BYU gymnastics finished the last meet of the season in Seattle this week, taking sixth place with a 194.650.
This score matches the 2011 regional mark and is the highest score in nine years, second only to the score that took BYU to nationals in 2005.
Alabama took first place with a 197.550, followed by Nebraska with a 196.975, the two teams that will be advancing to the national championship. Denver and Washington took third and fourth place, followed by Boise State with a 195.275 and BYU in last.
The first event for BYU was bars, led by sophomore Eliane Kulczyk and senior Raquel Willman Hatch. Both gymnasts finished with a 9.800. Junior Kaycee Gassaway and sophomore Makenzie Johnson also shone, both scoring a 9.775 and helping BYU reach the final score of 48.900, the highest-scoring event of the night.
Following bars, sophomore Emily Vidmar took the lead on beam, scoring a team-high 9.750. Johnson also performed well with a 9.725, adding to the final score of 48.225.
Johnson added a high score of 9.800 with her floor routine, followed closely by Kulczyk, who scored a 9.775. Vidmar and Gassaway’s 9.725 each also contributed to the 48.700 final score for the Cougars.
The last event of the meet was vault. Gassaway took the lead, scoring the highest recorded score of the evening for BYU with a solid 9.825. The second-best score on vault came from Kulczyk, who added a 9.800, as well as a 9.775 from Hatch. Altogether BYU scored a 48.825 on vault.
Johnson and Hatch both competed in every event of the meet, Johnson finishing with an all-around score of 38.950 and Hatch with a 38.450.
Tonight marked the 23rd time BYU has made it to the NCAA Regional under head coach Brad Cattermole and the end of the 2014 gymnastics season for BYU.