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BOISE, Idaho - In its second meet of the sesason, BYU gymnastics improved from last week to record a 194.675 and finish third in a tri-meet at Taco Bell Arena.
Boise State scored a 195.150, and Denver narrowly edged BYU with a 194.825 to end the meet.
"We struggled a little on bars and vault which are typically two of our stronger events," BYU head coach Brad Cattermole said. "We weren't terrible, but we just weren't on. The team was considerably better on the balance beam and did really well on the floor."
The Cougars were very consistent all night long as they recorded scores of 48.625, 48.475, 48.800 and 48.775 in the four events.
BYU started on the floor as sophomore Eliane Kulczyk tied her career high with a 9.800 on her routine. Up next, four gymnasts scored almost identical scores on the vault as two gymnasts scored a 9.750 and two others finished with a 9.725.
Megan Bain scored a team-high 9.850 on the balance beam, BYU's best event of the night. Bain's score was the best by any gymnast in the meet. Sophomore Makenzie Johnson, last week's gymnast of the week, added a 9.800 to the team's beam score of 48.8000. On the bars, senior Haylee Rollins led the team with a 9.800, while Kulczyk added a 9.775.
"We're moving in the right direction," Cattermole said. "We'll keep working and keep improving. We're hoping for big things as the season goes."
BYU travels to Logan, Utah, Friday for its next meet against Utah State.
Cougars travel to face Boise St and Denver
PROVO, Utah — The No. 23 BYU gymnastics team continues its 2014 campaign on the road for a meet with No. 11 Boise State and No. 14 Denver on Friday at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho.
“Last week, Boise State had its highest start ever and we were right in the mix,” BYU head coach Brad Cattermole said. “In this kind of a meet, it’s probably going to come down to the balance beam, because both Boise and Denver are very good.”
In the quad meet in Salt Lake City last week, the Broncos recorded a 195.850, the highest opening score in the school’s history, and the Cougars followed with a 194.550.
With one meet in the books, BYU is ranked No. 23 in the nation for highest total season average (194.550) while Denver boasts a No. 14 ranking (195.200).
Sophomore Makenzie Johnson, who was recently named the Gymnast of the Week by the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship, led BYU with a 39.00 all-around score last week.