Freshmen Energize Cougars in Southern Utah

Dayna Smart took home first-place honors on each event to score a 39.500 in the all-around and lead BYU to its second-best score of the season Monday night at Southern Utah. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

CEDAR CITY -- Four different freshmen produced career-high marks to spark the BYU gymnasts to their second-best score of the season at 194.700. The Cougars rolled out their highest scores of the year on both vault and floor as BYU ended its three-meet road trip with a 194.700-192.775 victory over Southern Utah Monday night.

"The freshmen did great tonight," BYU coach Brad Cattermole said. "Danielle (Goldman) has been working hard and came out and hit. Jenna (Kerbis), McKell (Poulson) and Megan (Donehue) were great. We continue to progress. Hopefully we can keep improving from here."

The Cougars received a boost on bars behind a pair of career-high scores in the first rotation. Dayna Smart notched a career-best 9.825 to lead the way. Freshman McKell Poulson was right behind with a career-tying mark of 9.775. Junior Aimee Walker-Pond chipped in a 9.750. Alethea Boon and Megan Donehue were both solid in exhibition for BYU. SUU's Shayla Garcia was top performer for the Thunderbirds at 9.825 to tie Smart for the top score on the event.

A pair of Canadians energized the Cougars to their best showing of the season on vault. Montreal, Quebec, native Danielle Goldman was substituted into the lineup late and responded with a career-high 9.775. Fellow countryman Jenna Kerbis tied her career-best 9.775 to help spark the team to a 48.900. BYU took away the top two spots on the event with Smart taking home first-place honors with a 9.875. Boon was close behind with a 9.850 for second place. Garcia and Leah Sakhitab were the top scorers for SUU at 9.800 each.

More first-year performers proved their ware for the Cougars on floor as BYU tumbled to a season-best 48.975. Kiki Berrett tumbled her way to a career-high 9.800. Fellow freshman Heidi Poulson also chipped in a career-best score at 9.750. Senior Lisa Willis recorded a season-best 9.800. Smart tied a career-high 9.850 to lead the way. The Thunderbirds' Elise Wheeler was their top scorer at 9.825.

Smart once again showed why she is among the best in the country to lead the Cougars on balance beam. The junior just missed a perfect score with a 9.950 to the tie the highest score of her career and match the second-highest score in school history on the event. Boon chipped in a strong 9.850. Kerbis notched a new career-best 9.825 for BYU. Sakhitab recorded the best score for SUU at 9.825.

Smart came in first place on each of the four events and produced a career-high 39.500 to win the all-around competition. The Thunderbirds' Sakhitab was second at 39.250.

"I just came in here and did my stuff," Smart said. "I felt I actually could have done better in a couple of my routines, but I was happy with how I did."

The Cougars will have a week off before welcoming Utah State and Oregon State into Provo on March 9.

Women's Gymnastics Meet Results

Host: Southern Utah University

Meet: SUU vs BYU February 26, 2007

Location: Cedar City, Utah (Centrum Arena) Home Meet

Contents: Event Results Team Results

Vault Team Standing

Uneven Parallel Bars Southern Utah University

Balance Beam Brigham Young University

Floor Exercise Judge List

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Team Standing Top

Place Team Score

1 Brigham Young University 194.700

2 Southern Utah University 192.775

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Southern Utah University Home

