Cougar Gymnasts Finish Victorious on the Road
LOGAN -- Winning their first meet in two seasons the BYU women’s gymnastics team defeated Utah State on the road Friday. The Cougars finished with a season-high score of 195.350 performing consistently on each apparatus.
“We have performed well at home this season but on the road we had not performed well thus far," BYU head coach Brad Cattermole said. “Tonight we took it on the road and performed well and we are continuing to improve.”
The Cougars opened the meet on the uneven bars where they were led by Senior Megan Donehue (9.825) who has performed consistently for the Cougars throughout the season. Madeleine Johnson also posted a 9.800 on the event.
On their second apparatus of the evening they posted four scores of 9.800 or above. The Cougars were led by Natalie Eyre who tied her career high scoring a 9.850. Freshman Sarah Yandow performed her best vault thus far in her college career with a 9.800.
Next up for BYU was the floor exercise. Freshman Hailey Rollins posted her career high and led the Cougars with a 9.850. Rollins also competed on bars for the first time this season and performed a strong routine for BYU.
“She did a great job, it was a really good floor routine,” said Cattermole. “But even more was that she stepped up and did well for us on the bars so we were really pleased with Hailey tonight.”
BYU had not had a competitor in the all-around competition until Senior Danielle Goldman competed in all four events in this meet. She posted the second highest score on the floor for the Cougars (9.825). Goldman finished second in the all-around receiving a 38.925.
“Danielle has been our exhibition on beam but she hit tonight when we had to add her into the line-up last minute,” Cattermole said. “She came through big time for us tonight.”
The Cougars will return to Provo to host in-state rival University of Utah next Friday, February 26, at 7 p.m. in the Marriott Center. The meet will be broadcast live on BYU-TV.
Cougar Gymnasts To Take On Aggies
PROVO -- The BYU women’s gymnastics team will travel a short distance to Logan, Utah to face in-state rival Utah State on Friday. The meet will begin at 7 p.m. in the Spectrum.
The two teams have already met once this season in a tri-meet hosted by BYU. The Cougars outscored the Aggies 195.050-190.475. BYU has struggled thus far this season on the road but Cougar head coach Brad Cattermole hopes that his squad will perform to its’ potential in Logan.
“We are concentrating on taking the good things that we are doing in practice into the meet,” Cattermole said Thursday. “We are excited about this meet and we are pleased with the progress our team is making.”
BYU has seen drastic improvement this season and it seems that the injury-plagued Cougars of last year are finally becoming a memory. With five meets behind them, BYU will look for improvements in each contest.
“We want to continue to improve,” Cattermole said. “The girls are working hard in workouts and we know they are capable of achieving their goals for this season.”
Friday’s meet can be followed live on the Internet. Fans can watch the meet live online by clicking on the “Watch Live” link at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Fans will have to register and pay a small fee to watch. Live results are available by clicking on the “Live Results” link at www.UtahStateAggies.com. (Please note the link will only work after the start of the meet).
The Cougars will return home next week to take on their other in-state rival University of Utah. The meet will take place in the Marriott Center at 7 p.m. on February 26, 2010.