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1st - 197.475
Brigham Young University
2nd - 196.225
Southern Utah University
Anonymous | Posted: 10 Mar 2004 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Cougars Chalk Up Another Win


PROVO -- The seniors left their final mark at the Smith Fieldhouse Tuesday as BYU crushed Southern Utah 197.475-196.225.

Senior Night was the last home meet for Trisha Ashton, Brogan Jacobsen, Kari Lords and Megan Pessoa.

"It's not often you get a group of seniors this good," said BYU coach Brad Cattermole. "They compete hard, they do service in the community, they're all good in the classroom."

All four seniors shared Cougar of the Meet, with Lords taking first in the all-around (38.900) and beam (9.950). Jacobsen took first on the bars (9.925) and Ashton tied for first on floor (9.950) and second on beam (9.875).

Junior Kirsten Pauga took first on vault, setting a personal best of 9.925, with teammate Marie-Helene Claveau in second place (9.900).

Freshmen Genevieve Claveau and Candace Bauer showed good standing, both reaching career highs of 9.850 on bars. Bauer was the surprise of the evening, replacing junior Jaime Mabray due to illness.

"With about 30 seconds notice, she jumped up and scored a 9.850," Cattermole said. "That's the strength of this team. Everyone just steps up."

Mabray went on to finish the meet, taking a three-way tie for first on floor with teammates Ashton and Lisa Willis. The 9.950 was a career high for all three competitors.

Other career highs include Willis on bars (9.825) and Kacie Capra on beam (9.850).

The Cougars also scored a new season high on beam of 49.225.

"There's a lot of energy in this team," Jacobsen said. "We're peaking at the right time."

Cattermole said this is always a difficult meet for him, saying goodbye to his seniors.

"You work hard for four years," Cattermole said. "They become like your daughters and you have to let them go."

Ashton said despite nervous energy, the team had extra motivation to fight in the meet.

"We had lots of energy, especially from the seniors," Ashton said. "You just want to perform so well."

Lords said it was a nostalgic once-in-a-lifetime experience.

"This is the last time I get to do this," Lords said. "Part way through it hit me 'I'm going to miss performing. I'm going to miss the crowd.'"

Despite the emotional evening, the Cougars quickly look to the future.

"It's not one of our last meets," Pessoa said. "Usually you have your senior night closer to the end so I think we're still focused on finishing the season."

This win brings the Cougars up 13-4, in preparation for their next meet against Utah State Friday at 7 p.m. in Logan, Utah.


Anonymous | Posted: 8 Mar 2004 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Cougars Celebrate Senior Night


PROVO -- Seniors Trisha Ashton, Brogan Jacobsen, Kari Lords and Megan Pessoa will take a final walk on the Cougar floor as No. 15 BYU challenges Southern Utah in its final home meet of the season Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse.

"I feel I've achieved my goals at BYU," Ashton said. "I get to compete in the events I enjoy and I feel confident in all I do."

Ashton said although the meet will be emotional for her, she looks forward to competing. Teammate Jacobsen said it will be a night of great gymnastics due to the significance of the night.

"I live to perform," Jacobsen said. "That's what makes gymnastics fun. The bigger the crowd, the better the routines."

BYU coach Brad Cattermole said Senior Night will be an emotional meet, but he expects the girls to stay focused and put out a focused performance.

Jacobsen said she anticipates strong performances because the team is motivated and wants the high scores. Lords said she feels the team is unified and in a good position for the final meets of the season.

"We're doing great as a team," Lords said. "You train everyday for 4 1/2 minutes of a meet and it's nice to finally be able to enjoy it."

The Cougars are currently 12-4, scoring a 197.150 at the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational Friday at the Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore. BYU took second place to Oregon State (197.675) with Sacramento State and Michigan State tied for third (195.875) and Boise State (195.025) and Seattle Pacific (192.900) in fifth and sixth place.

Tickets for Friday'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.

"80's Night" is the promotion for the meet, as fans can say goodbye in neon and win prizes too. The meet will be televised on KBYU, channel 11, and on BYU Television, which is available nationally on the Dish Network and DirecTV.