The BYU Cougars pulled off an upset tonight against their MRGC rival, the Boise State Broncos, scoring a season-high along the way, all while on the road.

Competing without their top all-arounder, Shani Remme, the Broncos scored a 196.325, about seven-tenths of a point behind the Cougars, who scored a 197.000 to win the meet, the program’s first score of 197 or higher since 2004. BYU won every event but bars with scores of at least 9.900. Shannon Evans won the all-around with a 39.575 and placed first or second on every event.

Beginning on vault, the Broncos only competed five vaults for a total of 49.100. The team delivered under pressure, posting two scores of 9.850 from Courtney McGregor and Sarah Means. Boise’s highest vault score was a 9.875 from Tatum Bruden, which earned her second place. The Cougars were just behind the Broncos after the first rotation, where they scored a 49.075 on bars. Three gymnasts scored a 9.800, and Evans posted the Cougar’s highest bar score with a 9.850 to tie for second.

The Cougars hit six clean vaults for a total of 49.250, a new season best. Evans was again the top scorer for BYU with a near-perfect 9.900, the highest vault score of the night. Abbey Miner tied for second with a 9.875, followed by teammate Angel Zhong, who tied for fourth place with a 9.850. The Broncos had to count a fall on bars, where they scored a 48.750. Boise State still showed four strong routines, with Alexis Stokes’ 9.925 highlighting the lineup and winning the event.

Gabriela Bouza performs on the balance beam for the Boise State Broncos against the BYU Cougars in Boise, Idaho/Idaho Statesman

The Broncos made a comeback on beam, scoring a 49.225 on their strongest event. Sarah Means and Isabella Amado both scored a 9.875, tying for second on the event. Slight wobbles kept the scores from reaching the 9.900s, though this was still a strong performance as Boise adjusts their lineups to account for the loss of Remme. BYU set another season high on the floor exercise, scoring a 49.400. Evans scored a 9.950 for her floor routine and won the event. Fellow Cougar Briana Pearson scored a 9.900 to tie for second place, and the rest of the lineup all scored over a 9.800.

BYU kept their momentum going on beam, where they scored a 49.275. Helody Cyrenne won the event with a 9.925 and Evans tied for second with a 9.875. Miner scored a 9.850, the third highest score of the night, showing how strong the Cougars’ beam lineup can be. Boise State put up a good fight on floor, scoring a 49.250, but was not able to catch BYU. McGregor scored a 9.900 to place second on the event, followed by Alex Esmerian’s 9.875, which earned her fourth place. All five counting scores for the Broncos were over a 9.800, showing how strong they can be going into postseason competition.

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