"I couldn't be more proud of this team," she said. "We had a goal and we made it back here to the Super Six and we gave it our best shot."
The Utes were hoping for an upset but needed to have their best meet of the season to do so.
In the end, they were solid, but not without some key mistakes.
The Utes opened the meet on the floor, an event that is normally one of their best. On Saturday the adrenalin of the NCAAs seemed too much for some of the Utes as both Tiffani Lewis (9.6375) and MaKenna Merrell (9.65) stepped out, leaving Utah with a 49.0625.
"We came out on floor with too much juice," Utah co-coach Tom Farden said. "That is the tricky thing about starting with that rotation."
MyKayla Skinner led the Utes with a 9.925 on floor, then led the Utes on the vault with a 9.8875 as Utah posted the same score as it did on the floor.
The key rotation came when the Utes were on the bars and the Bruins were on beam.
Utah posted a 49.3125, making it possible to overcome the Bruins, but they would have none of it as they scored 49.4875 on the beam, with Peng-Peng Lee earning a 10.0.
"UCLA had a great beam set and Oklahoma ran away with it," Farden said. "But this was a good learning experience for us."
Perhaps more than any other rotation, the bars showed the magnitude of the loss of Kari Lee the most.
Lee, who injured her ankle before regionals, tried to compete Saturday but couldn't stick the landing and scored 9.7.
Normally she earns in the 9.9 range. Her absence was also felt on the vault and balance beam as well, as the Utes just didn't have the depth to replace her.
The depth was lacking in large part because the Utes lost two of their top gymnasts, Sabrina Schwab and Kim Tessen, early in the season to injuries.
On beam, the Utes had an uncharacteristic fall from Rowe, putting little-used sophomore Shannon McNatt under pressure. McNatt, competing in place of Lee, scored 9.7625.