#4 Utah Gymnastics Closes Out Pac-12 Play At Arizona Friday Night
Utah Gymnastics will end its ongoing road stretch in the month of February this Friday, Feb. 25, taking on the Arizona Wildcats in Tucson, Ariz. The fourth road competition in five meets for the Red Rocks this month will begin at 6:30 p.m. MT at the McKale Center. Brian Webber and Bridget Sloan will be on the call for the Pac-12 Networks, while live stats will be available here.
IN THE RANKINGS
Utah remained fourth in the initial NQS rankings through the competition against Oregon State. A team's NQS is calculated by taking the highest six scores of the season, three of which must be road scores, dropping the high score and averaging the remaining five. The Red Rocks are ranked third on floor, fourth on beam, and fifth on vault and bars. The rankings do not include the scores at Washington as those will be included in next Monday's updated rankings. Individually, Maile O'Keefe is ranked second on beam and No. 12 on bars, while Grace McCallum is No. 12 on floor and No. 13 on vault. Sydney Soloski is No. 9 on floor, Cristal Isa is No. 17 on bars, Lucy Stanhope is No. 19 on vault, and Amelie Morgan is No. 25 on beam.
BY THE NUMBERS
• Utah posted a 197.950 at Washington, which is the team's best road score of the season.
• Utah reached the 198-mark for the first time this season against Oregon State, which was also the first time since Feb. 23, 2020.
• Utah has scored a 49.0 or better on every event in 20 consecutive meets, which is the nation's longest active streak. The second-longest streak is Michigan, which has posted 10 consecutive meets of 49-plus on every event.
• Utah holds the nation's highest beam score with a 49.725, which was recorded against Stanford and matched once again versus Oregon State.
• Maile O'Keefe and Cristal Isa have each scored a 9.90 or better in six of eight beam routines this year.
• Sydney Soloski has scored a 9.925 or better in six of eight floor routines this season.
• Abby Paulson has scored a 9.90 or better on floor in four consecutive routines.
• Amelie Morgan has posted a 9.90 or better in seven of her last nine routines.
• Utah has had 10 of the 16 gymnasts who have competed at least one routine this season earn an event title.
• The floor lineup has seen 11 gymnasts compete at least one routine this season.
• Grace McCallum posted a career-best 39.775 in the all-around at Washington, which is the fifth best score in program history. McCallum is the first Ute to score a 39.775 or better in the all-around since 2017.
• Utah has hit 181-192 routines this season. Gymnasts who have hit every routine are Maile O'Keefe (23-23), Amelie Morgan (16-16), Lucy Stanhope (13-13), Sage Thompson (10-10), Jillian Hoffman (9-9), Sydney Soloski (8-8), and Kara Eaker (2-2).
• Individual event winners this season are McCallum (12), Isa (5), O'Keefe (4), Alexia Burch (3), Soloski (3), Jaedyn Rucker (2), Lucy Stanhope (2), Hoffman (1), Abby Paulson (1), and Thompson (1).
• Pac-12 weekly award winners this season are: Gymnast of the Week: Isa (Jan. 11), O'Keefe (Feb. 1); Specialist of the Week: Rucker (Jan. 11, Feb. 15), Thompson (Jan. 18), Hoffman (Jan. 25), Isa (Feb. 1, Feb. 22), O'Keefe (Feb. 8); Freshman of the Week: Morgan (Jan. 11), McCallum (Jan. 18); and Coaches Choice: Hoffman (Jan. 11, Feb. 15).
Utah leads the all-time series over Arizona with a 67-0 record. The Utes are 15-0 in Tucson with the last road victory coming in 2020 where the squad bested the Wildcats 197.300-195.875. Last year against Arizona, Utah took a 197.075-195.650 victory in Salt Lake City. Cammy Hall and Alexia Burch won the vault title with a 9.90, while Maile O'Keefe won the bars and beam titles with a 9.90 on each event. Sydney Soloski led the floor team and scored a 9.925 to win the title.
Head Coach: John Court
2022 Ranking: N/A
2021 Final Ranking: N/A
Notes: Arizona posted its season-high two weeks ago against Arizona State where the team scored a 196.400 in the loss at home … The Wildcats have posted a 196+ in three of six meets and most recently scored a 196.025 at Cal … Sirena Linton is ranked No. 28 on beam to lead the Wildcats in the individual rankings, while Arizona ranks No. 22 on beam and No. 26 on floor after this past Monday's meet in the live rankings.
Utah returns to Salt Lake City for the final home meet of the 2022 season, welcoming Minnesota for senior night. Utah and Minnesota will compete at 7 p.m. MT on Friday, March 4, where the team will honor their seniors pre-meet. Introductions and the senior recognitions will begin at 6:45 p.m. MT. Tickets for the final meet of the season can be found here.
LAST TIME OUT
Utah exploded for a season-best road score at Washington despite a quick turnaround. The third meet in 10 days for the Red Rocks began with bars where freshmen Olympians Amelie Morgan and Grace McCallum pulled in 9.90s to lead the group. The vaulters got back on track after an uncharacteristic mistake in the second spot and a strong finish to the rotation highlighted by 9.95s from Alexia Burch and Grace McCallum pushed the vault score to a 49.400. The Utes then cruised on floor even with a mixed up lineup, and saw a 9.95 from McCallum and career-tying 9.975 from Sydney Soloski wrap up the 49.600 event. With a comfortable lead, the beam team took it away after the first three gymnasts scored a 9.95 or better. Morgan posted a career-best 9.95, while Adrienne Randall added in a 9.95 and McCallum posted a career-best 9.975. The remaining three gymnasts hit and earned a season-high road score of 197.950.