Cougar gymnastics fall in Cat Classic

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    By Stacie Searle

    The Cougars lost their Cat Classic team title Friday to host University of Missouri, but the gymnasts performed well during Saturday”s individual competition.

    BYU”s score of 192.850 was no match to University of Missouri”s 195.875. New Hampshire took second with a score of 195.100, and Arizona captured third with a 194.575.

    The Cougars had numerous falls on the bars and beam. BYU gymnasts earned a 47.775 on the bars, improving from last week”s season-low score of 47.600. On the beam, the Cougars fell to 47.625, another season low.

    Junior Kari Lords finished fourth on the bars with a team high score of 9.825. Missouri sophomore Alisha Robinson hit a 9.900, taking first place.

    On the beam, the Cougars lost to Missouri”s freshman Lauren Schwartzman and Arizona”s sophomore Monica Bisordi, who each earned a 9.925. Senior Lindsay Butterfield received BYU”s top score on beam, capturing a 9.725.

    The only Cougar to score in the top three of any event was sophomore Kirsten Pauga. New Hampshire”s Vanessa James tied Pauga for third with a score of 9.825.

    The all-around title was taken by Bisordi, who scored a 39.325. Missouri junior Lindsay Davis took second with a score of 39.225, and Robinson finished third with a 39.175.

    BYU”s all-around competitor, Butterfield, received her highest score ever on beam and floor. Her beam routine earned her a 9.725 and on the floor she received a 9.800.

    Six Cougars competed during Saturday”s individual competition in front of 2,523 fans.

    Lords was BYU”s top finisher in any event Saturday. Her score of 9.775 tied her for second on the bars with three other competitors.

    BYU”s senior Candace Slater, junior Brogan Jacobsen, Pauga and Butterfield competed on the floor. Lords and Jacobsen competed on the bars, and freshman Meghan Donahue competed on the vault. No one competed on the beam.

    Slater and Jacobsen gave outstanding performances on the floor, tying for fourth. Both received a score of 9.850.

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