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

The Crimson 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 an alternative, the Utes have been upset by Arizona 196.85-196.775 in a surprising defeat on the Wildcats’ McKale Middle.

Utah (9-2) went into the meet main the collection 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 might 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 yr.

On the similar time, Arizona put collectively one among its finest ground 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 harm to Arizona’s Alysen Fears in warmups. Fears, thought to be 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

Flooring: 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 may in all probability deduce or theorize that it’s our personal psychological issues with the children with the ability to do the stuff they should do within the decisive second,” Farden stated. “Consider me in observe we’re not 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 attainable 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 in opposition to Oregon State and 49.6 in opposition to Washington.

That the falls got here from a number of the seasoned performers added to the shocking consequence.

Maybe the trouble of competing in three meets in per 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 collection of meets as a take a look at run for the post-season.

As an alternative, they’re left with extra questions than solutions.

Farden refused accountable the schedule for the loss, noting the Utes regarded positive on the ground, an occasion that usually betrays drained muscle groups.

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

Soloski walked off gingerly however Farden stated she will probably be positive.

The better query is, will the Utes?

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