The No. 2 Utah Red Rocks, No. 4 UCLA Bruins, Washington Huskies and Stanford Cardinal will compete today in a quad meet in Reno, Nev. at the Reno Events Center that starts at 3:20 p.m. MT. The meet will be streamed live on FloGymnastics, the stream however is not free. Live scores and Utah commentary from today’s Elevate the Stage gymnastics meet will be posted here and here. The meet will feature four of the top teams in the Pac-12. Utah and UCLA have combined to win five of the six Pac-12 Championships since the conference expanded. UCLA and Utah are the favorites to win the Pac-12 this season, and this meet will be the first meeting between the two teams since the 2017 NCAA Championship. This will be the first regular season meet where Utah will compete for the podium.
This meet will feature two former Olympic gold medalists (Kyla Ross 2012 UCLA and Madison Kocian 2016 UCLA), 2017 NCAA floor champion MyKayla Skinner, and Stanford gymnast Elizabeth Price, who already has a perfect 10.0 on bars this season.
After a 197.000 to start the season, the Red Rocks rank No. 2 in this week’s National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC). Utah and LSU (197.150) were the only two teams to score a 197 in the opening week. Utah ranks in the top 10 in the nation on each of the four events, including No. 1 on vault, No. 2 on bars and No. 3 on floor, while tying for No. 9 on beam after one week. Skinner is ranked in the top 10 in the country on beam (No. 4/tie), all-around (No. 5/tie), bars (No. 7/tie) and vault (No. 8/tie). Tied for No. 2 in the nation are Tiffani Lewis and Kim Tessen on vault and MaKenna Merrell-Giles on floor. Merrell-Giles is also tied for fifth in the all-around with Skinner. Lewis and Missy Reinstadtler are tied for sixth on floor.
This marks the first meet ever for Utah gymnastics in the state of Nevada. The Utah gymnastics team features two Nevada native, senior Tiffani Lewis, who is from Las Vegas, and freshman Alexia Burch, who is from Sparks, which is only four miles from Reno.