Broncos Roll Past Thunderbirds
Feb. 3, 2017

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BOISE, Idaho – The No. 11 Boise State gymnastics team (6-2, 2-0 MRGC) rose to the occasion Friday night at Beauty and Beast in Taco Bell Arena and throttled No. 11 Southern Utah (2-1, 0-1 MRGC) to a tune of 197.025 – 194.325. Both teams entered the evening tied in the national rankings, but it was the Broncos who secured the convincing victory over their conference rivals for their second Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference win of the season.

The 197.025 tied for the fourth-highest team score in school history. The Broncos were buoyed by another monster night on uneven bars (49.400) and balance beam (49.250). The performance on bars tied for the ninth-best score on the event in school history and the score on beam was a season best.

In addition, the 2,987 fans that showed up for the gymnastics and wrestling hybrid event was the fourth-highest Beauty and the Beast crowd in the event’s history at Boise State.

“It was a fabulous bounce-back week,” co-head coach Neil Resnick said. “We were a little off last weekend, but today we addressed those issues and came back on fire to get the job done.”

Boise State swept the individual titles and Shani Remme led the way by winning the all-around title with a 39.450. Ann Stockwell claimed the vault title with a season-high 9.875, Diana Mejia and Sandra Collantes were sensational yet again on uneven bars and won with 9.9’s, Remme was tops on balance beam thanks to a 9.9, and Paige Urquhart, Sarah Means, Collantes and Remme tied for the win on floor with 9.85’s.

“It was a true team effort tonight, everything came together on all four events, “co-head coach Tina Bird said. “Special shout-out to my beam team, they went all out and hit all of their routines. I’m so proud of them!”

The Blue and Orange started on vault and posted a season-best 49.150. Collantes led off with a 9.775, and both Remme and Mary Frances Bir were able to post 9.825’s. Means set the table for Stockwell’s stellar vault with a 9.85, and Stockwell brought it home with her event-winning 9.875. Boise State led the Thunderbirds 49.150 – 48.900 after the first rotation and they never looked back.

The second apparatus – uneven bars – was explosive for the home team yet again. Stockwell picked up right where she left on vault and opened the event with a 9.875. Courtney McGregor produced a 9.85 and Remme went on to tag on another 9.875. Collantes earned her 9.9 in the No. 3 spot and Mejia snagged hers in the sixth and final position, giving the senior her third uneven bars score of 9.9 or better on the year.

At the halfway point, the Broncos held a decisive 98.550 – 98.000 advantage over Southern Utah.

The 49.250 on beam was a product of five exceptional routines that scored between 9.8 and 9.9. Urquhart accounted for the 9.8 and Remme, Collantes and Mejia were able to post 9.85’s. The 9.9 for Remme was just shy of her career high that she matched last weekend (9.925). In total, the 49.250 is the second-highest beam score in the last two seasons, coming up just shy of the 49.375 that came against Michigan State last season.

The Broncos maintained their momentum into the last rotation and excelled in earning a 49.225 on floor – also a season high score. Mackenzie Bennion came up big with a 9.825, and all four gymnasts; Collantes, Remme, Urquhart and Means came away with 9.85’s to secure the victory.

Boise State will head back out on the road next weekend and take on No. 8 Denver in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m.

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