Lincoln Regional Next Up for Broncos
March 30, 2017
The No. 11 Broncos (12-4, 7-0 MRGC) will head to Lincoln, Neb., and compete in the Lincoln Regional on the campus of University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Saturday, April 1 at 3 p.m. (MT) at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Boise State will compete as the No. 2 seed.
The Blue and Orange will be joined by No. 1 seed LSU, No. 3 seed and host Nebraska, No. 4 seed Arizona, No. 5 seed Iowa State and No. 6 seed Minnesota. The national rankings of the top six teams can be found HERE.
TICKETS: Reserved (B-Level) tickets are $9, adult general admission will be $7, and youth and seniors are $5. Children under the age of two will receive free admission.
The top-two teams from the Lincoln, Morgantown and Gainesville Regionals will compete against each other in one national semifinal, and the other top-two teams from the Seattle, Champaign and Fayetteville Regionals will go head-to-head in the other semifinal at nationals.
REGIONAL BACKGROUND: The Broncos enter the regional with an RQS of 196.910. The regional selection is the 10th in a row for co-head coaches Tina Bird and Neil Resnick, having qualified in all 10 years while at the helm.
The highest the Broncos have ever placed at a regional meet was third, doing so during the 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2016 seasons. The 2011 season was their closest attempt at earning a top-two spot and advancing to the NCAA National meet, missing the second-place finish by only .025 of a point.
SCOUTING THE TOP SEEDS: LSU – Currently the No. 2 team in the country with a 197.865 RQS, the Tigers recently won the SEC Championship with a 198.075 and also were the winners of the SEC regular season title.
In the national rankings, Ashleigh Gnat is No. 1 on vault (9.970 RQS) and No. 4 on floor (9.950 RQS), Lexie Pressman (9.925 RQS) is tied for seventh on bars, Sarah Finnegan (9.945 RQS) is tied for fourth on beam and Myia Hambrick is the top all-arounder with a 39.515 and is No. 8.
Nebraska – Competing on their home turf, the Cornhuskers enter the regional with a 196.725 RQS having recently taken fourth at the Big Ten Championships.
Taylor Houchin was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and is No. 36 in the country in the all-around (39.220 RQS). Jennie Laeng is Nebraska’s strongest all-arounder, currently sporting a 39.345 RQS.
ALL-AMERICA HONOREE: Senior co-captain Diana Mejia was recently named a regular season second-team All-American on uneven bars by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastic Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) last weekend. She enters the regional with a 9.910 RQS, slotting her in a tie for 12th place in the country.
The Vancouver, Wash., native won the 2017 MRGC Uneven Bars title and has earned first-team all-conference honors on the apparatus in all four seasons as a Bronco.
BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK MRGC CHAMPIONS: Boise State scored a 197.050 on March 18 to defeat Utah State (196.100), Southern Utah (196.075) and BYU (194.675) for its third-straight conference title. The MRGC titles in 2015, 2016 and 2017 marks the first time in school history that the program has captured three-consecutive conference championships.
MRGC HONORS GALORE: The Broncos also came away with several conference accolades. Shani Remme was named MRGC Gymnast of the Year and Co-head coaches Tina Bird and Neil Resnick were awarded MRGC Co-Coaches of the Year honors, to lead the way.
Several other gymnasts were victorious in their respective events: Remme (All-Around), Sarah Means (Vault), Mejia (Uneven Bars), Alex Esmerian (Balance Beam), Means (Balance Beam), Remme (Balance Beam) and Abby Webb (Floor).
STRONG ON BARS: Led by Mejia, the Broncos have been sensational on bars all season and currently are fifth in the country with a team RQS of 49.395. Two of Boise State’s uneven bars’ scores in the past month – a 49.450 on March 18 and a 49.500 on March 10 – are tied for the eighth and third best scores on the apparatus in school history, respectively.
Courtney McGregor (9.900 RQS) was close on gaining All-America honors for the event and is tied for 18th in the country. Remme (9.880 RQS) is tied for 36th.
GOOD WORK ON BEAM: With a 49.280 RQS to put them at No. 13 in the country, Boise State has enjoyed several exemplary performances on the apparatus in the last month. In the last four meets the Broncos have tallied at least a 49.275 or better, including a 49.400 against Denver on March 10 that was good for the fourth-best beam score in school history.
CLIMBING THE RANKINGS: On Feb. 13, 2017 Boise State received a No. 7 national ranking, giving them the highest national ranking in school history. The previous high came a week earlier previously on Feb. 6 when the team was slotted at No. 8.
HISTORY WITH NEBRASKA: The last time the Broncos competed at Nebraska was Feb. 9, 1996, with the Cornhuskers winning that matchup 194.250 – 189.850. Most recently the two teams squared off against each other on April 5, 2014 at the NCAA Seattle Regional. Nebraska holds an 8-0 advantage in the all-time series history.
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