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Four Utah Gymnasts Claim All-Conference Honors

Alex Stark

Last week it was announced that the Pac-12 champion Utah Red Rocks gymnastics team placed four gymnasts on the all-conference teams. The four gymnasts were junior Tiffani Lewis, sophomore MaKenna Merrell, senior Baely Rowe, and freshman MyKayla Skinner.

Skinner was named to the first-team for all-around, vault, bars and floor, the most first-team honors of any gymnast. Rowe was named to the most all-conference teams, in all five events, first team in the all-around and beam and second team on vault, bars and floor. Lewis was named to the second-team on floor, and Merrell made the second-team in two events: all-around and vault.

Skinner and Merrell were named to all-conference teams for the first time in their careers. Rowe has been named to seven all-conference teams in her career, and Lewis is now up to three.

Skinner has moved up to No. 1 in the nation on the floor and is No. 2 in the all-around. She is the Pac-12 champion in the all-around and on floor and vault. Rowe is No. 5 in the nation in the all-around.

Below is the complete press release from the University of Utah:

SAN FRANCISCO—The Pac-12 champion Utah gymnastics team won more honors today when freshman MyKayla Skinner, senior Baely Rowe, sophomore MaKenna Merrell and junior Tiffani Lewis were named to the All-Pac-12 Conference team.

Skinner led the conference by winning first-team honors in four categories (all-around, vault, bars and floor), while Rowe led the league with five total awards (first team in the all-around and beam and second team on vault, bars and floor). Merrell made the second team in the all-around and on vault and Lewis was a second-team selection on floor.

Rowe now has seven career all-conference awards, while Lewis’s all-conference portfolio increases to three. Skinner (4) and Merrell (2) are first-time selections.

Skinner, who is coming off Pac-12 titles in the all-around and on vault and floor, is the top-ranked gymnast in the Pac-12 in the all-around and on floor (ranking No. 2 and No. 1 nationally in those disciplines). Rowe is tied for second in the Pac-12 in the all-around and is ranked No. 5 nationally. Lewis shared the Pac-12 vault title with Skinner.