By Anja Smollich
Despite scoring some of the highest scores of the season, the BYU gymnastics team fell short to Southern Utah University 194.750-194.475 Friday night at home.
Although the Cougars competed well and accomplished a season record on vault (49.325), it was their erformance on bars (47.175) that cost them the win.
?We just had a terrible night on bars,? BYU head coach Brad Cattermole said.
?That was probably the worst we?ve been in years. I don?t remember the last time we had a 47 on bars.?
The Cougars suffered three falls, and two of them counted. Even though Canadian Genevieve Claveau pulled off first place (9.8) and Jaime Mabray scored second (9.75), it was not enough to balance out the falls.
On vault though, the squad captured the top four spots with Marie-Helene Claveau taking first (9.925) and Alethea Boon taking second (9.875). Dayna Smart and Kirsten Pauga followed and tied for third (9.85) with SUU?s Sabrina Gourley.
On beam, the Cougars again landed the top four spots, with Mabray and Smart tying for first (9.9) and Kandis Kelly taking third (9.825). Candace Bauer tied for fourth (9.8) with Thunderbird Carly Geronimo. Geronimo also tied for first (9.825) on floor with Cougar?s Capra and Mabray.
Co-captain Mabray won first in the all-around with 39.3, followed by SUU?s Shenna Shaw (39.05) and Geronimo (38.9).
?This win is rare,? SUU head coach Scott Baumann said. ?You?re not gonna come up here and beat BYU. They get too pumped up before their meets, but it would have been better to score 195 and (BYU) to score 196. That would have actually helped us out more, both ways.?
The Cougars now have a few days of rest before they will take on Boise State Friday at 7 p.m. in the Marriott Center.