TEMPE, Ariz. - It felt like a homecoming Saturday night for Rio 2016 Olympic alternate MyKayla Skinner during the Arizona State University and University of Utah gymnastics meet at Wells Fargo Arena.
Skinner grew up in Gilbert, attended Higley High School for a year, and trained in Chandler. She's made huge strides in her gymnastics career, most notably as an alternate for the 2016 Rio Olympics USA gymnastics team.
"It's so exciting. I was waiting all week for this meet," Skinner said.
Skinner is dominating the Pac-12 as a freshman gymnast at the University of Utah. She's had dreams since she was a little girl of being a Ute.
"This is my dream and I want to work every single moment in my dream and I want to come out and do what I can to be best for the team," Skimmer said.
Her mom, Kym Skinner, was a fan too, especially of the commute. She and MyKayla, along with MyKayla's siblings have attended ASU gymnastics meets all throughout her childhood.
"It was so nice, maybe 30 minutes instead of ten hours!" Kym Skinner said.
Skinner is on track to earn her sixth Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week award. She would be just the second freshman in Pac-12 history to accomplish the feat.