BYU Gymnastics narrowly wins over Boise State with 8 new career highs

Three 9.9 scores on the floor spin propelled BYU Gymnastics to a narrow 196.700-196.300 win over Boise State at Smith Fieldhouse on Saturday.

The Cougars started their first rotation with the vault, finishing with a score of 48.80. Sadie Miner-Van Tassell recorded the game’s highest jump score for the Cougars at 9.85. Boise State’s Miner-Van Tassell and Emily Lopez are tied for first in aerials. At the end of the first rotation, Boise State led with a score of 49.35.

“One thing I will say is we need to start a little stronger on the jumps…because the other three events did their job today,” BYU head coach Guard Young said.

Miner-Van Tassell started the second rotation on bars with a score of 9.82, taking the Cougars to 58.62 points, followed by Alixx Mason who broke her career high on bars with a score of 9.87. Another career high on bars was achieved by Haley Pitou who finished the second rotation with a score of 9.925. BYU led 49.20 to 49.00 at the end of the second rotation.

Freshman Mina Margraf made her season debut for the Cougars in the third rotation with a 9.70 on balance beam. Lauren Ono and Elease Rollins recorded career highs on balance beam during the meet, with the former scoring 9.850 and the latter 9.950.

Sophia McClelland and Miner-Van Tassell each finished with a score of 9.875 on beam. BYU remained in the lead after the third rotation ended. Young said beam and bars have been the team’s mainstay this year.

“I feel really excited, I made a few mistakes but I’m proud of myself for staying calm and finishing well,” Margraf said of her debut. The freshman said she was looking forward to “getting some experience this year”.

BYU finished the game with three career performances in the rushing rotation that secured a Cougars victory with a score of 196.700 to 196.300 for the Broncos. Lindsey Hunter kicked off the floor spin, recording a 9.800, followed by Abby Beeston, hitting a career-high 9.900. Miner-Van Tassell and Adeline Rieder both recorded career highs of 9.925 and 9.875, respectively. Brittney Vitkauskas closed the match with a score of 9.900 on the ground.

Miner-Van Tassell finished in first place in the all-around for the meet with a score of 39.475, beating his own career-high all-around score.

“Honestly, I’m just proud of the team because we made a few mistakes here and there, but we did really, really well,” Miner-Van Tassell said.

Miner-Van Tassell said she “tries to stay as calm as possible” because getting too excited could hurt her performance.

The Cougars hit the road again on Feb. 12 to face Boise State again at Idaho’s Extramile Arena.