BYU gymnastics to compete against top-20 teams

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The BYU women’s gymnastics team will compete against two top-20 squads in the Perfect 10 Challenge after scoring new season highs in back-to-back weeks.

BYU will travel to Oklahoma City for its toughest meet of the season, competing against No. 2 Oklahoma,  No. 16 Boise State and the Texas Womans’ Pioneers. BYU is currently No. 31 in the nation.

“We’ve had six meets now and have six more to go,” head coach Brad Cattermole said. “This is when you want to start peaking, so these meets will be really important and we have to hit.”

BYU gymnast Makenzie Johnson competes on the balance beam during a meet against Southeast Missouri in the Smith Fieldhouse. (Photo by Chris Bunker)

Two of these teams will be familiar for the BYU gymnasts. The Cougars competed against Boise State twice this season and TWU once. BYU outscored TWU but fell to Boise State in two consecutive meets. The Boise State Broncos scored a season high of 196.325 against the Cougars.

BYU will continue to rely on freshman athletes Eliane Kulczyk and Makenzie Johnson, as both gymnasts have scored career-high marks in the past two meets. Upperclassmen Megan Bain, Haylee Rollins and Raquel Willman must score consistently on multiple events to reach a 195 score.

BYU competes at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, in Oklahoma City. Live scores will be posted on the BYU Cougars stats page during the competition.

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