Gem State Invite Set For CenturyLink
Jan. 25, 2017
The No. 14 Broncos (4-2) will compete in the Treasure Valley for the first time this season when they face off against BYU (2-3) on Friday, Jan. 27 at CenturyLink Arena in downtown Boise at 7:30 p.m. The meet will be the final event on Friday evening of the Gem State Invitational – a club and collegiate meet that is hosted by Gem State Gymnastics Academy.
FOLLOW: There will not be a live video stream available, but there will be live results available on meetscoresonline.com.
TICKETS: The tickets for the collegiate meet are separate from the daily prices of the club meet. Adult tickets are $10 and seniors, children, Boise State students (with ID) and military (with ID) tickets are $5.
PARKING: The Grove Hotel and CenturyLink Arena will not be reserving any parking for fans attending the event. Fans are encouraged to utilize nearby parking garages and street parking throughout the downtown area.
SERIES HISTORY: BYU is leading the all-time series 35-26, but the Broncos hold a decisive edge as of late having won their last 17 meetings. Their most recent win over the Cougars was at last year’s MRGC Championships, as the Broncos (197.025) won the conference title and BYU (196.100) took third.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION: BYU is currently just outside the top 25 at No. 26 with a team score average of 194.533. The Cougars most recently posted a 195.200 on the road last weekend in a loss at Utah State (195.300). Their first two meets resulted in a 194.225 and a 194.175.
The Cougars have been strongest on uneven bars (48.975), with Jesse Westergard (9.862) and Shannon Hortman (9.800) leading the way in the event. Jill Van Mierlo is the top all-arounder on the squad, boosting a 38.775 average.
LAST TIME OUT: Boise State (196.225) improved dramatically in its second meet of the season, but was unable to overtake No. 7 Denver (196.875) and No. 4 Utah (197.625) last Friday night at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City. The Broncos picked up a win over Illinois-Chicago (193.250) in what was the team's second quad meet on the road.
Mary Frances Bir tied a career high on vault with a 9.875 and Courtney McGregor posted a 9.9 on uneven bars to set the tone for the Blue and Orange. Shani Remme enjoyed the top all-around score (39.275) on the team, scoring a 9.8 or better in three of the four events.
The Broncos saved their best for last, compiling a 49.175 on uneven bars in their final event for their highest event score of the evening. Despite the two losses, Boise State improved in all four events from its season-opening meet last weekend at UC Davis.
RANKED No. 14: Week three of the Road to Nationals Rankings came out on Monday, slotting Boise State at No. 14. The rise in the rankings is a one-spot improvement over the team’s previous weekly ranking (No. 15).
MRGC HONOREES: The Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference announced the weekly award winners for the third week of the 2017 season on Monday, and Boise State nearly swept the weekly honors when Remme was named MRGC Gymnast of the Week and Co-Balance Beam Specialist of the Week, Bir earned Vault Specialist of the Week and McGregor was named Uneven Bars Specialist of the week.
The honors are the fourth and fifth career nods for Remme, and the first for both Bir and McGregor.
GEM STATE MEMORIES: Boise State easily took down BYU last year at the 2016 Gem State Invitational to a tune of 196.400 – 195.100 in front of 2,715 fans in CenturyLink Arena. Sandra Collantes won the all-around title to highlight the night for the Broncos, as her 39.475 was good for a top-20 all-around score in school history.
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