BYU takes second in tri-meet at University of Michigan


The BYU gymnastics team took second place with a 195.325 score in the tri-meet against University of Michigan and Kent State.

Natalie Eyre-Pickard competes on the uneven bars. Photo by Chris Bunker
Natalie Eyre-Pickard competes on the uneven bars. Photo by Chris Bunker

“We had a great meet,” assistant coach Dawn Cattermole said. “I think as the season goes on, our girls are gaining more confidence and they want to perform well.”

The Wolverines, ranked No. 8 in the nation, finished with a score of 197.200 and the No. 23 Golden Flashes with a 194.275.

BYU started off the meet with the balance beam. Senior Raquel Willman Hatch matched her season high 9.800, tying for fourth place along with sophomore Summer Raymond who also scored a 9.800. The final score for BYU on balance beams was a 48.750.

On the floor, senior Jordan Hayden landed her season high with a 9.700. BYU was led by sophomore Makenzie Johnson as well as Hatch, both scoring 9.825 on the floor exercises.

Sophomore Emily Vidmar competed on the floor for her second time this season, coming away with a new career high of 9.700. The final score was 48.875 for BYU.

BYU scored a 48.775 on high vault, led by Hatch with a 9.850. Freshman Rachel Tucker competed for the first time this season, adding 9.600 to the final score.

Sophomore Mikaela Jones set a season high with a 9.750 on vault. Because of a last-minute injury, only five Cougars competed in high vault.

Uneven bars proved the best event of the meet for BYU, finishing with a 48.925. All six competing gymnasts scored at least 9.750, again led by Hatch with a 9.850. For all around results, Hatch took first place with a high score of 39.325.

The Cougars will return home March 7, hosting the Washington Huskies at the Smith Fieldhouse. The meet will begin at 7 p.m.

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