Feb. 17, 2017
LOGAN, Utah - No. 7 Boise State (7-3, 3-0 MRGC) received contributions from all over the roster on Friday night to defeat Utah State (5-4, 2-2 MRGC) 196.700 - 196.300 at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan, Utah. It was the Broncos' depth that ultimately propelled them to another exceptional road score and a victory over a conference opponent.
Courtney McGregor won the all-around title with a 39.250 and was also victorious on uneven bars with a 9.9. Ann Stockwell nabbed the win on vault with a 9.9, and Sarah Means and Diana Mejia shared the win on balance beam with Utah State's Melanie Oster after all three earned 9.9s.
"The girls are proving to be pretty consistent competitors on the road," co-head coach Tina Bird said. "We had some really great improvements in this meet and some mistakes we need to work on. We are proud of each and every one of them."
The highlights of the night, however, came from Bronco gymnasts who were asked to step up and fill in holes throughout the lineup. Gymnasts such as Mackenzie Bennion posting a 9.8 on vault, Stockwell earning a 9.85 on floor, freshman Maddi Nilson going for a 9.8 on uneven bars and Alex Esmerian (9.625) making her career debut on balance beam all provided a much-needed boost for the Blue and Orange.
"We had some new faces in our lineup this week and they all did a great job," co-head coach Neil Resnick said. "Another solid road score for us with a 196.7."
Boise State's best score came on uneven bars (49.300), its first event of the evening. Stockwell opened with a 9.85, both Bennion and Shani Remme secured 9.875s, and McGregor tied her season high with a 9.9. After Mejia went for a 9.75 at No. 5, Nilson came up big in the sixth spot and put up a season-high 9.8 to give the Broncos their fourth-straight meet with an uneven bars score of 49.300 or better.
Vault came second and was also the Broncos' second-best event of the night at 49.200. Remme and Bennion went for a pair of 9.8s, Mary Frances Bir and McGregor each posted 9.875s, and Stockwell was sensational in garnering a 9.9.
Boise State (98.500) held a convincing lead over Utah State (98.025) at the end of the second event.
The Broncos moved to floor in the third rotation and posted a 49.125. Paige Urquhart opened with a 9.725, and then the visitors used four 9.85s from Bennion, Means, Remme and Stockwell to round out their event score.
Beam was the final event and Boise State was able to come away with a 49.075. After a promising three scores from Mejia (9.9 - career high), McGregor (9.8) and Urquhart (9.85), it was Remme who uncharacteristically fell and forced the last two Broncos to hit. Means picked up her fellow sophomore with a 9.9 and Esmerian was able to replace Remme's score with a 9.625.
Boise State will face off against No. 6 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., next Friday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. (MT). The meet will broadcast on ESPN's SEC Network.