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Red Rocks Take Second in Mardi Gras Invitational

Utah gymnastics continued their scoring streak Friday night in Saint Charles, Missouri, notching a 197.075 in the GymQuarters Mardi Gras Invitational, but it wasn’t enough to clinch a victory, placing second behind the LSU Tigers.

Things started off great, with the Utes scoring a pair of 9.900s on the vault from Macey Roberts and MyKyla Skinner and a team a 9.925 from MaKenna Merrell-Giles. Kari Lee and Kim Tessen tied for the lowest score, reaching a still impressive 9.800 on their runs.

Continuing on the bars, the Red Rocks success continued, scoring a 49.275 overall with Missy Reinstadtler’s 9.925 leading the way, her second highest score of the season.

As has been the case all season, the Utes hit a bit of speed bump on the beam with a 49.050, their lowest score of the evening. A big wobble from Shannon McNatt dropped her score to a 9.650, which was dropped as the low score, leading to Adrienne Randall’s 9.700 to be counted, who was a bit unsteady midway through her run. Lee’s 9.900 kept the Utes afloat heading into the final rotation.

Finishing the night on the floor, Utah finished strong, scoring no lower than a 9.825 (Adrienne Randall’s score, which was dropped) with strong performances from Soloski and Skinner, who scored 9.900 and 9.925 respectively.

The Red Rocks will hit the floor again Monday afternoon at Stanford, wrapping up their third meet in nine days. Coverage will be made available through the PAC-12 Network starting at 3:00 PM MT.