BYU's Mabray Wins All-Around, Utes Take Team Title

Sophomore Jaime Mabray won the all-around with a career-high 39.650 Friday in Salt Lake City. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

SALT LAKE -- Opening their 2003 season minus an All-American and competing against long-time rival University of Utah, the BYU women's gymnastics team fought hard and came together as a team. Despite losing to the Utes 196.8 to 194.7 Friday night in the Huntsman Center, the Cougars managed to break some individual career bests.

Most notable was sophomore Jaime Mabray, who set or tied personal bests in all four events to win the all-around title. Mabray's all around score of 39.650 nearly broke BYU's individual all-around record of 39.7, set by All-American Kelly Evanson. Her score is the third highest score BYU has ever received.

Utah's Melissa Vituj placed second in the all-around with a score of 39.625, a personal best. She also won the floor exercise while teammate Annabeth Eberle won on bars. On her way to the all-around title, Mabray won both the vault and beam competitions while placing second on floor and bars.

"Jaime really fought through the whole thing," BYU head coach Brad Cattermole said. "She doesn't always have the highest level of difficulty, but she does what she can perfectly."

Other outstanding performances came from Brooke Haskett, who came in third on the floor exercise and nailed her bar routine, and Kari Lords who scored a 9.850 on the beam.

Coach Brad Cattermole was extremely pleased with the team's performance. "I am thrilled with the way that we performed tonight. We are really coming together and moving in the right direction."

BYU's first home meet is next Saturday at 7 p.m. against Boise State.

Team Results

Utah 196.800

BYU 194.700

Individual Results

All-Around

1. Jaime Mabray (BYU) 39.650

2. Melissa Vituj (Utah) 39.625

3. Annabeth Eberle (Utah) 39.250

4. Kim Allan (Utah) 39.125

5. Veronique Leclerc (Utah) 38.750

6. Lindsay Butterfield (BYU) 37.950

Vault: (Utah 49.150; BYU 48.875)

1. Jaime Mabray (BYU) 9.925

2. (3 way tie) Kristen Riffanach, Melissa Vituj, and Annabeth Eberle (Utah) 9.875

Other BYU scores:

Meghan Donahue: 9.80

Megan Pessoa: 9.775

Trisha Ashton: 9.70

Lindsay Butterfield: 9.675

Lena Johnson 9.20

Uneven Bars: (Utah 49.325; BYU 48.525)

1. (Utah) Annabeth Eberle: 9.950

2. (tie) Jaime Mabray (BYU) and Veronique Leclerc (Utah) 9.875

Other BYU scores:

Brooke Haskett 9.850

Kari Lords: 9.825

Lisa Willis: 9.725

Lindsay Butterfield: 9.250

Brogan Jacobson: 9.050

Balance Beam: (Utah 49.350; BYU 48.775)

1. (tie) Jaime Mabray (BYU) and Melissa Vituj (Utah) 9.950

3. Kim Allen (Utah) 9.90

Other BYU scores:

Kari Lords: 9.850

Kirsten Pauga: 9.725

Brooke Haskett: 9.675

Trisha Ashton: 9.575

Lindsay Butterfield: 9.350

Floor Exercise: (Utah 48.975; BYU 48.525)

1. Melissa Vituj (Utah) 9.95

2. Jaime Mabray (BYU) 9.90

3. Brooke Haskett (BYU) 9.85

Other BYU scores:

Brooke Haskett: 9.85

Candace Slater: 9.825

Lindsay Butterfield: 9.675

Kari Lords: 9.275

Kirsten Pauga: 9.125

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