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It's true. There are some things that might change, but there are many things that remain the same, such as Utah's domination over BYU in gymnastics.

The Utes celebrated the new coaching tandem of Megan Marsden and Tom Farden by beating the BYU Cougars 196.175-193.85 in front of 15,023 at the Huntsman Center.

BYU has a new coach too in Guard Young, a former assistant for the Oklahoma men's team, but he'll need time for the Cougars to really threaten the Utes' stranglehold on the series.

Utah owns the series 94-2, including a 44-0 mark in Salt Lake City.

Farden said the win was exactly the way the Utes wanted to start the season, particularly since they were able to hit all but one routine. The lone fall was from veteran Kari Lee on the floor when she missed the landing on her double back.

"I'm really proud and happy and relieved to get one underneath your belt," Farden said. "It's a young team and we didn't know what to expect and a lot haven't seen this floor with 15,000 people. It was the first experience at Utah but we couldn't be happier. I know there were some jitters but we're pleased."

Farden pointed out the Utes lost 12-14 routines they counted on last year with the graduation of Georgia Dabritz, Tory Wilson, Becky Tutka and Corrie Lothrop.

The Utes have some talented freshmen and sophomores, but on Friday it was the veterans who still stood out.

Senior Kailah Delaney won the vault title with a 9.85 and junior Baely Rowe had a career-high 9.925 on the uneven bars, 9.8 on the beam and 9.75 on the vault.

Senior Breanna Hughes had one of her best nights, finishing second in the vault with a 9.825 and delivering a 9.85 on the uneven bars and floor.

Farden said Hughes and the other returners were hungry to compete after struggling for lineup spots last year.

"She had a tremendous preseason and did a great job," he said. "But what I think you will see on this team is not one or two or three superstars but multiple athletes doing well."

Hughes said the win was satisfying because the team competed as well as it has practiced.

"We can build off each other in each meet," she said.

The Cougars had a much-improved team from past seasons, but just didn't have the depth of high scores needed to compete with the Utes.

Sin To had the Cougars' high score on vault with a 9.775, and Britain Wilde had a 9.775 to pace the uneven bars squad. Mackenzie Halliday, who also won the all-around, led the Cougars on beam with 9.825 and had a team-high 9.8 on floor.

Young said the goal was to hit all 24 routines, but three misses and a lot of steps on landings hurt the Cougars. Still, he was encouraged by what he saw and believes it won't take the Cougars long to be competitive.

"Give me a year and I think we will be there," he said. —


R Utah wins its 36th straight meet against its state rival behind an MVP performance from Breanna Hughes, who scores 9.85s on the uneven bars and floor and a 9.825 on the vault.

Key moment • Samantha Partyka scores a 9.8 in the leadoff spot on the balance beam to spark a strong showing in the event in which the Utes score 48.975.

Key stat • BYU's Makenzie Halliday wins the all-around with 38.875 after Utah's lone all-around competitor, Kari Lee, falls on the floor and finishes with 38.4.

Event winners

Vault • Kailah Delaney (Utah) 9.85

Uneven bars • Baely Rowe (Utah) 9.925

Balance beam • Maddy Stover (Utah) and Makenzie Halliday (BYU) 9.825

Floor • Sabrina Schwab (Utah) 9.9

All-Around • Makenzie Halliday (BYU) 38.875