University of Utah women's gymnastics sophomore Sydney Soloski performs on the floor in a dual meet vs. Penn State at the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (Photo by Kiffer Creveling | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

 

The University of Utah Red Rocks gymnastics team (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12) is set to open up the conference competition this weekend when the No. 4 Red Rocks will take the journey up to Corvallis to take on the No. 21 Oregon State Beavers (3-0, 0-0 Pac-12).

Scouting Utah

Utah is coming off a hard-fought win against rival BYU in the Deseret First Duel last weekend, leaving Provo with a 197.250-196.475 win. Utah fell one spot in the national rankings during this week’s practices.

The Red Rocks are still holding strong in the national rankings on individual events. Both MyKayla Skinner and MaKenna Merrell-Giles remain some of the best gymnasts in the All-Around category, with Skinner placing 3rd overall and Merrell-Giles placing 8th.

Four Utes are ranked on the vault, led by Skinner who is tied for first place in the nation. Merrell-Giles is tied for ninth place, Macey Roberts is tied at 11th place and Kari Lee who is tied for 19th.

The bar ranking for the Utes has not changed with both Skinner (tied 7th) and Cristal Isa representing the team (tied 14th).

Merrell-Giles is the lone Ute ranked on the beam with her holding strong in 15th place.  

Skinner and Merrell-Giles are also ranked on the floor with Skinner coming in at second and Merrell-Giles tied at tenth.

Scouting OSU

Oregon State is coming off a victory in a quad meet, which included Illinois, No. 9 Kentucky and Lindenwood. The Beavers scored 195.225 in their victory.

The last time the Red Rocks were in Corvallis, they were narrowly beaten out, losing 196.550-196.525. Utah still leads the series 69-10-1 (17-9 in Corvallis).

Super Pac

Heading into this weekend of competition, there are seven teams in the conference that are ranked. Leading the charge for the conference is the current National Champion, UCLA, who fell from the top spot after last week’s meets. Utah rounds out the top 10 for the conference while Cal (12) finishes off the top 15 for the conference.

Arizona State and Washington come in at 19 and 20 respectively this week. Oregon State and Stanford finish out the Pac-12 rankings at 21 and 24.

Utah will host two of the currently ranked teams this season. They will host Cal on Feb. 9 and UCLA in a meet that is set to determine a lot in the Pac-12 on Feb. 23.

Where to watch

The meet will be streamed through OSUBeavers.com and is set to start at 3 p.m. MT. There will also be live Utah commentary at UtahUtes.com.

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Sammy Mora is currently in her second year of writing for The Daily Utah Chronicle. Before writing here, Sammy was a four year staff member of her high school newspaper The Speaking Eagle where she reached the level of sports editor.

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