Cougars Miss Nationals Berth

Kacie Capra-Callens finished her college career with a 9.800 on bars to help the Cougars to a fourth-place finish in the North Central Region. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

DENVER -- A strong performance on vault and several good individual efforts were not enough for the No. 23 BYU gymnastics team to overcome great nights from three top 15 teams and stiff judging to advance NCAA Nationals.

"I thought we did well," BYU coach Brad Cattermole said. "We would have liked to have done better. We did good though. The girls finished up like champions. They fought hard all the way through."

The Cougars ended their season with a 193.300, good for fourth place at the NCAA North Central Regional in Denver. No. 2-ranked Georgia won the competition with a 197.275 while host Denver finished second at 195.825 and No. 11 Penn State placed third with a 195.775. Minnesota (192.900) and Utah State (192.525) rounded out the competition. The Gym Dogs and 14th-ranked Pioneers advance to Nationals as the top two finishers.

BYU's gymnasts took to the beam to start the night. The Cougars saw some struggles and a few wobbles in the early going, but they still turned in some solid performances on the event. Dayna Smart, the No. 20 ranked beam worker in the country, once again showed her prowess on the apparatus to lead BYU with a 9.750. Freshman Kaylee Gallup also turned a good showing with a 9.625 in the first regional competition of her career. Senior Kacie Capra-Callens was right behind at 9.600.

After a bye, the Cougars found themselves on floor, their strongest event the last three meets. BYU once again turned in good performances on the event. Capra-Callens led the way at 9.775. Smart and Lisa Willis also showed well and were close behind with identical 9.700 marks.

After a bye, a series of strong vaults was just what the Cougars needed in their third rotation. Despite facing tough judging on the apparatus, BYU stuck several good vaults. Alethea Boon, who was nursing a leg injury, tied for 11th place with a 9.800 to lead the way. Smart was close behind with a 9.775 to tie her for 15th place. Sophomore Hayley Jensen stuck a 9.700 and freshmen Danielle Goldman and Kiki Berrett each recorded 9.675 scores.

BYU finished the night with solid routines on the uneven bars. Willis tied her second-best mark of the season with a 9.700. Kylee Draper swung her way to a personal-best Regionals mark with a 9.750, good for a 14th place tie. Capra-Callens landed a 9.800 to lead the Cougars and record the highest Regionals finish of her career, a ninth-place tie.

The Gym Dogs' Courtney Kupets won the all-around competition with a 39.525. No BYU gymnasts competed on all four events.

The Cougars will now bid farewell to seniors Capra-Callens and Willis, who competed in their last collegiate meets. Despite losing the two experienced competitors, BYU returns 10 gymnasts who competed in this season's Regionals, including co-captains Smart, Boon and Draper, back for the 2008 season.

"This was a great experience for those girls coming back," Cattermole said.

