Tumbling to Victory
The Achilles’ tendon was enough to bring down a powerful Greek hero, but the BYU gymnastics team has suffered two severe Achilles’ tendon injuries and is far from being brought down. Continue reading
Just another day in the jungle gym…and who doesn’t love a jungle gym? For most of the BYU gymnastics team, they have been tumbling since they were 5 years old.
All of these girls can spin, flip, swing, and tumble. Unfortunately, with all the glamour often comes painful injury. Sophomore standouts Megan Bain and Haylee Rollins both suffered season ending injuries, but the Cougars know they still stand a chance.
“You just have to focus on the team we have now and just keep moving forward in the season and do as best we can,” said Natalie Pickard, senior gymnast. ”We’re just trying to take each meet one meet at a time and just try to keep improving with the girls we have left.”
Bain and Rollins competed as two of the top gymnasts in almost every event. Now in their absence, younger girls will have a chance to launch themselves into the spotlight at this Saturday’s home meet.
“I think we’re a little, ya know, still struggling to get people,” said Raquel Willman, sophomore gymnast. ”We don’t really know what’s happening, but home meets are just so much fun all our family is there to support us.”
Even with the injuries, Coach Cattermole knows how to help his team maintain balance and rise above the competition.
“Well you can’t realy hold back,” said Coach Brad Cattermole. “You just gotta get out. I mean it’s just like football–you just gotta get out and play the game.
The girls shine with confidence and plan on “sticking it” to the competition. Their first home meet is Saturday Feburary, 4 at noon in the Smith Fieldhouse.