Utah State Next Up for No. 7 Broncos
Feb. 16, 2017
The No. 7 Broncos (6-3, 2-0 MRGC) will return to the state of Utah for the second time this season and take on Utah State (5-3, 2-1 MRGC) Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in Logan, Utah at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The matchup will be the Broncos’ fourth road meet of the 2017 season.
WATCH/FOLLOW: The meet will be streamed on FloGymnastics.com, but fans must first purchase a FloPRO membership to view the meet. The Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Championship in Logan, Utah (Saturday, March 18) will also be streamed by FloGymnastics.
Live results will be available HERE.
SCOUTING THE AGGIES: Utah State enters the weekend as the No. 32 team in the country with a team score average of 194.658. They recorded a season-high 195.850 at home against BYU on Feb. 3 and followed it up with a 195.725 against Southern Utah last weekend.
The Aggies operate without an all-arounder and receive contributions from all over their roster. Katie Brown has been tops on vault with a 9.762 average, Bailey McIntire (9.775 avg.) leads the way on bars, Elle Golison (9.762 avg.) has been the best on beam and Madison Ward has buoyed the effort on floor with a 9.862 average.
SERIES HISTORY: Utah State holds a 55-39 in the all-time series, but the Broncos have won the last 13 meetings. The most recent victory came at the 2016 MRGC Championships when Boise State won with a 197.025 and Utah State was fourth with a 195.875.
LAST TIME OUT: Boise State came up short against Denver last Saturday 197.125 - 197.075, but the 197.075 was the highest road team score and the second-highest overall team score in program history. Along with the 197.025 that came at home against Southern Utah on Feb. 3, this is the first time in program history that the Broncos have gone over 197 in back-to-back meets.
Sarah Means tied for the win on vault with a career-high 9.9. Diana Mejia also shared an event victory, tying for the win on uneven bars thanks to her second 9.925 of the season. Shani Remme also posted a 9.925 of her own to tie a career high and earn a share of the event title.
No. 7 RANKING MAKES HISTORY: The Road To Nationals team rankings for week six of the 2017 season were announced Monday morning and the Broncos moved up another spot to No. 7. Last week’s No. 8 ranking was previously the highest weekly ranking in program history, but Boise State was able to hop Michigan this week to reset the record.
Boise State’s team score average improved to 196.405 after earning a 197.075 on Friday night at Denver – good for the second-highest team score in school history. The Blue and Orange are once again the only school not from a Power Five Conference to make this week’s top 10.
MORE MRGC HONOREES: The Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference announced their weekly award winners Monday morning and the team’s two sophomores – Remme and Means – earned recognition for their performances from the meet at Denver. Remme secured MRGC Co-Gymnast of the Week and Balance Beam Specialist of the Week honors while Means was named the Vault Specialist of the Week.
REMME IS ROLLING: Now ranked No. 21 in the country in the all-around, the sophomore has recently found a niche as an all-arounder for the Broncos. After posting a 39.275 in her first all-around effort of the season, she has most recently improved to a 39.450 and a 39.475 in her two previous meets. She is also tied for 13th in the country on beam (9.870 avg.).
TOP FIVE ON BARS: Uneven bars has been a strength in recent years for the Blue and Orange, but they have recently ascended to unprecedented levels as they are now ranked No. 5 in the country on the apparatus with a 49.275 average. Mejia (9.900 avg.) is tied for fifth individually and Courtney McGregor (9.875 avg.) is tied for 14th.
BALANCE ON BEAM: With a 49.135 event average on balance beam, Boise State improved to No. 11 in the country. Means (9.865 avg.) is close behind Remme in the national rankings at No. 15 and Paige Urquhart (9.819 avg.) is also in the top 60 at No. 58.
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