Gymnastics Begins 2016 Campaign
Jan. 14, 2016

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The No. 19 Boise State gymnastics team will open the 2016 season this Friday in a tri-meet at UC Davis (1-3) which will also feature Seattle Pacific (1-1) at 8 p.m. (MT) at the ARC Pavilion in Davis, Calif. The defending Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Champions will be opening their season on the road for the third-straight year.

SERIES HISTORY: The Broncos hold an 18-1 advantage in the all-time series against UC Davis, including a 195.975 – 193.550 victory last season that is a part of larger five-meet winning streak. The Blue and Orange are 51-9 all-time against Seattle Pacific. They have defeated the Falcons in 33 straight meets, which is currently the Broncos’ longest active streak against any team.

UC DAVIS: The Aggies began the season last week with a fourth-place performance at the NorCal Classic with a 192.700. The five-team meet included No. 14 California (195.575), No. 8 Stanford (194.800), Sacramento State (194.325) and San Jose State (191.800). The 192.700 total was the third-highest opener in UC Davis history.

UC Davis was not ranked in the NACGC/W Preseason Coaches’ Poll, but they did appear in the “receiving votes” category with 33 points. The Aggies are led by five-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year, John Lavallee – who is now in his 10th season.

SEATTLE PACIFIC: The Falcons opened the season with a victory in a tri-meet on the road in Colorado Springs, Colo., over Air Force and Illinois State. Seattle Pacific earned a 188.750, while Illinois State took second with a 188.275 and Air Force was third after recording a 186.950.

SPU was led by sophomore Ariana Harger, who picked up the all-around title (38.500) and also came away with the victory in floor (9.750). Senior Maria Hundley captured the title on the vault (9.800) and junior Kristi Hayashida tied for first on the beam with a 9.700.

BRONCO CAPTAINS: Seniors Maddie Krentz and Krystine Jacobsen have been tabbed as team captains for the 2016 season. This will be Krentz’ second go-around as captain and Jacobsen’s first season with the title.

RETURNERS: Boise State returns five gymnasts who picked up six combined All-MRGC honors last season. Krystine Jacobsen notched two All-MRGC honors with a first-team nod on uneven bars and a second-team spot on balance beam. Maddie Krentz and Ann Stockwell both earned first-team honors on vault, Diana Mejia secured first-team honors on uneven bars and Sandra Collantes was a second-team selection on floor. Jacobsen’s career-best 9.95 on the uneven bars also earned her the victory in the event.

Here is a total class breakdown of the roster:

Seniors: Krystine Jacobsen, Maddie Krentz, Molly McFarland and Marissa Wossner

Juniors: Mackenzie Bennion, Diana Mejia and Paige Urquhart

Sophomores: (RS) Mary Frances Bir, (RS) Sandra Collantes, Alex Esmerian, Lianne Josbacher, Ann Stockwell and Abby Webb.

Freshmen: Sarah Means and Shani Remme

NEWCOMERS, No. 10 RECRUITING CLASS: According to CollegeGymFans.com, the Broncos’ two freshmen – Sarah Means and Shani Remme – gives the Blue and Orange the No. 10 recruiting class in the country. Two accomplished Level 10 gymnasts, Means and Remme should be a consistent presence in the Boise State lineup this season.

2015 MRGC DEFENDING CHAMPS, 2016 FAVORITES: The Broncos were tabbed as the favorites of the MRGC heading into the 2016 season. They received eight points and two of the four first-place votes in the MRGC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. No. 24 Southern Utah was picked to finish in second with six points and one first-place vote, and BYU and No. 34 Utah State tied for third in the poll with five points. 

RECORD SETTERS IN THE CLASSROOM: The team recently finished the fall semester with a 3.81 single-semester GPA, setting the record for the highest single-semester GPA in school history in the process. The program also has a 3.67 cumulative GPA, which is also the highest cumulative GPA amongst other Boise State teams.

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 live just a short drive away from Davis, Calif.

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