No. 9 Broncos Face Tough Test at SUU
Feb. 4, 2016
The No. 9 Broncos will take their perfect 5-0 record and highest ranking in school history to Cedar City, Utah to take on Southern Utah Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Centrum Arena. The No. 24 Thunderbirds will represent Boise State’s highest-ranked opponent so far this season, as well as the second place team in the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference.
SERIES HISTORY: The Broncos have a 33-23 advantage in the series history against Southern Utah, including a victory in their previous meeting at last year’s MRGC Championships that saw Boise State get the conference title with a 196.625, while the Thunderbirds were runner-ups with a 196.275.
SCOUTING THE THUNDERBIRDS: Southern Utah is 2-3 on the year and has a 195.056 average for the season. Their highest score in their first four meets of the season came on Jan. 15 when they posted a 195.600 in a losing effort against Utah (196.725).
The Thunderbirds have the top gymnast on beam in the conference in Stacie Webb (9.856 avg.) along with two of the top three vaulters with Webb (9.825) and Virginia Brownsell (9.819). Webb is also No. 4 on floor thanks to a 9.819 average.
LAST TIME OUT: The Broncos took down BYU 196.400-195.100 last weekend at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho as a part of the Gem State Invitational. The crowd of 2,715 had plenty to cheer about all night as Boise State rattled off their fifth-straight win to open the 2016 season.
Sandra Collantes won the all-around title with a 39.475, good for the 14th-best all-around score in the country this season. Krystine Jacobsen won the uneven bars by tying a career-high 9.95, Ann Stockwell shared the vault title thanks to a 9.85 and both Maddie Krentz and Collantes came away with the victory on floor with back-to-back 9.95’s to conclude the Broncos’ night.
No. 9 RANKING: The Broncos moved up one more spot in this week’s Road To Nationals rankings, moving up to the No. 9 spot for Boise State’s highest national ranking in program history. As a member of the MRGC, Boise State is the only non-Power Five representative in the top 10, while the SEC has five teams, the Pac-12 has two and both the Big 12 and Big Ten each have one.
Boise State is the second-ranked team in the west region, trailing only UCLA (No. 5).
GOOD COMPANY: Boise State is one of three women’s gymnastics programs to boast a current top-10 ranking in gymnastics and a top-5 ranking for GPA amongst collegiate women’s gymnastics programs in the past year, according to the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women’s (NACGC/W) rankings that included team GPA’s from the 2014-15 academic year. The Broncos are joined by No. 4 Utah and No. 7 Alabama as the three programs to accomplish the feat.
At the time of the NACGC/W academic rankings, the Broncos held a 3.7256 GPA, and last semester they earned a 3.81 semester GPA – good for the highest team GPA in athletic department history.
TOP OF THE MRGC: With an undefeated record, the Broncos sit atop the MRGC teams standings with a 196.175 average on the season. The Broncos also hold the top spot in the conference in each event category, entering Friday’s meet with a 48.900 average on beam, a 49.033 average on vault, a 49.192 average on the uneven bars and a 49.050 average on floor.
Individually, a Bronco leads the conference in three of the four events, as well as the all-around. Collantes has the top mark in the all-around (39.475 avg.) and on floor (9.925 avg.), Jacobsen has been the best on bars (9.883 avg.) and Stockwell leads the way on vault (9.850 avg.).
MRGC WEEKLY HONORS: The team swept the MRGC weekly awards this past week, as Sandra Collantes was selected as the MRGC Gymnast of the Week and seniors Maddie Krentz and Krystine Jacobsen earned MRGC Co-Specialists of the Week. Jacobsen and Collantes now both have two weekly honors a piece so far this season.
IMPROVEMENT ON BEAM: The Broncos had their best performance on beam this past weekend, scoring a season-high 49.075 on the balance beam. Paige Urquhart, Shani Remme, Jacobsen and Collantes all earned 9.825’s – season highs for all four. Look out for Boise State to continue to improve on the event as the season continues.
STELLAR ON BARS: The Blue and Orange threw down a 49.425 on bars last weekend, tied for the fourth-best uneven bars score in school history. The all-time best score (49.575) was scored last year in a home meet against Alaska-Anchorage.
INDIVIDUAL NATIONAL RANKINGS: Collantes has the top individual national ranking for any Bronco, coming in at No. 4 in the all-around with a 39.475 average. She is also tied for fifth on floor with a 9.925 average. Remme is No. 17 in the all-around with a 39.288 average and Jacobsen (9.883 avg.) is No. 9 on the uneven bars.
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