PHOTO ESSAY: Utah Crowned Inaugural Pac-12 Regular Season Champions

The first Pac-12 regular season championship title was on the line in Alaska Airlines Arena as both Utah and Washington entered the meet undefeated in the conference. The Utes started on uneven bars, where freshman Abby Paulson received a 9.800. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
On vault, junior Geneva Thompson earned the top score for the Huskies for the fourth meet in a row with a 9.875. Washington wrapped up the first rotation with a 49.025. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
In the lead after a 49.300 on bars, Utah moved to vault where junior Alexia Burch got the momentum going with a 9.875 in the fifth spot for her Yurchenko one and a half. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
The Huskies hit their stride in the second rotation, as seniors Maya Washington and Madison Copiak scored two of three 9.900s. The home crowd was clearly “ready for a Copiak attack,” and saw its team reach a season high score of 49.425 on the event. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
Senior Kim Tessen stuck her Yurchenko one and a half in the anchor position, helping Utah maintain a slight lead of one tenth (98.525-98.425) over Washington after two rotations. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
After a few words of encouragement from volunteer assistant coach—and former Utah gymnast, Baely Rowe—sophomore Brenna Brooks led Washington off on balance beam with a 9.875. Her career-high score would end up being dropped in the end after five more hit routines. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
Coming after a fall once again, sophomore Adrienne Randall put the Utes back on track with a 9.875. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
Sophomore Hanna Vandenkolk added a 9.900 to Washington’s beam rotation, which saw each gymnast either match or set a new career high. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
Junior Sydney Soloski tied her career high with a 9.950 for the Utes as they tried to keep the Huskies at bay. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
Senior Evanni Roberson anchored the rotation and earned her second 10.000 of the season. The Huskies recorded their best beam score in program history with a 49.650. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
After being in and out of the floor lineup all season, senior Missy Reinstadtler was put into it at the last minute for Utah. The pressure was on after the earlier fall and Washington’s huge beam rotation, but Reinstadtler’s unwavering performance earned her a career high 9.975. Despite a season-high floor score of 49.550, the Utes fell behind the Huskies by 0.050 points after three. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
In the final rotation, sophomore Brenna Brooks once again was the lead off for Washington and received a 9.850 to match her career high. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
Just like in the previous road meets, the Utes once again had to be lights out on the balance beam to come away with the win. Juniors Emilie LeBlanc and Alexia Burch scored 9.825 and 9.850, respectively, to start the rotation off. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
Sophomore Amara Cunningham added a 9.900 for Washington. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
The situation flipped for Utah after freshman Maile O’Keefe earned a 9.900 in the third spot, which was followed by a 9.950 from sophomore Cristal Isa. Sophomore Adrienne Randall (pictured above) added her own 9.950 to the team’s total. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
With the Utes making a strong push on beam, the Huskies had to be near perfect on floor if they hoped to stay in the lead. Senior Maya Washington posted a 9.925, wrapping up her day with a total of 38.900 in the first all around appearance of her career. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
After earning a 10.000 last week, freshman Abby Paulson showed no nerves, and proved why she’s the anchor on the event. Her 9.950—the third in a row for Utah—brought her team to a total of 49.600, leaving very little wiggle room for Washington on floor. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
After Utah’s comeback on beam, only a 10.000 from the anchor, senior Kristyn Hoffa, could win the meet for Washington. While her 9.925 was not enough for the win, it helped the Huskies reach the program’s second best score in history (197.600). (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
Clinching the win by 0.075, Utah earned the first-ever Pac-12 regular season title. The Utes remain undefeated not only within the conference but also nationally (10-0, 6-0 Pac-12). This meet also marked head coach Tom Farden’s 100th win. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)

Photos by Emily Howell-Forbes. Captions by Christina Marmet.

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