Broncos Finish Strong, Secure Three Wins
Jan. 13, 2017

Meet Results

DAVIS, Calif. –
The Boise State gymnastics team picked up three crucial road victories in a quadrangular meet Friday night on the campus of UC Davis at the ARC Pavilion. The Broncos (195.300) convincingly took down Stanford (193.800), UC Davis (193.275) and Yale (188.900). The victory over the Cardinal was the program’s first win over Stanford since April 5, 1997.

The 195.300 is the third-highest season-opening score in school history. The result also gives Boise State their second-straight season-opening win in Davis, Calif., as they defeated UC Davis and Seattle Pacific last year in the 2016 season opener.

Freshman Courtney McGregor picked up right where she left off at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and won the all-around title after concluding the night with a 39.000. Diana Mejia captured the win on uneven bars thanks to a 9.9, and both Sandra Collantes and Sarah Means tied for the victory on balance beam with 9.85’s.

“We did what we had to do to win tonight,” co-head coach Neil Resnick said. “But we have a long way to go to accomplish the goals we set for the season.”

In a night where high scores were hard to come by, Boise State pulled away from the competition in the last two rotations – uneven bars and balance beam. Both events saw the Blue and Orange compile 48.975’s, putting the finishing touches on a solid performance.

“Diana’s bar routine and Sandra’s beam routine were the highlights of the night,” co-head coach Tina Bird said. “There were a lot of routines that were one mistake away from being great.”

The Broncos started on floor and got off to a bit of a slow start, earning just a 48.625. Shani Remme submitted the highest score with a 9.8, and Paige Urquhart was close behind with a 9.775. Mackenzie Bennion posted a 9.725, McGregor provided a 9.675 and Collantes rounded out the scoring with a 9.65.

Boise State then moved to vault and was more consistent, but was unable to produce a routine higher than a 9.775. Both Mary Frances Bir and McGregor posted 9.775’s, Collantes and Ann Stockwell fared well with 9.75’s and Bennion closed out the event with a 9.675, giving the Broncos a 48.725.

After two events Boise State (97.350) held a razor-thin lead over UC Davis (97.325), but was eventually able to pull away from the Aggies and the Cardinal (97.025).

Maddi Nilson got uneven bars started off on the right foot with a 9.725, which Sarah Means matched shortly after in the No. 2 position. Remme went third and put up a 9.8, and the scores only got better from there. McGregor enjoyed her best event of the evening with a 9.825 and Mejia brought it home with an outstanding 9.9, giving the Broncos a 48.975.

Ending on beam, Boise State calmly took care of business and hit all six routines. Means and Collantes were tops with 9.85’s, while Urquhart was also outstanding with a 9.825. Remme and McGregor ended the evening with a pair of 9.725’s, securing the quad victory.

Boise State will stay on the road next weekend and face another vaunted Pac-12 foe in No. 4 Utah on Friday, Jan. 20 in Salt Lake City at 7 p.m. The meet will be a quadrangular that will also feature No. 8 Denver and Illinois-Chicago.

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