Head Coach: Scott Bauman Top

Gymnast Vault Bars Beam Floor AllArr

Kellie Dangerfield 9.025 9.125 9.525

Tehani Douglas 9.650 9.625

Shayla Garcia 9.800 9.825 9.075 9.700 38.400

Katie Hicks 9.100

Melissa Johnson 9.500

Jess Langley 9.750

Erin Morgan 9.600 9.225

Leah Sakhitab 9.800 9.800 9.850 9.800 39.250

Elise Wheeler 9.775 9.775 9.725 9.825 39.100

Team Totals 48.475 48.800 47.025 48.475 192.775

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Brigham Young University

Head Coach: Brad Cattermole Top

Gymnast Vault Bars Beam Floor AllArr

Kiki Berrett 9.625 9.800

Alethea Boon 9.850 9.850 9.775

Kacie Capra-Callens 9.100 8.225 9.700

Megan Donehue 9.600

Kaylee Gallup 9.225

Danielle Goldman 9.775

Melissa Hough 8.700

Jenna Kerbis 9.775 9.825

McKell Poulsen 9.775

Heidi Poulson 9.750

Dayna Smart 9.875 9.825 9.950 9.850 39.500

Aimee Walker-Pond 9.750

Lisa Willis 9.700 9.825 9.800

Team Totals 48.900 48.150 48.675 48.975 194.700

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Vault Results Top

Place Gymnast Team Score

1 Dayna Smart Brigham Young University 9.875

2 Alethea Boon Brigham Young University 9.850

3 Shayla Garcia Southern Utah University 9.800

3 Leah Sakhitab Southern Utah University 9.800

5 Elise Wheeler Southern Utah University 9.775

5 Jenna Kerbis Brigham Young University 9.775

5 Danielle Goldman Brigham Young University 9.775

8 Kiki Berrett Brigham Young University 9.625

9 Erin Morgan Southern Utah University 9.600

9 Megan Donehue Brigham Young University 9.600

11 Melissa Johnson Southern Utah University 9.500

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Uneven Parallel Bars Results Top

Place Gymnast Team Score

1 Shayla Garcia Southern Utah University 9.825

1 Dayna Smart Brigham Young University 9.825

3 Leah Sakhitab Southern Utah University 9.800

4 Elise Wheeler Southern Utah University 9.775

4 McKell Poulsen Brigham Young University 9.775

6 Jess Langley Southern Utah University 9.750

6 Aimee Walker-Pond Brigham Young University 9.750

8 Lisa Willis Brigham Young University 9.700

9 Tehani Douglas Southern Utah University 9.650

10 Kacie Capra-Callens Brigham Young University 9.100

11 Kellie Dangerfield Southern Utah University 9.025

12 Melissa Hough Brigham Young University 8.700

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Balance Beam Results Top

Place Gymnast Team Score

1 Dayna Smart Brigham Young University 9.950

2 Leah Sakhitab Southern Utah University 9.850

2 Alethea Boon Brigham Young University 9.850

4 Lisa Willis Brigham Young University 9.825

4 Jenna Kerbis Brigham Young University 9.825

6 Elise Wheeler Southern Utah University 9.725

7 Erin Morgan Southern Utah University 9.225

7 Kaylee Gallup Brigham Young University 9.225

9 Kellie Dangerfield Southern Utah University 9.125

10 Katie Hicks Southern Utah University 9.100

11 Shayla Garcia Southern Utah University 9.075

12 Kacie Capra-Callens Brigham Young University 8.225

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Floor Exercise Results Top

Place Gymnast Team Score

1 Dayna Smart Brigham Young University 9.850

2 Elise Wheeler Southern Utah University 9.825

3 Leah Sakhitab Southern Utah University 9.800

3 Kiki Berrett Brigham Young University 9.800

3 Lisa Willis Brigham Young University 9.800

6 Alethea Boon Brigham Young University 9.775

7 Heidi Poulson Brigham Young University 9.750

8 Shayla Garcia Southern Utah University 9.700

8 Kacie Capra-Callens Brigham Young University 9.700

10 Tehani Douglas Southern Utah University 9.625

11 Kellie Dangerfield Southern Utah University 9.525

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All Around Results Top

Place Gymnast Team Score

1 Dayna Smart Brigham Young University 39.500

2 Leah Sakhitab Southern Utah University 39.250

3 Elise Wheeler Southern Utah University 39.100

4 Shayla Garcia Southern Utah University 38.400

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Meet Judges Top

Vault

Judge 1 Tina Paulos National

Judge 2 Donna Nicholson Level 10

Uneven Parallel Bars

Judge 1 Cathy Bennion National

Judge 2 Pat Bryant Level 10

Balance Beam

Judge 1 Cathy Bennion National

Judge 2 Donna Nicholson Level 10

Floor Exercise

Judge 1 Tina Paulos National

Judge 2 Pat Bryant Level 10

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