Madeleine Johnson will look to lead her team after a career-high 9.875 on bars last weekend. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- The No. 25 BYU women’s gymnastics team (10-3-2) will face two teams within four days with meets against No. 22 Auburn (3-5) and No. 33 Southern Utah on Friday and Monday. The Cougars will host the Tigers of Auburn on Friday night in the Smith Fieldhouse before traveling to Cedar City, Utah, where they will face the Tigers again as well as the host Thunderbirds.
“We’ve got two meets back-to-back,” BYU head coach Brad Cattermole said. “I hope we continue improving and bumping our score up. We’ve shown that we can be a lot better than we have been so far. The girls have prepared well this week and trained hard, so we just need to relax and have fun.”
The Cougars are coming off a tough loss to Arizona at home last weekend. The Wildcats defeated BYU by just two-tenths to clinch the victory. Still, the Cougar’s team score of 195.150 was their second-best score this season.
An SEC competitor, Auburn’s record does not reflect the strength of their team. The Tigers posted a season-high of 195.925 against Pittsburgh last weekend. BYU and Auburn have had four mutual opponents this season: Iowa State, LSU, Georgia and Arkansas. Against those mutual opponents the Cougars are 1-2-1 while the Tigers are 1-3.
Southern Utah opened the season with a huge early win over defending national champion UCLA. However, the Thunderbirds have since struggled, losing once already to the Cougars at home. Their highest score of the season came in a win over Sacramento State when they posted a 195.750.
Tickets are available at byutickets.com and will also be available one hour prior to the meet through the Smith Fieldhouse ticket office.