No. 11 Boise State Looks For Three-Peat
March 16, 2017
The No. 11 Broncos (9-4, 4-0 MRGC) will look to capture their third-straight Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Championship this Saturday, March 18 in Logan, Utah at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Utah State will host the championship which is set to begin at 6 p.m.
WATCH/FOLLOW: The meet will be streamed on FloGymnastics. Fans must have a FloPRO subscription to watch, which can be purchased HERE. FloGymnastics can also be found on Roku and Apple TV 4, but a subscription is still necessary to watch.
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BACK-TO-BACK… TO BACK?: After capturing the MRGC titles in 2015 and 2016, the Broncos will be looking to make history this Saturday when they go after their third straight. Boise State has won back-to-back conference titles on multiple occasions in program history, but they have never won three-consecutive league championships.
SUCCESS AT MRGC CHAMPIONSHIPS: In addition to winning the team title the last two years, the Broncos enjoyed several other individual honors last year. Shani Remme was named the MRGC Freshman of the Year and Co-Head Coaches Tina Bird and Neil Resnick were named MRGC Coaches of the Year. In addition, the 10 returning gymnasts on last year’s roster accounted for eight All-MRGC honors.
THREE 197+ TEAM SCORES: The team has posted three team scores over 197 for the first time in school history with last week’s 197.675. The Broncos went for a 197.025 at Beauty and the Beast and then posted a 197.075 the next week at Denver.
SCOUTING THE MRGC:
Southern Utah: Ranked No. 19, Southern Utah has finished runner-up to the Broncos in each of the last two MRGC Championships. Senior catalyst Stacie Webb recently just earned a perfect 10 on balance beam on Monday and has the best average on vault (9.830). All-arounder Danielle Ramirez is the other key gymnast for the Thunderbirds, averaging a 36.369 in the all-around, a 9.806 on bars and 9.840 on beam.
Utah State: The No. 23 team in the country, the Aggies’ lone all-arounder Bailey McIntire has been solid all year with a 38.742 average. Madison Ward is the top floor worker (9.873 avg.), Elle Golison is No. 1 on the team on beam (9.767 avg.) and Miranda Hone (9.775 avg.) has led the way on vault. Utah State has five bars workers with a 9.7 average or better.
LAST TIME OUT: Boise State exploded for a record-breaking 197.675 against Denver and defeated the Pioneers (197.150) last Friday night in Taco Bell Arena. The 197.675 is the highest team score in school history, surpassing the 197.325 that came last season on March 11, 2016 – also on senior night.
On a night where the Broncos honored their three seniors – Mackenzie Bennion, Diana Mejia and Paige Urquhart – the Blue and Orange produced 49.500s on both floor and uneven bars, tying for the third and fifth best scores on the respective events in school history. Boise State was also sensational on beam, earning a 49.400 for the fourth-best beam score in school history.
Courtney McGregor won the uneven bars title with a career-high 9.95, Shani Remme tied for the win on balance beam by tying her career-high 9.925, and both Ann Stockwell and Sandra Collantes tied for the victory on floor for the second-straight week with 9.925s. Remme didn’t win the all-around title, but the sophomore was able to post a career-high 39.525 to tie for the ninth-best all-around score in school history.
RANKED No. 11: The Road To Nationals team rankings for week 10 of the 2017 season were announced earlier this week and the Broncos dropped one spot to No. 11 despite improving their RQS to 196.835. The slight drop was caused by Michigan jumping two spots from No. 11 to No. 9 this week, pushing the Broncos back a spot. The Broncos have been ranked in the top 12 in seven of 10 weeks so far this season, with their highest ranking (No. 7) coming on Feb. 13.
MRGC HONORS: Boise State enjoyed a large haul of Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference weekly accolades again this week as Remme was most impressive with a career-high 39.525 in the all-around to earn Gymnast of the Week honors. McGregor pulled in two accolades as she earned Uneven Bars Specialist of the Week honors with a career-high 9.95 to win the event and secure the honor for the third time this season. The freshman shared Vault Specialist of the Week honors with teammate Means as the pair both earned 9.9s with matching Yurchenko one and a halves to split the event title.
For the second-straight week it was Collantes and Stockwell sharing the event title on floor with matching 9.925s, securing them Floor Specialist of the Week honors.
NATIONAL EVENT RANKINGS: Several Broncos are in the top 100 of the national event rankings according to the RQS. Check out where Boise State stacks up as a team and individually:
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