No. 13 Broncos Host No. 24 Southern Utah to Open 2018 Slate
Jan. 10, 2018

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MEET INFO The No. 13 Boise State Broncos and the No. 24 Southern Utah Thunderbirds will open up the 2018 slate on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at Taco Bell Arena. Both squads are hitting the floor running in 2018, opening up in a conference meet against an MRGC foe.

The Broncos opened the season ranked as the No. 13 team in the country according to the NACGC/W 2018 Preaseason Coaches' Poll, but the rankings have since changed with many teams opening their seasons last weekend. The No. 13 ranking is the highest preseason selection in school history and picks up where the Broncos left off, finishing the 2017 season ranked No. 13 in the nation.

FACULTY AND STAFF APPRECIATION For the meet vs. Southern Utah, all Faculty and Staff will get free admission with a valid school ID.

SERIES HISTORY The Broncos hold a 38-23 advantage over the Thunderbirds in their all-time series. Boise State has won the last five meetings, but the two teams have been the class of the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference in recent years. Last year in Boise in Broncos defeated Southern Utah, 197.025 -- 194.325. The Broncos have won the last three conference titles, but Southern Utah finished in second place in 2015 and 2016 and third in 2017.

BRONCO CAPTAINS Seniors Sandra Collantes and Ann Stockwell have been tabbed as team captains for the 2017-18 season.

SCOUTING THE THUNDERBIRDS Southern Utah was ranked No. 24 in the NACGC/W 2018 Preseason Coaches Poll and was selected to finish second in the MRGC Preseason Poll. The T-Birds are coming off a 2017 season where they made the NCAA Regionals for the fifth-straight season, and broke the 197.000 mark for the first time in program history (197.025 vs. North Carolina State). The Flippin' Birds bring a fresh crop to play in 2018, with 10 freshmen joining the fold, while an additional seven are just in their sophomore season with the T-Birds. The T-Birds boast just four upperclassmen, one junior and three seniors.

RETURNERS The Broncos return a wealth of experience from a 2017 squad that brought home the program's third-straight MRGC title. The 11 returners are headlined by 2017 MRGC Gymnast of the Year Shani Remme, who finished ninth individually in the first semifinal at the 2017 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships, setting the highest all-around score at nationals in Boise State history (39.3625). In addition to Remme, the Broncos return six additional gymnasts that earned All-MRGC First Team honors in 2017, Sarah Means, Courtney McGregor, Mary Frances Bir, Sandra Collantes, Alex Esmerian and Abby Webb. Overall the Broncos return seven of eight all-conference honorees from last season. For the 11th-straight season the Broncos are under the direction of co-head coaches Tina Bird and Neil Resnick, the 2017 MRGC Coaches of the Year and the 2017 NACGC/W West Region Co-Head Coaches of the Year.

NEWCOMERS The five newcomers will provide outstanding depth to the team and many are expected to contribute right away - Rachel Obmann (Roseville, Calif.), Gabriela Bouza (Rio Rico, Ariz.), Tatum Bruden (Peoria, Ariz.), Tessa Otuafi (Reno, Nev.), Emily Muhlenhaupt (Castle Rock, Colo.).

BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK The Broncos are coming off their third-straight MRGC title in 2017, and advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the 10th-straight season. Other record-breaking moments from 2017 include; first time recording four team scores over 197 in a single season, with the highest team score in school history (197.675).

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