No. 32 Gymnastics Seek Higher Scores

Ranked No. 18 on vault, senior Dayna Smart-Allen plans to help BYU improve. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- Coming off a season-high score, the No. 32 BYU gymnastics team hopes to continue to improve as they travel to face No. 45 Utah State and No. 41 New Hampshire in Logan, Utah, on Friday.

"We are looking forward to the meet," said BYU head coach Brad Cattermole. "We have been working to improve on all events."

Last week the Cougar squad landed a 193.925 on the night against No. 2 Utah, improving by 0.575 points since the last meet. Ten gymnasts posted season-high individual scores, including No. 18 senior Dayna Smart-Allen who stuck a season-high on the vault.

Junior Hayley Jensen walked away with a career-high 9.825 on floor. That score helped catapult her to a three-way tie for the individual title on the rotation, with two other Utah gymnasts. That score moved Jensen to be tied for No. 41 nationally on the event. This is only Jensen's fifth time competing in the event as a Cougar. Sophomore Melissa Hough also enjoyed a career-high posting a 9.775 on the uneven bars.

"I was fairly pleased with the meet last week," Cattermole said. "We were strong on vault and we did well on floor and bars. We struggled a little on beam, but we have a young beam team and this experience is helping them."

The Cougars have improved their scores in each meet as the 2008 season has progressed. Friday will be the first of two times that BYU will compete against No. 45 Utah State. This is the second time BYU will face No. 41 New Hampshire this season. At their last meet on Jan. 26, the Cougars fell to the Wildcats 191.200 to 192.400.

Those wishing to follow Friday's competition can watch it via Internet streaming at http://www.utahstate.tv/. The meet will start at 6:30 p.m. MT.

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