A school record on vault overcame a fall-plagued performance on beam and led BYU's 10th-ranked women's gymnastics team to a 194.45-190.825 win over 11th-ranked Oregon State Friday night.
The Cougars started the meet going six-for-six on the vault and scored a 49.025, beating the old school record of 49.0 set last year. Highlighting the event were freshmen Kelly Christensen and Kim Little, both hitting new personal-bests of 9.875 on 9.9 value vaults.The Cougars continued to look strong on bars, grabbing a team score of 48.925 behind twin 9.9s from senior Angela Andersen and junior Natalie Emig. The only major problem on bars was Christensen's fall on a difficult double lay-out dismount.
"We did well on vault and bars," said BYU coach Brad Cattermole. "I'm especially pleased with the way we handled bars, because they were kind of wild tonight. We need to get another part to kind of hold them down."
The "wild" bars were devastating for Oregon State. The Beavers opened on that event and had their first four gymnasts fall, leaving them with a score of 46 and in a hole for the rest of the meet.
For the Cougars, their downfall was beam. Emig opened with a 9.6 that included a major wobble at the end of her triple tumbling pass. Then Janene Lay, who was hospitalized earlier this week with strep throat, hit a smooth routine for a 9.775. Then the wheels came off as the next three gymnasts fell, leaving the Cougars to take two scores in the low 9s. Andersen's 9.8 helped salvage a 47.35.