SALT LAKE CITY — The collegiate gymnastics regular season is over, which means the postseason has all but arrived.
Prior to the onset of the new and reformed NCAA tournament, however, there is another season altogether — award season.
This year, that particular season has been especially fruitful for Utah gymnastics.
Starting Tuesday morning and continuing into Wednesday, nine Red Rocks received All-America and/or All-Pac-12 honors.
Leading the way was none other than MyKayla Skinner.
The junior was named a regular season All-American by the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association.
Skinner earned four first-team All-America awards, on the basis of finishing the regular season ranked in the top eight in the nation in the all-around (No. 3), on vault (No. 2), bars (No. 6) and floor (No. 6).
As a result, she is now Utah’s all-time leader.
Her 22 awards, which include the regular season and the NCAA Championships, thrust her past former Utah star Ashley Postell in the record books (Postell earned 20 All-America awards from 2005-08, all of which were won at the NCAA Championships).
Additionally, Skinner was named a first team All-Pac-12 all-arounder.
She led Utah with the maximum five all-conference awards, and made the first team on vault, bars, floor and in the all-around and was second team on beam.
MaKenna Merrell-Giles was another Red Rock to be honored.
The senior was named an All-American by the WCGA and is now an eight-time All-American, a total which includes four first-team honors.2 comments on this story
Merrell-Giles was also All-Pac-12 in the all-around and won four all-conference honors, which makes her a nine-time All-Pac-12 selection.
Kari Lee and Macey Roberts also earned All-Pac-12 honors, Lee on beam, vault and in the all-around and Roberts on vault.
Additionally, Shannon McNatt earned first team Pac-12 All-Academic honors, while Missy Reinstadtler and Skinner each earned a place on the second team.
Finally, Lee, Merrell-Giles, Roberts, Kim Tessen, Alexia Burch and Sydney Soloski all earned honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic recognition.