Broncos Explode for Record 197.675
March 11, 2017

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BOISE, Idaho – No. 10 Boise State (9-4, 4-0 MRGC) posted a record-breaking 197.675 against No. 8 Denver (16-5, 0-2 Big 12) and defeated the Pioneers (197.150) on Friday night in Taco Bell Arena. The 197.675 is the highest team score in school history, surpassing the 197.325 that came last season on March 11, 2016 – also on senior night.

On a night where the Broncos honored their three seniors – Mackenzie Bennion, Diana Mejia and Paige Urquhart – the Blue and Orange produced 49.500s on both floor and uneven bars, tying for the third and fifth best scores on the respective events in school history. Boise State was also sensational on beam, earning a 49.400 for the fourth-best beam score in school history.

“What a night!” co-head coach Tina Bird said. “Great performances from the whole team helped make this a special memory for our seniors. Diana, Kenzie and Paige were amazing, as usual. The leadership they provide on the competition floor is invaluable, and I’m so proud of them.”

Courtney McGregor won the uneven bars title with a career-high 9.95, Shani Remme tied for the win on balance beam by tying her career-high 9.925, and both Ann Stockwell and Sandra Collantes tied for the victory on floor for the second-straight week with 9.925s.

“They’re writing their own story book right now,” co-head coach Neil Resnick said. “Nights like this are special, and we’re happy to send our seniors out right.”

While Remme didn’t win the all-around title, the sophomore was able to post a career-high 39.525 to tie for the ninth-best all-around score in school history.

The magical night started on vault and Boise State came out strong with a 49.275. Sarah Means and Courtney McGregor both delivered near-perfect Yurchenko one and a halves to lead the way with 9.9s. Mary Frances Bir, Stockwell and Remme were both able to chip in 9.825s to round out the event.

The Broncos then moved to uneven bars in the second rotation and logged five scores of 9.875 or better. McGregor stuck her full-twist double tuck dismount and earned a 9.95 to win the event in the No. 3 spot. Diana Mejia and Collantes were superb in earning 9.9s as were Mackenzie Bennion and Remme in posting 9.875s.

Boise State trailed after the first event, but pulled ahead of the Pioneers for good after the second rotation, 98.775 – 98.750.

Balance beam was another successful event for the Broncos as the first five gymnasts were all able to hit their routines. Mejia opened with a 9.825 and McGregor posted her third career high of the night thanks to a 9.875 in the second spot. Urquhart came up with a season-high 9.875 and the two sophomores – Remme and Means – brought it home courtesy of a 9.925 and a 9.9, respectively.

With just floor remaining to seal the deal on the monster team score, redshirt junior Sandra Collantes came up clutch in the No. 6 spot. After Urquhart (9.85), Remme (9.9), Bennion (9.9 – career high) and Stockwell (9.925) all hit, the Broncos were facing the potential of having to take a 9.0 after Abby Webb took a fall on what was otherwise a great routine. Needing to come up with a big score, Collantes calmly delivered a 9.925 to tie her season high and solidify the 197.675.

The Broncos will now focus their attention to the conference championship, where they will be looking to pick up their third-straight MRGC title next Saturday, March 18 at 6 p.m. when they travel to Logan, Utah to compete at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The meet will be streamed on FloGymnastics with a purchase of a FloPro subscription.

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