Utah gymnasts fall to No. 7 Michigan despite heroic performance by MyKayla Skinner

Steps on vault landings and bobbles on beam cost the No. 3 Utes dearly in a 196.950-196.800 loss to No. 7 Michigan before a UM-record crowd of 7,212 in the Crisler Center.

While the Utes hit 24-of-24 routines without a fall for the first time in five weeks, the tenths lost on their vault and beam missteps resulted in their low score of the season. Utah dropped to 8-3 with the loss, while Michigan stayed undefeated at home and improved to 11-2-1.

Utah’s team result overshadowed an incredible individual effort by MyKayla Skinner, who won the all-around (39.700), vault (9.925), beam (9.925) and floor (9.95). Her 39.700 all-around score is tied for the eighth-best in school history and is her best since she scored a 39.725 on Jan. 19.

“MyKayla was coming off two weeks of rest and you could see it in her gymnastics. She was incredible today and was in her element,” said Utah co-head coach Tom Farden.

“We had one of our better bar sets of the season and I thought we were really good on floor, but we have to clean up those vault landings and cut out the bobbles on beam.”

While Utah’s 49.325 bar set was its second best of the season, the Utes came up short on their two marquee events. They entered the meet ranked No. 3 on both vault and floor, but a combination of poor landings on vault and extremely tight scoring on floor resulted in the worst point production of the season on both (49.100 on vault and 49.250 on floor).

Farden found a bright spot in the performance of freshmen Lauren Wong and Sydney Soloski.

“I was really proud of Lauren and Sydney for stepping in under tough conditions and performing so well,” said Farden.

Wong joined the team in January after graduating early from Salt …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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