It was a night of career highs for sophomore Haylee Rollins, as the BYU women’s gymnastics team came from behind to tie No. 9 Kent State on Friday, continuing to show it can compete with nationally ranked teams.
The Cougars tied Kent State with a season-high team score of 194.775 in a meet in
Cleveland. George Washington came in third with 190.775 and Wisconsin-Oshkosh in fourth with a final score of 181.775.
The Cougars posted a solid performance, but BYU coach Brad Cattermole said they still have room to improve.
“We could’ve done better than we did, but we kept competing to the very end and did what we had to do in the end,” Cattermole said in a news release.
Junior Krysten Koval led the Cougars on their first rotation of the day, scoring a 9.750 on beam.
Promising freshman talent followed closely behind with both Megan Bain and Raquel Willman finishing with a 9.675.
On the next rotation, junior Jennifer Lezeu led the team on the floor with a 9.800. Bain earned a personal season-high 9.725. Rollins also received a 9.725.
“We had a great meet tonight,” senior captain
Jessica Villegas said in a news release. “The best part is that we keep improving each meet, which is what needs to happen for us to reach our goals of nationals. Good things are definitely happening.”
Rollins’ night picked up when BYU took its talent to the vault. Rollins posted a career-high 9.825.
Junior Mickell Merrill also posted an impressive score on the floor.
Making a come-from-behind move in yet another meet, the Cougars performed on their last rotation of the night.
On the uneven bars, Rollins posted another career-high 9.875, the highest score of the night for BYU. The Cougars recorded an outstanding four scores of 9.800 or higher on the bars as Madeline Johnson, Natalie Eyre and Lezeu scored 9.825, 9.800 and 9.800, respectively, along with Rollins’ score.
Willman also contributed to the team’s season-high final score with a 9.750 on the
Cougars’ last rotation.
Koval was pleased with how the meet progressed and the improved performances of the team.
“I was impressed with how well the girls performed after a rough first routine on balance beam,” Koval said in a news release. “We fought for every tenth and everyone stepped up improving their routine to build the team score. It was a great come-from-behind win and a real confidence booster.”