BYU gymnastics faces Boise State in tough competition

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BYU women’s gymnastics hosts Boise State at home on Saturday in the Smith Fieldhouse for a competitive second home meet of the season.

Last season, the BYU and Boise State match-up led to a close 194.750–195.750 loss for the Cougars. A one-point loss means the Cougars need to be focused and determined to beat the Broncos this Saturday.

BYU gymnast Raquel Willman competes on the bars during Saturday’s meet against Utah State at the Smith Fieldhouse.
This season, Boise State beat Utah State 194.875–191.250 in its first meet of 2013, and taking on BYU will be its second. The Cougars beat the Aggies two weeks ago 194.075–189.425. Competition experience for competing freshmen and sophomores is key to both of these teams.”Early in the season, you kind of have those things (falls on balance beam), but as you go you get better and better,” head coach Brad Cattermole said.

The  team has confirmed that freshman Madeline Nilsson’s injury last meet has put her out of the line-up for this meet and possibly subsequent weeks. She suffered an ACL injury; however, she will continue to compete when she has healed.

Nilsson is one of the team’s best vaulters, and Saturday’s meet will show which gymnast is prepared to vault for the Cougars.

“We need someone to step up and take her spot,” Cattermole said.

The Cougars and Broncos compete in the Smith Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The meet will be broadcast on BYUtv, and live scores will be posted on BYUCougars.com.

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