Gymnasts aim to perform well at Tuscaloosa NCAA Regional

(Photo by Mark A Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah – For the 22nd time in 25 years the BYU women’s gymnastics team will compete in an NCAA regional meet on Saturday, April 6 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., with hopes to earn a spot at the NCAA Championships.

“Everyone is feeling pretty good. It should be a great meet,” head coach Brad Cattermole said. “The girls have been practicing hard and they look good. They’ve worked hard to qualify and we’ll go and hopefully do well and see what happens.”

BYU will be attending regionals at the site of defending national champion, No. 3 Alabama, along with No. 9 Utah, No. 15 Denver, No. 23 Kent State and Iowa State. The top two teams will advance to the NCAA Championships, held on April 19-21 in Los Angeles. Five other regional sites with six teams each will also compete on April 6 to field the teams for the championships.

“The goal is always to hit all of your routines,” Cattermole said. “We’ll count it up at the end and see how it matches up.”

The Cougars season has been one of consistency, earning a team score of at least 195 in the last five meets and seven times total in the regular season, the most since 2005 when BYU earned a spot at the NCAA Championships and finished 11th nationally.

This season, BYU has a high score of 195.875. The team has posted top team scores of 49.125. on vault, 49.075 on bars, 49.050 on beam and 49.250 on floor.

The meet is set to begin at 6 p.m. CDT from the Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa. Click the following links for video, scores and to purchase tickets.

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