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SALT LAKE CITY — The No. 4 Purple Rocks discovered themselves ready they’ve by no means been in earlier than within the storied historical past of this system Friday night time.
On the McKale Heart in Tucson, Arizona, the Purple Rocks have been on the dropping finish of a convention meet in opposition to a winless Arizona workforce. It is the primary time in 68 tries that Arizona has come away with a win in opposition to Utah.
The Purple Rocks entered the ultimate rotation of the night time on beam with a .500 lead over the GymCats and seemed to make it 68-straight wins in this system’s closing convention meet of the season. However after two falls on beam by Adrienne Randall and Cristal Isa, Utah didn’t cross the 197 mark for the primary time this season, falling to Arizona 196.850-196.775.
It was the third meet in per week’s time for Utah and an uncharacteristic night time after two meets with the best scores of the season.
Utah head coach Tom Farden mentioned he was “clearly dissatisfied” by the consequence, however felt his workforce had a ok night time on the primary three rotations earlier than the night time fell aside on beam with the 2 falls.
And although a loss to Arizona stings within the second, Utah has executed sufficient within the final two meets — a 198.000 in opposition to Oregon State and a 197.950 in opposition to Washington — to enhance their nationwide qualifying rating to maneuver as much as No. 2 within the nation when the rankings are up to date Monday (barring enhancements from different groups within the nation).
Friday night time’s meet was about enhancing upon a earlier low highway rating in opposition to California (197.275), however the Purple Rocks should wait till the ultimate highway meet of the season in opposition to LSU to make up floor in NQS.
And to Arizona’s credit score, they introduced their finest efficiency of the season Friday night time and recorded a season-high rating in opposition to the league’s preseason favourite, beating a earlier season excessive of 196.400 in opposition to in-state rival Arizona State on Feb. 12.
The Purple Rocks managed favorable scores within the first three rotations — a 49.350 on bars, a 49.300 on vault and a 49.400 on ground — however could not preserve the lead on an occasion that has been hit and miss for the workforce this season.
Utah has recorded the best workforce rating on beam this season twice however has had three meets with low scores hovering round 49. However a season low of 48.725 on Friday was the underside of the competitors.
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Freshman Amelie Morgan led off on beam with a 9.875 rating, adopted up by fellow Olympian Grace McCallum’s 9.90 to present the beam workforce a powerful begin. However Adrianne Randall fell off the beam on her first trick after which struggled to complete out the routine with out some stumbles.
Abby Paulson received the workforce again on observe with a 9.90 rating within the fourth spot, however Cristal Isa could not save herself from a fall within the fifth spot. Isa completed her routine with none errors and caught the touchdown to attain a 9.075, however the injury was already executed. Even Maile O’Keefe’s 9.975 within the anchor place wasn’t sufficient will Utah again for a win.
One constructive for the Purple Rocks is freshman Kara Eaker, who sprained her ankle within the first week of the season, exhibitioned on beam Friday night time; nonetheless, she didn’t dismount from the beam in her gradual return to exercise.
McCallum, who was the one member of the Purple Rocks to take part in all occasions, gained the all-around competitors with a 39.500 rating. She beat out Arizona’s Malia Hargrove (39.450) and Emily Mueller (39.350).
The Purple Rocks have per week off earlier than returning to motion in opposition to Minnesota on the Huntsman Heart on March 4 (7 p.m. MST, Pac-12) within the workforce’s closing residence sport of the season.
No. 4 Utah
- Bars (49.350)
- Vault (98.650, 49.300)
- Flooring (148.050, 49.400)
- Beam (196.775, 48.725)
- Vault (49.075)
- Bars (98.275, 49.200)
- Beam (147.550, 49.275)
- Flooring (196.850, 49.300)
Particular person Purple Rock scores
1st Rotation: Bars (49.350)
- Amelie Morgan: 9.825
- Grace McCallum: 9.850
- Abby Paulson: 9.875
- Sage Thompson: 9.925
- Maile O’Keefe: 9.775
- Cristal Isa: 9.875
2nd Rotation: Vault (49.300)
- Sage Thompson: 9.800
- Cammy Corridor: 9.250
- Lucy Stanhope: 9.875
- Jaedyn Rucker: 9.950
- Alexia Burch: 9.850
- Grace McCallum: 9.825
third Rotation: Flooring (49.400)
- Abby Paulson: 9.850
- Jaylene Gilstrap: 9.825
- Jaedyn Rucker: 9.875
- Grace McCallum: 9.925
- Maile O’Keefe: 9.925
- Sydney Soloski: 9.825
4th Rotation: Beam (48.725)
- Amelie Morgan: 9.875
- Grace McCallum: 9.900
- Adrienne Randall: 8.925
- Abby Paulson: 9.900
- Cristal Isa: 9.075
- Maile O’Keefe: 9.975
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