Cougs notch a 196.050 in final regular-season meet


TUCSON, Ariz. — The BYU women’s gymnastics team scored a 196.050 in the final regular-season meet of the season against Arizona at the McKale Memorial Center on Friday evening. The Wildcats took home the win with a 197.275.


Despite a difficult first rotation on bars, the Cougars bounced back to earn their highest team vault score of the 2023 season, notching a 49.375. The performance was also BYU’s highest posted score across all four events this season. 

The Cougars started their meet on the uneven bars in the McKale Memorial Center. Senior Allix Mason had a strong start, tying her career-high score of 9.875 on the apparatus. Senior Anyssa Alvarado scored a 9.800, and Jayda Lealaogata ended the rotation with a career-high 9.825.

BYU scored a 48.450, behind Arizona’s 49.225, as they switched over to the vault for rotation two. 

All six Cougars scored above a 9.825 on vault in the second rotation. Sophie Dudley started off strong for BYU with a 9.825, followed by a career-high score of 9.875 by freshman Madison Raesly-Patton. Sydney Benson kept the momentum going, tying her career-high vault score of a 9.900. Senior Rebekah Ripley also tied her career-high 9.850 on vault, followed by another 9.850 by freshman Kylie Eaquinto. Mason closed out the rotation with a new career-best score of 9.900 for BYU.

Although the Cougars put up a new season-high vault score of 49.375, the Wildcats kept their lead heading into the third rotation, 98.450-47.825.

BYU maintained the momentum on floor, starting off with a 9.850 by Eliza Millar and a 9.875 by Benson. Dudley posted a 9.900, which is her second-highest score on the floor exercise. Sophomore Heidi Schooley earned a 9.850, and Benson posted the team’s highest score on the apparatus with a 9.900.

Despite another solid team score of 49.250 for the Cougars, the Wildcats continued posting solid scores of their own, keeping them ahead of BYU, 147.775-147.075.

Lauren Ono had a strong beam routine to start things off for BYU in the final rotation, scoring a 9.875. Dudley notched a 9.800, and senior beam captain Elease Rollins posted a 9.900 for the Cougars. Millar rounded out the competition with a 9.725.

The Cougars ended the meet behind the Wildcats, 197.275-196.050. 

BYU will next compete at the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship for the last time before moving to the Big 12 Conference. The competition will take place on Friday, Mar. 18 at 6 p.m. MDT at the America First Event Center in Cedar City, Utah.