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Utah Gymnastics Suffers First Loss In Nearly Two Years, Falling To No. 2 Oklahoma

Utah’s Cristal Isa competes on the floor during the Rio Tinto Best of Utah NCAA gymnastics meet at the Maverik Center in West Valley City on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah gymnastics (Red Rocks) suffered their first loss in nearly two years after falling to No. 2 Oklahoma in Norman, 197.025-196.550.

Utah gymnastics (Red Rocks) last lost in the NCAA Semifinal in April of 2019 until they lost to No. 2 Oklahoma on Sunday. The Red Rocks went undefeated last season before their regular season finale and Pac-12 Championships was canceled due to COVID-19. They started 3-0 this season after beating BYU, Utah State and Southern Utah in the Best of Utah event.

On Sunday, the Sooners claimed the vault as Anastasia Webb had a 9.925 routine. Katherine Levasseur added a score of 9.875 to the Sooners’ total. Utah’s Maile O’Keefe had a 9.850 to lead the team on vault. Three gymnasts, including two from Utah (Jaedyn Rucker and Lucy Stanhope) tied for fourth place with a 9.825.

OU took the bars as well as Audrey Davis had a score of 9.900. O’Keefe was behind her with a score of 9.875. Cristal Isa and Emilie LeBlanc tied O’Keefe’s score on the bars.

O’Keefe had a strong routine on the beam where she won the even with a 9.950 score. Oklahoma had three gymnasts tie for second with a 9.900. The Red Rocks and Sooners tied the floor as Sydney Soloski and Emma LaPinta each scored a 9.900 routine.

Utah’s O’Keefe won the all-around with a 39.550, edging out OU’s Anastasia Webb’s 39.525 score. Isa from Utah finished in third with a 38.975 and Oklahoma gymnast Ragan Smith rounded out the top four with a 38.625 score.

The Red Rocks dropped to 3-1 on the season.

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter:Β @TrevorASports.Β You can download and listen to the podcast,Β here.