Cougars in Review

PROVO -- BYU senior Kari Lords spends hours in the gym training for Nationals in Los Angeles, Calif. on April 15-17, but she's not alone.

Though the Cougars season ended with Regionals, the team continues to train, already focused on next year's season.

"We had a fantastic season," said BYU coach Brad Cattermole. "We're upset about Nationals but we've done too well over the season to be too upset about one mistake."

The top-seeded team entering Central Regionals in Baton Rouge, Al., the Cougars fell short, having to count a fall on beam from which they were never able to recover. The fall dropped BYU to third place (196.175) behind LSU (197.500) and ASU (196.500).

"The girls know what it means to count a fall," Cattermole said. "You're fighting for the rest of the meet. It's easy to pack it in and give up, but the team never did."

Despite the team not advancing after Regionals, the Cougars took home honors with Lords going to Nationals and Cattermole receiving the NCAA Central Region Coach of the Year award.

"It was a surprise," Cattermole said. "That's more of a credit to the girls than it is to me. They've been a great team from the beginning of the year."

With a record of 15-5, 4-1 at home, the Cougars set many new records this year, both as a team and individually. The team scored a 197-plus in each of its last six meets, five of which earned the five highest overall team totals in BYU history.

"I figured with the eight meets we had in five weeks, we wouldn't do well because it's an almost unbelievable stretcher. To get stronger and stronger, it's a credit to the team."

The team set an overall record-high 198.025 against Utah State. The Cougars set all-time high scores in vault (49.625), beam (49.675) and floor (49.675). They also scored a season high of 49.425 on bars.

Cattermole said he credits much of the team's success and unity to the seniors who set the example for the nine freshmen who joined the team this season. Lords tied teammate Jaime Mabray for the fourth highest all-around score in BYU history (39.650). Brogan Jacobsen set a new school record, scoring a career high 9.975 on bars.

Trisha Ashton set career highs of 9.950 on vault, beam and floor. She also scored the team high of 9.925 on vault at Regionals. She also set personal bests of 9.800 on vault and 9.950 on bars. Megan Pessoa also set a career high 9.875 on vault.

"Our seniors stepped up and got the rest of the team united," he said. "We have fun and enjoy each other."

Also scoring high for the Cougars were Mabray, who scored the second perfect 10.0 on vault in BYU history against Texas Woman's and Air Force. Junior Kirsten Pauga and freshman Marie-Helene Claveau both scored 9.975 on vault twice to share the second highest BYU individual vault score.

Claveau also shares a second place 9.975 on beam with teammates Lords and Mabray. Freshman Kacie Capra shares second place on bars with Jacobsen and Lords at 9.950.

This year's team set the foundation on which Cattermole said he hopes to build next year's team.

"We've gained a lot of experience," Cattermole said. "The girls understand the difference between college level and club gymnastics. We've got a lot of great kids who like winning and are putting in the effort."