Cougars Plow Over USU Aggies
LOGAN -- Once again the Cougars have proven why they deserve to be in the top ten by beating rival Utah State 194.125 to 190.600.
Though the Cougars posted their lowest team scores of the season, they still pulled a solid performance. BYU captured the top four spots on vault, bars and beam.
"I was very happy with the way the girls performed," said head coach Brad Cattermole. "The scores were no where near the performances the girls gave."
As always on vault the Cougars did an outstanding job, being led be seniors Marie-Helene Claveau (9.825), Jaime Mabray (9.750), and Kirsten Pauga (9.750). Freshman Dayna Smart placed second with 9.775, continually improving after redshirting last season due to injury.
On bars, sophomore Candace Bauer led the way placing first with 9.775. Bars has always been Bauer's strong point and she demonstrates it at the meets. Freshman Kylee Draper made her second appearance of the season on bars, placing fourth (9.725).
Seniors and all-arounders Mabray and Claveau took the top spots on beam with 9.800 and 9.725. Showing up in all events was sophomore Kacie Capra who made her first all-around appearance and placed third with an overall 38.500.
Floor was the only area where BYU let the Aggies slip by. USU's Alex Martin and Rachel Ropelato placed first and second with 9.825 and 9.800. However Mabray, Smart and the Claveau twins pulled in the next four spots. Mabray finished the night with the top all-around spot (39.100) with Marie-Helene Claveau (38.800) and Capra finishing at second and third.
The Cougars expect only to improve from these season lows and are excited to continue on with the season.
"We did as well as we have done all season," said Cattermole. "We had a good, solid meet and we can't help that it was weirdly scored."
The Cougars will now head south to face Texas Women's University and other universities Saturday, February 5, in Denton, Texas. Following that meet will be the first face off between BYU and Utah on Friday, February 11.
1. Jaime Mabray (BYU) 39.100
2. Marie-Helene Claveau (BYU) 38.800
3. Kacie Capra (BYU) 38.500
4. Megan Tschida (USU) 38.425
Vault (BYU 48.775; USU 48.400)
1. Marie-Helene Claveau (BYU) 9..825
2. Dayna Smart (BYU) 9.775
3. Jaime Mabray (BYU) 9.750
3. Kirsten Pauga (BYU) 9.750
5. Jacki Fogli (USU) 9.725
5. Rachael Mandy (USU) 9.725
5. Rachel Ropelato (USU) 9.725
8. Alethea Boon (BYU) 9.675
9. Meagan Nelson (USU) 9.625
10. Katie Omann (USU) 9.600
11. Megan Techida (USU) 9.575
11. Kaci Capra (BYU) 9.575
Bars (BYU 48.475; USU 46.400)
1. Candace Bauer (BYU) 9.775
2. Kacie Capra (BYU) 9.750
2. Jaime Mabray (BYU) 9.750
4. Kylee Draper (BYU) 9.725
5. Alex Martin (USU) 9.700
6. Megan Tschida (USU) 9.625
7. Marie-Helene Claveau (BYU) 9.475
8. Ashley Barr (USU) 9.350
9. Katie Rutherford (USU) 9.275
10. Genevieve Claveau (BYU) 8.925
11. Rachel Ropelato (USU) 8.450
12. Meagan Nelson (USU) 8.400
Beam (BYU 48.075; USU 47.050)
1. Jaime Mabray (BYU) 9.800
2. Marie-Helene Claveau (BYU) 9.725
3. Kacie Capra (BYU) 9.625
4. Candace Bauer (BYU) 9.525
5. Ashley Barr (USU) 9.500
5. Katie Rutherford (USU) 9.500
5. Megan Tschidda (USU) 9.500
8. Kandis Kelly (BYU) 9.400
9. Jackie Fogli (USU) 9.375
10. Alex Martin (USU) 9.175
11. Dayna Smart (BYU) 8.975
12. Katie Omann (USU) 8.825
Floor (BYU 48.800; USU 48.750)
1. Alex Martin (USU) 9.825
2. Rachel Ropelato (USU) 9.800
2. Jaime Mabray (BYU) 9.800
2. Dayna Smart (BYU) 9.800
5. Genevieve Claveau (BYU) 9.775
5. Marie-Helene Claveau (BYU) 9.775
7. Jacki Fogli (USU) 9.750
8. Megan Tschida (USU) 9.725
9. Katie Omann (USU) 9.650
9. Kacie Capra (BYU) 9.650
11. Kirsten Pauga (BYU) 9.625
12. Ashley Barr (USU) 8.975
No. 8 BYU Takes on USU
PROVO -- The BYU gymnastics team continues to climb the national ladder moving up in the rankings once again from No. 9 to No. 8.
The Cougars are on a hot winning streak beating New Hampshire, Southern Utah, and placing second at the Cancun Classic. Now they are getting ready to take on No. 24 ranked and in-state rival Utah State University. The meet will take place in Logan, Utah on Tuesday, February 1 at 6:45 pm in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
"Utah State doesn't get the recognition they deserve," said Coach Cattermole. "They are a tough team and will be good competition."
Last season BYU faced USU twice and defeated them both times. However the Cougars are not taking this match lightly. They are continually trying to improve with each meet.
For the 2005 season the Aggies are 0-2, losing to Utah and Central Michigan. Despite the losses, USU's score against Utah was the best start the Aggies have had (193.85). They are currently ranked 29th in the nation.
After the meet against USU, the Cougars well head south to face Texas Women's University on Saturday, February 5th at 7 pm.