Cougar gymnasts slide past Aggies in narrow win

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BYU gymnastics earned its first win of the season finishing with 194.900, just barely scraping ahead of Utah State’s 194.300 on Friday.

All four events and the all-around were awarded to four different BYU gymnasts.

Eilane Kulczyk competes in the vault in the meet against Utah State. Photo by Ari Davis.
Eilane Kulczyk competes in the vault in the meet against Utah State. Photo by Ari Davis.

Racquel Williams Hatch took the all-around for the second consecutive week with a final score of 39.225. Hatch was named Gymnast of the Week on Monday by the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship for her career-high 39.425 against Denver last week.

BYU head coach Brad Cattermole was happy with the win over the Aggies, but expressed his desire for improvement.

“We kind of folded like a cheap suit and we can’t do that. We have got to learn from this meet and improve.”

On the vault, BYU tied its season-high 49.150 against Utah State’s 48.825. Sophomore Eliane Kulczyk set a new career-high score of 9.925, the top score of the event. Hatch, Makenzie Johnson and Madeline Nilsson tied their career-highs with scores of 9.825, 9.875 and 9.800, respectively.

The Aggies’ narrowly overtook the Cougars in the bars, scoring a 48.675 over BYU’s 48.475. Johnson stole the show with a 9.825 and Megan Bain Tidwell scored a 9.800.

BYU fought back in their performance on the beam, scoring a 47.975 over the Aggies’ 47.950. Sophomore Emily Vidmar highlighted the event with the score of 9.850, a career-high.

BYU took the floor in the final event, narrowly trailing behind Utah State. With their energy levels rising, the Cougars performed well and BYU set a team season high score of 49.300.

“We were finally back to doing the floor like BYU usually does floor,” Cattermole said. “The last couple of meets we just haven’t performed up to our capability and tonight we did. Floor was the standout event of the whole meet.”

Johnson led the team with a score a 9.925 in her floor routine to secure the win over the Aggies.

The Cougars will take to the road next week to compete against Arizona State, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. MST.

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