Gymnastics Game Recap

Cougars finish in fifth at MRGC Championship

(Photo by Mark A. Philbrick/BYU Photo)

DENVER – BYU gymnastics finished in fifth place with a 194.225 in the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Championship at Denver Saturday night.

"We competed against a lot of great teams today and we didn't have our best meet, but I'm proud of our team," BYU coach Brad Cattermole said. "Makenzie [Johnson] has been great for us all season and Ashley [Robinson] was awesome on beam tonight. With Jill [Van Mierlo] injured this past week, everyone had to step up. We'll wait and see what the rest of the season holds and see if we make it to regionals." 

Boise State claimed the conference title with a 196.625 with Southern Utah and Denver finishing with a 196.275 and 196.075, respectively. Utah State trailed in fourth place with a 195.125.

Junior Makenzie Johnson earned All-MRGC First Team in the all around and balance beam, and freshman Jill Van Mierlo was named the MRGC Freshman of the Year. 

Johnson finished with a 39.150 as an all-arounder for the third-best score of the meet, while Denver’s Nina McGee finished on top with a 39.600.

BYU started on floor exercise with KayCee Gassaway leading with a 9.800. Johnson and Jordan Schult each recorded a 9.750, and Emily Vidmar followed with a 9.725. Ashley Robinson earned a 9.700 in her first event on floor this season to help the Cougars finish with a 48.725.

On vault, Johnson landed a team-high 9.825 with Schult recording a 9.775. Gassaway and Mikaela Jones earned a 9.750 each, while Sin To landed a 9.725. After the second rotation, the Cougars stood at a 97.550.

In the third rotation, Gassaway and Vidmar led BYU with a 9.800 and 9.750, respectively. Johnson finished with a 9.700 with Brittni Wilde earning a 9.650.

Robinson notched a career-high 9.825 in the final rotation on beam. Johnson led with a team-high 9.875 with Vidmar following with a 9.800. 

The Cougars head to the NCAA Regionals for the third consecutive season on April 4, in Berkeley, California.

MRGC Awards and All-Conference Teams

Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Coach of the Year
Scott Bauman – Southern Utah University
 
Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Gymnast of the Year
Nina McGee – University of Denver
 
Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Freshman of the Year
Jill Van Mierlo – Brigham Young University
 
All-MRGC First Team (All-Around)
Nina McGee (39.600) – University of Denver
Kelsey Morris (39.225) – Boise State University
Makenzie Johnson (39.150) – Brigham Young University
 
All-MRGC Second Team (All-Around)
Sarah Landes (38.900) – Utah State University
McKinzey Martinez (38.425) – Utah State University
 
All-MRGC First Team (Vault)
Rachel Fielitz (9.900) – University of Denver
Ciera Perkins (9.900) – Boise State University
Maddie Krentz (9.875) – Boise State University
 
All-MRGC Second Team (Vault)
Nina McGee (9.850) – University of Denver
Ann Stockwell (9.850) – Boise State University
Kelsey Morris (9.850) – Boise State University
Stacie Webb (9.850) – Southern Utah University
Miranda Kerr (9.850) – Utah State University
 
All-MRGC First Team (Uneven Bars)
Krystine Jacobsen (9.950) – Boise State University
Nina McGee (9.900) – University of Denver
Diana Mejia (9.900) – Boise State University
 
All-MRGC Second Team (Uneven Bars)
Ciera Perkins (9.875) – Boise State University
Julia Ross (9.850) – University of Denver
Kelsey Morris (9.850) – Boise State University
Kirsten Yee (9.850) – Southern Utah University
 
All-MRGC First Team (Balance Beam)
Nina McGee (9.900) – University of Denver
Ellese Sakai-Hart (9.875) – University of Denver
Leah Lomonte (9.875) – University of Denver
Makenzie Johnson (9.875) – Brigham Young University
Danielle Ramirez (9.875) – Southern Utah University
 
All-MRGC Second Team (Balance Beam)
Krystine Jacobsen (9.850) – Boise State University
Stacie Webb (9.850) – Southern Utah University
Tyly Bozzuto (9.850) – Southern Utah University
 
All-MRGC First Team (Floor Exercise)
Nina McGee (9.950) – University of Denver
Ellese Sakai-Hart (9.875) – University of Denver
Ciera Perkins (9.875) – Boise State University
Virginia Brownsell (9.875) – Southern Utah University
 
All-MRGC Second Team (Floor Exercise)
Sandra Collantes (9.850) – Boise State University
Stacie Webb (9.850) – Southern Utah University
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