No. 21 Cougars take 1st at quad meet
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The No. 21 BYU gymnastics team scored a 196.425 to take first place over Air Force, Springfield and Seattle Pacific on Saturday night at Cadet West Gym.
"It was a good meet for us," BYU head coach Guard Young said. "The energy was there and the girls were loose and really supportive of each other. Everyone is performing the way they train every day in the gym."
Air Force came in second place with a 194.775, Seattle Pacific placed third with a score of 190.500 and Springfield scored a 185.775 to round out the meet.
The Cougars started the meet on beam and had three gymnasts score a 9.825 or better. Helody Cyrenne led the way with a career-best 9.875 while Abby Boden and Natasha Marsh received a 9.825 apiece. Cheyenne Hill scored a 9.750, Abbey Miner earned a 9.725 and Shannon Evans finished the rotation with a 9.700. BYU posted a 49.00 in the first rotation to take an early lead.
In the second rotation, Evans led the way with a 9.925 for a season high on her floor routine and was followed by Miner's career-high 9.900. Boden earned a 9.825 while Brittney Vitkauskas and Briana Pearson scored a 9.775 apiece. Rebekah Bean joined the rotation, receiving a 9.700. BYU posted a 49.200 to bring the score to 98.200.
On vault, BYU scored a season-high 49.100 as Miner, Haley Pitou and Bean each scored a 9.850, career bests for all three, to take the meet title. Angel Zhong and Avery Bennett earned 9.775 scores while Evans received a 9.750. Zhong's score was also a season high. After three rounds, the Cougars held the lead with a 147.300.
On the parallel bars for the final rotation, BYU earned a season-best 49.125 as Cyrenne performed a career-best performance with a 9.950. Pitou scored a season-high 9.850 and Marsh followed with a 9.825. Evans and Boden received a 9.750 while Zhong scored a 9.725.
At the close of the meet, Evans earned the all-around title after combining for a 39.125.
The Cougars return home as they host No. 9 Boise State on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. MST in a Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference matchup.
No. 21 BYU travels to Air Force for quad meet
PROVO, Utah – The No. 21 BYU gymnastics team travels to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to take on Air Force, Springfield and Seattle Pacific on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. MST.
- When: Saturday, Feb. 9
- Time: 7 p.m. MST
- Location: Cadet West Gym
- Video: GoAirForceFalcons.com
THE COUGARS. BYU placed third last week against Cal and Arizona State as the team scored a 194.975. Captain Shannon Evans recorded a career-best 39.475 in the all-around as she scored a 9.925 on vault.
MRGC HONORS. Evans has earned at least one Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Specialist of the Week honors in all four weeks this season. She has received the honors for her performances on floor, vault, beam and was named Gymnast of the Week for Week 4.
MRGC STANDINGS. Boise State and BYU have each earned two wins in conference action. The Broncos beat Southern Utah in Cedar City and at home while the Cougars topped Utah State on the road and in the Marriott Center. Southern Utah earned its first win against Utah State last week in Cedar City.
AIR FORCE FALCONS. The Falcons have placed first in their last two meets after scoring a 193.775 and a 188.200, respectively. The 193.775 is Air Force's season-best as they beat San Jose State, Seattle Pacific and Alaska.
SPRINGFIELD PRIDE. Springfield is coming off a fourth place finish after scoring a 188.200 at the Don Tonry Invitational at Yale University on Feb. 2. That was the highest score the Pride has scored this season.
SEATTLE PACIFIC FALCONS. Seattle scored a 190.625 as the Falcons placed fourth in a quad meet against Northern Illinois, Kent State and Lindenwood. Its highest score of the season was a 192.625 against UC Davis in January.