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Red Rocks Soar to Victory Over Cal

In front of a crowd of 15,558, Red Rocks Gymnastics claimed their sixth straight win of the season, topping California 197.150 to 196.225, extending their streak of 197.000+ scores to six straight.

Kari Lee’s performances on vault have been incredibly consistent this season, averaging a 9.860, and today was no exception, scoring another 9.850 in the lead off position for the Utes. Macey Roberts and Alexia Burch followed with a 8.875, her highest score over the last two weeks and an impressive rebound after declining scores have plagued the senior since notching a 9.900 against BYU in week two. MaKenna Merrell-Giles and MyKyla Skinner each turned in another round of impressive runs on the vault, with Merrell-Giles reaching 9.950 and Skinner leading the way with a 9.950, with one judge giving the fan favorite a perfect 10.000.

Moving to the bars, the Red Rocks turned in one of their lowest combined scores of the season with Merrell-Giles, Skinner and Hunter Dula tying for the high score at 8.850. Utah has struggled to consistently score well on the bars this season with a 49.500 high and 49.150 low this season, averaging a 49.300.

While the bars have been a relatively low point for Utah gymnastics this season, the beam has proven to be Utah’s biggest hurdle, turning in two sub 49.000 cumulative scores already this season with their season high coming in at 49.275. WIth Shannon McNatt turning in a 9.650 at the start, it looked as though Utah’s struggles at the event would continue, but Mereel-Giles and Lee came through with a maid of impressive 9.925 performances, rounded out by a 9.900 from Skinner. Adrienne Randall’s run included a dramatic wiggle that was thankfully saved, but was enough to result in a 9.675, leaving the Utes with a 49.225 total in the third rotation.

In their final rotation, Utah needed a 9.825 average to once again clinch a 197.000+ win, a feat the team easily accomplished with a trio of 9.875’s from Randall, Roberts and Merrell-GIles, who took home the all-around. Soloski’s final tumbling pass ended with an unfortunate fall, dopping her score to a 9.100, which wasn’t counted in the final score.

The Utes hit the road next week to compete in the Gymquarters Invitational in St. Charles, Missouri to take on the 5th ranked Tigers of LSU along with Missouri and Stanford.