BYU gymnastics falls to Boise State and University of Oklahoma

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BYU gymnastics lost to Boise State and the University of Oklahoma in the Perfect 10 Challenge quad meet on Saturday in Oklahoma City.

BYU scored in the goal range of 195’s the past two weeks, but at the quad meet BYU scored a 194.175, almost a full point lower than last week. The Cougars finished behind the top scoring Sooners who scored a 197.450, and Boise State who scored a 195.575. The Texas Womans’ Pioneers finished in fourth with a 191.425.

BYU gymnast Emily Vidmar competes on the beam during a meet in the Smith Fieldhouse. (Photo by Universe Photographer)
BYU gymnast Emily Vidmar competes on the beam during a meet in the Smith Fieldhouse. (Photo by Universe Photographer)

On bars, the Cougars scored in the 9.7’s and 9.8’s range. A strong first rotation left the Cougars in a good position to win the meet. Haylee Rollins tied her season high score of 9.875, the highest score for the Cougars. Eliane Kulczyk scored a 9.825 for BYU.  Raquel Willman and Sarah Yandow Wensel also scored a 9.800.

“We have two home meets coming up and we need to push until the end,” BYU head coach Brad Cattermole said. “We scored well on bars and I was happy with that, but we just had an off night on beam. We’ll need to come home and regroup for the rest of the season now.”

BYU struggled on the vault. Wensel and Johnson had BYU’s highest scores on the vault with 9.775’s. Willman also scored in the 9.7’s range, adding a 9.725 for the Cougars. All other scores for BYU were below a 9.65, an unusual situation for this team.

The beam sealed BYU’s hold on third place. This event was not successful for the Cougars, due to falls. Freshman Summer Raymond scored a second career high routine with a 9.825 while freshman Makenzie Johnson scored a 9.775. All-around gymnast Raquel Willman also scored above a 9.7, adding a 9.750 to the overall team score. Other scores on beam were below a 9.45 for the Cougars.

The BYU team was able to make up some ground on the floor event. Rollins led the team with a 9.825. Wensel and Kulczyk followed closely behind, with a pair of 9.750’s. Megan Bain also scored in the 9.7’s with a 9.725. Willman scored a 9.700 for the Cougars, adding positively to the overall team score.

BYU will compete against Southern Utah on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. MST in the Smith Fieldhouse.

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