The No. 4 Utah Red Rocks could not pull out the win on the final event for the second week in a row in California, falling to No. 21 California when Toni-Ann Williams scored a 9.975 on the final floor routine of the meet to give Cal the 197.500-197.450. Cal’s 197.500 was a season-high, and Williams set a career best with a 39.700 in the all-around.
”We were not refined today. We did not stick a single vault,” said disappointed Ute coach Tom Farden “We were flat from the beginning and I felt like we didn’t have the same mentality as we did a week ago. This conference is a grind and there is a lot of parity. Cal is a very good team and we needed to be clean to beat them.”
As a precaution after tweaking her ankle against UCLA, sophomore MyKayla Skinner did not compete in the all-around for the first time in her career at Utah. Instead, she only participating in bars and beam and sat out of the more leg intensive vault and floor routines, her two best events. Sophomore Missy Reinstadtler posted a career-high 39.500 in the all-around to lead Utah in the all-around. Freshman Alexia Burch replaced Skinner on vault (9.775) and floor (9.850) and also competed on beam (9.775).
It was an up and down meet for Kari Lee. She tied for wins on vault (9.900) Kim Tessen and Williams, all with 9.90s, beam (9.900) with Williams, but she suffered her first fall of the season on bars.
Utah led 49.350-49.175 after the first rotation, but a 49.550 bar set from Cal put them up at the halfway point in the meet. Utah would take the lead 148.125-147.975 after three rotations thanks to a 49.450 on floor, but Cal closed out their floor set with a 9.900, 9.925, and a 9.975 to take the win in the meet.
Utah gets a week off to rest before they travel to No. 6 Michigan on March 10. Their final meet of the year is Friday March 16 at home against Georgia.