SALT LAKE CITY — Fresh off its Pac-12 championship title and season-high score (197.925), the Utah gymnastics team looks to keep its momentum rolling. The Red Rocks learned where their next stop is on Monday during the NCAA’s regional selection show. Utah is headed to Fayetteville, Arkansas, for its regional showdown on April 1 at 3 p.m. MDT.

The fourth-ranked Red Rocks will be joined by No. 9 Denver, No. 16 Cal, No. 21 Auburn, Arkansas and Central Michigan. Utah already has wins against Denver and Cal this year.

“We’re excited for our next challenge ahead, especially coming off a great meet at Pac-12s,” said Utah co-head coach Tom Farden.

“It is a second-peak for us right now. I feel like we had some really good meets leading up to UCLA (in mid-February), which was a magnificent night, but then we had a little lull. We are healthy now, and have changed some things up so other good things are happening. The conference championship was a good example of these good things.”

Utah won its regional last year in Salt Lake City, but then failed to advance to the Super Six at the NCAA championships. The Red Rocks have made 41-straight national championship appearances, and will need to finish in the top two at the regional to advance again.

Pac-12 awards, Skinner snub

It remains unclear why the Pac-12 coaches did not select freshman MyKayla Skinner as gymnast of the year. Skinner dominated the gymnast of the week honors all season long, while leading the league with a national No. 2 all-around ranking. She also won 37 events, recorded two 10.0’s on the floor and was a perfect 44-44 in routines.

“We’re frustrated that MyKayla wasn’t selected gymnast or freshman of the year,” said Farden. “We feel at the Pac-12 championships she proved again she was the …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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