The Cougars are hoping to carry the momentum from their best scores of the season on vault and bars last week into Friday's tough Triangular meet with No. 17 Denver and California from the Pac-10. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- Riding the energy of last week's successful triangular meet, the No. 22 BYU women's gymnastics team will look to keep the momentum alive when it travels to Denver, Colo. for a triangular meet with No. 17 Denver and California from the Pac-10.
The Cougars are coming into their last three meets of the season before regional competition the second week in April. They currently hold a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 194.425 and are ranked No. 13 on balance beam.
"We have some great competition coming up," BYU coach Brad Cattermole said. "We want to get out there and hit our routines. This is a fun time of the season."
Last week BYU had its best showing of the year on both vault and bars on its way to a score of 195.125, their second-best mark of the year. Co-captains Alethea Boon and Dayna Smart vaulted to 9.925 and 9.900 scores, respectively. Boon also recorded a 9.800 on bars in her first time competing on the event and notched a 39.225 in the all-around. Kylee Draper, McKell Poulson and Aimee Walker Pond all swung to 9.825s on the event, a career high for both Poulson and Pond. Smart led the way on floor with a career-best 9.875.
DU currently boasts a RQS of 195.450 and is ranked ninth on floor, 17th on beam, 18th on bars and 13th on floor. The Pioneers recorded a season-best 197.000 against Northern Illinois back on Feb. 17. DU is coached by Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart in her ninth season and is led by Heather Huffaker, Casey Dobyns, Jessica Lopez and Sasha Sullivan.
California has a RQS of 192.400 and is ranked No. 33 on floor and No. 34 on vault. The Golden Bears are coming off a season-high 194.575 in a tri-meet victory over Pennsylvania and Air Force. Cal. is coached by Cari Dubois and led by Jessica Kelley, Siobhan Luce and Bridgette Glass.
The Cougars will welcome the return of senior Kacie Capra-Callens, who sat out last week with an ankle injury, back to the bars lineup.
Start time is set for 7 p.m. in Magness Arena. Live stats will be available on the women's gymnastics homepage on www.byucougars.com.