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1st - 196.725
Brigham Young University
2nd - 194.175
Boise State University
Anonymous | Posted: 19 Feb 2004 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Cougars Pounce on Broncos


PROVO -- The BYU gymnastics team clawed into Boise State, winning 196.725-194.175, in the Smith Fieldhouse Thursday night.

"I've said before that they don't know how good they can be," said BYU coach Brad Cattermole. "I'm still not convinced they know their potential."

Recording a new season high, the Cougars dominated the competition sweeping every event. Trisha Ashton was named Cougar of the Meet.

Kari Lords took first place in the all-around, scoring a personal best of 39.525 with teammate Jaime Mabray taking second (39.500).

"We know we can do it; we do it a million times a day in practice," Mabray said. "We just have to relax and believe in ourselves."

On vault, Marie-Helene Claveau took first place (9.925), with Mabray in second (9.900) and Ashton in third (9.875).

Lords scored a personal best of 9.925 on bars; Mabray took second with a personal best of 9.850. Also scoring a personal best of 9.825 was Genevieve Claveau, tied for fourth

with Kacie Capra. The Cougars had to count a fall, but still scored a season-high 49.175.

"I'm not pleased with the fall, but the rest of the meet overshadowed it," Cattermole said. "You can't take anything away from the girls. They just stepped up and fought for it."

Lords took first on the beam (9.975) with Ashton in second place. Lisa Willis scored a personal best, tying for fifth place with Mabray at 9.825.

"I was pleased with floor," Cattermole said. "They just performed."

BYU controlled the floor exercise, taking the top six scores of the event. Mabray took first place (9.925), and personal bests were awarded to Ashton (9.900) and Capra (9.825).

"This is meet No. 6 and we've got seven more to go," Cattermole said. "I'm pleased with the effort the girls are putting in, but we've still got work to do."

Now standing 5-3, the Cougars will next challenge No. 10 Missouri Monday at 8:30 p.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse.


Anonymous | Posted: 11 Nov 2008 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

BYU Seeks Second Win Against Boise State


PROVO -- BYU gymnastics prepares crowd-pleasing performances in anticipation of its second meet against Boise State Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse.

In their last encounter, the Cougars dominated the Broncos, 196.275-193.525.

"Like every other team, we go in to win," said Brad Cattermole, BYU head coach. "But you still have to put in the fight."

The Cougars' strength lies in their floor routines, currently ranked No. 10 nationally in the floor exercise.

"Our floor is as good as anyone in the country," Cattermole said. "Some teams have bigger tumbling, but we perform with the best."

With 27 years' professional judging experience, assistant coach Dawn Cattermole said she knows what judges expect in a competition. The practices focus on fine-tuning and presenting routines.

"It's a mind set you've got to find," Brad said. "You've got to show what you practice."

Dawn said the Smith Fieldhouse has certain presentation advantages over the Marriott Center.

"It brings the crowd closer," she said. "The girls can hear and see the crowd better; they're surrounded by friends. It's more exciting this way."

BYU will take advantage of the home meet to exhibition more gymnasts. Brad said the girls are all talented with individual strengths. There are no princesses on the team, he said. Exhibitioning is an invaluable experience for personal growth and it unifies the girls.

"We're not trying to get individuals to the championship," Brad said. "We're trying to get a team to the championship."

The Broncos are currently 2-3, losing Saturday to No. 21 Denver, 197.875-194.175.

The Cougars are currently 4-3, coming off a win against Utah State on Friday, 196.425-195.250.

Tickets for Thursday's meet are available at the BYU Ticket Office or by calling 800-322-BYU1 or 378-BYU1. Admission is $5 for adults; $4 for senior citizens, BYU faculty, and students without an All-Sport Card; and $15 for a family pass. Admission is free to students with an All-Sport Card.