Senior Kylee Draper-Marvin will be one of the BYU gymnasts to compete in Friday's meet. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- Coming off solid two-meets last week, the No. 28 BYU gymnastics team will take the short trip north to face instate rival No. 2 University of Utah on Friday. The meet will start at 7 p.m. in the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City.
Friday's meet will mark the Cougars' last regular-season meet this year, but BYU head coach Brad Cattermole is excited to see how the gymnasts perform.
"It is always a fun meet to be at Utah and the girls are feeling good about the end of the season," Cattermole said. "What we're going to do is the best we can."
Last week, BYU competed twice and recorded sound postings. On Monday the Cougar squad competed with Southern Utah, which resulted in an outright 195.000 tie with the Thunderbirds. Senior Dayna Smart-Allen helped the Cougars land their second-highest overall score of the season. She claimed three of four individual titles on the evening.
On Friday, BYU traveled to University of Arizona to compete in a triangular meet with Cal State Fullerton. The Cougars 194.225 score topped Cal State's 191.400, but fell behind Arizona's 196.125 performance.
This will be only the second time the BYU and Utah gymnastics teams have met under the newly created Deseret Duel series, but this actually is the 84th time the two teams have met in program history. The Utes hold an 81-2 advantage in the series. The last time the Cougars topped the Utes was in 1998 in the Marriott Center. This is the second time the Cougars and Utes have gone head-to-head this season. On Feb. 8, the Utes topped the Cougars 196.700-193.925 in BYU's Marriott Center.
Cougar fans who are unable to attend the meet in Salt Lake City can follow the meet live via live stats and internet streaming found at: www.byucougars.com/gymnastics_w/. The meet will also be video taped delayed by KTVX, CSTV and The Mtn.