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McKayla Skinner named Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week, again

Deena Lofgren

I think we should all play a game guessing how many awards MyKayla Skinner is going to rack up and how many glass ceilings she is going to break. Odds are that our predictions will probably be all wrong, because at this rate, the awards just keep piling up.

Two weeks into her sophomore gymnastics career with the University of Utah, Skinner has already matched the Pac-12 record for most Gymnast of the Week awards in a career. This week’s award—the ninth of her career and second this season—came after Skinner posted the highest all-around score in the country and won four individual titles in Sunday’s quad meet against Number 4 UCLA, Washington and Stanford. She is now tied for the most career Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week honors with former UCLA gymnast Vanessa Zamarripa (2009-13).

Skinner won the all-around (39.700), floor (9.975), vault (9.95) and bars (9.95) and placed second on beam (9.825) in the Elevate the Stage meet in Reno, Nev., last Sunday, where Utah finished a close second to UCLA.

With her all-around victory at the meet—where she beat the nation’s No. 1 and No. 3-ranked all-arounders in Stanford’s Elizabeth Price and UCLA’s Kyla Ross—Skinner remains undefeated against Pac-12 competition in her first two seasons. She is currently second in the nation in the all-around and tied for second on vault and third on bars.

Skinner has won seven of a possible 10 individual titles in Utah’s first two meets.

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.