Broncos Top Spartans, Remain Unbeaten
March 6, 2016

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BOISE, Idaho - The No. 11 Boise State gymnastics team (10-0, 4-0 MRGC) took down Michigan State 196.575 – 194.575 Sunday afternoon at Taco Bell Arena, giving them their second win of the season over a Big Ten opponent.

With No. 19 Minnesota losing on Friday night to Denver, the Broncos are now the only undefeated women’s gymnastics team out of the 82 that occupy Divisions I, II and III. The result also puts the Broncos within one win of tying the best start in school history (11-0) which was set by the 1988 team.

The 196.575 is the Broncos’ highest score of the season and it ties for the 10th-highest score in school history. Boise State’s best event, balance beam, produced a season-high 49.375 that is the fourth-best beam score in school history.

“Our beam team is on fire right now, so proud of them,” said co-head coach Tina Bird. “And a big thanks to Bronco Nation for helping us set a Sunday meet attendance record!”

The Blue and Orange shared or outright won all four event titles in front the 1,525 fans in Taco Bell Arena, and Shani Remme won the all-around after recording a 39.375. Remme also won on beam with a season-high 9.925 and tied for the event title on floor with a 9.875, Maddie Krentz and Mary Frances Bir tied for the win on vault with 9.825s and Krystine Jacobsen was victorious on the uneven bars (9.9) for the seventh time this season.

Boise State started their day on vault and got off to a good start with a 49.000. After two 9.825s from Krentz and Bir, it was Ann Stockwell and Mackenzie Bennion both earning 9.8s. Paige Urquhart rounded out the event with a 9.75 to give the Broncos a 49.000 – 49.800 edge after the first rotation.

The home team then moved to uneven bars and secured an outstanding score with a 49.325. Remme opened with a 9.85, and Bennion followed it up with a 9.85 of her own. Diana Mejia enjoyed a nice routine that earned her a 9.875, and Sandra Collantes tacked on another 9.85. Stockwell slipped off the bars in her routine to garner a 9.1, and it was up to Jacobsen to provide the last counting score. The senior came through with a 9.9, giving her the event title. She now has 12 career uneven bars victories, tying her for sixth most in school history.

At the halfway point, the Broncos led the Spartans 98.325 – 97.750.

Things got better for Boise State in the third rotation when they posted a 49.375 on balance beam. All six Broncos scored a 9.8 or better in their best event of the day. Sarah Means started off with a 9.8 and Collantes followed with a career-high 9.85. Molly McFarland added on another 9.85, tying her career high, and Remme snatched the victory with her 9.925 that was a huge career high. Jacobsen scored a season-high 9.85, and Paige Urquhart provided a career-high 9.9 to complete what was a sensational event.

The Broncos had their eyes on a score that may have flirted with 197, but a 48.875 on floor foiled those hopes. Urquhart had a strong performance with a 9.75, and Remme concluded her career day after recording a 9.875. Stockwell had a nice performance for a 9.825, Collantes posted a 9.650 and Jacobsen closed out the meet with a 9.775.

“It was nice getting our 10th consecutive win, and we have plenty more left,” said co-head coach Neil Resnick.

The Broncos will honor their four seniors – Krystine Jacobsen, Maddie Krentz, Molly McFarland and Marissa Wossner – on Friday, March 11 at 7 p.m. back at Taco Bell Arena when the Broncos take on Southern Utah and San Jose State in a tri-meet. The meet will be a blackout.


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