Broncos Set Team Score School Record
March 12, 2016
BOISE, Idaho – The No. 12 Boise State gymnastics team (12-0, 5-0 MRGC) celebrated senior night by recording their highest team score in school history (197.325) Friday evening at Taco Bell Arena, tallying two wins in their tri-meet over Southern Utah (196.275) and San Jose State (195.350).
The 12-0 start to the season also marks the best start in school history, and the Broncos remain the lone undefeated team in NCAA women's gymnastics.
Mackenzie Bennion and Ann Stockwell tied for the win on vault with 9.9s, Krystine Jacobsen won on bars by tying her own school record of 9.975, Shani Remme won on beam with a 9.9 and Sandra Collantes and Maddie Krentz tied for the win on floor with their 9.925s.
“I’ve been waiting for this one all year long,” said co-head coach Neil Resnick. “How awesome it is for it to take place on senior night.”
With the four Boise State seniors – Krystine Jacobsen, Maddie Krentz, Molly McFarland and Marissa Wossner – being honored in front of the crowd of 1,366, the rest of the Broncos made sure to commemorate their last regular season home meet at Taco Bell Arena with a record-setting performance.
The Blue and Orange started on vault and immediately established themselves, scoring a season-high 49.325. Bennion’s career-high 9.9 along with Stockwell’s 9.9 –her second-best vault of the season – led the way in the opening event. Mary Frances Bir posted a career high as well, securing a 9.875. Krentz provided a 9.85 and Collantes was solid in her return to the vault lineup, notching a 9.8. Despite posting a 49.325, Southern Utah was hot on the Broncos’ heels after the first rotation with a 49.300 of their own on uneven bars.
The second rotation saw the Broncos go to their strongest event – uneven bars. Remme was solid in the leadoff position with a 9.85, and Mejia came through in a big way at the No. 3 spot recording a 9.9. A pair of 9.875s from Collantes and Stockwell paved the way for another stellar routine from Jacobsen (9.975). After tonight’s performance, Jacobsen now has a 9.935 RQS on uneven bars, putting her at No. 4 in the country on the event.
The Thunderbirds (98.250) kept pace with the Broncos (98.800) after two rotations, however, posting a 48.950 on beam to stay within striking distance.
Boise State moved to balance beam in the third rotation and earned their second-highest beam score of the year with a 49.150. Sarah Means produced a 9.8 and Molly McFarland posted a 9.8 of her own shortly after in the No. 3 position. After Remme’s 9.9 it was Jacobsen (9.825) and Urquhart (9.825) rounding out the event for the Broncos. Boise State led Southern Utah 147.950 – 147.625 after three events.
The Broncos more than capitalized on their favorable position after three events, enjoying a season-high floor score of 49.375 to put the meet well out of reach of Southern Utah. Stockwell ended up with a 9.775, Urquhart and Remme both excelled for 9.875s and Krentz’ and Collantes’ 9.925s shut the door on the evening.
“This team continues to impress me week after week,” said co-head coach Tina Bird. “It was a true team effort tonight, one we aim to repeat next weekend at our conference championships.”
Boise State will host the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Championships next Saturday, March 19 at 6 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos will welcome BYU, Southern Utah and Utah State.
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