Women's Gymnastics Meet Results

Host: University of Denver

Meet: North Central Region Championships April 14, 2007

Location: Magness Arena Home Meet

Contents: Event Results Team Results

Vault Team Standing

Uneven Parallel Bars University of Denver

Balance Beam Brigham Young

Floor Exercise Georgia

All Around Minnesota

Penn State

Utah State

Team Standing Top

Place Team Score

1 Georgia 197.275

2 University of Denver 195.825

3 Penn State 195.775

4 Brigham Young 193.300

5 Minnesota 192.900

6 Utah State 192.525

University of Denver

Head Coach: Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart Top

Gymnast Vault Bars Beam Floor AllArr

Katie Andrews 9.700

Nikki Brown 9.800 9.500

Courtney Butler 9.800 9.850

Casey Dobyns 9.800

Gretchen Goerlitz 9.825

Kelley Hennigan 9.700 9.725

Heather Huffaker 9.875 9.650 9.800 9.850 39.175

Jessica Lopez 9.800 9.675 9.825

Ellen McCarthy 9.750 9.850 9.775

Liz Meals 9.775

Sasha Sullivan 9.650 9.750 9.725 9.875 39.000

Team Totals 48.950 48.950 48.775 49.150 195.825

Brigham Young

Head Coach: Brad Cattermole Top

Gymnast Vault Bars Beam Floor AllArr

Kiki Berrett 9.675 9.575

Alethea Boon 9.775 9.675 9.150

Kacie Capra Callens 9.800 9.600 9.775

Brittany Fischer 9.000

Kylee Draper 9.750 9.625

Kaylee Gallup 9.625

Danielle Goldman 9.675

Hayley Jensen 9.700 9.500

Heidi Poulson 9.600

McKell Poulson 9.525

Dayna Smart 9.800 9.750 9.700

Aimee Walker-Pond 9.500

Lisa Willis 9.700 9.350 9.700

Team Totals 48.625 48.450 47.825 48.400 193.300

Georgia

Head Coach: Suzanne Yoculan Top

Gymnast Vault Bars Beam Floor AllArr

Nikki Childs 9.850 9.850

Adrienne Dishman 9.775

Kelsey Ericksen 9.775 9.925 9.850

Katie Heenan 9.875 9.875 9.925 9.750 39.425

Courtney Kupets 9.900 9.900 9.825 9.900 39.525

Courtney McCool 9.900 9.950

Marcia Newby 9.850

Grace Taylor 9.875 9.850 9.675

Tiffany Tolnay 9.950 9.850 9.850 9.300 38.950

Team Totals 49.350 49.425 49.375 49.125 197.275

Minnesota

Head Coach: Meg Stephenson Top

Gymnast Vault Bars Beam Floor AllArr

Jade Beattie 9.725 8.800

Carmelina Carabajal 9.650 9.025 9.325 9.675 37.675

Andy Cornelius 9.700 9.675

Kelly Ganchan 9.750

Amanda Miles 9.725 9.175

Ashley Mutchler 9.675 9.250

Alexis Russell 9.825 9.750 8.825 9.700 38.100

Rehana Russell 9.575

Ashley Stanton 9.700 9.775 9.725

Angela Walker 9.800 9.800 9.725

Team Totals 48.675 47.850 47.875 48.500 192.900

Penn State

Head Coach: Steve Shephard Top

Gymnast Vault Bars Beam Floor AllArr

Lindsay Borkan 9.725 9.275

Ashley Mehrer 9.725

Lindsey Montross 9.725

Brandi Personett 9.900 9.775 9.850 9.900 39.425

Corissa Pirkl 9.725 9.750 9.650

Casey Rohrbaugh 9.775 9.725 9.800

Rosie Smith 9.825 9.800

Stephanie Sullivan 9.750 9.800

Allie Southard 9.725

Katie Perret 9.775 9.850 9.825

Aslynn Satterfield 9.100 9.775

Team Totals 49.000 48.825 48.950 49.000 195.775

Utah State

Head Coach: Ray Corn Top

Gymnast Vault Bars Beam Floor AllArr

Ashley Barr 9.725

Nicki Felley 9.625 9.525 9.750 9.475 38.375

Heather Heinrich 9.450 9.650 9.675 9.675 38.450

Meagan Lewis 9.675 9.650 9.475 9.800 38.600

Devin Markle 9.775 9.575

Alex Martin 9.525 9.275

Katie Omann 9.700 8.750

Jessica Parenti-Otte 9.700 9.125 9.550 9.650 38.025

Megan Tschida 9.550

Team Totals 48.475 48.075 47.725 48.250 192.525

Vault Results Top

Place Gymnast Team Score

1 Tiffany Tolnay Georgia 9.950

2 Courtney Kupets Georgia 9.900

2 Brandi Personett Penn State 9.900

