The women?s gymnastics team kept top form Friday night as they beat Southern Utah University 195.725 to 192.575 in their first home meet of the season in the Marriott Center.
Coming off a second-place finish last weekend, the Cougars showed some progress as they posted some great performances.
?We improved from last week,? BYU head coach Brad Cattermole said. ?Sierra Jacobs did a nice vault in Cancun, but it was really rushy. We?ve been working on slowing her down and giving her time and she did. I was pleased.?
Jacobs later took first on the floor with a career-high score of 9.900, and sophomore Kacie Capra tied her career high of 9.875.
Sophomore Kandis Kelly scored a 9.900 on beam while sophomore Marie-Helene Claveau took first on vault (9.900).
On bars, junior Lisa Willis took first with 9.800 while sophomore Candace Bauer also had a great night, scoring 9.800.
Co-captain Jamie Mabray improved her performance from last week and placed first overall in the all-around competition (39.250) while Claveau scored second, beating her career high of 39.200. SUU?s best all-around competitor was Shenna Shaw (38.850).
?We were kind of hoping to come out of the game a little bit stronger, but it just didn?t happen,? said SUU coach Scott Bauman. ?We have a very good and strong bar team and they just were absolutely horrible tonight. Just alone on bars I think we are a point and a half off of what we should be scoring.?
Although Cattermole predicted a possible emotional breakdown after team physician, Dr. Matt Roush, died of a heart attack last weekend in Cancun, his team maintained their composure.
?I was really concerned that something might happen, and they would turn into jelly-heads,? Cattermole said. ?We?re just glad this meet isn?t tomorrow night. After Matt?s funeral tomorrow morning, half of the team would be basket cases.?