IOWA CITY, Iowa -- In its last meet ever, the No. 10 BYU men's gymnastics team placed fourth in Thursday's qualifying session at the NCAA men's gymnastics championships -- one position away from advancing to the finals. However, the Cougars end their season by breaking an all-time school record for team score with a 228.625.
Despite the record-setting performance, the Cougars still ended behind California, who won the competition with a score of 230.375, Oklahoma (229.850) and host Iowa (229.625)"It would have been really nice if everyone would have hit, but we fought to the end," BYU coach Mako Sakamoto said, after an emotional evening. "Placing seventh in the nation is very respectable. Finishing with our highest score ever helped us go out with a bang."
The Cougars finished the night with three gymnasts advancing to today's event preliminaries. Senior Guard Young, the fifth-place all-around finisher at last season's NCAA championships, advanced to the all-around competition by scoring a career-best 58.900. He broke or tied BYU records on pommel horse (9.950), vault (9.825) and parallel bars (9.925).
Senior Cortney Bramwell, the defending NCAA still rings champion, advanced to today on three events. He scored a season-high 9.775 on parallel bars to finish second behind Young to qualify for the event preliminaries. He also qualified on high bar (9.550) and rings (9.650).
Freshman Beau Bailey also advanced to today's competition. He scored 9.55 on vault and 9.700 on floor to advance in both those events.