PROVO, Utah – Makenzie Johnson Halliday's all-around score of 39.250 helped BYU women’s gymnastics place second in the first home meet of the season. The Cougars recorded a season-high score of 195.475 against UC Davis and No. 13 Boise State Friday night at the Smith Fieldhouse.
“It was a great first home meet,” BYU head coach Guard Young said. "I was really happy with how the team faced adversity tonight. It was nice to see the scores a little bit higher and it feels like we're finally starting to turn the corner with scoring."
Boise State placed first, scoring 196.425, while the Cougars edged out UC Davis’s score of 194.750 for a second place finish.
The Cougars started off the first rotation with a strong performance on vault, achieving a score of 49.050. Sin To and Mackenzie Douglas each recorded season-high scores of 9.875 to generate momentum for the Cougars. Halliday also recorded a personal season-high score with a 9.800, putting the Cougars in second after one rotation. Boise State came in first with a score of 49.225 and UC Davis held third with a 48.9580.
On the uneven bars, the Cougars scored a 48.725. Brittni Wilde recorded a 9.825 while Emily Vidmar, Halliday and Douglas each scored a 9.750. At the end of the rotation BYU trailed UC Davis by only .100 and Boise State by a slim .175 margin.
In the third rotation, Halliday’s 9.875 score, which was the highest score on beam of the night, helped the Cougars rally to tie UC Davis for second place at an overall score of 146.500. Natasha Trejo also contributed with a 9.750 performance. Boise State stayed in the lead with an overall score of 147.175.
On floor, BYU came through with a 48.975 score to beat out UC Davis for second place. Halliday and Vidmar's 9.825 scores set the pace for the Cougars while Trejo and Douglas added scores of 9.800 and 9.775, respectively.
Halliday recorded season highs on all four events giving her an all-around score of 39.250, tying Boise State's Shani Remme for first in the all-around.
The Cougars travel to the CenturyLink Arena to face Boise State again in the Gem State Invitational next Friday at 7:30 p.m. MST.
PROVO, Utah – BYU gymnastics hosts its first meet of the 2016 season Friday night at the Smith Fieldhouse as UC Davis and No. 13 Boise State come to town.
“We are really excited for our first home meet,” BYU head coach Guard Young said. “Both teams are great. Boise State is an in-conference game, so we’re really focused on them.”
Boise State sits ranked at No. 13 and was selected to finish first in the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference preseason coaches’ poll, while the Cougars were chosen to finish tied for third. The Broncos captured the MRGC title last season at the championships in Denver and returns five all-conference honorees, including senior Krystine Jacobsen, the 2015 MRGC uneven bars champion.
UC Davis and Boise State met last week in Davis. The Broncos came out on top over the Aggies 195.700-194.325. UC Davis' Stephanie Stamates scored a season-high 9.850 on beam and three other gymnasts scored a 9.800 in the same event to lead a UC Davis sweep over Boise State on beam.
BYU faced Central Michigan last Friday in a 194.775-193.575 loss in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Sophomore Mackenzie Douglas led the team on vault with a 9.775, while senior Makenzie Johnson Halliday led on beam with a 9.800. The Cougars also dropped their first meet to Utah 196.175-193.850 despite Halliday winning the all-around and tying for first on beam with a 9.825.
This week Halliday will join Jill Van Mierlo on all-around and Eliane Kulczyk will be back on bars after sitting out the first two meets due to an injury.
“We need as much support as we can from our student body at BYU,” Young said. “We need to fill the Smith Fieldhouse, so come out and cheer us on.”
The meet will begin at 7 p.m. MST and will be broadcast on BYUtv.