In possibly the least shocking news of the week, it was announced on Tuesday that McKayla Skinner was named the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week, which is the 8th time she’s been named that. It should just be called the Skinner Award at this point. Of course, even though she had the most awards last season, she still wasn’t named the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year, for some mysterous reason. The sophomore came out on fire against BYU, winning 3 of the events and helped the Red Rocks to a dominating opening season victory over the Cougars at the Huntsman Center. If Skinner replicates what she did last season and still doesn’t win the Gymnast of the Year award, then the fix is in. She’s amazing, and she’s still only a sophomore.
Here’s the offical release from the U:
SAN FRANCISCO—Utah sophomore MyKayla Skinner began the 2018 season the same way she did a year ago, by earning Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week. It is the eighth career Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week honor for Skinner, which places her second in Pac-12 history behind UCLA’s Vanessa Zamarripa’s nine career honors from 2009-13.
Last year as a freshman, Skinner set Pac-12 single-season records for Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week (7) and Freshman of the Week (6) awards.
Skinner’s three victories last Friday against BYU led Utah to the third-highest season-opening score in school history and a 197.000-194.275 win. She tied for first in the all-around with teammate MaKenna Merrell-Giles (39.475) and won bars (9.90) and beam (9.90). Skinner’s scores in the all-around, bars, beam and vault (9.875) all ranked in the top 10 in the country on opening week and helped Utah rise to No. 2 in the latest national rankings.