Gymnasts Travel to Texas for Triangular Meet

Senior Kacie Capra-Callens will help lead the Cougars in a triangular meet Saturday in Denton, Texas. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- Coming off its toughest meets of the season last weekend, the No. 25 BYU gymnastics team will be back in action in a triangular meet with Texas Woman's and Ball State Saturday night in Denton, Texas.

Saturday's meet will mark the midseason point for BYU. The Cougars have participated in six meets to this point and will compete in a total of thirteen meets on the year.

"The girls are coming along well," BYU coach Brad Cattermole said. "This is the time of the year when we need to turn things around and go perform better. We are looking forward to this meet."

Last weekend the Cougars competed twice in 24 hours. They faced No. 4 Utah, No. 16 Arkansas and Southern Utah in a quadrangular meet Friday night and then squared off with perennial-foe Boise State the next afternoon. Despite the short turnaround, several gymnasts recorded strong routines. Four freshmen tied or recorded career highs, including a career-best 9.775 from Jenna Kerbis on vault. Senior Kacie Capra-Callens tied season-high marks on beam with a 9.825 and on floor at 9.850. Alethea Boon notched a season-best mark on floor, and Dayna Smart recorded the second-best bars score of her career.

This weekend's meet with TWU will be the second of two meets between the two teams this season. In the first meet, both BYU and TWU counted some costly falls, but he Cougars prevailed 193.325-185.675.

The Pioneers come into Saturday's meet with a win in their last meet against Centenary and Illionois State. TWU's highest score of the season is a 191.275 against No. 9 Oklahoma. The Pioneers are led by Courtney Arno, Nicole Poling and Tonya Pipkorn.

This weekend will also mark the first time that BYU and Ball State have faced off in women's gymnastics. BSU is coming into its sixth meet of the season with a season-best score of 189.350 against No. 27 Kent State. The Cardinals' top performers are Megan Howard, Erica Gilkerson and Kelly Watson.

Start time is scheduled for 6 p.m. (MST) in the Kitty Magee Arena. Live stats will not be available.

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