Cougars Post Season-High Against Utah
PROVO -- In their final home meet of the season, the BYU women’s gymnastics team (12-6-2) fell to rival Utah Friday by a score of 195.8 – 196.7 in the Marriott Center on senior night. The Cougars’ team mark was their best of the season.
"From beginning to end we fought hard," said BYU head coach Brad Cattermole. "I think we were trying so hard to stick landings and get big scores that we got ahead of ourselves at times, but we competed well."
Seniors Jessica Villegas and Madeleine Johnson were honored after their final home meet as Cougars. Both posted career-highs on the night as Johnson scored a 9.900 on bars while Villegas scored a career-best 9.850 on floor.
The Cougars began on vault and were led by sophomore Haylee Rollins, who posted a 9.85. Freshman KayCee Gassaway and junior Natalie Eyre each recorded a 9.825 to bring BYU’s team score to 48.975. Eyre, the BYU team captain, is currently ranked eighth in the North Central region on vault and boasts a career-high score of 9.925.
After the first rotation, the Utes held the lead, scoring 49.375 compared to BYU’s 48.975.
On bars, Johnson was not the only Cougar to receive a career-high score. Freshmen Raquel Willman and Rollins each posted career-highs, scoring 9.875 and 9.90 respectively. After two rotations, the Cougars’ running score was 98.25, just .3 points behind the Ute’s, who sat at 98.550. BYU’s 49.725 on bar was their best mark of the season.
"I think this builds our confidence going into regionals, which is the biggest meet of the season," Villegas said.
Junior Krysten Koval set a new career-high on beam, posting a 9.900 to lead the Cougars in the third rotation. Eyre also set a new career high with a 9.875 and Willman recorded a 9.800 as BYU recorded a season-high 49.050 on beam.
BYU will now await their regional bid which will be announced Monday.
Cougar Gymnasts Face Utes in Deseret Duel Meet
PROVO -- In their final meet of the regular season, the BYU women’s gymnastics team will host in-state rival University of Utah on Friday in the Marriott Center. The annual Deseret Duel meet will begin at 7 p.m. and will be televised live on BYUTV.
"I was happy with our last meet," BYU head coach Brad Cattermole said. "We're still capable of much better and we're just trying to get better every meet. We can compete with anyone, we just have to go out there and have fun."
With three Deseret Duel points on the line, BYU will look to upset the Utes, who currently hold a commanding lead for first place in the North Central region while the Cougars sit in sixth place.
BYU is coming off their most impressive performance of the season as they posted a season-high 195.300 on the road against Arizona last weekend. After beginning the season 10-2-2 including an impressive win at Arkansas, the Cougars have suffered five tough losses and will look to end their recent losing streak.
The Utes have posted impressive wins throughout their season with victories over gymnastic powerhouses such as UCLA and Georgia. However, Utah has lost two consecutive meets against Florida and Oregon State. Still, the Utes season-low team score is a 195.700.
BYU and Utah have faced two mutual opponents: Georgia and Utah State. The Cougars were unable to top the Gymdogs but BYU and the Utes defeated Utah State.
Tickets are available at www.byutickets.com and will be available for purchase one hour prior to the meet in the Marriott Center box office. Live stats will be available through www.byucougars.com and live video can be streamed online through www.byutv.org.