No. 14 Cougars take 2nd place at Arizona State
TEMPE, Ariz. – The No. 14 BYU gymnastics team took second place after scoring a 195.825 against No. 21 Arizona State and West Virginia on Wednesday at Wells Fargo Arena.
"Tonight was one of those learn to succeed meets," BYU head coach Guard Young said. "We had a tough draw starting on the balance beam and that really predicted how the meet was going to go. Unfortunately it was a climb for us but the girls responded and came back."
The Gym Devils took first place with a 196.550 while the Mountaineers rounded it out with a 195.750.
The Cougars began the meet on beam, but a rough start landed them a 48.450. Evans led the team with a 9.850 and was followed by Abby Boden's 9.775. Cheyenne Hill and Natasha Marsh posted a 9.700 and 9.650, respectively. Abbey Miner scored a 9.475 while Helody Cyrenne received a 9.175.
In the second rotation on floor, BYU had all six players score a 9.800 or better. Once again, Evans led the way with a 9.900 while Abbey Miner added a 9.875. Briana Pearson and Sadie Miner recorded a 9.850 apiece while Boden scored a 9.825 and Brittney Vitkauskas earned a 9.800. The Cougars posted a 49.300
On vault, BYU scored a 48.950 as Abbey Miner posted a 9.825 to lead the team. Evans and Avery Bennet each scored a 9.800 and were followed by a 9.775 from Hill. Haley Pitou and Angel Zhong scored 9.750 and 9.700, respectively. After three rotations, the Cougars were in third place with a 146.700 as Arizona State led with a 147.300.
BYU closed the meet on bars, earning a 49.125. Cyrenne led the way with a 9.900 and Evans followed closely with a 9.875. Boden scored a 9.825 while Marsh earned a 9.800. Pitou received a 9.725 and Abbey Miner closed out the scoring with a 9.600.
BYU returns to the Smith Fieldhouse on Friday, Mar. 15, for Senior Night against Southern Utah at 7 p.m. MDT.
No. 14 BYU competes at No. 21 Arizona State, hosts No. 25 SUU
PROVO, Utah – The No. 14 BYU gymnastics team travels to No. 21 Arizona State on Wednesday, Mar. 13, before hosting No. 25 Southern Utah on Friday, Mar. 15.
THE COUGARS. Shannon Evans scored a career-best 39.575 as she led BYU to a 197.000, the highest score the program has received since 2004. The Cougars are now 3-2 in the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference as the Broncos currently hold the first spot with a 5-1 record. Helody Cyrenne was named Vault Specialist of the Week after scoring a career-high 9.925 on beam.
IN THE RANKINGS. BYU is climbing back up in the rankings with its highest rank of the season coming in at No. 6 for week two. The Cougars hold the No. 14 spot as they have an RQS score of 196.550 and are currently averaging a 196.106, with a 197.000 as the highest score received.
ASU Meet Information
- Who: Arizona State and West Virginia
- When: Wednesday, Mar. 13
- Time: 6:30 p.m. MST
- Location: Wells Fargo Arena
- Video: PAC-12 Network
- Stats: StatBroadcast.com
THE GYM DEVILS. Arizona State is coming off of a third-place finish against Denver, Nebraska and Pittsburgh after scoring a 194.825. The Gym Devils highest score of the season came against No. 12 Oregon State in February with a score of 196.625. Their best event is bars as they have scored a 49.000 or higher in eight-straight meets.
THE MOUNTAINEERS. West Virginia is ranked No. 28 this week after taking second place against Ohio State and Temple. The Mountaineers received a 196.100, their second-highest score of the season.
SUU Meet Information
- Who: Southern Utah
- When: Friday, Mar. 15
- Time: 7 p.m. MDT
- Location: Smith Fieldhouse
- Video: BYUtv
- Stats: StatBroadcast.com
THE FLIPPIN' BIRDS. Southern Utah cracked the Top 25 this week after beating Utah State, 196.350-195.275 and falling short to No. 19 Washington, 196.000-196.200. The Flippin' Birds' highest score of the season was a 196.575 against Temple. In February, Southern Utah topped BYU 196.000-195.650.