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Red Rocks Fall Short, Place Third at Nationals

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Despite posting a season-high 197.9875, the University of Utah Red Rocks were unable to clinch the national title, falling a mere .262 shy of first place Michigan, a first-time NCAA champion, and .088 short of second-place Oklahoma.

Posting a 49.4250 on the bars in the first rotation, Utah started the afternoon strong before making their biggest statement on the beam.

Led by sophomore and solo national champion Maile O’Keefe, Utah was near perfect on the beam with an impressive 49.7000. O’Keefe’s 9.9875 was the highest score of the meet, while juniors Adrienne Randall and Cristal Isa matched sophomore Abby Paulson’s 9.