Cougars Defeated by Utah State; Ashton Takes First on Vault and Beam

LOGAN -- Despite a hearty effort by the BYU women's gymnastics team, the Cougars fell to the Utah State Aggies 195.925 to 195.625 Friday night in Logan.

The Cougars, receiving a score in the 195s for the second week in a row, placed well throughout the meet, but were hurt by deductions made on a few floor routines and some falls on the beam.

Junior Trisha Ashton tie for first on the beam, along with Utah State's Meagan Nelson, with a season high score of 9.925. Ashton also took first on vault with a 9.875.

Utah State's Nicole Kilpatrick took the all-around title with a 39.350, followed closely behind by teammate and freshman powerhouse Meagan Nelson who scored a 39.300.

The Cougar gymnasts received their highest team bars score of the season with a 49.175. BYU's Brooke Haskett, a senior, took third on the bars with a score of 9.875.

Other Cougars who placed in the meet include sophomore, Kirsten Pauga who took third on the vault with a 9.800 and Kari Lords who took third on beam with a 9.900.

The Cougars head home next weekend to face the University of Kentucky Wildcats after a month of road meets. BYU and Kentucky face off Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse.

Team Results

Utah State 195.925

BYU 195.625

Individual Results

All-Around

1. Nicole Kilpatrick (Utah State) 39.350

2. Meagan Nelson (Utah State) 39.300

3. Jessica Parenti (Utah State) 39.250

4. Lindsay Butterfield (BYU) 38.375

Vault (BYU 48.875; Utah State 48.550)

1. Trisha Ashton (BYU) 9.875

2. Nicole Kilpatrick (Utah State) 9.850

3. Kirsten Pauga (BYU) 9.800

Other BYU Scores

Meghan Donahue 9.775

Megan Pessoa 9.750

Lindsay Butterfield 9.675

Brogan Jacobsen 9.525

Uneven Bars: (Utah State 49.325; BYU 49.175)

1. Jessica Parenti (Utah State) 9.925

2. Rachel Ropelato (Utah State) 9.900

3. Brooke Haskett (BYU) 9.875

Other BYU Scores

Brogan Jacobsen 9.850

Lindsay Butterfield 9.850

Kari Lords 9.825

Kirsten Pauga 9.775

Lisa Willis 9.775

Balance Beam: (Utah State 49.075; BYU 48.750)

1. (tie) Meagan Nelson (Utah State), Trisha Ashton (BYU) 9.925

3.Kari Lords (BYU) 9.900

Other BYU Scores

Kirsten Pauga 9.825

Lisa Willis 9.825

Lindsay Butterfield 9.275

Brooke Haskett 9.275

Floor Exercise (Utah State 48.975; BYU 48.825)

1. (tie) Nicole Kilpatrick (Utah State); Meagan Nelson (Utah State) 9.925

3. Liesel Kohler (Utah State) 9.900

Other BYU Scores

Kari Lords 9.850

Brooke Haskett 9.825

Brogan Jacobsen 9.800

Candace Slater 9.775

Lindsay Butterfield 9.575

Trisha Ashton 9.300