Canadian Twins Lead 2003 Cougar Gymnastics Class

PROVO -- Twin sisters Genevieve and Marie-Helene Claveau from Montreal, Canada, along with Salt Lake City native Dayna Smart, highlight BYU's 2003 freshman gymnastics class. In total, six student-athletes have signed NCAA Letters of Intent to compete for the Cougars.

The Claveau sisters placed very high in all four Olympic events at the Canadian Nationals last May and were highly recruited gymnasts in the United States. Marie-Helene Claveau has qualified for the Canadian Games being held March 1 through March 8. She was voted team captain and attended a National Training Camp in France in January. Smart's Junior Olympic National Team placed first in the nation in 2002 and she was a level 10 State Champion in 1999 and 2002 and is a very solid all-around competitor.

"We have watched Genevieve and Marie-Helene over the years at the Canadian Nationals and we have been very impressed with their poise, experience and skill level," Cattermole said. "They condition hard and look great. They are both very strong all-arounders that will definitely add to our team's success."

Candace Bauer, from Phoenix, Arizona and the Deseret Devil Club team has also signed with the Cougar team. She comes from the same club team that BYU's NCAA All-Americans Juliet Bangerter and Elisabeth Crandall were from. Her "6-man" Junior Olympic National Team also placed first this year in Washington, D.C in May. Her father, Kevin, competed for BYU on the wrestling team.

Other top gymnasts joining this outstanding recruiting class include Sierra Jacobs, from Kanehoe, Hawaii and Kacie Capra, from Houston, Texas. Jacobs competes with the Hawaiian Island Twisters. She was a level 10 gymnast for 5 years made the All-American Team in 2001, was a Junior Olympian for four years and was on the International Team USA Region II in 2002. She was also the 1998 Luka Nakoa Champion, the 1999 Pashby Perpetual Award Champion and the Level 10 State Champion from 1998 to 2002. Kacie is a level 10 gymnast that placed 14th in the 2002 Junior Olympic Nationals and placed 2nd in the 2002 Texas state meet in the all-around. Kacie's sister, Aerial, is currently a pitcher for the BYU softball team.

Kacie is a very talented gymnast," Cattermole said. "She is a very strong all-arounder and was highly recruited by various programs in the country. We are lucky to have her as part of our team."

Brad Cattermole, BYU's head coach, said he believes this recruiting class is one of the best the gymnastics team has ever had.

"The outlook for our team is unbelievable for 2003," he said. "We have worked very hard for the last couple of years visiting gymnastics clubs and attending every national meet that there is and it is finally paying off. We are thrilled!"

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