It was an exciting Pac 12 matchup this weekend when the Utah Utes defeated the Cal Golden Bears in Salt Lake City, 197.150-196.225, to secure their third home win of the season.
The Red Rocks took an early lead in rotation one on vault, arguably Utah’s best event, where they are ranked second in the nation. A 9.950 on MyKayla Skinner’s impressive Yurchenko double full, a 9.925 from MaKenna Merrell-Giles, and four other scores above 9.800 allowed the Utes to total a huge 49.475, just .025 short of their season-high score on the event. The Golden Bears also got off to a strong start when they posted a 49.100 on bars. Maya Bordas posted the highest score of the rotation for Cal, a 9.875.
The Bears posted another 49.100 on vault in the second rotation to maintain their spot behind Utah. Two 9.850s from Milan Clausi and Kyana George, and three 9.800s contributed to this strong score. The Red Rocks remained strong on bars in the second rotation when three 9.850s allowed them to post a 49.175.
The Utes nearly tied their season-high score on beam in the third rotation with an impressive 49.225 to keep their lead. Two 9.925s from Kari Lee and Merrell-Giles, and Skinner’s 9.900 ultimately made up for two low scores from Adrienne Randall and Shannon McNatt. Meanwhile, Cal excelled in the third rotation when they posted a 49.150 on beam with help from Clausi’s 9.900 scoring routine.
It was evidently Utah’s meet going into the final rotation, however, a low 48.875 on beam from the Bears secured the meet for the Utes in front of a sold-out crowd of upwards of 15,000 inside the Hunstman Center in Salt Lake City.Tags: Adrienne Randall, Cal, Cal Golden Bears, Kari Lee, Kyana George, MaKenna Merrell-Giles, Maya Bordas, Milan Clausi, MyKayla Skinner, NCAA Gymnastics, Pac 12, Shannon McNatt, Utah, Utah Utes