MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – In its last meet of the 2016 season, BYU gymnastics scored a 194.075 to finish sixth at the NCAA Regionals at the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Saturday night.
“We only had 19 hits and five sticks,” head coach Guard Young said. “That’s not good enough if you are going to compete with some of the best teams in the country. I’m looking forward to a good summer with the team.”
Among the highlights for BYU on the night was Makenzie Johnson Halliday placing fourth in the all-around while Mackenzie Douglas and Halliday finished third overall on floor and Brittni Wilde also placed tied for third on bars.
Florida (196.725) and Minnesota (196.175) earned the two best team scores and will both advance to the national championship semifinals in Fort Worth, Texas. Missouri (195.850) finished in third, followed by Denver (195.700) and Ohio State University (194.775).
The Cougars began their first rotation on vault and totaled a 48.825. Douglas and Halliday led with team-high scores of 9.800. Mikaela Jones and Sin To followed with matching scores of 9.750 while Cheyenne Hill scored a 9.725.
After a bye in the second rotation, sophomore Brittni Wilde led the way on bars scoring a 9.850. Douglas and Halliday followed with scores of 9.750, while Vidmar notched a 9.675 to help the Cougars score a 48.525 to end the rotation.
On beam, costly falls led to a 47.650 finish. Sin To notched the top score with a 9.750 while Halliday and Vidmar added scores of 9.700 and 9.625, respectively.
“We need to get better at cold sets on beam," Young said. "Training beam and competing beam are two different events.”
With a bye in the fifth rotation, the Cougars took on floor in their final event and finished with a 49.075, their highest score of the night. Halliday and Douglas each scored a 9.850 to lead the Cougars. Vidmar and Hill followed with scores of 9.800, a personal best for Hill, while To added a 9.775 to end the night.
Halliday placed fourth in the all-around with a score of 39.100 and tied with Douglas on floor for third place with scores of 9.850. Wilde also placed third on bars in a four-way tie with a score of 9.850
This meet marks coach Young’s first NCAA Regional appearance as a head coach and the 25th time the Cougars have made it to regionals in the past 29 years.
BYU returns several gymnasts next year and looks to use its 2016 campaign to build for the future.â€‹
PROVO, Utah – BYU women's gymnastics will compete in Minneapolis on April 2 for NCAA regional competition, the NCAA announced on Monday.
"I'm excited for my first regionals as a head coach," BYU head coach Guard Young said. "Our girls are ready and are in good shape. There will be some great teams there and I cannot wait to see how we match up with them. We'll start on vault so it will be a good rotation for us."
The Cougars are one of 36 teams in the nation to make it to one of six regional sites. It is the 25th time in 28 years and seventh-straight time BYU has reached the NCAA regionals. BYU will compete with No. 2 Florida, No. 11 Denver, No. 14 Minnesota, Missouri and Ohio State in the Minneapolis regional.
Last season in regionals, the Cougars finished in sixth place with a 194.100. This year, BYU scored a season-high 196.150 against No. 10 Boise State, Southern Utah and Utah State in the MRGC Championship. The team has posted top team scores of 49.050 on vault, 49.300 on bars, 49.050 on beam and 49.325 on floor.
The top two teams and all-around competitors will advance to the national championships in Fort Worth, Texas, April 15-16, hosted by Texas Women's Univeristy and the Knight Eady Sports Group. The top two teams from the Iowa City, Salt Lake City and Tuscaloosa regionals will compete in one of the semifinals, and the top two teams from the Minneapolis, Ann Arbor and Athens regionals will compete in the other semifinal.
The meet will begin at 4 p.m. CDT in Minneapolis and will be hosted by the University of Minnesota at the Sports Pavilion.
Minneapolis Regional (Minnesota, host) -- 5 p.m. ET
5. Ohio State
1. Haylee Young, Iowa St.
2. Meaghan Sievers, Iowa St.
3. Kara Witgen, Air Force
4. Jamie Lewis, Air Force
Alt. – Courtney Pickett, Wis.-Whitewater
Individual Event Specialists
Vault – Sydney Converse, Iowa St.
Vault – Briana Ledesma, Iowa St.
Alt. – Sara Townsend, Iowa St.
Uneven Bars – Hilary Green, Iowa St.
Uneven Bars – Mackenzie Smith, Wis.-Whitewater
Alt. – Amy Enright, Wis.-La Crosse
Balance Beam – Alex Marasco, Iowa St.
Balance Beam – Sydney Converse, Iowa St.
Alt. – Sarah Neumann, Air Force
Floor Exercise – Briana Ledesma, Iowa St.
Floor Exercise – Kelsey Paz, Iowa St.
Alt. Courtney Middelkoop, Iowa St.
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