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Red Rocks stay hot with another 197.000+ performance

Utah gymnastics claimed their fifth straight win of the season in front of a sold-out Huntsman Center crowd Friday night against the Arizona Wildcats. The easy victory wasn’t without a fair share of drama, as the Red Rocks historic four straight 197.000+ score streak was in jeopardy late with their star, MyKyla Skinner sidelined on the final event in hopes of keeping the phenom fresh for the postseason. With fans on the edge of their seat up until the final routine, Utah’s successful season was put to the test.

As the home team, Utah opened on the vault. Kari Lee and Alexia Burch both had flawless landings, with Burch earning a season and career high 9.900 in her run. Ultimately the Red Rocks finished the first rotation with a 49.325, just under their season average of 49.393 but likely good enough to maintain their second place national ranking in the event.

Kari Lee’s success continued on the beam, grabbing a 9.800 for the Red Rocks, setting the tone for the rest of the team, as Hunter Dula matched that on the following run. It was Kim Tessen’s performance that evoked the most energy from the packed Huntsman Center crowd. Highlighted by vertical handstands, smooth transitions and a perfect dismount, the junior earned a 9.875, her high score for 2019, and just shy of her career best 9.900. Tessen’s success sparked the Red Rocks who nabbed a pair of 9.900’s from MaKenna Merrell-Giles and MyKyla Skinner.

Unfortunately, Utah’s great start came to a screeching haunt once they transitioned to the beam. Burch took an unfortunate tumble mid-way through her routine, despite her best efforts to save herself. The performance ended with a 9.075 and was followed up with a 9.550 from Shannon McNatt. Just when things started to look ugly for Utah, Merrell-Giles pulled out a well-executed routine that resulted in a 9.825 before Kari Lee turned things up with a season-high 9.925. Adrienne Randall and Skinner finished off the rotation with 9.825 and a 9.750 respectively.

Needing a 9.900 average on the floor to secure their fifth straight 197.00+ score of the season, Macey Roberts and Kari Lee opened with matching 9.875’s. Burch followed with a 9.825 before Adrienne Randall turned things around with a stunning routine that earned a 9.950. With the pressure on, specialist Sydney Soloski kept hopes alive with a 9.900 while anchor MaKenna Merrell-Giles secured her first all-around victory of the season with a beautifully executed routine that resulted in a 9.925, allowing the Red Rocks to extend their streak to five straight 197.00+ wins, beating the Wildcats 195.400 to 197.075.

The Red Rocks return to the Huntsman center on February 9th to take on Cal before a February 15th matchup against the 5th ranked LSU Tigers as well as Missouri and fellow PAC-12 for, Stanford.