Cougar High-Scoring Streak Continues
PROVO -- The Cougars continue their high-scoring streak, bringing home a 197.150 from the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational Friday at the Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore.
BYU took second place to Oregon State (197.675) with Sacramento State and Michigan State tied for third (195.875) and Boise State (195.025) and Seattle Pacific (192.900) in fifth and sixth place. This brings the Cougars to 12-4.
"You just do the best you can and count up the scores when it's over," said BYU coach Brad Cattermole.
Cattermole said the team is pleased with the high score - this brings the Cougars one step closer to Regionals.
"As I've said before, Oregon State is exceedingly difficult to beat at home," he said. "But our 197.150 will help us more than their 197.675 will help them because it's an away meet."
BYU saw an all-time record high 49.575 on vault and a season high on beam (49.175).
The Cougars controlled the vault, behind OSU's Chelsea Plourde (9.975). Jaime Mabray and Trisha Ashton tied for second place (9.950) with Marie-Helene Claveau and Kirsten Pauga splitting fourth.
Mabray also tied for first on floor (9.925) and second on beam (9.900). Kari Lords took third place on the uneven bars (9.875), tied for third on floor (9.900) and tied with Claveau for forth on beam (9.875).
"They're a great group of girls to work with," Cattermole said. "I can be a coach, I don't have to be a policeman."
Cattermole said he is proud of the team's performance. They handled themselves well under pressure, staying focused and aggressive.
"The pressure is what you put on yourself," he said. "Hopefully you get off to a rolling start, then just keep hitting."
The Cougars now prepare for their final home meet of the season Tuesday against Southern Utah at 7 p.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse.
"The girls will get a couple of days to rest, then they will be ready to go," Cattermole said.
This will be the last home meet for seniors Ashton, Lords, Brogan Jacobsen and Megan Pessoa.
Cougar fans can say goodbye in neon as the meet is themed "80's night." Fans arriving in stilettos with crimped hair can win prizes.
Tickets for Friday's meet are available at the BYU Ticket Office or by calling 800-322-BYU1 or 378-BYU1. Admission is $5 for adults; $4 for senior citizens, BYU faculty, and students without an All-Sport Card; and $15 for a family pass. Admission is free to students with an All-Sport Card.