Senior Dayna Smart-Allen claimed three individual titles Monday night at SUU. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
The Top Performers of the Week feature highlights the top athletes of each sport currently in play. Check back each week to see which athletes are standing out in Cougar sports.
Dayna Smart-Allen -- Gymnastics -- Senior -- Sandy, Utah
In a dual meet with in-state foe Southern Utah, BYU gymnast Dayna Smart-Allen helped the No. 30 Cougars land their second-highest overall score of the season (195.000), to tie with the Thunderbird. She claimed three of four individual titles with her performances throughout the meet. The senior from Sandy, Utah, topped the squad with her 9.875 performance on vault, 9.875 posting on floor and 9.825 score on beam.
Nelson Castleberry - Baseball -- Freshman -- Spanish Fork, Utah
Both BYU freshman right-hander Nelson Castleberry and New Mexico junior Dane Hamilton have been named Mountain West Conference Pitcher and Player of the Week, respectively. This is the first career weekly award for both
Castleberry, from Spanish Fork, Utah, threw a complete nine‐inning game in BYU's 7‐1 victory over Kansas State last Tuesday. He allowed four hits and one earned run, while striking out nine and walking three. Castleberry recorded at least one strikeout in eight of his nine innings on the mound and set the Wildcats down in order in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings. He also held
Kansas State to a .129 batting average for the game, while leaving nine men on base.
Dani Snow -- Softball -- Senior -- Corona, Calif.
Dani Snow hit a career-high six runners in during BYU's victory over Utah State and was a triple shy of the cycle She went 3-for-4 during the game including a two-RBI homer in the first inning and a two-RBI single in the third inning, followed by another two-RBI double in the same inning. She went 8-for-20 during the Cougars' six games, including two, three-hit games. She leads the Cougars with 29 RBI.
Christina Gwyn-Trice -- Senior -- Keller, Texas
Coming off of a finger injury, Christina Gwyn-Trice went 2-1, with one complete game and 18 strikeouts in 17.1 innings. She gave up two runs to record a .81 ERA. The senior hurler leads the Cougars with 120 strikeouts and a 1.19 ERA.
She came in as a relief pitcher Against East Carolina, Gwyn-Trice came in as relief when the game was tied and kept the Pirates to no runs off of one hit in the two innings she threw, giving her the win. She started Against No. 5 Stanford, and held the ranked opponent to two runs off of four hits during her complete game performance. Against Wisconsin Gwyn-Trice recorded seven K's in 6.2 innings.
Evan Urbina -- Men's Tennis -- Freshman -- Huntington Beach, Calif.
In the first round against Nevada at the Boise State Spring Break Invitational, Evan Urbina handily defeated Gabe Kanzelmeyer 6-3, 6-1. Against Wichita State, who has suffered only one loss on the season, the Cougars' lone win came at the hands of Urbina. The Huntington Beach native downed his opponent in straight sets (6-4, 6-2) for the second match of the day. To begin the match against Yale on Saturday, Cassidy Mears and Urbina recorded an 8-2 win in doubles play against Jeff Dawson and Matt Schimmel. In singles, Evan Urbina closed out the weekend with a perfect 3-0 singles record as he defeated Schimmel 6-3, 6-2 on court five.