Red Rocks to Take on Golden Bears


Kiffer Creveling

University of Utah women’s gymnastics junior MyKayla Skinner performs on the balance beam 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)

By Sammy Mora, Sports Editor


The No. 4 University of Utah Red Rock Gymnastics team (5-0, 3-0 Pac-12) is at home again this week to take on the No. 14 Cal Golden Bears (5-3, 2-1 Pac-12) on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

Scouting the Red Rocks

The Red Rocks are coming off yet another dominating win against Arizona last week where the team scored 197.075, marking the first time in school history where they have scored 197 points in their first five meets of the season.

In the rankings, the team stayed at No. 4 for the fourth straight week. The team also ranks No. 2 in the nation on the vault.

At the individual level, four Red Rocks are ranked on the vault. Leading the pack is MyKayla Skinner, who is ranked No. 2 in the nation for the event. Next on the ranking is MaKenna Merrell-Giles who is tied for 11th on the event. Rounding out the group is Kari Lee and Macey Roberts who are both tied for 19th.

Skinner is the lone Ute ranked on the bars, coming in 8th place.

On the floor, both Skinner and Merrell-Giles represent the team — tied for 8th and tied for 12th respectively.

Even though she did not compete in the All-Around category this past week, Skinner is still ranked No. 3 in the nation in the category.

Scouting the Golden Bears

The Golden Bears are coming off a first-place finish in a tri-meet that included two teams Utah has already faced in Arizona State and BYU. Cal scored a season-high 196.700 in the meet to take off both the Cougars and the Sun Devils.

This will be the fifth conference meet for the Bears. Their conference wins have come against Arizona State last week and Stanford in week three.

Utah leads the series 23-2, with the last loss being in Berkley in 2018. The Red Rocks then beat the Bears in both the Pac-12 Championship as well as the NCAA Regional as well as National competition to cap off last season. The Bears have never beaten the Red Rocks in Salt Lake City.

Pac (12) Lake City:

On Tuesday, the Pac-12 announced their weekly honors and for the second week in a row a Red Rock has earned recognition. This week, Adrienne Randall was awarded the title of Pac-12 Freshman of the Week. She is the second freshman on the team to get the award. Cristal Isa was given the same title during the first week of competition.

Skinner has won the title of Pac-12 Gymnast of the week three times this season.

Where to watch:

Competition is set to begin at 1 p.m. at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Fans who can’t get in can watch the meet on the Pac-12 Network.

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