PROVO -- The Cougars scored a season high 196.025 before more than 2,000 fans in the Marriott Center on Friday night, the fourth highest score in school history. But it was not enough to defeat the University of Utah, who scored a 197.225 overall, including a perfect 10.0 by Theresa Kulikowski on the uneven bars.
The Cougars started the meet with strong performances on the vault, with a 48.900, and on the bars, with a 49.400, the second highest bars score in school history. The Utes were outstanding on vault and bars, scoring a 49.100 and 49.550 respectively.
In the All-Around, Kelly Parkinson, ranked at No. 7 nationally in the All-Around, didn't have her best night, scoring a 39.150. Utah's Deidra Graham won the All-Around with a 39.475, and Theresa Wolf scored a 39.450.
"She (Parkinson) deserves a down night every once in a while," said BYU coach Brad Cattermole. "All in all, I am very happy with the performance of the team. We're still a little wiggly and sloppy, but we're coming along."
Parkinson scored a 9.900 on the vault, a 9.925 on the bars, before faltering a little on the beam and floor, where she scored a 9.600 and a 9.725. Other top performers for the Cougars were Kim Little, with a 9.925 on the bars, and Candace Cosgrave and Brooke Craig, who each scored a 9.900 on the floor excercise.
BYU will travel to Cedar City on Monday, February 12, to compete with Southern Utah. The Utes will face Arizona State on February 16 in Salt Lake City.
BYU 196.025 Utah 197.225
BYU Vault UTAH Vault
Jeni Lopez 9.575 Leah Sabo 9.725
Kari Dye 9.675 Kylee Wagner 9.125
Brogan Jacobsen 9.750 Theresa Wolf 9.800
Kim Little 9.775 Deidra Graham 9.875
Angie Hickman 9.800 V. Leclerc 9.900
Kelly Parkinson 9.900 Melissa Vituj 9.800
BYU Bars UTAH Bars
Jeni Lopez 9.875 Annie Medcalf 9.825
Brooke Craig 8.975 Shannon Bowles 9.425
Brogan Jacobsen 9.800 Theresa Wolf 9.875
Lindsay Lines 9.875 V. Leclerc 9.900
Kim Little 9.925 Deidra Graham 9.950
Kelly Parkinson 9.925 T. Kulikowski 10.00
BYU Beam UTAH Beam
Brooke Craige 9.650 Annie Medcalf 9.625
Karen Froerer 9.725 Melissa Vetuj 9.850
Kim Little 9.225 Theresa Wolf 9.825
Lindsay Lines 9.725 Deidra Graham 9.725
Kari Dye 9.775 T. Kulikowski 9.175
Kelly Parkinson 9.600 Shannon Bowles 9.900
BYU Floor UTAH Floor
Angie Hickman 9.850 Lindsay Tanner 9.900
C. Cosgrave 9.900 Kylee Wagner 9.925
Brooke Craig 9.900 Melissa Vetuj 9.900
Jeni Lopez 9.325 Shannon Bowles 9.950
Kari Dye 9.875 Theresa Wolf 9.950
Kelly Parkinson 9.725 Deidra Graham 9.925
The BYU women's gymnastics tema will host the University of Utah this Friday in the Marriott Center.
Utah, the No. 3 team in the nation, comes to the Marriott Center with a season average of 196.025 after five meets. Only UCLA and Alabama have better scores than the Utes.
The Cougars enter the meet with a 194.067 average after three meets, which ranks at No. 18 in the nation.
All-Arounder Kelly Parkinson has had a strong start this year, with an average score of 39.267, the seventh best in the country.
"Kelly has been tremendous this year. She has the conisitency that comes with time," said head coach Brad Cattermole. "Also, some of the newcomers have stepped up and hit their routines for us so far this year. That, combined with veterans like Kelly, has been a big plus."
Despite suffering from a calf injury, Kim Little stands at No. 39 nationally on the uneven bars.
Along with Parkinson, Jeni Lopez also competes in the All-Around for the Cougars.
Other strong competitors fro BYU have been Brooke Vraig on bars, beam and floor, and Kari Dye on vault, beam and floor.
Transfer Trisha Driggs has been a solid competitor on the beam as well as vault, and Angie Hickman and Brogan Jacobsen have both been solid contributors in two different events.
Utah's Deidra Graham ranks at No. 18 in the All-Around with a 39.119 average and Theresa Wolf is No. 24 nationally with a 39.050. Theresa Kulikowski sits at No. 4 in the nation on the uneven bars with a 9.912 average. As a team, the Utes are No. 1 in the country on the balance beam with an average of 49.019.
Last year the Cougars and the Utes met twice. On February 4, BYU traveled to Salt Lake where they gave Utah its regular season home meet in 20 years. BYU forced the Utes to come from behind in thefinal rotation to win the meet, 196.300 to 195.800.
In Provo, the Cougars placed second in a three-team meet which included Southern Utah. BYU scored a 195.650 to Utah's 197.200 and Southern Utah's 193.300. Little scored a 39.400 for a career high in the All-Around competition.
BYU and Utah will meet again later in the season. BYU travels to the Huntsman Center on the campus of the University Utah for a meet on March 23. The meet will be televised on KJZZ channel 14. Today's meet is being televised on KBYU and BYU-TV, available on the Dish Network 500 System.