BYU gymnastics loses meet to University of Arizona

Ari Davis
Makenzie Halliday competes on the bars against SUU. (Ari Davis)

The BYU gymnastics team lost to the University of Arizona 196.850-195.400 Friday night in their final regular season meet.

The Cougars started the night on the uneven bars. Matching 9.750 scores from Makenzie Halliday, Emily Vidmar and Jill Van Mierlo combined with a 9.800 from Mackenzie Douglas and a 9.850 from Brittni Wilde gave the team a bar score of 48.900.

BYU competed on the vault in the second rotation. Cheyenne Hill set a career-high score with a 9.775 while Van Mierlo set a season-high score of 9.725. Those scores combined with a 9.775 from Halliday and Mikaela Jones plus a 9.850 from Douglas gave the Cougars a running score of 97.800 after two rotations.

The team performed on the floor in the third rotation. Natasha Trejo and Vidmar earned matching scores of 9.775 while Sin To received a 9.800. Douglas scored a 9.825 and Halliday earned the highest Cougar floor score with a 9.850. BYU had a running score of 146.825 heading into the final rotation.

The fourth rotation featured the Cougars on the balance beam. To set a career-high score with a 9.825. Halliday received a 9.775 while Vidmar added her score of 9.750. Van Mierlo’s 9.625 and Trejo’s 9.600 gave BYU a beam score of 48.575 but it wasn’t enough for the Cougars as they fell to the Wildcats 196.850-195.400.

“We fought hard tonight,” said BYU head coach Guard Young. “We didn’t have any falls so I’m happy to see the girls feeling more comfortable with their routines.”

Despite the loss, Halliday won another all-around competition, this time with a score of 39.150.

The team travels to Boise, Idaho for the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Championship on Saturday, March 19.


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