Feb 17 | 01:00 PM
1st - 193.325
Brigham Young University
2nd - 190.600
Southeast Missouri State University
Anonymous | Posted: 17 Feb 2007 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Beam Boosts Cougars in Missouri


CAPE GIRARDEAU -- A strong finish on balance beam helped the No. 23 Cougar gymnasts top Southeast Missouri State on all four events and take away a 193.325-190.600 victory over the Redhawks Saturday afternoon.

"We did great on beam," BYU assistant head coach Dawn Cattermole said. "We just got off to a slow start on bars and did ok on vault and floor."

Bars proved to be slippery for the Cougars in the early going as they counted two falls on the event and produced their lowest event score of the season. BYU did come out with the top three places on the event with Aimee Walker-Pond taking home first-place honors behind a personal season-best 9.775. Freshman McKell Poulson and senior Lisa Wilis were right behind with a pair of 9.725s to tie for second place.

Cougar juniors Dayna Smart and Alethea Boon led the way for BYU on vault. Smart recorded a 9.775 to finish in first place on the event. Boon followed close behind at 9.700. Freshmen Danielle Goldman recorded a career-best 9.600.

The Cougars' senior duo of Kacie Capra-Callens and Willis took the top two spots on floor. Capra-Callens led the way at 9.800. Willis was right behind with a season-high 9.725. Freshman Kiki Berrett was also strong as she tumbled her way to the second-highest score of her career at 9.675.

BYU stuck their routines on balance beam, perhaps the toughest event in collegiate gymnastics, to end the afternoon. The Cougars recorded their second-highest score of the year with a 49.050.

Capra Callens got BYU off to a strong start on the apparatus with a season-best 9.850. Willis followed her with a career-high 9.875. After Boon chipped in a solid 9.775, Smart showed why she is ranked among the best beam workers in the country. The junior tied a season-best 9.900 to turn in the highest score of the afternoon and take first place. Freshman Kaylee Gallup finished the event for the Cougars with a 9.650.

Even with a fall on bars, Smart picked up her fourth all-around victory of the season with a 38.375. SEMO's Bryanna Wong was second at 37.775.

Despite competing half way across the country, a strong contingent of BYU fans showed up to cheer the Cougars in Cape Girardeau.

"The BYU fans really showed up and supported us well," Cattermole said. "That really helped lift us at times."

Up next for the Cougars is a showdown with in-state rival Southern Utah in Cedar City on Feb. 26.


Anonymous | Posted: 14 Feb 2007 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Back on the Road for BYU Gymnasts


PROVO -- After posting one of their best meets of the season last weekend in Texas, the No. 23 Cougar gymnasts will be back on the road this weekend when they do battle with Southeast Missouri State Saturday afternoon in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

"We are starting to improve and are looking good," said coach Brad Cattermole. "We have to make some adjustments and focus on sticking all of our sets."

Last weekend three of BYU's upperclassmen nailed career-best performances to spark the Cougars to season-high scores on vault and floor en route to a 194.550 against Texas Woman's and Ball State. Junior Alethea Boon tied the seventh-best vault mark in school history at 9.950. Dayna Smart was close behind with a 9.900 on her way to a first-place finish in the all-around. Senior Kacie Capra-Callens tumbled her way to a 9.900 on floor. Freshmen Kiki Berrett and Heidi Poulson also tied career-best marks on vault and floor, respectively.

BYU will see a familiar face Saturday when it travels to Missouri. Former Cougar star Brogan Jacobsen-Evanson, one of four BYU gymnasts to record a perfect 10, is in her second season as an assistant coach to Tom Farden at SEMO.

"It will be a fun weekend," Cattermole said. "We are looking forward to seeing Brogan (Jacobsen-Evanson) and are thrilled for the success she is having there."

The Redhawks are coming off a 192.700 performance against No. 20 Missouri. They sport a 10-2 season record with a season-best score of 193.700 in their first meet. SEMO is led by Sandra Blake, Maureen Grimaldi, Rikara Turner and Bryanna Wong.

Start time is set for 12 p.m. (MT) in the Houck Fieldhouse. Live stats will not be available.