BYU gymnastics improves in second meet, finishes third at Boise State

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The No. 23 BYU gymnastics team finished third in a tri-meet on Jan. 17 at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho behind No. 14 Denver and No. 11 Boise State.

In their second outing of the season, the Cougars came away with an overall score of 194.675, a .025 improvement from last week.

BYU gymnast Haylee Rollins competes in the floor exercise during a meet. Photo by Universe Photographer.
BYU gymnast Haylee Rollins competes in the floor exercise during a meet. Photo by Universe Photographer.

“We struggled a little on bars and vault which are typically two of our stronger events,” BYU head coach Brad Cattermole said.  “We weren’t terrible, but we just weren’t on. The team was considerably better on the balance beam and did really well on the floor.”

Junior Megan Bain had BYU’s highest individual score, a 9.850 on the balance beam, which was good enough to finish first in that event.

The Cougars recorded consistent scores in each event, with totals of 48.625 in vault, 48.475 on the bars, 48.800 on the beam, and 48.775 on the floor. 

Sophomore Eliane Kulczyk led BYU on the floor as she met her career high with a score of 9.800. On the bars, senior Haylee Rollins led the team with a score of 9.800 that put her tied for fourth place.

Last week’s gymnast of the week, sophomore Makenzie Johnson, did well in multiple events, scoring a team-high 9.750 in the vault and a 9.800 on the balance beam, which tied her for second in that event.

“We’re moving in the right direction,” Cattermole said. “We’ll keep working and keep improving. We’re hoping for big things as the season goes.”

The Cougars are on the road again next week as they travel to Logan Friday, Jan. 24, to face Utah State.

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