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Natalie Orr | Posted: 19 Feb 2021 | Updated: 1 Mar 2021
Natalie Orr

No. 11 BYU excels in tri-meet victory

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PROVO, Utah – No. 11 BYU scored a 196.975 Friday night to defeat No. 21 Boise State (196.900) and Air Force Academy (192.650) at the Smith Fieldhouse. 


BYU last faced Boise State back in January, losing by a mere .075. On Friday the Cougars redeemed themselves, celebrating four career-high scores and a new season-high vault score. 

“It was a really long meet, but I think it was a good experience for the girls to compete at a meet that long,” said head coach Guard Young. “It’s nice to be back home and in front of our families. I’m super proud of the girls, and it was neat seeing Sophia McClelland do a floor routine for the first time.”

Starting off the meet, Boise State led the pack after an impressive score of 49.350 on the uneven bars. Meanwhile, the Cougars notched a 49.225 on vault, their highest score of the season on the apparatus. Senior Haley Pitou maintained her season-high score of 9.800. Up next, sophomore Lexi Griffith stuck her landing, trumping her previous career-high score by an entire point, contributing a 9.875. Senior Avery Bennett instantly screamed with joy after performing a 9.900-worthy routine. This would be another career-high score for the Cougars and vault title for Bennett. Senior Abbey Miner-Alder finished out the lineup by matching her career high of 9.875. 

Trailing the Broncos by .125, BYU headed to the uneven bars. Victor of the uneven bars amongst the three teams, junior Abby Beeston tied her career-high score of 9.900, followed by a 9.875 by sophomore Anyssa Alvarado. Pitou celebrated her highest score of the season on the apparatus, earning a 9.850. The Cougars remained consistent, achieving a solid 49.225. This score would gain ground on Boise State, closing the gap to 98.625-98.450. BYU held a 2.050 lead over Air Force.

The Cougars would make their comeback in the third rotation with their second-highest beam score of the season, a 49.300. This would kick Boise State out of first place. Freshman Sophia McClelland notched a new career-high score of 9.925. Stainton would match the score, her highest of the season. This would earn the pair the beam title for the night. Alder followed close behind her season-high score of 9.875. This created a margin of .275 over the Broncos heading into the final rotation. 

Known for their crowd-pleasing routines, BYU did not disappoint and solidified its win with its second-highest floor score of the season, a 49.325. Bennett would garner yet another career high, snagging a 9.850 on floor. For the second consecutive week, junior Brittney Vitkauskas achieved her career-high score of 9.925, taking home first place in the event. Alder would carry the Cougars home, snagging second place behind Vitkauskas with her 9.900.

Next week, the Cougars will host Utah State on Friday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. MST in the Smith Fieldhouse.


Natalie Orr | Posted: 16 Feb 2021 | Updated: 26 Feb 2021
Natalie Orr

No. 11 BYU hosts Boise State and Air Force Academy in the Smith Fieldhouse


PROVO, Utah – After two road meets, No. 11 BYU will host a tri-meet in the Smith Fieldhouse against No. 21 Boise State and the Air Force Academy on Friday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. MST.


MRGC rival Boise State last faced BYU on Jan. 23 in Boise, Idaho. There, the Broncos walked away with a .075 advantage over the Cougars, winning 196.325-196.250. This ended BYU’s three-meet winning streak against BSU.

Back in 2019, BYU and Air Force battled in a quad-meet in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Cougars snagged first place, notching a 196.425. The Falcons earned a 194.775, coming in second place. 

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THE COUGARS. On Friday, BYU traveled to Cedar City, Utah, to face No. 17 Southern Utah. The Cougars celebrated a 197.075-196.550 win over their MRGC rival. A season-high team tally, BYU's score also equaled the 10th-highest score in program history. Additionally, the team achieved new season-high scores on vault (49.100), uneven bars (49.375) and floor (49.400.) Three Cougars earned MRGC accolades this week for their performances, including senior Abbey Miner-Alder, senior Abby Boden-Stainton and junior Brittney Vitkauskas.

THE BRONOCS. On Saturday, Boise State faced MRGC rival Utah State at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, upsetting the team 196.400-195.325. The Broncos achieved a new season-high score in the win. Freshman Emily Lopez celebrated a 9.900 score on the uneven bars, winning the event. Further, Erin Elkabchi’s career-high score of 9.850 won her the floor title. Lastly, Gabriela Cavinta earned her second-career win on beam with a 9.875.

THE FALCONS. On Friday in St. Charles, Missouri, the Air Force Academy competed at the Gym Quarters Invitational. Out of six teams, the Falcons finished fifth with a 191.400. A highlight included the team achieving its highest beam score of the season, a 48.650. Junior Daija Stevenson impressed the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with her 38.575 in the all-around, becoming Gymnast of the Week.