The Cougars are hoping a tough 2007 schedule will help them make a return trip to Nationals. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- BYU gymnastics coach Brad Cattermole has announced the team's schedule for the 2007 season, which features a total of 13 regular-season meets with five home contests.
The Cougars will compete against seven teams that finished last season ranked in the top 20 and four of the 12 teams that competed at the 2006 NCAA National Championships, including Utah, Iowa State, Oregon State and Arkansas.
"This is the level of competition you see at (NCAA) Regionals and (NCAA) Nationals," Cattermole said. "If you can compete well with these teams, you can compete with anybody. We are very excited about the schedule and are looking forward to it."
The Cougars will kick off their season at the Cancun Classic in Cancun, Mexico, on January 5 with Auburn, Iowa State and Missouri. Iowa State finished last season ranked sixth while Missouri and Auburn finished No. 14 and 26, respectively.
BYU's first home meet of the season will be on Friday, January 12 when Texas Woman's University visits Provo. Boise State comes into town on February 3. Utah State and Oregon State, who finished the 2006 campaign ranked No. 11, will visit the Cougars in the Smith Fieldhouse on March 9. In-state rival Southern Utah and Arizona, No. 13 last year, will come to the Marriott Center on March 23.
Highlighting the schedule will be two meets with perennial national-power Utah. The first will be a four-team meet at the Huntsman Center on February 2 that includes the Utes, Arkansas, who finished No. 12 last season, and SUU. Utah will visit Provo to conclude the regular season on March 30.
This year's road schedule looks to be challenging for BYU. On March 16, the Cougars travel to Denver to take on the University of Denver, No. 16 last season, and California from the Pac-10. As in past years, BYU will have road dates with USU on January 22 and SUU on February 26. Trips to BSU on January 19 and TWU on February 10 are also on tap for BYU. A meet with Southeast Missouri State is scheduled for February 17.
Cattermole enters his 19th full season at the helm of BYU gymnastics. He returns nine competitors from last year's squad, including seven that competed at Regionals last season and four from the 2005 team that advanced to Nationals and finished No. 11 in the nation.
A complete schedule can be found under the schedule link on the women's gymnastics homepage at www.byucougars.com.