Cougars Place Third in Tough Opener

The Cougars opened the 2006 season placing third in perhaps the biggest meet in the country to this point. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

CORVALLIS, Oregon -- (January 13, 2006) In what could prove to be its toughest meet of the year, the BYU Women's Gymnastics team opened its season by placing third with a score of 190.075 Friday night in Corvallis.

No. 1-ranked Florida (193.575) won the four team meet with Oregon State (192.200) second and Iowa (188.050) fourth.

BYU had some opening meet jitters, struggling early on floor and late on beam, usually one of its best events.

The Cougars turned in a good night on vault though, finishing second. Dayna Smart led the way with a 9.750, tying her for fourth place. Florida's Ashley Reed won the event with a 9.800.

Aimee Walker Pond led a close pack of Cougars on bars with a 9.725. Right behind Pond was Kacie Capra (9.700) and Kylee Draper (9.675). Sheri Owens of Florida and Chrissy Lamun of Oregon State tied for first at 9.825. Florida won the event with a 48.850.

Kandis Kelly had a good showing on beam, placing fourth with a 9.625.

Tasha Smith of Oregon State placed first on floor on her way to capturing the all-around with a 38.800. Capra finished fifth at 37.975.

BYU will look to improve next weekend when they travel to Logan to take on in-state rival Utah State Friday at 6:30 p.m.

TEAM RESULTS

1. Florida 193.575

2. Oregon St. 192.200

3. BYU 190.075

4. Iowa 188.050

INDIVIDUAL VAULT RESULTS

1. Tiffany Murry Florida 9.800

1. Ashley Reed Florida 9.800

3. Jami Lanz Oregon St. 9.775

4. Dayna Smart BYU 9.750

OTHER COUGARS

11. Aimee Walker-Pond 9.675

12. Sierra Jacobs 9.650

INDIVIDUAL BARS RESULTS

1. Sherie Owens Florida 9.825

1. Chrissy Lamun Oregon St. 9.825

3. Corey Hartung Florida 9.800

8. Aimee Walker-Pond BYU 9.725

OTHER COUGARS

12. Kacie Capra 9.700

13. Kylee Draper 9.675

INDIVIDUAL BEAM RESULTS

1. Corey Hartung Florida 9.775

2. Claire Pierce Oregon St. 9.700

3. Kortny Williamson Iowa 9.675

4. Kandis Kelly BYU 9.650

OTHER COUGARS

7. Lisa Willis 9.450

INDIVIDUAL FLOOR RESULTS

1. Tasha Smith Oregon St. 9.825

2. Jami Lunz Oregon St. 9.800

2. Angela Morales Oregon St. 9.800

11. Kacie Capra BYU 9.625

INDIVIDUAL ALL-AROUND RESULTS

1. Tasha Smith Oregon St. 38.800

2. Liz Grajewski Iowa 38.375

3. Breanne King Florida 38.350

5. Kacie Capra BYU 37.975

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