BOISE, Idaho -
Freshman Autumn DeHarde captured the beam title and tied for second on floor as Utah State's gymnastics team recorded a 194.900 in its Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference (MRGC) dual meet against No. 15 Boise State on Friday night at Taco Bell Arena.
The host Broncos recorded a season-high 196.875 to win the dual meet in front of 1,662 fans.
"I love the fact that we've got fighters on this team," said first-year USU head coach Amy Smith. "They are competitive and we could have let this meet get away from us, but we didn't. We came away with another good road score, so I am really proud and really happy about that."
For DeHarde, it was her third career beam title with a personal-best 9.925, a score that ranks tied for fourth all-time in school history. Earlier this season, junior Emily Briones also had a 9.925 on the event. That duo is just the eighth and ninth gymnasts in school history to go that high on beam.
"It was very exciting," DeHarde said. "I wanted to get up there and get a 9.9 because I haven't yet this season. I just did what I usually do in practice and it paid off."
Prior to beam, DeHarde was rewarded a 9.900 on floor as she tied for second on the event.
"I love getting out there and just having fun with it," DeHarde said.
The native of Sussex, Wis., also tallied a career-high 9.750 on vault.
"Autumn had a great meet tonight," Smith said. "She does beam routines like that all the time in practice, and it was great to see her get rewarded for it. I'm really happy for her, and I'm really happy for her on vault, too, because she's been working really hard on that."
Mikaela Meyer also had a personal best on vault with a 9.850 to place third. The freshman from Meyersville, Md., was a late addition to the floor lineup, as well, but still notched a 9.750 in the anchor spot for the Aggies (5-4, 1-2 MRGC).
"Another highlight from tonight was Mikaela Meyer stepping in at the last minute and anchoring us floor, and delivering a great performance," Smith said. "We made the decision to pull Elle (Golison) out at the last minute and Mik stepped up and got it done."
Utah State's best event of the night was on beam in the final rotation, where the team finished with a 49.200, a score that ranks tied for sixth all-time in school history.
"We're really solid, really calm and confident right now, and we're just settling in once we get up there and doing what we do in practice," freshman Taylor Dittmar said of the beam team. "I felt pretty good about my routine. It's all coming together, and I just have to put those little details in, but I'm feeling pretty confident up there."
Dittmar tied for fourth on the event with a 9.825, while junior Emily Briones had a 9.850 to tie for second.
In the third rotation, DeHarde's 9.900 spearheaded the Aggies' 49.100 on floor. Freshman Faith Leary had a solid 9.850 to take seventh.
Utah State began the night on bars and only had five gymnasts compete on the apparatus for the second consecutive meet. Sophomore Brittany Jeppesen led the way with a season-high-tying 9.850 to tie for third as the Aggies finished with a 47.875. Fellow sophomore MaKayla Bullitt recorded a career-high 9.800, placing seventh.
"We are still down a competitor on bars and unfortunately, we had a mishap, but as the meet went on, the girls just kept pushing and each event got stronger and stronger," Smith said.
It certainly did.
While Meyer led the way on vault with her 9.850, junior Madison Ward tied for fifth with a 9.775. DeHarde's 9.750 tied for seventh.
"We let bars go and just focused on the other events and focused on our team and stayed in it," Dittmar said. "The energy stood out to me tonight. We definitely brought it on vault and floor, because those are the most powerful events, and then we kept it nice and calm but kept that energy still on beam."
At the halfway point of the meet, Boise State (9-0, 4-0 MRGC) led 98.400-96.600.
"We had some nerves here and there, but throughout the whole night every event got better, and we ended up finishing out the meet super strong," DeHarde said.
Utah State will wrap up its season-long four-meet road swing when it competes in the Elevate The Stage meet on Friday, Feb. 23, at the Sea Gate Centre in Toledo, Ohio. The quad meet, which is slated to begin at 5 p.m. (MT), will also feature a pair of opponents the Aggies have already faced in 10th-ranked Denver and Bowling Green, along with No. 6 Michigan.
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Utah State at No. 15 Boise State - Boise, Idaho - Taco Bell Arena - Feb. 16, 2018
Team Results: 1. Boise State - 196.875 (vault: 49.100; bars: 49.300; beam: 49.000; floor: 49.475); Utah State - 194.900 (vault: 48.725; bars: 47.875; beam: 49.200; floor: 49.100).
Vault: 1. Courtney McGregor - BSU, 9.900; 2. Ann Stockwell - BSU, 9.875; 3. Mikaela Meyer - USU, 9.850; 4. Shani Remme - BSU, 9.800; T5. Tatum Bruden - BSU, 9.775; T5. Madison Ward - USU, 9.775; T7. Sandra Collantes - BSU, 9.750; T7. Autumn DeHarde - USU, 9.750; 9. Elle Golison - USU, 9.725; 10. MaKayla Bullitt - USU, 9.625; 11. Rachel Obmann - BSU, 9.550; 12. Faith Leary - USU, 7.900.
Bars: T1. Courtney McGregor - BSU, 9.900; T1. Shani Remme - BSU, 9.900; T3. Ann Stockwell - BSU, 9.850; T3. Brittany Jeppesen - USU, 9.850; T5. Sarah Means - BSU, 9.825; T5. Emily Muhlenhaupt - BSU, 9.825; 7. MaKayla Bullitt - USU, 9.800; 8. Leighton Varnadore - USU, 9.775; 9. Sandra Collantes - BSU, 9.750; 10. Mikaela Meyer - USU, 9.600; 11. Madison Ward - USU, 8.850.
Beam: 1. Autumn DeHarde - USU, 9.925; T2. Sarah Means - BSU, 9.850; T2. Emily Briones - USU, 9.850; T4. Courtney McGregor - BSU, 9.825; T4. Alex Eserian - BSU, 9.825; T4. Taylor Dittmar - USU, 9.825; T7. Shani Remme - BSU, 9.800; T7. Elle Golison - USU, 9.800; 9. Annie Beck - USU, 9.800; 10. Sandra Collantes - BSU, 9.700; 11. Leighton Varnadore - USU, 9.650; 12. Isabella Amado - BSU, 8.950.
Floor: 1. Shani Remme - BSU, 9.950; T2. Alex Esmerian - BSU, 9.900; T2. Autumn DeHarde - USU, 9.900; T4. Ann Stockwell - BSU, 9.875; T4. Courtney McGregor - BSU, 9.875; T4. Sandra Collantes - BSU, 9.875; 7. Faith Leary - USU, 9.850; 8. Abby Webb - BSU, 9.825; T9. Emily Briones - USU, 9.800; T9. Madison Ward - USU, 9.800; 11. Mikaela Meyer - USU, 9.750; 12. Leighton Varnadore - USU, 9.725.
All-Around: 1. Courtney McGregor - BSU, 39.500; 2. Shani Remme - BSU, 39.450; 3. Sandra Collantes - BSU, 39.075.
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