Cougars notch 193.775 in first meet of the season
LAS VEGAS — The No. 22 BYU gymnastics team posted a 193.775 to earn fourth place at the inaugural Super16 Gymnastics Meet on Saturday afternoon at the Orleans Arena.
With a final score of 193.775, BYU finished the Super16 meet in fourth behind ASU (195.775) and Iowa (196.225). The Golden Bears took home first with a final score of 197.475.
BYU kicked off the Super16 on the floor in the first rotation. The Cougars had three girls make their career debuts on the floor, with Elease Rollins starting the rotation, followed by Eliza Millar and Heidi Schooley.
With a total score of 48.450, the Cougars ended the rotation in fourth, trailing ASU by .325. No. 8 Cal led with a score of 49.150, followed by Iowa with a final score of 48.850 as the teams went to their second events.
In the second rotation, BYU took to the vault with a total score of 48.850 to keep them in fourth. Freshman Kylie Equinto made her career debut for BYU on the apparatus, posting a score of 9.750. Senior vault captain Allix Mason led the Cougars in the second rotation with a 9.800.
The Cougars tackled the uneven bars on the third rotation, earning a 48.350. Eaquinto made her bars debut, and notched a 9.825 on the apparatus. Senior bars captain Anyssa Alvarado led the Cougars with a 9.900 to finish out the third rotation.
BYU ended the meet on the balance beam. Mason started off strong for the Cougars with a 9.850. Leading BYU on the apparatus, beam captain Elease Rollins finished with a 9.900. The Cougars finished the meet with a final score of 193.775.
Cal’s Andi Li won the All-Around with a score of 39.450. Following close behind was ASU’s Emily White who notched a 39.400.
Alvarado ended the meet tied for second on bars with a 9.900. Rollins also tied for second on the balance beam with a score of 9.900.
BYU hits the road again next week to compete in the fourth annual Rio Tinto Best of Utah meet against Utah State, SUU and Utah on Friday, Jan. 13 at the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Cougs kick off 2023 season in Vegas
PROVO, Utah — No. 22 BYU gymnastics prepares to compete in the inaugural Super16 gymnastics meet presented by Ozone at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, Jan. 7.
There are four sessions for the Super16 meet, two on Friday and another two on Saturday. BYU will compete in the Saturday afternoon session at 12 p.m. PT. The Cougars will take on Arizona State University, University of California – Berkeley and the University of Iowa.
Amongst the top talent heading to Vegas are the last six NCAA team champions, namely Oklahoma, Michigan and UCLA. BYU’s Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference foe, SUU, will also be attending the meet before the two teams face off in the Best of Utah meet on Friday, Jan. 13.
- When: Saturday, Jan. 7
- Time: 12 p.m. PST
- Location: Orleans Arena
- Live Stream: B1G+
- Stats: LiveStats
THE COUGARS. The BYU gymnastics team heads into the 2023 season ranked No. 22 nationally as voted on by the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association (WCGA). The Cougars finished their 2022 season as the No. 24 team in the nation and made a run to the NCAA Regionals. The 2022 team finished the season with a 196.640 average and a 393.265 National Qualifying Score (NQS) to rank them among the top 25 programs in the nation.
THE SUN DEVILS. The Sun Devils enter the season ranked No. 24 in the WCGA preseason poll. In 2022, ASU earned a share of the Pac-12 regular season title with Cal, Oregon State and Utah for the first time in program history. The Gym Devils finished with a 6-4 record and wrapped up the season ranked No. 22 on Road to Nationals.
THE GOLDEN BEARS. The Golden Bears enter the 2023 season ranked No. 8 in the WCGA preseason poll. Last season the Bears finished as the No. 11 team in the country and placed third in the NCAA Regional Final where they broke the program balance beam record and narrowly missed an NCAA Championship appearance.
THE HAWKEYES. The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team is ranked No. 18 for the second year in the WCGA preseason poll leading into the 2023 season. The Hawkeyes finished the 2022 season ranked 15th nationally, the highest final ranking since 2004. Sophomore Adeline Kenlin finished as the NCAA runner-up on beam after scoring a 9.950 while competing as an individual at the NCAA Championships.