"(It's) just not going in there and thinking about making it back-to-back and not thinking about, 'oh, we're the defending national champions, '" senior Charity Jones said.
This will mark the Sooners' fifth straight appearance in the team finals. "During season at home meets we started on vault, so just going into this meet we are just trying to stay calm, do our gymnastics like we normally do and enjoy it, because this is our last meet of the season". Although the Utes slipped to fifth after the second rotation, they were still in the chase, trailing third-place Denver and Washington by just half a tenth.
Season highlights include contending with then-ranked No. 17 Iowa on February 24 and posting a season-high 196.425, the highest score since 2005.
"It wasn't ideal but we didn't let any mistake get to us", Burleson said.
Maddy Stover "set the tone", said Farden as Utah's leadoff on beam-tying her season high with a 9.85.
Utah drew floor as its first event in the Super Six and will rotate from there to vault, bye, bars, beam and a bye to finish the meet.
"We'll take those accolades when we get them, but that's not what we're about".
"That's how we train", Breaux said.
BYU finished fourth at the MRGC Championship in Logan, Utah, where Shannon Hortman earned MRGC Freshman of the Year. She and freshman Angel Zhong were All-MRGC Vault First-Team selections. She also collected team golds at the 2014 and 2015 World Championships and an individual gold for uneven bars in 2015.
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Throughout the season, four Cougars earned weekly MRGC Gymnast and Specialist of the Week honors. "We want to win, but just being back in the Super Six is big".
This is a program that has sky high expectations.
Kocian stepped up for her routine and was saluting the judges when she saw senior Hallie Mossett's score: a 9.2 after the senior fell on one of her flight series.
OU also had a 49.350 on vault for a two-rotation score of 98.700, but the Sooners turned it on late with a 9.520 on bars and 49.500 on beam to overtake UCLA. She also earned a career-high 39.275 in the all-around competition against Utah State on February 3.
The phenom won the floor title (9.9625) and became the runner-up in the all-around (39.6125).
Nationally, BYU finished the year ranked No. 33 overall.
"There is so much more stress through regionals and this meet", she said.
Every routine performed at regionals will return for the 2018 campaign as the Cougars look to reach the NCAA Championship next year.