LOGAN Season-high scores on vault and floor sparked the BYU women's gymnastics team to a 193.725 outing, beating Utah State (192.425) and New Hampshire (190.900) in a triangular meet Friday.
Six Cougars worked their way to season-high marks in at least one event, three of which surpassed career-bests. Senior Dayna Smart- Allen claimed the individual title on vault, while two other seniors tied for first in two other events Kylee Draper-Marvin on the uneven bars and Alethea Boon on floor exercise.
"We had a rough start but did great on the last two events," said BYU assistant coach Dawn Cattermole. "The girls didn't give up."
BYU landed a 47.950 on the uneven bars. Draper-Marvin led the squad with 9.800, with sophomore Megan Donehue close behind at 9.750. BYU is ranked No. 28 nationally on the event.
Smart-Allen and junior Hayley Jensen paced the Cougars on beam, both sticking a 9.750. Freshman Madeleine Johnson claimed a career-high 9.575 on the apparatus as the Cougars scored 47.950 on the event.
Five BYU gymnasts enjoyed season and career-high marks on the floor as the team worked its way to a season-high 49.075. Boon and Jensen both surpassed career-best results with 9.875 and 9.850, respectively.
Sophomore Danielle Goldman tied her career-high with 9.750, while sophomore Heidi Poulson-Rasmussen landed a season-best 9.775. Smart-Allen, who performed for the first time on floor this season, scored a 9.800.
Vault was also a strong event for the Cougars. No. 18 Smart-Allen led the team with a 9.825 and claimed the individual title. Goldman followed with a 9.775 and Poulson-Rasmussen with a 9.725, a career-best for the sophomore.
Coming off an injury, Boon made her way into the all-around for the first time this season, scoring a respectable 38.075.
"(Alethea Boon) did great tonight," Cattermole said. "It was her first time around, but she did alright. The seniors really stepped up tonight and it definitely made a difference."
The Cougars will continue their competition on the road as they travel to Oregon next Friday to face the Oregon State Beavers. The meet will start at 7 p.m. Pacific Time.
SACRAMENTO ST. 194.675, SOUTHERN UTAH193.300: At Sacramento, the Southern Utah gymnastics team was upset at Sacramento State on Friday as the Hornets used a 49.0 team score on the vault to tilt the scales to their favor in the 194.675-193.300 win.
The meet marks the first loss for the Thunderbirds this season and the first of two back-to-back meets for SUU this weekend.
"We definitely had an off night tonight," head coach Scott Bauman said. "I give a lot of credit to Sacramento State, they are a great team and are well coached. We just had to count too many falls tonight."
The Thunderbirds scored a 48.575 on bars, 48.375 on vault, 48.475 on floor and had to count two falls on beam for their final total. SUU freshman Jenna Vogt narrowly missed her first all-around title by .025 as Sac State's Marina Borisova took the title with a 38.950.
Southern Utah will be back in action tonight at San Jose State. The meet is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. MST.