LOGAN — The Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference (MRGC) championship takes place Saturday at 6 p.m. in Logan. Eleventh-ranked Boise State is favored to win another MRGC title, but No. 19 Southern Utah is close behind while No. 23 Utah State and BYU should also fare well.
Brigham Young is fresh off an upset of Southern Utah. Freshman all-arounder Shannon Hortman has led the Cougars all season and she hit career-bests on both beam and bars against SUU. Brittni Hawes and Jill van Mierlo have also been strong. The Cougars recorded two scores above 196.0 this year, highlighted by a season-best 196.425 against Iowa in February.
“Our conference is full of great teams with great athletes, and all are well coached,” said BYU coach Guard Young. “Boise State is clearly a great team and ranked high, but it all comes down to which team gets on a roll.”
Southern Utah has been the biggest mystery of the season. The Flippin’ Birds have an abundance of talent and have hit school-records throughout the season both on the individual and team level. But SUU has also had some lulls in its scoring.
In the month of March alone, the Flippin’ Birds hit a school record 197.025 but then fell back into the 195.0 range for their final two meets. Stacie Webb recorded the first 10.0 (beam) in SUU history. The Flippin’ Birds have the best shot at dethroning the Broncos but need to find the consistency to do so.
Utah State has been best on vault and bars this season, but floor isn’t far behind. Madison Ward holds the second-best floor average (9.873) in Aggie history (Liesel Kohler, 2004). Utah State had put together a solid season on beam until of late, as the Aggies have had to count two falls in their last two meets.
Utah State’s best score was a 196.3 against Boise State in February. Bailey McIntire is the Aggies’ lone all-arounder.