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Season high gives No. 22 Cougars win over Air Force
PROVO, Utah — No. 22 BYU gymnastics beat Air Force 196.450 to 192.700 Friday night in the Smith Fieldhouse with record-breaking performances.
"It was a great meet for us again," BYU head coach Guard Young said. "It feels like the girls are performing at a really high confidence level. We're deep and have lots of options, and it's hard to know who to put in."
On a night filled with with career and season highs, the Cougars scored a season-high total score of 196.450. Seven gymnasts set new personal records, and sophomore Shannon Hortman Evans led BYU with an all-around career-high of 39.300.
In the first rotation, the Cougars posted a 48.925 on vault, the team's highest score on the event this season. Mackenzie Douglas led the team with a season-high 9.825. Evans scored a 9.800 while Angel Zhong and Avery Bennett each earned a 9.775. At the conclusion of the first rotation, BYU led Air Force 48.925 to 48.550.
Five gymnasts earned career-high scores as the Cougars scored a season-high team score of 49.200 on bars in the second rotation. Natasha Trejo Marsh and Evans tied their career-highs of 9.875. Freshman Abby Boden recorded a career-high 9.825, and Zhong set her own career-high with a 9.775. BYU extended their lead over the Falcons to 98.125 to 96.025.
After the third rotation, the Cougars stayed on top 147.175 to 144.275. Van Mierlo led on beam with a 9.875, leading BYU to earn a 49.050. Evans recorded a 9.850 and Marsh earned a 9.800. Zhong set a second career high after receiving a 9.750.
In the final rotation, BYU ended strong with a final season-high team score of 49.275 on the floor. Douglas continued to show her dominance on floor, earning a career-best 9.925. Abbey Miner also scored a career-high 9.850 while Briana Pearson had an equally impressive performance with another 9.850.
BYU vs Air Force Final Results
The Cougars will compete next at Denver University on Feb. 3. The meet is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. MST in the Hamilton Gymnasium.
No. 22 BYU honors veterans in meet against Air Force
PROVO, Utah - No. 22 BYU will honor veterans during the gymnastics meet this Friday at 7 p.m. when Air Force comes to compete at the Smith Fieldhouse.
"I'm really excited that we get to compete this week," head coach Guard Young said. "We'll probably run some different lineups. This is a great chance to rest some girls and maybe let a few others compete instead."
Air Force comes to BYU in what will be the third-straight home meet of the season. After a record-breaking crowd last Friday and earning the highest team score on beam this season, the Cougars look forward to continuing the streak of home wins.
Last week, Mackenzie Douglas repeated as Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference (MRGC) Floor Specialist of the Week with her 9.875 on floor. In the meet against Southern Utah, Shannon Hortman Evans and Brittni Hawes led the Cougars on bars with scores of 9.850. Freshman Avery Bennett and senior Douglas both recorded 9.800 on vault, giving the team its highest vault score of the season.
"There's still room for us to improve and clean up," Young said. "We need to look at the details of the routines. We didn't earn a lot of 9.900 scores last weekend, so we will be cleaning those up."
BYU's ROTC will post the nation's colors followed by a live performance of the national anthem. The team will also recognize veterans in attendance. The meet will be broadcast live on BYUtv and streamed on BYUtv.org. Live stats can be found through the schedule page.