Gymnasts Head To Lone Star State

Coaches Brad and Dawn Cattermole (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- The Cougars continue their extensive road trip this weekend by heading to the Lone Star State to take on Texas Women's University and Southeast Missouri State Saturday, February 5, 2005.

"TWU's schedule is full of hot-shot teams because everyone has fun at Texas and wants to go down there," said head coach Brad Cattermole. "Last year we had a really good time."

And so the Cougars anticipate a fun and competitive weekend as they face the two universities. Currently the Cougars are still ranked eighth in the nation and are still on a winning streak after defeating USU on Tuesday night. The TWU Pioneers are currently 0-2 and the SEMO Redhawks are 2-1.

The gymnasts improve every week and are landing solid performances. Seniors Jaime Mabray and Marie-Helene Claveau continue to lead the team by posting high scores in all events.

BYU continues to be a national leader on vault and are ranked at No. 6. On vault, Sierra Jacobs and freshman Alethea Boon are making great strides by scoring higher practically each match. Candace Bauer and Genevieve are strong on bars, and with the addition of freshman Kylee Draper, BYU only gets better.

On beam, BYU is ranked ninth and is also seventh on bars. Though there is plenty of room to move down, the Cougars are not planning on going anywhere but up. They continue to be ranked above all of the teams they will face in competition this year except Utah.

After this weekend's tri-meet the Cougars return to Utah for a heated battle against No. 1 University of Utah. The meet will take place in Salt Lake on Friday, February 11th at 7 pm.