BOISE, Idaho (Feb. 1, 2013) – In a rematch against Boise State the BYU women’s gymnastics team scored a season-best 195.125 but fell to the Broncos for a second consecutive week.
“All said and done it wasn’t half bad. That’s the direction we want to be moving in,” head coach Brad Cattermole said. “Anytime you get above a 195 that doesn’t hurt.”
Boise State edged BYU with a 196.325, also a season high for the Broncos. The Cougars topped 195 for the first time this season and posted their best score since midway through the 2012 season.
BYU had four gymnasts score above a 9.800 on the bars, including 9.825’s from veterans Raquel Willman and Megan Bain. Senior Haylee Rollins notched a 9.800 and Sarah Yandow Wensel tied a career best with a 9.800 of her own.
On the vault, the Cougars’ freshman Eliane Kulczyk scored a 9.850 to lead the team. Kulczyk scored a 9.825 to tie for the team lead last week also. Fellow freshman Makenzie Johnson scored a 9.800 to match Rollins’ 9.800.
Rollins led the team on the floor, scoring a 9.850. Bain scored a 9.825 and Kulczyk chipped in with a 9.800.
Heading into the final event the Cougars trailed but had an opportunity for a comeback on the beam. BYU got three 9.825 performances from Johnson, Willman and freshman Emily Vidmar but it wasn’t enough as the Cougars couldn’t gain quite enough ground.
“Emily [Vidmar] did an absolutely great balance beam routine to help us,” Cattermole said. “We also had three or four girls stick landings on bars and vaulted well too. We hit when we had to so I think we are moving in the right direction.”
Willman scored a 39.150 to finish second in the all-around competition, her best score this season.
“Raquel [Willman] scored one of her best in the all-around and broke 39 so that’s good,” Cattermole said. “She’s only going to improve as well.”
Boise State scored the two highest scores in each event at the meet en route to their most solid performance of the year.
Up next, BYU returns to the Smith Fieldhouse to host Southeast Missouri State on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. The meet will be broadcast live on BYUtv.
Rematch with Boise State on Friday
PROVO, Utah – The BYU gymnastics team will have a chance at some redemption, heading to Boise State on Friday for a rematch after dropping a close one to the Broncos last week.
The Cougars fell 194.700 to 194.425 in last week’s meet against Boise State at the Smith Fieldhouse. The team battled injuries combined with some miscues on the uneven bars was too much to overcome.
BYU will have to improve on bars and pick up some ground on vault as well. The Cougars are heading into their second meet without Madeline Nilsson, the team’s best vaulter who suffered an ACL injury two weeks ago.
Against Boise State, BYU scored a 194.425, just below its season high of 194.475 scored in the first meet. The Cougars are still looking to get over 195 for the first time in the young season and will have another opportunity this week.
The meet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. from the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho on Friday.
Check BYUcougars.com for results.