Two Utah gymnastics teams coming off school-record performances face each other in Logan at 7 p.m. tonight.
BYU (ranked 17th with a regional qualifying score of 193.710) hit a school-record 195.875 Monday night against Michigan, while Utah State (12th, RQS 194.415) shattered the record of 195.475 they set February 21 at home against Boise State and Texas Women's with a 197.225 at Texas Women's March 1.This is the first week this season RQS is being used to rank teams. The RQS is obtained by taking a team's top six scores (two home, two away, and the next two best), dropping the high and low and averaging the remaining four. The RQS will be used for the remainder of the season.
The Aggies' record-setting night against Texas Women's included new Utah State records on vault (Deanna Palmer, 9.95), bars (Jessica Porter, 9.925), beam (Krissy Richards, 9.925) and all-around (Shannon Passe, 39.325).
However, Porter will miss the meet and the rest of the season, tearing her posterior cruciate ligament while vaulting in practice Thursday.
The Cougars defeated fourth-ranked Michigan 195.875-195.475. It was a record-setting night for BYU despite falls in two events and an unsettling delay in a third.
The falls came in vault and beam, where two mishaps forced the Cougars to count a low score for each apparatus. The delay came on bars, where a faulty connecter forced the Cougars to wait through Michigan's entire vault set for a replacement part to be brought in. The delay didn't seem to effect the Cougars, who scored their first 49 of the season (49.15), when five of the six gymnasts scored 9.75 or better.
A decent beam score of 48.65 with a counted fall, led to floor, where the Cougars had five scores of 9.85 or better and scored 49.325 - just .35 off the school record of 49.350.