MyKayla Skinner, a U.S. gymnastics regular who signed a National Letter of Intent with the Utes in November, will defer her enrollment at Utah for a year to pursue a spot on the Americans’ 2016 Olympic team.
The school made the announcement Wednesday that Skinner, who was a member of the United States' gold medal-winning team at the World Championships last season, will join the No. 3 Utah program a year later than previously expected.
Skinner is a two-time member of the U.S. Senior National Team and also took the bronze medal in vault at the 2014 World Championships and fourth on floor exercise. Most recently, she placed second in the all-around at the AT&T American Cup in March.
The U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics trails are July 8-10, 2016.
The Utes also announced that Sabrina Schwab of Texas will join the team’s 2016 freshman class after signing a National Letter of Intent.
"Sabrina has the potential to be an All-American on bars and beam," Utah coach Megan Marsden said in a news release. "She will add artistry and quality of movement to our lineup. Sabrina may have a chance to surprise some people since she has had some injury issues for the past two seasons and has flown under the radar."
The current Utah gymnastics team is preparing for the NCAA Championships, which start Friday and run through Sunday.