BYU gymnastics prepares for final MRGC Championship on Saturday Evening
PROVO, Utah – The BYU women’s gymnastics team prepares to battle for the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference crown at the 2023 MRGC Championship on Saturday at the America First Event Center in Cedar City, Utah, at 6 p.m. MDT.
The Cougars will face No. 21 Southern Utah, No. 35 Boise State and No. 45 Utah State. Among the four teams, SUU ranks first in the conference, followed by Boise State, BYU and Utah State. BYU is ranked second in all four events amongst conference foes, and ranked No. 26 nationally on the uneven bars.
Last season, Utah State earned the title MRGC Champions with a score of 197.025, followed by Boise State's 196.550, SUU’s 196.500 and BYU’s 196.375. The Cougars also earned eight all-conference honors following the 2022 MRGC Championship meet, including the Gymnast of the Year honor presented to All-American, Sadie Miner-Van Tassell.
- When: Saturday, March 18
- Time: 6 p.m. MDT
- Location: America First Event Center
- Live Stream: ESPN+
- Live Stats: SUU Stats
THE COUGARS. Currently ranked No. 34, the Cougars prepare to battle in their final MRGC Championship before moving to the Big 12 Conference next year. BYU traveled to Arizona for its final meet of the regular season on Friday, March 10 at the McKale Memorial Center. With a score of 196.050, the Cougars fell to the Wildcats’ 197.275. With individual scores of 9.900 on vault, Sydney Benson and Allix Mason earned MRGC Co-Vault Specialist of the Week honors in the final week of regular-season meets. Sophie Dudley also earned her second Co-Floor Specialist of the Week honor in a row after notching a 9.900 on the apparatus.
THE AGGIES. Currently ranked No. 45, USU heads into the MRGC Championship as No. 4 in the conference. Utah State closed out its regular season with a fourth-place finish at the Cal quad meet on Friday evening at the Haas Pavilion. With a fall and injury on beam in the first rotation, the Aggies were not able to overcome the score deficit. Despite the loss, Utah State’s Alivia Ostendorf and Ariel Toomey each notched scores of 9.900 on floor, earning them MRGC Co-Floor Specialist of the Week honors.
THE BRONCOS. Currently ranked No. 35, BSU prepares for the MRGC Championship ranked close behind SUU as No. 2 in the conference. Boise State finished out its regular season with a second-place finish behind No. 8 Alabama 197.125-194.775 at the Coleman Coliseum. The Broncos struggled out the gate, falling behind the Crimson Tide by 1.350 after the first rotation. Despite the loss, Boise State’s Courtney Blackson earned MRGC Co-Vault and Co-Floor Specialist of the Week honors with scores of 9.900 on each event.
THE THUNDERBIRDS. Currently ranked No. 21, SUU prepares to host the MRGC Championship as the favorites. The Flippin' Birds finished off the regular season with a win Friday night over the University of Iowa and San Jose State University. The Thunderbirds scored a massive 196.900 to take the top spot followed by the Hawkeyes who finished with a 196.425 and the Spartans who posted a 195.425. SUU collected five MRGC weekly awards in the final week of competition, led by senior Karley McClain’s 49.375, earning her MRGC Gymnast of the Week for the eighth time this season.
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