No. 11 Broncos To Face Utah State

Feb. 25, 2016

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The No. 11 Broncos (8-0, 3-0 MRGC) will travel to Logan, Utah this Friday to take on Utah State (4-5, 2-1 MRGC) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum at 7 p.m. The Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference matchup will be Boise State’s last road meet of the regular season before concluding with two home meets on March 6 and 11 followed by the MRGC Championships – which will also be hosted at Taco Bell Arena – on March 19.

No. 11 RANKING: Boise State moved back two spots in the Road To Nationals rankings because the ranking system switched over to the Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). A team’s RQS score is determined by taking the top six scores from the season, three of which must be away meets, then dropping the high score on the year and averaging the remaining five.

The Broncos’ RQS this week is 196.185, and their season average improved to 196.225.

SERIES HISTORY: The 92 previous matchups between the Aggies and the Broncos are currently the most meets against the same opponent in Boise State gymnastics history. Utah State holds a 55-37 edge in the all-time series that began in 1980, but the Blue and Orange has won the last 11 contests against the Aggies.

SCOUTING THE AGGIES: Utah State enters the week as the No. 30 team in the country with an RQS of 194.960. They produced their highest score of the year last week at BYU when they scored a 195.475 in a losing effort.

The Aggies’ best event so far this season has been the uneven bars (48.85 avg.) where Katie Brown (9.733 avg.), Jillian Chappel (9.739 avg.) and McKinzey Martinez (9.768 avg.) all are averaging over a 9.7. A balanced team, Utah State averages a 48.761 on floor, a 48.707 on balance beam and a 48.593 on vault,

LAST TIME OUT: Boise State used their second-highest uneven bars score (49.525) in school history to coast to the 196.300 – 194.675 win over Ohio State last Friday night at Taco Bell Arena. The win maintains the perfect record and moves the Broncos to within three wins of tying the program’s best start in school history – 11-0 in 1988.

Krystine Jacobsen had the routine of the night with a 9.975 on uneven bars to earn the event title and tie for the best individual bars score in school history. Maddie Krentz and Sandra Collantes tied for the win on floor with 9.925s, and Shani Remme won on balance beam after earning a 9.85.

JACOBSEN DOMINANT ON BARS: The senior’s RQS of 9.895 on the apparatus so far this season ties her for No. 7 in the country in the event. The Virginia Beach, Va., native has won the uneven bars title in five of the Broncos’ six meets this season, putting her in a tie for No. 6 in the school record book for most bars wins in a season. Her 10 career wins in the event is also the eighth most in school history.

MODEL OF CONSISTENTCY: After posting a 195.700 in their first meet of the year, Boise State has recorded five-straight scores of 196.250 or better. The Broncos are still waiting on the explosive high-196 or low-197 score, but they have been exceptionally solid throughout the first half of the season that has featured five road meets.

EXCELLING IN THE MRGC: As a team, the Broncos sit atop the MRGC in first place and individually they have the top gymnast in three out of the four events. Jacobsen leads on uneven bars (9.895 RQS), Mary Franes Bir (9.795 RQS) is first on vault and Sandra Collantes (9.885 RQS) and Maddie Krentz (9.885 RQS) are tied for the lead on floor.

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