Utah gymnastics takes the floor Saturday afternoon against the Cal Golden Bears where they will attempt to keep their historic run of 197.000+ scores alive for another week. Unfortunately, the Red Rocks will be without two of this season’s top performers as freshman Cristal Isa has been sidelined with an elbow injury, while junior Missy Reinstadtler will compete exclusively on the bars due to a foot injury. Reinstadtler has been a beacon of consistency for Utah on the bars, scoring 9.850 in the first three meets of the season before hitting a 9.500 against Arizona State, followed by her season low of 9.825 last week.
Riding a wave of high scores throughout the season, eight Utes enter the week with zero falls so far this season, including MyKyla Skinner, Kari Lee, Macey Roberts, Adrienne Randall, Cristal Isa, Sydney Soloski, Hunter Dula and Shannon McNatt. As a team, the Red Rocks have hit 114 of their 119 routines without a fall, aiding in their record breaking run.
The 14th ranked Bears will field a talented core that ranks 7th nationally on vault and 9th on beam, which should make for an interesting matchup, considering Utah ranks 2nd on vault and 7th on the beam, marking the first time this season the Red Rocks will face a squad that has posted consistently comparable scores. A portion of their success comes thanks to freshman Milan Clausi, whose mother, Missy Marlowe, helped put Utah gymnastics on the map nationally, recording seven perfect 10.000’s during her tenure from 1989-82, a benchmark that has only been topped by three gymnasts since. Her father, Joe Clausi was a star defensive end in the late ’80’s recoding 112 tackles, nine sacks and three forced fumbles in his two season with Utes. Impressive pedigree aside, Clausi is making a name for herself with the Bears, competing in all around for the first time this season last week, where she managed a 9.7250 on the bars, with matching 9.850’s on the floor and beam to go along with a 9.875 on the vault, her strongest event this season.
Coverage for the meet will be made available through the PAC-12 Networks starting at 1:00 PM MT along with a radio broadcast available on ESPN700.