College roundup: Utes capture NCAA West Region championship

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Published: Saturday, Feb. 25 2012 11:00 p.m. MST

Bordeau joined Kocken on the podium with a third-place run. The Mrozine, France native has placed third or better seven times during her first season with the Utes.

Jaime DuPratt finished 15th, while Tii-Maria Romar rounded out the Ute effort in 23rd.

Senior Torjus Krogdahl led the way for the Utes with a third-place finish in the men's slalom for his second podium effort of the year and the seventh of his career.

"I want to congratulate our men's team as well," Korencan said. "They were fantastic, fighting hard and smart. Torjus once again proved that he is one of the best slalom skiers on the circuit. The same goes for Nick [Cohee] and Ryan [Wilson], who had one of the best runs of the season. The whole year has been just an incredible ride. Hard work on and off the hill has finally paid off. These athletes really deserve it. I am just so happy for them."

Cohee was the next Ute in the individual standings as he finished in sixth place. The Gardnerville, Nev., native has been among the top 10 in eight of 10 races this season and 18 times during his career.

Wilson was the third Ute scorer as he finished in a 10th-place tie. He has now been in the top 10 in 19 races over his career and 10 times in 2012.

Freshman Tim Hribar completed the Ute effort with a 29th-place finish.

The NCAA Championships will be held Mar. 7-10 in Bozeman, Mont. Check out utahutes.com for all the details.

COUGARS WIN GYMNASTICS MEET: At Provo, in its third home meet of the season, the BYU gymnastics team defeated in-state rivals Southern Utah and Utah State, marking its second win of the season.

"The team came back on beam and bars and did relatively well," head coach Brad Cattermole said. "They rescued themselves from what could have been a bad week. I thought they turned it around rather well tonight."

The Cougars posted their best team score in the vault of the season, with every gymnast either tying or setting season-high marks. Senior Natalie Eyre Pickard led BYU with a score of 9.875, with junior Sarah Yandow and sophomore Raquel Willman setting career highs, scoring 9.850. Senior Mickell Merrell also recorded a career high mark of 9.825, and Senior Krysten Koval and freshman Jordan Schult set season-high marks, scoring 9.775 and 9.725 respectively.

Eyre-Pickard also led BYU on the bars, posting 9.825. Willman came in second for the Cougars with a score of 9.800 and KayCee Gassaway recorded a season-high score of 9.725.

On the beam, Eyre-Pickard tied her season best, posting 9.85 and Willman set a career-high, with a score of 9.825.

BYU finished the meet with a strong performance on the floor, as every gymnast scored a 9.700 or above. Koval and Jennifer Lezeu both tied their season bests, with scores of 9.825 and 9.75 respectively, and Willman set her third career-high of the night, scoring 9.800.

With those three career-high scores, Willman won all-around for the first time this season, finishing with an impressive score of 39.275.

SUU fell to BYU, but extended a 24-meet winning streak over Utah State as the Aggies finished with a 193.625.

"We were right in this meet," head coach Scott Bauman said. "If we don't step out on floor, or if I would have put Brooke Cersosimo in the vault lineup or if we did many other things we may have won. But, I'm happy with how the team performed today and that we were able to go 22-for-23 tonight on our routines."

The Thunderbirds opened on the balance beam, going 6-for-6, scoring a 48.425. Southern Utah was led by seniors Brooke Cersosimo and Anna Schumacher with matching 9.750's. The duo was followed closely by Caitlin Kennedy with a 9.700 as Ana Jaworski (9.625) and matching 9.600's by Lauren Jeffrey and Jamie Armijo rounded out the team score.

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