The situation isn't ideal for the No. 29 Brigham Young women's gymnastics team. In the past two meets, the Cougars haven't performed their best, including a weak 193.850-showing against Utah on Friday.
The Cougars hope they can become more consistent as a unit and forget about their recent problems, as they will compete in the Northeast region at Penn State on April 12. BYU will face No. 1 Georgia, No. 12 Auburn, No. 13 Denver, No. 30 Iowa State and No. 22 Penn State in the regional competition.
Also, Southern Utah will compete in the North Central region with No. 2 Utah, No. 11 Arkansas, No. 14. Arizona, No. 23 Iowa and Minnesota in Minnesota.
BYU coach Brad Cattermole, who will be guiding the Cougars in regionals for the 19th time, believes his squad can do well if it simply hits routine after routine.
"We have had our ups and downs," he said. "When we hit, we're good. When we miss, we're not so good. We're not as consistent as we'd like to be at this time of year. . . . The last couple meets, we picked events to goof off on and we went downhill."
However, Cattermole has the weapons to possibly come out as one of the two teams that advances to the national championships in Georgia on April 24-26.
There was some jostling in the final rankings with Alabama moving up two spots and Stanford moving up four. The Top 10 was dominated by the SEC with four teams and the Pac-10 with three.
Ashley Postell finished ranked No. 1 (39.705) in the all-around, first in the vault (9.965), tied for first on the balance beam (9.935) with Oregon State's Jami Lanz and sixth on the floor (9.925).
Kristina Baskett finished tied for ninth in the all-around (39.41), seventh in the vault (9.925), third in the uneven bars (9.92).
An article in The Columbia Tribune about former Ute gymnast Sarah Shire, who transferred to Missouri after her freshman year, alludes that her time at Utah was rather harsh, particularly in some comments from her father, David Shire.
"My job as her dad is to protect her, and I didn't," he is quoted as saying. "I didn't see it coming. The things she had to go through and endure, I wish I had seen coming, and maybe we could have done something sooner. But to her credit, she stuck it out and tried to make it work. . . . I feel bad that she had to go through that, but I think it made her stronger."
Contacted by The Salt Lake Tribune, David Shire explained there were no ill feelings toward Utah and explained he should have been more aware of his daughter's feelings.
"It was a wonderful opportunity for her to be a part of that program, but we didn't pick up on how she really felt and encouraged her, too, telling her how we were watching things on the Internet and things like that," he said. "There aren't hard feelings. The coaching is what it is. We're just thankful he released her from her scholarship. We didn't know how we were going to pay for her education otherwise."
Shire is competing in the all-around for No. 18 Missouri.
"We're happy for her," Utes coach Greg Marsden said. "You try to do the best for both sides, look at everything and make sure people are a good fit, but sometimes things just don't work out."
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