Cougars Challenge No. 3 Utah
PROVO -- The BYU women's gymnastics team recorded season highs on vault and beam and put No. 3-ranked Utah to the test, but came up short in the end falling 194.250 -- 195.825.
"I'm not concerned about winning and losing," BYU coach Brad Cattermole said. "I'm concerned with whether we stick our routines like we should. Tonight we did at times but didn't at times we should have. Now we need to go out and correct the little things."
The Cougars came out hot in the beginning, notching a season-high 49.000 on vault in their first rotation. Brittany Fischer (9.700), Sierra Jacobs (9.850) and Hayley Jensen (9.800) all recorded career highs while Dayna Smart tied her career-high 9.875. The Utes' Kristina Baskett took first with a 9.975. Nina Kim and Nicolle Ford tied for second at 9.925
BYU struggled on bars in their second rotation as two Cougars fell. The Utes meanwhile recorded a season-high 49.475 on vault to widen their lead.
BYU came back with a vengeance in their third rotation, recording a season-best 49.075 to beat Utah (48.825) on the event. Smart led the way with a season-high and team-best 9.900. Alethea Boon had a career-high 9.850 while Kylee Draper (9.775) tied her career high. Utah struggled on floor with a 48.275 to help BYU narrow the margin.
Kacie Capra led the Cougars on floor with a first-place 9.825, tying her season high, on the last rotation. Smart added a 9.750 for BYU.
The Utes had strong performances from Nicolle Ford, Ashley Postell and Nina Kim. The trio took the top three spots in the all-around. Ford was first with a 39.525. The Cougars' Capra was fourth at 37.950.
Cattermole was pleased with Smart's performance on the night and so far this season.
"Dayna has done well all year," he said. "She's mentally tough and goes out and sets a good example for the rest of the girls."
BYU will look to improve more next week when it travels to Tucson to take on No. 14 Arizona and No. 2 --ranked Florida Friday at 7:30 p.m.
TEAM VAULT RESULTS
TEAM BARS RESULTS
TEAM BEAM RESULTS
TEAM FLOOR RESULTS
INDIVIDUAL VAULT RESULTS
1. Kristina Baskett Utah 9.975
2. Nicolle Ford Utah 9.925
2. Nina Kim Utah 9.925
4. Dayna Smart BYU 9.875
INDIVIDUAL BARS RESULTS
1. Kristina Baskett Utah 9.950
2. Ashley Postell Utah 9.875
2. Nicolle Ford Utah 9.875
6. Cassie Myers BYU 9.675
INDIVIDUAL BEAM RESULTS
1. Ashley Postell Utah 9.975
2. Nicolle Ford Utah 9.925
3. Dayna Smart BYU 9.900
INDIVIDUAL FLOOR RESULTS
1. Kacie Capra BYU 9.825
2. Nicolle Ford Utah 9.800
3. Nina Kim Utah 9.775
5. Dayna Smart BYU 9.750
INDIVIDUAL ALL-AROUND RESULTS
1. Nicolle Ford Utah 39.525
2. Ashley Postell Utah 39.450
3. Nina Kim Utah 39.350
4. Kacie Capra BYU 37.950
Gymnasts Back Home Against Utah
PROVO -- The BYU women's gymnastics team will be back in action Friday night when it hosts national-power and No. 3-ranked Utah at 7 p.m. in the Marriott Center. This is the first of two meetings between the teams this season.
"This is another meet that provides a big crowd and a good chance to do well," BYU coach Brad Cattermole said. "We need to focus on what we are doing and keep getting better."
The Cougars are coming off a season-best 194.525 in their last meet against Boise State. BYU set season highs on bars (48.900) and beam (48.875). Kylee Draper (9.850) and Jennifer Matthews (9.750) recorded career highs on bars, while Cassie Myers recorded a season-high 9.800. Dayna Smart tied for first to lead the Cougars on beam with a season-high 9.875. In all, six gymnasts recorded individual season and career highs.
Utah, ranked No. 2 for much of the season, is coming into its ninth meet of the season. Last time out the Utes defeated No. 20 Minnesota 196.650 -- 193.400. Their season high is 197.200 against Utah State and Southern Utah. Top performers include Nicolle Ford, Ashley Postell and Kristina Baskett in the all-around; Gritt Hofmann on beam and Jessica Duke on floor.
Start time is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Marriott Center. The meet will broadcast live on BYU TV. A live stats feed will also be available on the schedule page of the BYU gymnastics homepage at byucougars.com.