SALT LAKE CITY — When Michigan’s Emma McLean was awarded a 9.950 for her floor routine Saturday afternoon, it sealed Utah’s fate — for the first time in six years, the No. 4 Red Rocks had lost consecutive meets.

The last time that happened was 2012, when Utah fell to Nebraska and Florida. Interestingly enough, the Red Rocks lost back-to-back meets the previous season too, losing to Florida and Oregon State.

Both the 2011 and 2012 teams rallied to finish the season strong, making it through the Pac-12 meets and regionals, but fell short of a national title, finishing fifth both seasons.

With the Red Rocks’ goal being basically title or bust, back-to-back defeats late in the regular season was the last thing they wanted.

And yet, according to co-head coach Megan Marsden, Utah will be fine.

“It’s not unusual to have a loss. If you look at our records over time we don’t have very many undefeated records,” said Marsden. “Tom (Farden) and I are not overly concerned. The losses happened to land back-to-back, which is a little unfortunate, but we didn’t have major problems.”

The most concerning part of Saturday’s loss to the Wolverines wasn’t even the Red Rocks’ performance, according to Marsden, but rather the tight scoring.

“The most concerning thing was that the judging (at Michigan) was very tight. We didn’t get a very good score even though our athletes didn’t fall,” said Marsden. “Floor was great and bars was the best we have done this year as a team.”

There were problems, however, as Utah left something to be desired on vault and beam, but Marsden remains positive and hopeful.

“We have to re-address some things with our approach, but we are going to try and get back on track.”

BACK AGAIN: While many of her teammates struggled with the tight scoring at Michigan, MyKayla Skinner thrived in her return to the all-around lineup.

She scored a 9.900 or better on every event, including a 9.950 on floor and a nearly meet-saving 9.925 on beam.

“MyKayla came back with a vengeance,” said Marsden. “She doesn’t love to not compete. Ever. On anything. She was a good sport about (resting against Cal), but I think it was hard on her; just emotionally to not be out there giving it her all on every event. When she got that opportunity again, look out, there she was.”

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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Utah gymnastics: Red Rocks to ‘re-address their approach’ following back-to-back losses

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