Cougars Take Down Thunderbirds

(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

Provo, Utah (Jan. 14, 2005) -- The BYU Cougar gymnastics team took down the Southern Utah Thunderbirds in the first home meet of the season, 195.725 to 192.575.

"They kept their chin up and they competed hard," head coach Cattermole said.

The Cougars had a great night on floor, offering some stellar performances. Sophomore Sierra Jacobs took first with a career high 9.900. Following in her footsteps was Kacie Capra, tying her career high of 9.875. Southern Utah's Carly Geronimo tied for second.

Jaime Mabray once again led the all-around competition, scoring 39.250. On her heels was Marie-Helene Claveau, who beat her career high with a 39.200.

On vault and beam, the cougars dominated, taking the top three spots. Marie-Helene scored a 9.900, winning the vault, and sophomore Kandis Kelly had an outstanding night taking first on beam (9.900).

Leading the way on bars, Lisa Willis took first with 9.800. Sophomore Candace Bauer also had a great night scoring a 9.800.

"I think we're moving in the right direction," said Cattermole. " We're making mistakes, but it is on good stuff. We want to improve our skill."

The Cougars did have a few falls and mistakes in the routines, but realize it is only the beginning of the season. Their goal is to continue to improve.

Supporting the Cougars was a crowd of 1,427. With the change of the meet time, the gymnasts were pleased with the crowd.

Considering the death of team physician, Dr. Roush, Coach Cattermole was pleased with the final result.

"We are doing well, considering the situation," said Cattermole. "I am pleased with how emotionally controlled we were."

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