 4 Utah Red Rocks (6-0, 1-0 Pac-12) won their Pac-12 opener at the No. 19 Washington GymDawgs (2-5, 0-2 Pac-12) 197.150-196.300. Despite the win, the Red Rocks suffered a loss before the meet, freshman gymnast Kim Tessen was lost for the season with a torn Achilles. Tessen is the second gymnast lost to a season-ending injury for Utah this season, along with sophomore Sabrina Schwab, who suffered an ACL injury in practice the week of the quad meet.
"We are obviously devastated for Kim," said co-head coach Tom Farden. "We coaches are so proud of this team, though, and how they came out after losing Kim and fought their way through it. Our goal coming in was to hit 24 of 24 routines, and even with the late substitutions, we hit every routine. Our other goal was to come out of the gates strong on the first event, which we did for the second straight week."
This was the first true road trip for the Red Rocks and the first home meet for the GymDawgs. Washington posted a season-high 196.300. Utah freshman MyKayla Skinner, the three-time Pac-12 Gymnast and Freshman of the Week, is now four-for-four in all-around wins after posting a 39.575 in the meet against Washington. Skinner won or shared four individual event wins, in the all-around, beam (9.925), floor (9.925), and vault (9.875). Junior Tiffani Lewis, who fully returned to the Utah lineup after a toe injury limited her in the quad meet last week, got her first event win with a 9.875 on vault to tie Skinner. Washington native, senior Baely Rowe, scored a 9.925 on bars to get the win. Her 39.500 was second to Skinner in the all-around. In four meets this season, Utah has yet to lose an individual event. Because of the injury to Tessen, Utah was forced to change their bar and vault line ups. Freshman Missy Reinstadtler, who scored a 9.850, replaced Tessen on bars, and sophomore Erika Muhaw competed to count for the first time this season on vault, scoring a 9.750 in Tessen’s absence.
Utah never trailed Washington, and they started and finished the meet with their best scores, a 49.375 on both bars and beam. The Red Rocks had the meet clinched even before Rowe came in to anchor the Red Rocks. The Red Rocks also scored a 49.125 on vault and a 49.275 on floor.
The undefeated Red Rocks will look to stay unbeaten on the season when they host undefeated Cal on Saturday Feb. 4 for a matinee meet at the Huntsman Center at 1:30 p.m. MDT.