Gymnastics Signs Three to NLIs
Nov. 11, 2015

Boise State women’s gymnastics co-head coaches Tina Bird and Neil Resnick announced the signing of three incoming gymnasts to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. Courtney McGregor, Isabella Amado and McKinley Pavicic will all don the Blue and Orange in 2016-17 and join the defending 2015 Mountain Rim Gymnastics Champions.

“This year’s incoming class includes two international elite gymnasts and the No. 4-ranked all-around gymnast from the 2015 Junior Olympic National Championships,” said Resnick. “It figures to be one of our best classes ever.”

Courtney McGregor – a native of Christchurch, New Zealand – comes to the Broncos as an accomplished international gymnast. Most recently McGregor competed at the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, Scotland and took 17th in vault. She was one of two gymnasts to represent New Zealand at Worlds, and ended up taking 71st in the all-around. McGregor also took part in two World Cups earlier this year, finishing eighth in vault at the Doha World Cup and eighth in beam at the Anadia World Cup.

“Courtney is a beautiful gymnast who has a ton of difficulty in her routines,” said Bird. “She will be so much fun to watch compete. Her experience as an International Elite competitor will bring a lot to the table. She is sure to be a crowd favorite.”

Isabella Amado hails from Panama originally, but recently moved to Virginia Beach, Va., and now trains at Excalibur Gymnastics. She also competed in the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships and represented Panama, placing 130th in the all-around. Amado earned bronze at the Osijek Challenge Cup on the beam in September, and took 18th place in the all-around at the Pan-American Games in July. Her best meet in 2014 came at the Medellin World Cup where she picked up a bronze medal in vault and then earned the gold on balance beam.

“Isabella has competed in numerous international competitions representing her native country of Panama,” said Resnick. “Her high skill level and experience competing against the top gymnasts from around the world is invaluable.”

McKinley Pavicic comes to Boise State as a level 10 gymnast from Las Vegas, Nev., where she trained with Salcianu Gymnastics. Pavicic took fourth in the all-around at the 2015 Junior Olympic National Championships – where she earned a personal best 38.050 – and logged a third-place finish in the all-around at the 2015 Nevada State Gymnastics Championships where she took second on bars.

“McKinley has wanted to be a Bronco since she was a little girl,” said Bird. “She is a great addition to our team with amazing lines in her gymnastics. We are excited to have her join us and look to her to immediately contribute to the team score.”

The Broncos will kick off the 2016 season on the road at UC Davis on Jan. 15.

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