By Stacie Searle
BYU”s best all-around gymnast, Jamie Mabray, will be on the sidelines as the Cougars face Boise State in their first home meet this season at 7 p.m. Saturday Jan. 25 in the Smith Field House. Mabray broke her metatarsal this week when her foot turned wrong while walking across a parking lot. She will be out of competition for the next three to four weeks.
“Jaime”s a tough one to lose,” said head coach Brad Cattermole. “She was either first or second on every event. Hopefully she”ll be able to return to the line-up in a few weeks.”
Mabray took the all-around title at the season opener last Friday against University of Utah. She set or tied her personal best in all four events, scoring a 39.650.
Cattermole said there would be changes in the line up because of Jaime”s injury. He said a few of the girls have perfected some of their routines and will have the opportunity to compete.
“Without Jamie, we have to look for other people to fill in,” Cattermole said. “It gives an opportunity for other people to step up.”
Next in line on the beam is freshman Megan Donahue, with juniors Trisha Ashton and Brogan Jacobsen on the floor.
Sophomore Kirsten Paugaor or junior Kari Lords could fill in on the vault.
“Lords did a good job last week, except she doesn”t do all-around,” Cattermole said.
Last week, Lords had a high score of 9.825 on bars, a 9.850 on beam and a 9.275 on the floor.
Right now, Mabray is the only team member that competes with a 10.0 vault, but Ashton, Pauga and senior Lindsay Butterfield are working on a 10.0.
“We”ll probably stay with the easy stuff,” Cattermole said.
Six girls will have the opportunity to compete in each event but only five scores are counted towards the total team score.
In the meantime, Mabray will continue to work out with the team as much as possible.
During the meet, former coach Lu Wallace and former team members from as early as 1973 will be recognized. The reunion is held every five years.
“This is a group that appreciates the hours we put in,” said assistant coach Shauna Mertze. “A lot of them are excited to even think that BYU would honor them.”
Wallace was the first BYU gymnastics coach. She coached the team for over a decade and was inducted into the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.
“It”s exciting, I mean it”s the first home meet and the girls who built this program will be there and we don”t want to disappoint them,” said junior Trisha Ashton.