Home Opener Set for No. 9 Broncos
Feb. 18, 2016

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The No. 9 Boise State gymnastics team will host No. 26 Ohio State in the 2016 home opener on Friday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos (7-0, 3-0 MRGC) will be looking to maintain their perfect record and defeat the Buckeyes (3-4, 1-4 Big Ten) for the second-straight year after winning 196.025 – 194.925 last year in Columbus, Ohio.

TICKETS AND PROMOTIONS: With Friday night being a “Pink Meet” to promote cancer awareness, all fans who wear pink will receive a $3 ticket. Otherwise, tickets for adults will be $6, and juniors and seniors will be $4. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Fans may purchase tickets at the door or online prior to Friday evening. To purchase tickets online, click HERE.

Schedule posters and pocket schedules will be available in Lobby 2 prior to the meet, along with a photo booth setup that will allow fans to take pictures with life-size cutouts of Bronco gymnasts. After the meet, Bronco gymnasts will be available to sign autographs in Lobby 3.

SERIES HISTORY: Boise State has only competed against Ohio State in three previous meets, with the first being held on Jan. 18, 1992 and the last taking place just last year on Feb. 20, 2015. The Broncos have a 2-1 all-time series advantage and will be looking to build on their two-meet win streak against the Buckeyes.

SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES: Ohio State is ranked just outside the top 25 of the Road To Nationals rankings at No. 26, but the Buckeyes are just two weeks removed from their highest score of the year (196.350) that came at Rutgers on Feb. 6.

They are averaging a 195.250 on the year as a team, and are ranked No. 22 on balance beam and No. 25 on vault. Stefanie Merkle (9.787 avg.) leads them on beam and Alexis Mattern (9.792 avg.) is the catalyst on vault.

LAST TIME OUT: Boise State capitalized on their strongest showing on balance beam (49.100) so far this season to propel themselves to the 196.275 - 193.700 win over San José State last Friday night in San José.

Sandra Collantes won the all-around title with a 39.150, Maddie Krentz won on floor thanks to a 9.9, Krystine Jacobsen secured the victory on uneven bars with a 9.95 and Mackenzie Bennion won on vault after recording a 9.825.

In addition to their solid night on beam, the Broncos tallied a 49.250 on the uneven bars, a 48.825 on vault and a 49.100 on floor. The win gives Boise State a 31-6-1 all-time series advantage over the Spartans.

TOP 10, HERE TO STAY: Now back to No. 9 in the national rankings, the Broncos have become a mainstay in the top 10 with this being their fourth-straight week in the top 10. The No. 9 ranking ties their highest ever in program history, and their 196.210 average is within striking distance of No. 8 Auburn (196.357 avg.).

STARTING STRONG AT HOME: Under co-head coaches Neil Resnick and Tina Bird, Boise State is a perfect 8-0 in home openers. Last season the Broncos tallied their second-highest score of the season in their home opener when they dispatched Southern Utah 196.725 – 195.720 on Jan. 23, 2016.

MRGC SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Krystine Jacobsen was named the MRGC Specialist of the Week for her performance on uneven bars this past weekend at San José State. The senior earned a 9.95 to win the event, giving her the uneven bars title in four out the Broncos’ five meets so far this season.

NATIONAL RANKINGS – EVENTS: In the all-around, Shani Remme leads the way with a top-25 ranking at No. 24 thanks to a 39.238 average. Collantes isn’t far behind, coming into the week tied for No. 28 with a 39.200 average.

Mary Frances Bir (9.810 avg.) has been the most consistent force on vault for the Blue and Orange tied at No. 65 and Collantes (9.795 avg.) has also excelled, coming in tied for 95th.

Jacobsen (9.895 avg.) is No. 6 on uneven bars, Ann Stockwell (9.825 avg.) is tied for 47th and both Remme (9.810 avg.) and Krentz (9.810 avg.) are tied for 70th.

Collantes (9.890 avg.) and Krentz (9.890 avg.) are tied for 21st on floor, and Remme (9.825 avg.) is tops on beam, tied for 31st.


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