There was indeed an upset at the NCAA Corvallis Regional, but it wasn’t the Boise State gymnastics team that pulled it off.
Host and 15th-ranked Oregon State upended No. 4 Florida by two-tenths of a point to earn a bid to the national meet alongside No. 5 Denver on Saturday night at Gill Colliseum. Denver won the regional title with a 197.375, Oregon State totaled a 196.900, Florida had a 196.700 and the Broncos registered a 196.075.
Boise State established itself as one of the top 16 teams in the country this season by making the regional final, but its hopes of advancing to the national meet as a team for the first time in program history were once again dashed. The Broncos also failed to qualify any individuals to nationals, which hasn’t happened since 2013.
Florida opened the door for the competition with two separate falls by gymnasts on its opening rotation on balance beam.
But on a night they needed to be exceptional, the Broncos were simply solid. Their team score of 196.075 was more than a full point below their season high of 197.175.
Senior Sarah Means wrapped up her Bronco career with a fifth-place showing in the all-around (39.225), which was won by Denver’s Maddie Karr and Florida’s Trinity Thomas, who each scored 39.575s.
Boise State started the meet on uneven parallel bars, where freshman Alexis Stokes put together the Broncos’ top performance to earn a 9.850. Senior Alex Esmerian and freshman Hope Masiado led the way on balance beam with a pair of 9.825s, and Esmerian, Means and Courtney McGregor each delivered 9.800s on floor exercise.
The Broncos’ final rotation ended up being their best of the night. Means and sophomores Gabriella Bouza and Tatum Bruden each earned 9.850s on vault as the Broncos totaled a 49.125 — their second-highest score on the apparatus this season.
“I felt like it was an amazing finish to the season, probably the best vault round that we had all year long,” Boise State co-head coach Neil Resnick said. “I asked them to finish strong, and they did just that.”