333 E. Stadium Blvd Ann Arbor MI 48109
Gymnasts take second in tri-meet at Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The BYU gymnastics team scored a 195.325 to take second in a tri-meet on the road against nationally ranked Michigan and Kent State.
"We had a great meet," assistant coach Dawn Cattermole said. "I think as the season goes on, our girls are gaining more confidence and they want to perform well."
No. 8 Michigan took first place with a 197.200 and No. 23 Kent State rounded out the group with a score of 194.275.
To start the meet, BYU's first event was the balance beam. Senior Raquel Willman Hatch matched her season-high 9.800 while sophomore Summer Raymond also added a 9.800 to contribute to the Cougar's 48.750. Hatch earned the top all-around score of all three teams with a 39.325.
BYU took the floor next where sophomore Emily Vidmar competed for the second time this season and set a new career high with a score of 9.700. Sophomore Makenzie Johnson and Hatch led the way for the team with a 9.825.
The Cougars scored a 48.775 on vault, led by a 9.850 from Hatch. Sophomore Mikaela Jones set a season-high with a score of 9.750, while freshman Rachel Tucker competed for the first time as a Cougar, adding a 9.600 to the overall vault score. BYU competed only five vaulters due to a last-minute injury.
The best event score of the night for BYU, a 48.925, came on the uneven bars. All six Cougars score a 9.750 or higher with Hatch again notching the high score with a 9.850. Junior KayCee Gassaway contributed a 9.800.
The Cougars return home next week to host Pac-12 foe Washington on March 7 at the Smith Fieldhouse.
Cougars on the road to face Michigan, Kent State
PROVO, Utah - BYU gymnastics travels to Michigan Friday to compete against Michigan and Kent State in its second-to-last road meet of the season.
"We just need to keep improving," BYU head coach Brad Cattermole said. "We need to keep doing what we're doing. Things take care of themselves at the end of the season, we just need to keep plugging along."
Friday's meet provides a good opportunity for BYU to face some of the nation's top teams. Michigan ranks in a No. 8 with a Regional Qualifying Score of 196.595, and No. 23 Kent State owns an RQS of 195.160.
The Cougars' current RQS is 195.005 through the first eight meets of 2014, with a high of 196.425.
BYU last competed in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 2010.
Live stats will be available for the meet, which begins at 7 p.m. EST. Live video streaming is also available for a small fee through the University of Michigan.