4 Heather Huffaker University of Denver 9.875

4 Katie Heenan Georgia 9.875

6 Marcia Newby Georgia 9.850

6 Elise Wheeler Southern Utah 9.850

8 Alexis Russell Minnesota 9.825

8 Rosie Smith Penn State 9.825

8 Shayla Garcia Southern Utah 9.825

11 Courtney Butler University of Denver 9.800

11 Casey Dobyns University of Denver 9.800

11 Dayna Smart Brigham Young 9.800

11 Jennifer Simbhudas Iowa 9.800

15 Liz Meals University of Denver 9.775

15 Alethea Boon Brigham Young 9.775

15 Devin Markle Utah State 9.775

15 Kelsey Ericksen Georgia 9.775

15 Adrienne Dishman Georgia 9.775

15 Casey Rohrbaugh Penn State 9.775

15 Katie Perret Penn State 9.775

15 Katie Burke Iowa 9.775

23 Kelly Ganchan Minnesota 9.750

24 Jade Beattie Minnesota 9.725

24 Allie Southard Penn State 9.725

26 Kelley Hennigan University of Denver 9.700

26 Hayley Jensen Brigham Young 9.700

26 Ashley Stanton Minnesota 9.700

26 Katie Omann Utah State 9.700

26 Jessica Parenti-Otte Utah State 9.700

31 Kiki Berrett Brigham Young 9.675

31 Danielle Goldman Brigham Young 9.675

31 Ashley Mutchler Minnesota 9.675

31 Meagan Lewis Utah State 9.675

31 Leah Sakhitab Southern Utah 9.675

36 Sasha Sullivan University of Denver 9.650

36 Carmelina Carabajal Minnesota 9.650

38 Nicki Felley Utah State 9.625

39 Heather Heinrich Utah State 9.450

40 Aslynn Satterfield Penn State 9.100

40 Kara Pinjuv Iowa 9.100

42 Brittany Fischer Brigham Young 9.000

Uneven Parallel Bars Results Top

Place Gymnast Team Score

1 Kelsey Ericksen Georgia 9.925

2 Courtney Kupets Georgia 9.900

3 Grace Taylor Georgia 9.875

3 Katie Heenan Georgia 9.875

5 Courtney Butler University of Denver 9.850

5 Nikki Childs Georgia 9.850

5 Tiffany Tolnay Georgia 9.850

5 Katie Perret Penn State 9.850

9 Nikki Brown University of Denver 9.800

9 Jessica Lopez University of Denver 9.800

9 Kacie Capra Callens Brigham Young 9.800

9 Angela Walker Minnesota 9.800

13 Brandi Personett Penn State 9.775

14 Sasha Sullivan University of Denver 9.750

14 Ellen McCarthy University of Denver 9.750

14 Kylee Draper Brigham Young 9.750

14 Alexis Russell Minnesota 9.750

14 Stephanie Sullivan Penn State 9.750

14 Katie Burke Iowa 9.750

20 Ashley Barr Utah State 9.725

20 Lindsey Montross Penn State 9.725

20 Corissa Pirkl Penn State 9.725

20 Lindsay Borkan Penn State 9.725

20 Jennifer Simbhudas Iowa 9.725

25 Lisa Willis Brigham Young 9.700

25 Andy Cornelius Minnesota 9.700

25 Kellie Dangerfield Southern Utah 9.700

28 Alethea Boon Brigham Young 9.675

29 Heather Huffaker University of Denver 9.650

29 Heather Heinrich Utah State 9.650

29 Meagan Lewis Utah State 9.650

29 Leah Sakhitab Southern Utah 9.650

33 Rehana Russell Minnesota 9.575

34 McKell Poulson Brigham Young 9.525

34 Alex Martin Utah State 9.525

34 Nicki Felley Utah State 9.525

37 Aimee Walker-Pond Brigham Young 9.500

38 Jessica Parenti-Otte Utah State 9.125

39 Elise Wheeler Southern Utah 9.100

40 Carmelina Carabajal Minnesota 9.025

41 Jade Beattie Minnesota 8.800

Balance Beam Results Top

Place Gymnast Team Score

1 Katie Heenan Georgia 9.925

2 Courtney McCool Georgia 9.900

3 Ellen McCarthy University of Denver 9.850

3 Grace Taylor Georgia 9.850

3 Nikki Childs Georgia 9.850

3 Tiffany Tolnay Georgia 9.850

3 Brandi Personett Penn State 9.850

8 Courtney Kupets Georgia 9.825

8 Katie Perret Penn State 9.825

10 Heather Huffaker University of Denver 9.800

10 Angela Walker Minnesota 9.800

