No. 10 Broncos to Battle BYU
Jan. 28, 2016
The No. 10 Broncos (4-0) will take on Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference opponent BYU (1-3) Friday night in downtown Boise at CenturyLink Arena at 7:30 p.m. The meet will be a part of the Gem State Invitational, a club gymnastics meet that will be taking place from Friday, Jan. 29 to Sunday, Jan. 31.
TICKETS: Tickets will be sold at the doors of the main entrance facing the Grove Plaza. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for children, students, seniors and military members. Boise State students will receive free admission with their IDs.
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.
LIVE SCORING: A link to live scoring will be available on meetscoresonline.com.
SERIES HISTORY: The Cougars hold a 35-24 advantage in the all-time series against Boise State, but the Broncos have won the last 15 meets against BYU, including last week’s 196.425 – 195.475 victory in Provo, Utah.
LAST TIME OUT: Last week’s win over the Cougars gave Boise State a 1-0 start in MRGC competition and ultimately improved their record to 4-0 after also defeating UC Davis (194.750) in convincing fashion at the same tri-meet.
Freshman Shani Remme tied for the all-around win with a 39.250, and sophomore Ann Stockwell picked up two event victories with a career-high 9.875 on the uneven bars and a 9.925 on vault, which tied her career high. Redshirt sophomore Sandra Collantes continued her dominance on floor so far this season, winning the event title with a career-high 9.925.
The 196.425 tied for the 19th-best score in school history, and is also a season high. The 4-0 start is the best start since 2013 when the Broncos also opened the season with four straight victories.
SCOUTING BYU: While the Cougars are just 1-3 on the season, they have shown recent improvement under first-year head coach Guard Young. After rattling off a 193.850 and a 193.575 in their first two meets to start the year, BYU exploded for a 195.475 last week at home and was almost tied with the Broncos after two rotations.
Senior Makenzie Johnson Halliday leads the way for the Cougars, as she tied for first in the all-around in last week’s meet and also won the individual title on beam and set season highs on all four events.
No. 10 RANKING: The Road to Nationals weekly rankings were released on Monday and Boise State checked in at No. 10, giving them their highest national ranking in school history. With a season-average score of 196.063, the Broncos cracked the top 10 for the first time ever and trail only No. 4 UCLA in the west region.
Boise State moved up three spots from last week’s No. 13 ranking. The Broncos are the highest ranked team in the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference, with Southern Utah tied for No. 24 as the second-highest ranked team in the conference.
4-0 START: Boise State’s 4-0 start to the 2016 season marks the sixth year that the program has won their first four meets (2013, 2010, 1989, 1988 and 1987). The Broncos are chasing an 11-0 season-opening mark that the 1988 team posted to begin their season that they ultimately finished 17-11.
MRGC WEEKLY HONORS: Shani Remme was named the co-Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Gymnast of the Week for her 39.250 in the all-around last weekend to share the title with BYU’s Johnson-Halliday. Remme scored a 9.800 or higher on three of four events, including a 9.850 on bars, 9.825 on floor and a 9.800 on beam. She rounded out her night with a 9.775 on the vault.
INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS: Collantes has a 9.912 average on floor, putting her tied for seventh in the country in the event. Krystine Jacobsen and Stockwell are tied for 18th on uneven bars, both of which have a 9.850 average on the season. Remme’s all-around performance of 39.250 last week puts her 16th in the country in the all-around.
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