PROVO -- Led by a record performance in the all-around by sophomore Kelly Parkinson, the BYU women's gymnastics team set a school record for team score, defeating Southern Utah 196.525 to 193.750 Friday in the Smith Fieldhouse in Provo.
The Cougars broke the old team record of 196.375 that was set in 1997 in a home meet against Utah without the services of senior co-captain Denice Pauga who was out of the lineup due to a sore neck.
Parkinson broke the all-around record of 39.475 that she tied earlier this season by finishing with an all-around score of 39.550. Her lowest score on the night was a 9.825 which she scored on the balance beam. She scored a 9.950 on the floor to tie teammate Kim Little for the event title.
On uneven bars, the Cougars set a team record by scoring a 49.425. BYU didn't count a score lower than a 9.875 in uneven bars.
The Thunderbirds were led by Suzi Clark and Caycee Overstreet. Each finished the night with an all-around score of 38.900. Heather Slack also won the balance beam competition for Southern Utah with a score of 9.875.
The Cougars will face 5th-ranked Nebraska Monday in Lincoln, Neb.
Southern Utah: 193.750
Vault: BYU 48.900, SUU 48.450
1. Kelly Parkinson (BYU), 9.900
2. Megan Maiser (SUU), 9.800
3. Angie Hickman (BYU), 9.775
Bars: BYU 49.425, SUU 48.275
1. Leah Niepraschk (BYU) 9.900
Mindi Hilton (BYU), 9.900
2. Lindsay Lines (BYU), 9.875
Kim Little (BYU), 9.875
Parkinson (BYU), 9.875
Beam: BYU 48.850, SUU 48.225
1. Heather Slack (SUU), 9.875
2. Parkinson (BYU), 9.825
Suzi Clark (SUU), 9.825
Floor: BYU 49.350
1. Little (BYU), 9.950
Parkinson (BYU), 9.950
2. Brooke Craig (BYU), 9.850
1. Parkinson (BYU), 39.550
2. Little (BYU), 39.350
3. Caycee Overstreet (SUU), 38.900
Clark (SUU), 38.900
After placing third in the Shanico Invitational last weekend in Oregon, the BYU women's gymnastics meet returns to action when it hosts Southern Utah Friday at 7 p.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse.
The Cougars will then travel to Nebraska Monday for a dual meet with the 5th-ranked Huskers.
The dual meet with the Thunderbirds will be the second of the season between the two teams. Southern Utah won the first meet in Cedar City, Utah, 194.425-194.250. Southern Utah's Caycee Overstreet won the all-around competition at that meet with a score of 38.950.
Nebraska has also competed with the Cougars this season, participating in the Shanico Invitational last weekend. The Huskers finished ahead of BYU, finishing the night with a team score of 196.800. BYU finished the meet with a 194.975 score.