Boise State’s sophomore Courtney McGregor was the only current NCAA gymnast to compete at the 2017 World Championships in Montreal, Canada.
McGregor, who represented her home country, New Zealand, in Montreal, finished fiftieth in the all around in qualifications with an overall score of 46.765. McGregor began her competition on vault, where she competed two different vaults, a full-twisting Yurchenko for a 13.233 and a Yurchenko ½ twist on, straight salto with half twist for a 13.200. In a post-competition interview, McGregor said that she is also training a double-twisting Yurchenko, but that she decided to play safe and that she was happy with her decision. She then moved to bars, where she competed a clean routine, which included a Maloney to shoot-over to the low bar and a full-twisting double back dismount. Her handstands were spot on, the best of NCAA training in action! She scored a 12.266. McGregor had some trouble on beam and had to count a fall for a 9.466. The fall was uncharacteristic, as McGregor is a very consistent performer on the balance beam, and did not miss one single routine for the Broncos in her freshman year. The explanation, said McGregor, probably lies in the fact that her NCAA routine counts only a few elements, whereas her elite routine has eleven. But still, McGregor has counted only two falls on beam in the past two years, which is an impressive record! Finally, McGregor scored an 11.800 on floor exercise.
McGregor competed at two World Championships before, in 2014 and 2015. She finished 201st in the all around in 2014, and seventy-first in 2015. Her fiftieth place finish in Montreal is therefore her best result at a World Championships to date. In 2016, before joining the Broncos, McGregor also represented New Zealand at the Olympic Games in Rio, where she finished forty-first in the all around and thirteenth on vault.
After the Olympics, McGregor began university at Boise State and competed for the Broncos in the 2017 season. She has career highs of 9.950 on bars, of 9.900 on vault, of 9.875 on beam and of 9.775 on floor. Her best all around result is a 39.275, a score she posted twice. McGregor is an NACGC/W Scholastic All-America honouree and an Academic All-MRGC honouree.
Article by Talitha Ilacqua