Red Rocks Stumble Against Georgia

Mar 16, 2019, 4:33 PM
Deena Lofgren, Utah Athletics...
Deena Lofgren, Utah Athletics

ATHENS, Ga. – The Utah gymnastics teams narrowly lost their final meet of the regular season to the Georgia Bulldogs in a slim 197.525-197.450 decision.

The Red Rocks’ other duel meet loss this season took place on Feb. 23 in a defeat to UCLA.

In the loss, MyKayla Skinner and MaKenna Merrel-Giles took first and second respectively in the all-around competition.

Skinner also won the floor with a 9.975 while Merrell-Giles took the beam event with a score of 9.95.

“It’s always disappointing to lose,” said Utah co-head coach Tom Farden. “This was a meet of two powerhouse teams going head to head and we didn’t flinch. We were really pleased with our efforts on beam and bars, where we continue to improve. We tried too hard on vault and floor and didn’t stick landings. On a positive note, it was nice to see the intricate events shine today.”

The Red Rocks wrapped up their season with a 10-3 record, which includes a second-place finish in a quad-meet at the Gymquarters Invitational. They put up strong showings in each meet, scoring a 197-plus in each meet to set a school record.

Next up for Utah is the Pac-12 Championships on March 23 at Maverik Center in West Valley City.

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