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MyKayla Skinner named Pac-12 Gymnast of Week

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Alex Stark

The Red Rocks have a superstar on their hands with MyKayla Skinner, the freshman Phenom and Olympic alternate. She has been dominant this year, and was named the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week for the 5th time this season! She has won every all-around, thus far this season, and has the Utes in position to compete for a national championship, their first in over 20 years.

Skinner is also a ton of fun to watch, as it’s obvious she is having a ton of fun out there, and it’s become contagious to her teammates. Watching the squad in their win over UCLA, the enthusiasm among the team was contagious, and that's reflected in their routines, which was the best meet the Red Rocks have had all season.

“SAN FRANCISCO—Utah freshman MyKayla Skinner has been named the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week for the fifth time this season after leading the No. 5 Utes past No. 4 UCLA 197.875-197.500 last Saturday. Skinner won the all-around with a score of 39.675 and also placed first on vault (9.925) and floor (9.95). With her victories against UCLA, Skinner remains unbeaten this season in the all-around and on vault. She has 26 total wins out of 35 possible individual titles. Her recent honor gives Skinner the Utah record for most Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week awards in a season with five. In her first collegiate season, she is just one shy of the school career record of six set Georgia Dabritz from 2012-15. Skinner has also been named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week three times. The Gilbert, Ariz., native is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation in the all-around, and is tied for No. 4 on floor, No. 7 on vault, No. 10 on beam and No. 15 on bars.”