10 Stephanie Sullivan Penn State 9.800

10 Leah Sakhitab Southern Utah 9.800

14 Ashley Stanton Minnesota 9.775

15 Dayna Smart Brigham Young 9.750

15 Nicki Felley Utah State 9.750

15 Corissa Pirkl Penn State 9.750

18 Kelley Hennigan University of Denver 9.725

18 Sasha Sullivan University of Denver 9.725

18 Amanda Miles Minnesota 9.725

18 Casey Rohrbaugh Penn State 9.725

22 Katie Burke Iowa 9.700

23 Jessica Lopez University of Denver 9.675

23 Heather Heinrich Utah State 9.675

23 Elise Wheeler Southern Utah 9.675

26 Kaylee Gallup Brigham Young 9.625

27 Kacie Capra Callens Brigham Young 9.600

27 Kellie Dangerfield Southern Utah 9.600

29 Jessica Parenti-Otte Utah State 9.550

29 Kara Pinjuv Iowa 9.550

31 Nikki Brown University of Denver 9.500

31 Hayley Jensen Brigham Young 9.500

33 Meagan Lewis Utah State 9.475

34 Lisa Willis Brigham Young 9.350

35 Carmelina Carabajal Minnesota 9.325

36 Alex Martin Utah State 9.275

36 Lindsay Borkan Penn State 9.275

38 Ashley Mutchler Minnesota 9.250

39 Alethea Boon Brigham Young 9.150

40 Jennifer Simbhudas Iowa 9.025

41 Alexis Russell Minnesota 8.825

42 Katie Omann Utah State 8.750

Floor Exercise Results Top

Place Gymnast Team Score

1 Courtney McCool Georgia 9.950

2 Courtney Kupets Georgia 9.900

2 Brandi Personett Penn State 9.900

4 Sasha Sullivan University of Denver 9.875

5 Heather Huffaker University of Denver 9.850

5 Kelsey Ericksen Georgia 9.850

7 Gretchen Goerlitz University of Denver 9.825

7 Jessica Lopez University of Denver 9.825

9 Meagan Lewis Utah State 9.800

9 Rosie Smith Penn State 9.800

9 Casey Rohrbaugh Penn State 9.800

12 Ellen McCarthy University of Denver 9.775

12 Kacie Capra Callens Brigham Young 9.775

12 Aslynn Satterfield Penn State 9.775

12 Elise Wheeler Southern Utah 9.775

16 Katie Heenan Georgia 9.750

17 Ashley Stanton Minnesota 9.725

17 Angela Walker Minnesota 9.725

17 Ashley Mehrer Penn State 9.725

17 Leah Sakhitab Southern Utah 9.725

17 Jennifer Simbhudas Iowa 9.725

22 Katie Andrews University of Denver 9.700

22 Lisa Willis Brigham Young 9.700

22 Dayna Smart Brigham Young 9.700

22 Alexis Russell Minnesota 9.700

22 Tehani Keeno-Douglas Southern Utah 9.700

22 Katie Burke Iowa 9.700

28 Andy Cornelius Minnesota 9.675

28 Carmelina Carabajal Minnesota 9.675

28 Heather Heinrich Utah State 9.675

28 Grace Taylor Georgia 9.675

32 Jessica Parenti-Otte Utah State 9.650

32 Corissa Pirkl Penn State 9.650

34 Kylee Draper Brigham Young 9.625

35 Heidi Poulson Brigham Young 9.600

35 Kara Pinjuv Iowa 9.600

37 Kiki Berrett Brigham Young 9.575

37 Devin Markle Utah State 9.575

39 Megan Tschida Utah State 9.550

40 Nicki Felley Utah State 9.475

41 Tiffany Tolnay Georgia 9.300

42 Amanda Miles Minnesota 9.175

All Around Results Top

Place Gymnast Team Score

1 Courtney Kupets Georgia 39.525

2 Katie Heenan Georgia 39.425

2 Brandi Personett Penn State 39.425

4 Heather Huffaker University of Denver 39.175

5 Sasha Sullivan University of Denver 39.000

6 Tiffany Tolnay Georgia 38.950

7 Katie Burke Iowa 38.925

8 Leah Sakhitab Southern Utah 38.850

9 Meagan Lewis Utah State 38.600

10 Heather Heinrich Utah State 38.450

11 Elise Wheeler Southern Utah 38.400

12 Nicki Felley Utah State 38.375

13 Jennifer Simbhudas Iowa 38.275

14 Alexis Russell Minnesota 38.100

15 Jessica Parenti-Otte Utah State 38.025

16 Carmelina Carabajal Minnesota 37.675

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