TUCSON, Ariz. – BYU women’s gymnastics fell 196.850-195.400 to the No. 20 Arizona Wildcats on Friday at the McKale Memorial Center.
"We fought hard tonight," BYU head coach Guard Young said. "We had a rough warm-up with Eli Kulczyk going out on vault, but I'm so proud of the team for pulling it together. We didn't have any falls, so I'm happy to see the girls feeling more comfortable with their routines."
After the first rotation on bars, BYU finished with a 48.900 trailing Arizona’s 49.175. Wilde led the team followed by Douglas with a 9.800. Emily Vidmar, Jill Van Mierlo and Halliday each recorded scores of 9.750 to end the rotation.
On vault, Douglas earned a first-place tie. Mikaela Jones, Cheyenne Hill and Halliday tied with scores of 9.775, setting a career-high for Hill. Van Mierlo also put up a season-high 9.725 to help the Cougars to another 48.900 finish. The Wildcats led the Cougars 98.275-97.800.
Halliday led BYU on floor with a 9.850 performance. Douglas recorded a 9.825 followed by Sin To with a 9.800. Natasha Trejo and Vidmar each clinched 9.775 to help the Cougars to a 49.025 finish on floor, their highest scoring event of the night.
In their last rotation, the Cougars recorded a 48.575 on beam. Sin To finished with a team- and personal-best 9.825 while Halliday clinched a 9.775. Vidmar earned a 9.750 while Van Mierlo recorded a 9.625 on the beam.
The Cougars head to the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Championship next Saturday, March 19. The meet will begin at 6 p.m. MST at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho.
PROVO, Utah – BYU gymnastics hits the road to take on the University of Arizona on Friday.
“Arizona is a great team and it should be an exciting meet,” BYU head coach Guard Young said. “We’re still looking for that one meet where we can put it all together. We are starting to taper now so the girls are feeling better in the gym and are looking stronger.”
The Cougars placed second last week with a total score of 195.550 in a tri-meet with Utah State and New Hampshire. Utah State finished in first with 196.025 and New Hampshire in third with 193.825.
Makenzie Johnson Halliday recorded a career-high on floor with a 9.950, tying the sixth-best floor score in program history. Emily Vidmar tied her personal best of 9.850 on bars, while Mackenzie Douglas set a personal record on floor with a 9.875. Éliane Kulczyk was named Co-Specialist of the Week for her performance on bars, scoring a career-high 9.900. BYU also recorded a team season-high 49.325 on floor last Friday.
The meet will begin at 6 p.m. MST at the McKale Memorial Center in Tucson, Arizona. Live stats can be found on the BYU gymnastics schedule page.