No. 8 Broncos To Face No. 12 Denver
Feb. 9, 2017
No. 8 Boise State (6-2, 2-0 MRGC) will face No. 12 Denver (10-4, 0-2 Big 12) on the road for the second time this season on Saturday, Feb. 11 in Denver, Colo., at Hamilton Gymnasium at 6 p.m. The Broncos (196.225) came up short against the Pioneers (196.875) earlier this season on Jan. 20 in a quad meet in Salt Lake City that also included Utah and Illinois-Chicago.
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SCOUTING THE COMPETITION: Denver has a team score average of 195.900 on the year and has hosted just one home meet so far this season. Their season-high score came in the aforementioned quad meet with the Broncos that saw them post a 196.875.
The Pioneers are led by freshman all-arounder Maddie Karr. In addition to averaging a 39.346 in the all-around to put her 16th in the country, Karr is tops on the team on vault (9.871 avg.) and floor (9.867 avg.). Sam Ogden has led the team with a 9.875 average on the uneven bars and Julia Ross (9.838 avg.) has led the way on balance beam.
SERIES HISTORY: The Broncos trail in the all-time series 13-15 against their former Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference opponent. Prior to leaving the conference after the 2015 season, the Pioneers had finished in the top three at the MRGC Championships for three-straight years from 2013-15.
LAST TIME OUT: The Broncos made the 15th edition of Beauty and the Beast a memorable evening last Friday night at Taco Bell Arena, defeating Southern Utah 197.025 – 194.325. The 197.025 tied for the fourth-highest team score in school history. Boise State was buoyed by another monster night on uneven bars (49.400) and balance beam (49.250). The performance on bars tied for the ninth-best score on the event in school history and the score on beam was a season best.
The Broncos swept the individual titles and Shani Remme led the way by winning the all-around title with a 39.450. Ann Stockwell claimed the vault title with a season-high 9.875, Diana Mejia and Sandra Collantes were sensational yet again on uneven bars and won with 9.9’s, Remme was tops on balance beam thanks to a 9.9, and Paige Urquhart, Sarah Means, Collantes and Remme tied for the win on floor with 9.85’s.
No. 8 RANKING MAKES HISTORY: Boise State was ranked eighth in the most recent Road To Nationals team rankings thanks to a 196.238 team score average, the organization announced Monday morning. The No. 8 ranking is the highest weekly ranking in program history, surpassing the previous high of No. 9 that was achieved on two occasions last season (Feb. 1 and Feb. 15).
MRGC HONORS GALORE: Boise State was able to win at least a share of four of the five MRGC weekly awards for the second-consecutive week. Remme was the MRGC Gymnast of the Week and Balance Beam Specialist of the Week, Stockwell earned co-Vault Specialist of the Week honors, and both Mejia and Collantes tied for the win on bars to earn co-Uneven Bars Specialist of the Week.
UNEVEN BARS DOMINANCE: The Broncos enter the week as the No. 5 team in the country on uneven bars with a 49.256 average. Three gymnasts are currently in the top 25 individually; Mejia (7th – 9.894 avg.), Courtney McGregor (17th – 9.869 avg.) and Remme (25th – 9.856 avg.).
SUCCESS ON BEAM: After finishing the 2016 season tied for 23rd on the balance beam, Boise State has turned the event into a strength as they are now 12th in the nation with a 49.113 average. The team’s two sophomores –Means and Remme – are both tied for 21st with 9.856 averages.
ALL-AROUNDERS EXCELLING: Remme, Collantes and McGregor are all ranked in the top 50 of the all-around individual national rankings. Remme is 27th (39.250 avg.), Collantes is 36th (39.175 avg.) and McGregor is tied for 43rd (39.094 avg.).
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