Junior Hayley Jensen posts career-high on floor, tying for the individual title in the event. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- The No. 36 BYU gymnastics team battled No. 2 Utah Friday night in the Marriott Center, falling to the Utes 193.925-196.700 in the Deseret Duel Rivalry Series. The Cougars continue to improve their score, with tonight's score being their best this season.
"I was very pleased with how we fought and stayed in the game," said BYU head coach Brad Cattermole. "People can get rattled when Utah is around, but our kids did a great job."
The Cougars began the night on the vault, quickly proving their strength by posting a team score of 48.700. Senior Dayna Smart-Allen, currently ranked No. 21 nationally on the vault, led BYU in the event with her season-best score of 9.875. Senior Alethea Boon bolstered the team score with her season-best 9.850.
Senior Kylee Draper-Marvin, No. 22 on the bars, led a strong BYU bar rotation with a score of 9.800. Despite a few slips by the Cougar squad, the team achieved a score of 48.650. Sophomore Melissa Hough's strong performance of 9.775 improved the team score, while sophomore McKell Poulson stuck a season high 9.750.
"McKell Poulson fought like a son-of-a-gun to stay on the bars, and she stuck a great landing," Cattermole said.
Moving to the balance beam, the Cougars made several key landings to post a team score of 47.875. Smart-Allen led BYU on the beam with a solid 9.800 performance. Junior Hayley Jensen proved her strength with a score of 9.750.
The Cougars concluded the night on the floor, the team's best event of the evening. Jensen led the team with a career-best score of 9.825, which catapulted her to tie for the individual title in the floor rotation. Sophomore Heidi Poulson not only pleased the crowd with her entertaining performance, but scored a season-high 9.700. Sophomore Kiki Berret also led the team with her season-high of 9.750.
"I think we're moving in the right direction," said Cattermole. "The girls are getting better and better, and working really hard in practice. I think that will pay off throughout the season."
BYU will travel to Logan, Utah, next Friday to take on the Utah State Aggies and the New Hampshire Wildcats. The Cougars will next be in action at home on Feb. 27, when they will face Southeast Missouri State.
Meet: UTAH Utes - BYU Cougars 20080208
# Team Name Vault Bars Beam Floor Final
1 Univ of Utah Utes 49.325 49.250 49.050 49.075 196.700
2 BYU Cougars 48.700 48.650 47.875 48.700 193.925
Individual Results on Vault
1 GOLDMAN, Danielle 9.525
2 RASMUSEN, Heidi POULSON- 9.625
3 BERRETT, Kiki 9.650
4 JENSEN, Hayley 9.700
5 BOON, Alethea 9.850
6 ALLEN, Dayna SMART 9.875
Individual Results on Bars
1 POULSON, Mckell 9.750
2 JOHNSON, Madeleine 9.700
3 HOUGH, Melissa 9.775
4 DONEHUE, Megan 9.625
5 DRAPER-MARVIN, Kylee 9.800
Individual Results on Beam
1 JOHNSON, Madeleine 9.275
2 GALLUP, Kaylee 9.425
3 BOON, Alethea 9.200
4 JENSEN, Hayley 9.750
5 DRAPER-MARVIN, Kylee 9.625
6 ALLEN, Dayna SMART- 9.800
Individual Results on Floor
1 GOLDMAN, Danielle 9.675
2 BOON, Alethea 9.625
3 BERRETT, Kiki 9.750
4 RASMUSEN, Heidi POULSON- 9.700
5 DRAPER-MARVIN, Kylee 9.750
6 JENSEN, Hayley 9.825