BYU seniors Jill van Meirol, Mackenzie Douglas, Kyleigh Greenlief and Brittni Hawes have been named captains for the 2017-18 women’s gymnastics season.
“We went with just all four of them, and I think that’s just the best plan because they all bring a very unique skillset to the title of a captain,” said head women’s gymnastic coach Guard Young.
With four different personalities, each captain brings something unique to the team.
“Jill just brings a lot of energy and fun and spontaneity into our team,” Coach Young said.
Mackenzie Douglas is nicknamed “Doug.”
“She has a ton of talent and a great work ethic, and so a lot of kids can kind of just follow her example,” Coach Young said.
Greenlief is “a very vocal leader,” Coach Young added.
Brittni Hawes is the team’s only returning captain.
“She’s the mom of the group, and so if you’re having a bad day, that’s who you’re really gonna wanna go to,” Coach Young said.
The captains still have to keep their balance between gymnastics schoolwork.
“It can be hard at times to keep up with school work,” Hawes said.
But all the captains said this is a skill they mastered growing up.
“I think it’s something that we’ve learned since we were little,” Greenlief said.
“You just have to time manage everything,” van Meirlo added.
Translating that skill to college is one of the things they’ll be helping their nine new freshman with – and with all that fresh talent, the captains said the team dynamic will change.
“It’s gonna be a battle to see what our team’s gonna be like. Everything will be so different,” Douglas said.
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