Smith Fieldhouse Provo UT 84606
PROVO, Utah – The BYU women’s gymnastics team recorded its best score of the season in a 195.800-194.075 victory over Southern Utah University on Saturday afternoon at the Smith Fieldhouse.
“It was a good meet today,” head coach Brad Cattermole said. “I thought on vault, we vaulted better than we scored but then they came back on bars and did pretty well. We hit our routines, we're still making little mistakes that I think we'll correct as time goes. Beam we stayed on and that's a plus, it makes it easier to score. We had a season high on floor which was awesome. They did really well and have been working really hard. They want to compete well, they want to score this year and the want to do well. They've been busting it in the gym everyday and it's finally starting to show.”
The Cougars opened the meet with the vault, scoring 48.900. Eliane Kulczyk recorded a team and meet high with a score of 9.825. Mikaela Jones recorded a new career high, scoring 9.800. Makenzie Johnson scored a 9.775 and Sarah Yandow Wensel and Raquel Willman notched matching 9.750’s.
BYU had four gymnasts score a 9.800 or higher to tie a season high with a score of 49.050 on the bars. Megan Bain and Willman led the way for the Cougars, with both tying a career high with a score of 9.850. Haylee Rollins and Wensel both recorded a 9.800 with Marguerite Lindstrom rounding out the five scores with a 9.750 to tie her personal best.
Bain recorded the high mark for the Cougars on the beam with a score of 9.825 with Willman and Ashley Follett scoring a 9.750. Vidmar added a 9.700 and Summer Raymond scored a 9.650 to give BYU a total of 48.650 in the event.
The Cougars rebounded from the beam to score a season high 49.150 on the floor in the last event of the evening. Four members of the team tied or set a new career highs with their score. Rollins tied a career high with a score of 9.875. Willman, Johnson and Wensel all set new career highs with 9.850, 9.825 and 9.825, respectively. Kulczyk rounded out the scoring with a 9.775.
Willman won the all-around with a season-high score of 39.200.
BYU returns to action on Friday, March 1, hosting North Carolina State and University of Utah at the Marriott Center at 7 p.m. MST and will be broadcast live on BYUtv and BYUtvsports.com. The meet will be part of the Deseret First Duel between the Utes and the Cougars, with three points up for grabs in the season challenge. Utah leads 19-16 in the standings.
BYU vs. Southern Utah on Saturday
PROVO, Utah – Heading into the second half of the season, just two home meets remain for the BYU women’s gymnastics team. The Cougars host Southern Utah on Saturday at 1 p.m. MST from the Smith Fieldhouse.
The Cougars are returning home after the Perfect 10 Challenge last week in Oklahoma City where the team took third place behind a 194.175 effort, highlighted by the season’s best score 49.050 on the bars.
The Thunderbirds are right with BYU in the expanded rankings, with Southern Utah coming in at No. 32 with an average score of 194. 433 and the Cougars right behind at No. 33, an average of 194.411.
SUU has topped 195 in its last three meets, including a season-best 195.700 last week vs. Sacramento State.
In its last outing, BYU struggled on beam and vault and will look to bounce back with better scores. With the bars seeing a high score in the latest competition, confidence continues to build on that event along with a strong showing on floor, an event that has been consistent all year.
The meet is set to begin at 1 p.m. MST on Saturday, Feb. 23 in the Smith Fieldhouse. Follow live scores at byu.statbroadcast.com.