World news – Utah wins Pac-12 women’s gymnastics title in 2021


WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – After finishing the regular season with an unbeaten conference record, UTAH made an impact from start to finish, securing the 2021 Pac-12 Women’s Gym Championship on Saturday at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah The Red Rocks, led by stellar all-round performances by sophomore Maile O’Keefe and Junior Cristal Isa, ousted CALIFORNIA, UCLA and ARIZONA STATE in session # 2 of the championship event for their first conference title since 2017 and their third since 2014. </ UCLA took an easy lead after an impressive opening of the vault, only to see UTAH take control of the beam and take a lead it would never give up. The Red Rocks stood on the podium with bars, and O’Keefe, Isa and Abby Paulson shared the top spot with 9,950 points. O’Keefe's all-round win (39,700) was punctuated by 9,950 points on the floor, a mark she shared with six other gymnasts, including teammates Jaedyn Rucker and Sydney Soloski. In the evening, UTAH took eight first places, highlighted by four from O'Keefe and two from Isa.

The Red Rocks finished the race with 197,725 points, defeating second-placed California (197,375), who was the top seed of the competition entered the competition. The bears were led by Nevaeh DeSouza’s third overall performance of 39,550 and, as a team, took first place on the uneven bars (49,475). Kyana George joined Utah’s trio with 9,950 on the floor while DeSouza took third place in the vault in a competitive field. Despite finishing second, CALIFORNIA achieved its highest place in the conference championship and achieved the program’s best Pac-12 championship.

UCLA and ARIZONA STATE rounded off the top 4 with 196,725 and 196,375 points, respectively. UCLA’s Sekai Wright overtook the field in the vault, scoring 9,950 points, while ARIZONA STATE’s Anaya Smith took second place with 9,925. The Bruins and Sun Devils both showed strong performances in Session 2, when UCLA finished in the top two and the Sun Devils in the top four in three competitions. In addition to Wright’s outstanding safe exhibition, Margzetta Frazier, Chae Campbell and Pauline Tratz took first place in individual events for the Bruins.

During the first competition session, OREGON STATE (195,625) beat ARIZONA (195,275), STANFORD (195,175) and WASHINGTON ( 194,400), with Kyla Bryant getting a score of 9.95 from the cardinal for the top grade of the early afternoon action. WASHINGTON’s Allie Smith (9,900) chaired the first session on the vault while a trio of gymnasts scored the highest scores for bars and bars.

While STANFORD’s floor score of 49,350 was the top event after session # 1, gave them the consistency of the Beavers all along the line, the early team leadership. The Red Rocks, Bears, Bruins, Sun Devils and Beavers took part in the top 25 competitions nationwide and are now looking forward to NCAA postseason events.

After the competition, Pauline Tratz of UCLA was awarded the Pac- 12 female athlete of the year 2021 awarded for Pac-12 women. UTAH’s Maile O’Keefe was named Gymnast of the Year, UTAH’s Alexia Burch was named Specialist of the Year and UCLA’s Chae Campbell was named « Freshman / Newcomer of the Year ». CALIFORNIA co-head coaches Justin Howell and Elisabeth Crandall-Howell were named Pac-12 Coach of the Year.

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