Strong Veteran Leadership Not Enough For Cougars
PROVO -- The BYU women’s gymnastics team fell to two of the Nation’s best gymnastics teams in a tri-meet that took place in Iowa on Friday. No. 17 Michigan won the meet with a score of 196.000 while Iowa State came in second scoring 195.625. BYU came in third with 192.050.
“I think we are moving in the right direction,” BYU head coach Brad Cattermole said after the meet. “We just aren’t doing the little things that great teams do in our meets so we are trying to find things to do in order to calm nerves before the meets.”
The Cougars were once again led by their veteran gymnasts on each event with seniors posting the team high score on each event. Freshman Haylee Rollins was able to tie Danielle Goldman for the team high on the floor exercise with a 9.725.
BYU began the meet with a shaky performance on the beam and continued to struggle in the second rotation. However, to the credit of a resilient squad, whose diligence has already been tested previously, they were able to compose themselves and finish stronger than they started.
The coaching staff remains optimistic despite the early struggles.
“We are still trying to find the right line-up on each event,” said Cattermole. “But we have some individuals who are performing well and we have yet to perform to our capabilities. I think by the end of the season we will be a very good team.”
The Cougars will return to Provo to host Denver and Utah State in the Smith Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. on Friday. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
BYU Gymnasts to Face Tough Competition in Iowa
PROVO -- The BYU women’s gymnastics team will face two top twenty teams this weekend in Iowa when they take on No. 14 Iowa State and No. 17 Michigan. The meet will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday in Hilton Coliseum.
“Win, lose or draw we are excited to compete,” Cougar head coach Brad Cattermole said. “I can see the excitement in our workouts because we are no longer worried about getting hurt but rather about the scores that we are capable of receiving.”
Although BYU has not been victorious thus far in the season, the Cougars have seen tremendous improvement from last season and will look to improve in this meet as well. In the last meet BYU posted several career-best which is encouraging for Cattermole and his squad.
“These girls are improving every day,” said Cattermole. “Those who have been really successful for us so far are those who have battled back from adversity and they want to win.”
The meet will be webcast via Iowa State’s website and can be viewed by clicking here.