BYU gymnastics loses to Boise State again

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Taylor Harward competes on the uneven bars in the Cougars’ home meet against the Broncos on Feb. 7. BSU beat BYU for the second time this season on Friday.

BYU gymnastics lost to the Boise State Broncos 196.275–194.750 at a meet in Idaho on Friday.

The loss marks the Broncos’ second triumph over the Cougars this season.

“Overall, we just didn’t have our best meet,” BYU head coach Brad Cattermole said. “With only a few meets left, we have to figure out how to be better.”

The Cougars struggled right out of the gate on the uneven bars, which was their lowest-scoring event of the night. Jill Van Mierlo and Makenzie Johnson led the team with 9.875 and 9.800 respectively. KayCee Gassaway added 9.775, and the team finished with 48.400.

BYU improved slightly on the balance beam with a team score of 48.450. Van Mierlo’s 9.775 was again the team’s highest score of the event, while Emily Vidmar came close behind with 9.700. Jordan Schult and Ashley Robinson each earned 9.675, and Johnson added 9.650.

Floor was the Cougars’ best event, and their 49.250 was a season high. Johnson tied her own season-high 9.900, and Vidmar set a new season high of 9.875. Schult’s 9.850 marked her own career–high score. Gassaway’s 9.825 and Van Mierlo’s 9.800 rounded out the event.

Johnson and Van Mierlo again led the team on the vault, with 9.850 and 9.800 respectively. Schult, Mikaela Jones and Sin To competed as well, and the team finished the final event with 48.650.

The Broncos outscored the Cougars on every event and beat the Cougars by 1.525 points, but Van Mierlo still finished second in the all-around competition with 39.225.

BYU gymnastics returns to the Smith Fieldhouse March 6 for Senior Night, where the team will compete against Central Michigan University.

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