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Cougars Come Up Just Short at NCAA South Central Regional

TEMPE -- The BYU women's gymnastics team came close to pulling off an upset and qualifying for NCAA Nationals, but fell just short of finishing in second place at the NCAA South Central Regional. UCLA, No. 1 in the country entering the meet, and Arizona finished first and second, while the Cougars took fourth behind Arizona State. The Bruins and Wildcats will head to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the NCAA National Championships.

Freshman Jaime Mabray led the Cougars with an all-around score of 38.900, good for a tie for fifth at the meet. Mabray's score nearly qualified her for Nationals, but she lost a tiebreaker with ASU's Laura Moon.

The meet came down to a three-team competition for second place, with Arizona edging Arizona State for the second-place finish.

"ASU and U of A are really solid teams and we were going to have to have a good meet to knock them off," BYU head coach Brad Cattermole said. "Tonight it just wasn't to be."

BYU started off the night on the uneven bars and got a consistent effort from the team. Brooke Craig and Kari Dye led the Cougars with a score of 9.725, while Mabray tacked on a 9.700. Lindsay Lines scored a 9.675 to give the Cougars four consistently high scores. Seniors Jeni Lopez and Kelly Evanson rounded out BYU's scoring, each scoring a 9.300.

"We struggled a little bit on bars and then I knew we were going to have to get on a roll and we just never did," Cattermole said.

The Cougars came back strong on the balance beam, led by Evanson's 9.825. Mabray also performed well, scoring a 9.800, while Dye notched a 9.775. As a team, the Cougars scored a 48.750 to put them right back in position to qualify for Nationals.

The Cougars hit all of their floor routines en route to a 48.625 team score. Dye and Evanson led the BYU gymnasts, with each scoring a 9.775. After the third rotation, BYU found itself in fourth place, .500 behind second place Arizona State.

Going into vault, the Cougars knew they needed to hit everything, and it didn't quite happen. Evanson led the Cougars with a 9.825 on the event. Megan Shupe, competing with a sprained left ankle, still managed to score well with a 9.800 when she stuck her vault. Senior Angie Hickman also scored well with a 9.725.

"It wasn't as if we were out of the game," Cattermole said. "We just never got on the roll we needed to."

UCLA finished the meet with a team score of 197.425, easily outperforming second place Arizona, who scored a 194.950. The Wildcats' score barely beat out Arizona State, who scored a 194.875. UCLA's Jaime Dantzscher won the all-around at the meet with a score of 39.700.

Cal-State Fullerton's Kelly Mathiasen and ASU's Laura Moon were the individual qualifiers for the NCAA National Championships.

OVERALL TEAM SCORES

1. UCLA 197.425

2. Arizona 194.950

3. Arizona State 194.875

4. BYU 194.000

5. Cal-State Fullerton 192.000

6. Illinois-Chicago 191.925

UCLA and Arizona Qualify for Nationals in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

BYU SCORES

ALL-AROUND Score

Jaime Mabray 38.900

Kari Dye 38.750

Kelly Evanson 38.725

Jeni Lopez 37.800

BARS Score

Jaime Mabray 9.700

Kari Dye 9.725

Brooke Craig 9.725

Jeni Lopez 9.300

Lindsay Lines 9.675

Kelly Evanson 9.300

Total 48.125

BEAM Score

Brooke Craig 9.500

Jeni Lopez 9.625

Kari Dye 9.775

Jaime Mabray 9.800

Lindsay Lines 9.725

Kelly Evanson 9.825

Total 48.750

FLOOR Score

Angie Hickman 9.650

Brooke Craig 9.650

Kari Dye 9.775

Jaime Mabray 9.725

Jeni Lopez 9.700

Kelly Evanson 9.775

Total 48.625

VAULT Score

Kari Dye 9.475

Jeni Lopez 9.175

Megan Shupe 9.800

Jaime Mabray 9.675

Angie Hickman 9.725

Kelly Evanson 9.825

Total 48.500

OVERALL 194.000