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Bars Dooms Red Rocks at Oregon State

Utah Red Rocks Gymnastics at Oregon State
Deena Lofgren

For the first time this season, the No. 4 Utah Red Rocks (7-1, 2-1 Pac-12) suffered a defeat in their meet at No. 11 Oregon State (6-1, 2-1 Pac-12) 196.550-196.525. The last time Utah lost to Oregon State was in the 2013 Pac-12 Championship.

The Red Rocks started out on bars and the problem with slow starts continued for the Red Rocks. This time it caused them suffer their first defeat of the season. They only scored a 48.975. The Red Rocks did not have any falls on the event. They just did not have any scores about 9.825 (MyKayla Skinner) and had three gymnasts score below 9.800.

"Hats off to Oregon State," said Utah co-head coach Tom Farden. "The meet was hotly contested from the start and we fought all the way through. We were a little tentative on our first event (bars), but we stuck a lot of vaults and we kept heating up on floor. By the time we hit beam, we were on fire."

Utah posted their lowest score on beam since the first meet of the year against Michigan with a 49.125. Skinner won the event with a 9.900. Oregon State started off with a 49.075 on vault and a 49.050 on bars. At the halfway point, Oregon State led Utah 98.125-98.100. Utah would take to floor, where they would only score a 49.125, their lowest score on floor since the Michigan meet. On beam, Oregon State would score a 49.125, to give the Beavers a 0.025 lead heading into the final event. Both teams would score a 49.300 on their final events (beam for Utah and floor for Oregon State) to give the Beavers the 196.550-196.525. Oregon State won the meet on the last routine of the night when Kaytianna McMillan scored a 9.925 on floor. Her score handed the Red Rocks their first defeat of the season, and Skinner her first loss on floor. McMillan and Skinner tied for the win in the all-around with a 49.500.