No. 5 Utah Gymnastics Dominates Arizona State In Pac-12 Opener

Jan 24, 2020, 9:53 PM

Utah’s Sydney Soloski, right, hugs teammate Kim Tessen following Tessen’s vault during the Ariz...

Utah’s Sydney Soloski, right, hugs teammate Kim Tessen following Tessen’s vault during the Arizona State and University of Utah gymnastics meet at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. (Steve Griffin, Deseret News)

(Steve Griffin, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The University of Utah Gymnastics team started the Pac-12 portion of their schedule with a dominating 197.05-194.3 win over Arizona State at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

The Utes started the first rotation on the vault with Alexia Burch collecting a career-high 9.95 score. That was followed up with Kim Tessen scoring a 9.925 to finish the vault. Utah held a 49.150-47.775 lead after the first rotation.

The Red Rocks moved to the bars for the second rotation. That was when the high scores continued with Cristal Isa notching a career-high 9.925 score. Hunter Dula had the same score to help Utah to a commanding 98.425-96.525 advantage over the Sun Devils.

When the meet moved to the third rotation and on the beam, Emilie LeBlanc had a 9.900 score, along with 9.875 scores each from Burch, Adrienne Randall and Isa. That lifted Utah to a 147.725-145.250 lead after three rotations.

The final rotation was on the floor and the Red Rocks started with two season-high performances. Both Isa and Abby Paulson had 9.90 scores. It was a career-high score for Isa and a season-high for Paulson.

The Red Rocks started the season on January 3 with a 196.425-195.350 victory over then-No. 12 Kentucky. The Utes then took down Utah State, BYU and Southern Utah in the “Best of State” meet at Maverik Center with a 197.000 score.

The Utes will improve to 5-0 on the season and will be on the road against Arizona on Saturday, February 1. The meet will begin at 2 p.m.

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No. 5 Utah Gymnastics Dominates Arizona State In Pac-12 Opener