Tatiana Littlefield | Posted: 16 Jan 2019 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

No. 6 Cougars travel to Utah State for MRGC opener

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PROVO, Utah – After earning national recognition against Utah, the No. 6 BYU gymnastics team travels to Utah State for the first Mountain Rim Gymnastics competition on Friday, Jan. 18.

BYU vs. Utah State Meet Notes

Meet Information

THE COUGARS. BYU earned its highest season-opening meet score in program history after recording a 196.475 against instate rival No. 3 Utah. The score earned them the No. 6 spot in the national rankings.

EVANS & SUPER MARIO BROS. Junior Shannon Evans shined against the Utes as she scored a 39.400 in the all-around. Her floor routine earned a 9.900 as she performed to a Super Mario Brothers theme. The routine has flooded the Internet and was featured on Sports Illustrated. Evans also shared MRGC Bars and Floor Specialists of the Week honors.

BEAM RECORD. The Cougars earned a 49.325 on the balance beam after senior Natasha Marsh and sophomore Abbey Miner earned scores of 9.900 for their routines. The score is added to the program record book, tied for fifth place with BYU's performance against Southern Utah in 2018.

THE AGGIES. Utah State finished in third place in their meet last week after posting a 194.600 in the first meet of the season. West Virginia took first, Pittsburgh placed second and Eastern Michigan came in fourth place. Senior Madison Ward-Sessions scored a 9.825 on bars for the meet title and shared the floor title after scoring a 9.900. Her scores led her to win MRGC Bars Specialist of the Week and share the Floor Specialists of the Week honor. The Aggies also broke a school record for highest season-opening score.

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