Senior Kirsten Pauga on beam. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- The Cougars are back on track after beating Boise State tonight in the Marriott Center 195.525-194.075.
"We started out pretty good," said head coach Brad Cattermole.
And the Cougars just kept on going. Though none of the team scores tonight were season highs, they were enough to pull third highest total team score of the season.
On vault, the Cougars performed their very best as they are known for doing. Keeping with a common tradition, BYU took the top spots. Marie-Helene Claveau finished first with a 9.900 followed by fellow senior Jaime Mabray (9.875). Alethea Boon continues to be a stronghold in the vault lineup and took fourth with 9.850. On the Bronco's side, Kea Cuaresma tied for second and earned a season high. BYU finished overall with 49.275.
Moving on to bars, the Cougars landed all of their routines and did not suffer the falls of last week. Mabray came in first with 9.825 with BSU's Carla Chambers tying and Lindsay Ward finishing third (9.800). Mabray's first place finish was also a season high. In fourth was BYU's Cassandra Myers with 9.750 in only her third collegiate appearance. Final score: BYU 48.600, BSU 48.500.
Beam, usually a strong event for the Cougars, proved to be tough for BYU tonight. BSU's Ward took the top spot with 9.875. However, BYU took the next five spots with Dayna Smart leading (9.775). Jaime Mabray (9.750), Kandis Kelly (9.725), Marie-Helene Claveau (9.725), and Kacie Capra (9.675) rounded up the top six. BYU finished with 48.650 with BSU coming in at 47.900.
Though the score does not reflect it, BYU had some of the strongest performances on floor. Once again Jaime Mabray had a beautiful performance that landed her first place (9.875). Kirsten Pauga finished second and earned a 9.850 which tied her career high. Kandis Kelly performed for the first time on floor and proved she deserved to, coming in third (9.825). BSU's Ward once again led the team, coming in fourth (9.825) and earning a career high. The Cougars closed the meet with a 49.000 to BSU's 48.700.
BYU and BSU will face each other again next week in Boise, Idaho. The meet will take place at 7 p.m. MST on Friday, March 4th.