BYU gymnastics to take on Central Michigan University

Ari Davis
Natasha Trejo competes on the beam during the meet against Utah. BYU took second place at the meet. (Ari Davis)

The BYU women’s gymnastics team is set to take on Central Michigan Friday night.

Senior Makenzie Halliday typically competes in the all-around but will only participate on the balance beam and the vault this week. Head coach Guard Young wants to rest Halliday and give other gymnasts an opportunity to compete.

Jill Van Mierlo will contend in the all-around, Kyleigh Greenlief will compete on the floor, Savanna Maradiaga will participate on the uneven bars and Taylor Harward will take on the balance beam.

Halliday earned the highest all-around score last week against Utah with a score of 38.875 but the Cougars ultimately lost, 196.175-193.850.

Central Michigan won their first meet against Temple, 193.425-188.900. The following week they took first over UW-Eau Claire, UW Whitewater and Winona State with a score of 193.600.

“Central Michigan is a very good team. I think they are very comparable to us,” Young said in a press release. “I’m looking at it as a potential win and also as a potential loss. The team that will hit and stick more routines will win. If we go out there and miss routines they will beat us, but if we hit our routines and they miss we will beat them.”

The meet starts at 5 p.m. MST at McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

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