Cougars to Host Central Michigan, Utah State and Southern Utah

PROVO -- BYU's No. 24 ranked women's gymnastics team hosts No. 25 Central Michigan, No. 27 Utah State and Southern Utah Friday night for their first home quad-meet of the season. The competition begins at 7 p.m. in the Marriott Center.

The Cougars defeated Kentucky last Friday with a season-high score of 196.800. The Cougars also set season highs on vault (49.00), bars (49.275) and floor (49.450). Senior Lindsay Butterfield took the all-around with a career best of 39.325. The high scores moved BYU up six places in the rankings from No. 30 to No. 24.

Despite the big win and the season high score, the Cougars have had to remain focused and practice hard.

"Any team can score big," BYU head coach Brad Cattermole said. "What separates those teams from the best teams is consistency. Big teams hit consistently."

The Southern Utah Thunderbirds suffered their lowest score of the season last week after falling to Cal State Fullerton 194.800-192.975. However; the Thunderbirds are off to one of the best starts in the school's gymnastics history at 7-1.

Utah State fell to Ohio State last Friday 196.375-195.275, yet received a season-best score on vault (48.950) and a school record on floor (49.500). The Aggies are currently 6-6.

A season-high 195.850 gave Central Michigan a sweep over Michigan State and Ball State last weekend. No. 25 CMU is 18-1 this season.

Sophomore Jaime Mabray who has been injured since after BYU's first meet against Utah, will enter competition again this week. Jaime won the all-around against Utah and nearly broke the school's all-around record with her score of 39.650.

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