Jan. 18, 2017
Weekly Notes | Live Video Stream | Live Results
The No. 15 Boise State gymnastics team (3-0) will stay on the road for their second meet of the season and travel to Salt Lake City, Utah to take on No. 5 Utah, No. 7 Denver and Illinois-Chicago on Friday, Jan. 20 in a quadrangular meet at the Huntsman Center at 7 p.m.
WATCH/FOLLOW: Utah will be providing a free live video stream that can be found HERE, as well live scoring that can be found HERE.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION: No. 5 Utah just scored a season-high 196.900 last week at BYU and possesses a 196.763 average on the season. The Utes are led by MyKayla Skinner, a freshman who was an alternate on the 2016 USA Olympic Team. She enters the meet ranked No. 4 in the country in the all-around (39.575), having won Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week honors the previous two weeks.
No. 7 Denver is also led by a stand-out freshman all-arounder in Maddie Karr. Karr is currently 10th in the country in the all-around (39.462). The Pioneers posted a 196.350 as a team in their last meet, bringing their average on the year to a 196.113. Denver has excelled on floor, averaging 49.050 to tie for seventh in the country on the event.
Illinois-Chicago is 56th in the country with an average of 191.163. Mikailla Northern leads the way for the Flames and was third in the all-around at their most recent meet last weekend, posting a 38.850.
SERIES HISTORY: Utah holds a decisive 15-0 advantage over the Broncos in their all-time series, but Denver holds just a slight edge at 14-13. The last time the Blue and Orange faced off with the Pioneers, both teams were vying for the 2015 Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Championship. Boise State (196.625) won that matchup and the conference title, and the Pioneers (196.075) took third. Denver left for the Big 12 Conference following the 2015 season. The Broncos are 3-1 in their all-time series with Illinois-Chicago and have won the past three meetings.
SOLID OPENER: The Broncos took care of business in their season-opening quad meet at UC Davis last Friday, tallying a 195.300 to top Stanford (193.800), UC Davis (193.275) and Yale (188.900) to pick up three wins. The 195.300 is the third-highest season-opening score in school history.
Freshman Courtney McGregor picked up right where she left off at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and won the all-around title after concluding the night with a 39.000. Diana Mejia captured the win on uneven bars thanks to a 9.9, and both Sandra Collantes and Sarah Means tied for the victory on balance beam with 9.85's.
Boise State was able to pull out the victory thanks to a strong finish where they posted 48.975's on both uneven bars and balance beam - their final two events.
RANKED No. 15: After two weeks of competition across the NCAA, the Broncos currently find themselves exactly where they were picked to finish in the national preseason poll at No. 15. Boise State is the highest ranked team in the MRGC conference, including the third-highest ranked team in the west region.
MRGC HONORS MEJIA: Diana Mejia was named the Uneven Bars Specialist of the Week by the MRGC after earning a 9.9 on the apparatus to win the event and post the highest event score for any gymnast at last week's quad meet. The weekly award was the first for the Vancouver, Wash., native, but certainly not the first major conference accomplishment on uneven bars. She was named first-team All-MRGC on uneven bars in both 2015 and 2016, and was also named the 2014 MRGC Co-Freshman of the Year because of her work on uneven bars and balance beam.
RENEWED RIVALRY: As mentioned before, Denver and Boise State have a tremendous history, especially in recent years. The Broncos topped the Pioneers to win the 2015 MRGC Championship, but Denver was victorious in the 2014 edition, winning a nail biter 196.925-196.900. In 2013, however, Boise State was able to pull out the victory at the WAC Championships, scoring a 196.225 to win while the Pioneers took second with a 196.125.
ANOTHER PAC-12 FOE: While the Broncos have never defeated Utah, they have reason for encouragement after beating Stanford last weekend, who was ranked No. 11 in the preseason poll. The victory over the Cardinal was the program's first win over Stanford since April 5, 1997, and Boise State will be hoping for a similar result this week in Salt Lake City.