For the first time ever, Arizona Wildcats beat Utah’s gymnastics team

The Pink Rocks stumbling, falling to the beforehand winless Wildcats

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah competes throughout their gymnastics meet with Stanford on the Huntsman Middle in Salt Lake Metropolis, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022.

With all of the dramatics of the previous couple of weeks, Utah’s gymnastics wanted an earthly meet Friday — a pleasant straightforward win to shut out the hectic week.

The Utes didn’t get it.

As a substitute, the Utes have been upset by Arizona 196.85-196.775 in a shocking defeat on the Wildcats’ McKale Middle.

Utah (9-2) went into the meet main the sequence with the Wildcats 67-0 and the Wildcats have been winless with an 0-8 report. No wins are assured, however this one appeared as straightforward as they may come.

Utah’s downfall got here on the stability beam the place Adrienne Randall (8.925) and Cristal Isa (9.075) fell, leaving Utah with a 48.725 occasion rating, their lowest occasion rating of the 12 months.

On the similar time, Arizona put collectively one among its finest flooring showings, incomes a 49.3 to wrestle the win away from the Utes.

The loss was a shocker in a season of stunning outcomes, however made extra so by an damage to Arizona’s Alysen Fears in warmups. Fears, considered Arizona’s finest gymnast, needed to be carried off the ground.

Particular person outcomes

Vault: Jaedyn Rucker (Utah) 9.95

Uneven bars: Sage Thompson (Utah) 9.925

Steadiness beam: Maile O’Keefe (Utah) 9.975

Ground: Grace McCallum (Utah) 9.925

All-around: Grace McCallum (Utah) 39.5

Utah coach Tom Farden took the blame because the coach for the loss.

“You might most likely deduce or theorize that it’s our personal psychological issues with the children having the ability to do the stuff they should do within the decisive second,” Farden stated. “Consider me in follow we aren’t seeing that and because of this it’s so perplexing.”

Till the miscues on the beam, the Utes have been having fun with a workmanlike evening, opening on the bars with a 49.35, scoring a 49.3 on the vault and a 49.4 on the ground.

Sage Thompson led the bars with a 9.925 and Jaedyn Rucker paced the vault effort with a 9.95.

The Utes did have some steps on their vault landings and Cammy Corridor fell for the second week in a row, scoring 9.25, however an upset didn’t appear potential till the ultimate rotation.

Falls on the beam led to a Utah loss at Cal, however the Utes have been superb on the occasion since then, scoring 49.725 towards Oregon State and 49.6 towards Washington.

That the falls got here from among the seasoned performers added to the shocking consequence.

Maybe the hassle of competing in three meets in every week’s time received to the Utes. That reasoning is appropriate for many groups, however not for the Utes who wished to make use of this sequence of meets as a take a look at run for the post-season.

As a substitute, they’re left with extra questions than solutions.

Farden refused responsible the schedule for the loss, noting the Utes regarded nice on the ground, an occasion that usually betrays drained muscle tissue.

The one misstep there was by Sydney Soloski who jammed her toe and landed barely brief on a go, scoring 9.825.

Soloski walked off gingerly however Farden stated she might be nice.

The better query is, will the Utes?