Gymnastics take a win at home and on the road

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    By Anja Smollich

    The women?s gymnastics team could not have wished for more this weekend as it first crushed Utah State at home with a season-best of 196.425-195.100 and then burned Central Michigan University on the road 194.975-194.525.

    The Cougars? winning streak started off Thursday night against the in-state rival Aggies as the squad earned the third-highest beam score in BYU history (49.5) and captured all top six spots.

    Co-captain Jaime Mabray finished first with a season-high of 9.95, followed by Dayna Smart and Kacie Capra who tied for second (9.9). Kandis Kelly and Marie-Helene Claveau both tied for fourth (9.875) and Candace Bauer followed with a new career-high of 9.85.

    ?Beam was about as good as I?ve ever seen us do,? BYU head coach Brad Cattermole said. ?I mean, this year they?ve just been doing a spectacular job.?

    On vault, the Cougars finished in the top five spots with Smart taking first (9.85) and Alethea Boon and Mabray tying for second (9.825).

    ?The girls vaulted well, but we have way too many jumps on our vaults,? Cattermole said. ?We?ve been working on that where we don?t jump all over the place in workouts, but in meets they get a little bit excited and then they fly.?

    A big surprise was the Cougars? bars score. With 49.150, the squad attained a season-high on their weakest of all events. Capra finished first (9.9), followed by Cassie Myers (9.875) and Claveau (9.85).

    On floor however, the Cougars had to count a fall, which lowered their total score to 48.650. Mabray took first with 9.875, followed by Boon and Capra with both 9.85.

    ?I don?t think we had to count a fall on floor in about seven years,? Cattermole said. ?We never fall on floor.?

    After one day of rest, the Cougars traveled to compete against No. 12 Central Michigan University. Once again, the Cougars kept their cool and took over the top spots on beam and floor. Smart finished first on beam with 9.9. Claveau and Sara Burtinsky of Central Michigan followed, both tying for second (9.775).

    On floor, Capra took first (9.875) and Mabray and Chippewas? Mattie Crawforf toed for second (9.975). Claveau was BYU?s best competitor on vault, scoring a 9.85, and Mabray achieved the highest score on bars (9.775). The Cougars now have a few days of rest before they travel to Cedar City to take on SUU Saturday at 7 p.m.

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