The Purple Rocks stumbling, falling to the beforehand winless Wildcats
With all of the dramatics of the previous few 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 had been upset by Arizona 196.85-196.775 in a shocking defeat on the Wildcats’ McKale Heart.
Utah (9-2) went into the meet main the sequence with the Wildcats 67-0 and the Wildcats had 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 yr.
On the identical time, Arizona put collectively one among its greatest 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 harm to Arizona’s Alysen Fears in warmups. Fears, considered Arizona’s greatest 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 in all probability deduce or theorize that it’s our personal psychological issues with the youngsters having the ability to do the stuff they should do within the decisive second,” Farden stated. “Consider me in apply we’re not seeing that and that is why it’s so perplexing.”
Till the miscues on the beam, the Utes had been having fun with a workmanlike night time, 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 excellent 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 among the seasoned performers added to the stunning consequence.
Maybe the hassle of competing in three meets in per week’s time acquired 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 an alternative, they’re left with extra questions than solutions.
Farden refused responsible the schedule for the loss, noting the Utes appeared 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 cross, scoring 9.825.
Soloski walked off gingerly however Farden stated she will probably be positive.
The higher query is, will the Utes?