Gymnastics Opens 2017 at Quad Meet
Jan. 12, 2017

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The Boise State gymnastics team will open the 2016-17 season this Friday when they travel to Davis, Calif., for a quadrangular meet that will feature host UC Davis, Stanford and Yale. The meet will take place on Friday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. (MT).

The Broncos opened the season ranked as the No. 15 team in the country according to the NACGC/W 2016-17 Preseason Coaches' Poll, but the rankings have since changed with many teams opening their seasons last weekend. The No. 15 ranking tied for the second-highest preseason selection in school history.

FOLLOW LIVE: There will be live results available to follow the meet, but at this point in time there will not be a live video stream.

SCOUTING THE COMPETITION: Before the season began, Stanford was ranked No. 11 in the preseason poll and was picked to finish third in the Pac-12. After opening the season at the NorCal Classic on Monday, the Cardinal posted a 193.250 after errors on both floor and beam, dropping their current ranking to No. 35. Despite the rough season opener, Stanford still boasts one of the country's most talented rosters led by Elizabeth Price who was recently named the Pac-12 Specialist of the Week after scoring a pair of 9.95's on vault and uneven bars Monday night.

No. 30 UC Davis also opened at the NorCal Classic and they took third thanks to a 193.875. Junior Alexis Brown led the Aggies in three events and was also tops in the all-around (38.550). Junior Amanda Presswood had the high floor score (9.75).

Yale started their season last Saturday against George Washington and produced their highest score for a season opener in school history, posting a 191.425. Freshman Jade Buford was Yale's top finisher in the all-around, finishing fourth with a score of 37.800.

SERIES HISTORY: The Broncos currently have a decisive advantage in the all-time series with UC Davis, as they lead the Aggies 20-1 and have won seven-straight meetings. Stanford is a different story, however, with the Cardinal leading the all-time series 16-5. Stanford has won five-straight contests over Boise State, but the two teams have not squared off since April 8, 2006. The matchup with Yale will be the first ever between the Broncos and the Bulldogs.

BACK AT DAVIS: Boise State's first meet of the 2015-16 season was also at UC Davis. The Broncos (195.700) came away with the victory, defeating UC Davis (194.325) and Seattle Pacific (189.900) to pick up the first two wins in what ended up being an 18-2 year - good for the best single-season winning percentage (.900) in school history.

The 195.700 was also the second-highest season-opening score in school history.

BRONCO CAPTAINS: Senior Diana Mejia and sophomore Sarah Means have been tabbed as team captains for the 2016-17 season. This will be the first season with the title for both captains.

RETURNERS: Boise State returns a wealth of talent from last year's team that achieved a No. 9 weekly national ranking on two separate occasions, earning the highest weekly ranking in school history in the process. Sandra Collantes, a second-team All-America honoree on floor, will headline 10 returners.

Seven of those 10 returners earned All-MRGC honors last season, including MRGC Freshman of the Year Shani Remme. The seven All-MRGC returners include; Remme (floor), Collantes (floor and all-around), Mackenzie Bennion (vault), Ann Stockwell (vault), Mary Frances Bir (vault), Diana Mejia (uneven bars) and Sarah Means (balance beam).

The other three returners - Alex Esmerian, Paige Urquhart and Abby Webb - will all be substantial contributors in the lineup throughout the year.

NEWCOMERS: The five newcomers are led by two of the most heralded recruits in program history; Courtney McGregor and Isabella Amado, both of which competed in the 2016 Olympic Games. McGregor represented New Zealand and took 41st while Amado competed for Panama and finished in 44th in the all-around.

After the two international elites, the Broncos will also enjoy the additions of McKenna Morrell (Santa Clarita, Calif.), Maddi Nilson (Las Vegas, Nev.) and McKinley Pavicic (Las Vegas, Nev.).

FULL ROSTER BREAKDOWN:

Seniors (3): Mackenzie Bennion, Diana Mejia and Paige Urquhart

Juniors (5): Mary Frances Bir*, Sandra Collantes*, Alex Esmerian, Ann Stockwell and Abby Webb

Sophomores (2): Sarah Means and Shani Remme

Freshmen (5): Isabella Amado, Courtney McGregor, McKinley Pavicic, McKenna Morrell and Maddi Nilson

*Indicates redshirt

MRGC DOMINANCE: The two-time defending MRGC Champions will look to add a third-consecutive conference title this year behind the guidance of the 2016 MRGC Co-Coaches of the Year, Tina Bird and Neil Resnick. Boise State was selected to repeat as MRGC Champions this year according to the annual preseason coaches' poll. The Broncos received nine points and three-first place votes while Southern Utah was picked to finish second with seven points and one first-place vote.

RECORD SETTERS IN THE CLASSROOM: The team recently reset the athletic department GPA records with the release of the most recent fall semester grades. They set the school single-semester record with a team GPA of 3.86 and the school cumulative GPA record of 3.77.

NOR CAL HOMECOMING: Three gymnasts on the Boise State roster will be returning home when they travel to UC Davis this weekend. Alex Esmerian (Auburn, Calif.), Ann Stockwell (Newcastle, Calif.) and Shani Remme (Loomis, Calif.) all grew up roughly 50 miles away from Davis, Calif.


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