Broncos Come Back to Win MRGC Title
March 19, 2016
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“I’m speechless, and that never happens,” said co-head coach Neil Resnick on the magnitude of the night. “Anyone who knows me knows that never happens. I really am. It’s almost like a dream.”
Boise State (147.450) trailed Southern Utah (147.700) by a quarter of a point going into the last rotation with the Broncos heading to floor and the Thunderbirds going to vault. Paige Urquhart led off with a 9.875 and Remme recorded a 9.9 in the No. 3 spot.
Maddie Krentz and Sandra Collantes then brought the crowd of 1,601 in Taco Bell Arena to their feet with near perfect routines, tallying back-to-back 9.95s. Krystine Jacobsen sealed the deal with a 9.9 in the last routine of the night, securing the victory for the Blue and Orange.
“That was the best moment of the night,” said co-head coach Tina Bird on Jacobsen’s routine. “Everyone thought we were crying because we won, but it was because Krystine had been struggling, and came through in a moment of such intense pressure. She came through and nailed her highest score of the season.”
Southern Utah ended up with a 196.575 after posting a 48.875 on vault, which ended up being their lowest event score of the night.
“It’s amazing, and the way we did it was amazing, too,” said Sandra Collantes. “We just fought through the whole thing. It was a great way to win.”
Boise State started the night on vault and got off to a rocky start, posting a 48.975. Mary Frances Bir tallied a 9.85 and Collantes followed with a 9.725. Mackenzie Bennion tied a career-high 9.85, Krentz put up a 9.725 and Ann Stockwell closed things out with a 9.85. After one rotation the Broncos trailed Southern Utah (49.225), who started on uneven bars.
The Broncos moved to the uneven bars in their second rotation and quickly made up ground thanks a 49.450 – good for their third-highest uneven bars score of the year. Four Broncos scored 9.85; Shani Remme, Bennion, Collantes and Stockwell. Diana Mejia came up big, tying her career-high 9.925 for the second-highest bars’ score of the evening for any gymnast. Jacobsen brought the house down yet again, tallying a school record-tying 9.975 to give Boise State the 98.425 – 98.075 lead over the Thunderbirds after two rotations.
The Broncos went to balance beam in the third rotation and came away with a solid 49.025. Sarah Means led the way with a career-high 9.85, and Jacobsen was close behind with a 9.825. Remme and Collantes both were able to post 9.8s, and Paige Urquhart rounded out the event with a 9.75.
At the end of the third rotation Southern Utah managed to pull back ahead in the two-team race after recording a 49.400 on floor, giving them the 147.700 – 147.450 advantage.
With their backs against the wall and trailing going into the final rotation for the first time this season, the Broncos put together a floor event for the record book to claim the 2016 MRGC title.
“It feels absolutely amazing,” said Maddie Krentz. “This [title] is by the far the proudest moment I’ve had winning a championship with this team. I’m so excited and so blessed to have these girls in my life and to be able to train with them and be on the team with them.”
The title is the sixth conference championship for Bird and Resnick (two in the MRGC, four in the WAC). Bird and Resnick were also named MRGC Co-Coaches of the Year, and Shani Remme was named the MRGC Freshman of the Year.
BYU took third with a 196.100 and Utah State was fourth with a 195.875.
Already a lock for regionals, the Broncos will learn their regional location and seed when the NCAA Selection Show airs on Monday, March 21 at 2 p.m. (MT) on NCAA.com.
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