Beauty and the Beast Set for Friday
Feb. 2, 2017

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The No. 11 Broncos (5-2, 1-0 MRGC) will compete in their home opener this Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena when they host MRGC rival No. 11 Southern Utah (2-0, 0-0 MRGC) alongside the wresting team as they take on Oregon State in the 15th edition of the Beauty and the Beast. The Broncos and Thunderbirds are currently tied in the national rankings with a team score average of 195.975.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: Boise State was the first school in the nation to host a Beauty and the Beast competition where gymnastics and wrestling compete side-by-side. The tradition began in 2003 and has grown into a national favorite as many other schools have added the same type of meet.

After being unable to host the meet last year due to schedule conflicts, the two programs have resumed the popular event. The Broncos began the Beauty and the Beast tradition on Feb. 14, 2003, as wrestling was able to come away with a 35-9 win over Portland State and gymnastics picked  up a 196.375 – 195.900 win over BYU in front of a crowd of 2,350 fans.

The gymnastics program holds a 14-1 all-time Beauty and the Beast record, falling only to Washington in 2005 (195.00-194.20). Most recently the gymnastics team took down Southern Utah in 2015 by a score of 196.725 – 195.750.

TICKETS: Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for juniors and seniors, and students with their Boise State ID cards will receive free admission.

PROMOTIONS: The first 250 girls under the age of 12 will receive a foam tiara, and the first 250 boys under the age of 12 will receive a headband.

In addition, gymnastics and wrestling alumni will be recognized on the floor as a part of the team introductions.

WATCH/FOLLOW: The event will be broadcast on the Mountain West Network here, and live results for the gymnastics meet will be available here.

SERIES HISTORY: The Broncos hold a 36-23 advantage over the Thunderbirds in their all-time series. Boise State has won the last three meetings, but the two teams have been the class of the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference in recent years.

The Broncos have won the last two conference titles, but Southern Utah has finished in second place on both occasions and ended up within half a point of the Blue and Orange in the final team score.

SCOUTING THE THUNDERBIRDS: Southern Utah has competed in two meets so far this season and won both contests in defeating Stanford (196.150 – 194.150) at home and NC State (195.800 – 194.650) on the road.

The Thunderbirds have been strong on floor (49.075 avg.) and vault (49.075 avg.) so far this season. Danielle Ramirez leads the way on floor with a 9.850 average and Stacie Webb has been tops on vault (9.850 avg.). Ramirez’ 39.425 in the all-around last week at NC State is good for the highest all-around total in the MRGC this season and it also earned her MRGC Gymnast of the Week honors.

LAST TIME OUT: Boise State used a strong night on uneven bars to dispatch BYU by a score of 196.400 – 193.525 last Friday night in CenturyLink Arena. Competing as the final event of the day as a part of the Gem State Invitational, the Broncos tallied a 49.475 on bars to tie for the fifth-highest score on the apparatus in school history.

Boise State also swept all the individual awards, as well. Sandra Collantes was victorious in the all-around after tallying a 39.200, and she also secured the win on floor after earning a 9.9. Shani Remme tied a career high on balance beam with a 9.925 to finish in first and she shared the uneven bars title with Diana Mejia, as both earned a 9.925. Sarah Means captured the win on vault thanks to a career-high 9.875.

MRGC HONORS: The conference announced their weekly awards on Monday and Sarah Means was named Vault Co-Specialist of the Week, Shani Remme and Diana Mejia both earned Uneven Bars Co-Specialists of the Week honors, Remme also was named Balance Beam Specialist of the Week and Sandra Collantes garnered Floor Specialist of the Week honors.

MASTERY ON BARS: After last week’s exceptional performance on the apparatus for a 49.475, the school record book now indicates that eight of the top-10 team uneven bars scores in school history have come in the last four years from 2014-17.

This year senior co-captain Mejia has taken the lead in the event with a team-best 9.892 average, putting her at No. 8 in the country. As a team, the Blue and Orange are No. 6 in the country (49.208 avg.).

SOLID ON BEAM: Boise State is No. 11 in the country on beam and has scored a 48.975 or better on the apparatus in three-straight meets. The Broncos have three gymnasts ranked in the top 100 individually; Means (T22 – 9.858 avg.), Remme (T37 – 9.842 avg.) and Paige Urquhart (T40 – 9.838).

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