BYU gymnastics gets first win of the season

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Mikaela Jones sticks the landing in the meet against Boise State. Jones tied for first place on the vault against the University of Alaska Anchorage. (Natalie Bothwell)

The BYU women’s gymnastics team secured their first win of the season and set an all-around season-high score as they beat the University of Alaska Anchorage 195.575-191.100 Saturday night at the Alaska Airlines Center.

“This was a good trip for us,”BYU  head coach Guard Young said. “UAA had a brand new facility to host a meet and we had a great LDS crowd come out and support our team, which made a huge difference.”

The Cougars performed strong on the uneven bars in the first rotation. Emily Vidmar and Savanna Maradiaga both scored a 9.775, each earning a career-high score. Natasha Trejo added her score of 9.725 while Mackenzie Douglas earned a career-high score of 9.800. Brittni Wilde took the individual title on bars with a score of 9.875. BYU’s bar score of 48.950 is their highest score on the event this season.

BYU took to the vault in the second rotation. Makenzie Halliday and Sin To each scored a 9.800 while Cheyenne Hill added a 9.675. Mikaela Jones and Douglas both earned a 9.825 and tied for first place on the event. BYU took a comfortable lead into the third rotation 97.875-94.300.

The third rotation featured the Cougars on the floor. To and Trejo earned matching scores of 9.700 and Vidmar added her score of 9.725. Halliday and Douglas both received scores of 9.850 and tied for first on the event. BYU had a running score of 146.700 compared to Alaska’s 142.375 heading into the final rotation.

The team performed on the balance beam for the fourth rotation. To earned a 9.675 while Taylor Harward added her score of 9.625. Jones earned a career-high score and tied for first on the beam with Vidmar and Halliday, all receiving scores of 9.850. The Cougars dominated the Seawolves 195.575-191.100 and took first place in every individual event of the night.

BYU heads to Southern Utah next week to take on the Thunderbirds at the Centrum Arena on Feb. 12.

 

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