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BYU KNOCKS OFF NO. 4 MICHIGAN

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BYU women's gymnastics coach Brad Cattermole was wandering around the Marriott Center floor Monday evening muttering: Why didn't his Cougars do things in meets as well as in practice? "One of these days, we're going to hit like we do in practice, and then we'll really get a good score," he said after Monday's meet with No. 4-ranked Michigan.

BYU had to count a fall on vault, had to count a fall and a big wobble on beam, and its best person on floor exercise fell. That fall didn't count against the team score, but had Angela Andersen hit, she might have scored higher than freshman Heidi Beck. In all, the Cougars might have easily had another 1.2 or more points.Which is pretty impressive, considering that 16th-ranked BYU (4-3) set a school record Monday with its team score of 195.875 to upset the 13-4 Wolverines (195.475).

BYU's old team record was 195.725 set last year. Its best this season had been 194.275.

BYU got career-best scores in vault from Jessica Young (9.925) and Andersen (9.825), career-best bars from Denice Pauga (9.775), beam from Erin Johnson (9.825) and floor from Beck (9.85) and Young (9.85), and Cougars tied three other personal bests.

Yes, Cattermole said, in many cases, the Cougs did things better than expected, especially on bars, where several saved themselves from disaster by correcting little mistakes on the fly. This after a long delay to replace a part that holds tight the cables that anchor the bars. Michigan did its vaulting while the Cougars waited for the part to be brought in, then warmed up a second time.

Both coaches doubted the delay did any harm. Cattermole said, "I don't think it helps, but if you struggle your way through it, you're better for it. I wish it hadn't happened because it kinda goofs up the meet."

"There's no excuse," said Michigan coach Bev Plocki, adding she made decisions to water down routines or to rest athletes on this long road trip, and those moves hurt the score. UM was at Utah last Saturday (197.025-196.025 Ute win) and now is off to Athens, Ga., to meet No. 1 Georgia Saturday. "I didn't want the kids to be totally fried," Plocki said. "We're much better than we demonstrated, and we will have to do a better job than that in the postseason."

Andersen's fall decided the all-around. Michigan's Beth Amelkovich (39.325) won over BYU's Kelli Rose (38.95) and Wolverine Lisa Simes (38.825). Andersen had 38.80 (9.25 floor).

Michigan started on bars, among its best events, but counted a fall and a major rhythm break when freshman Sarah Cain took an extra swing after nearly missing a release. BYU (on vault) took a 48.75-48.175 lead. The Wolverines, however, vaulted to 49.50 and took the lead with 48.975 on floor while the Cougs beamed up 48.65. But Wolverine beamwalkers stumbled while the Y. hit 49.325 on floor (.25 off the school record) to pull out the win.

BYU is at Utah State Friday.