Broncos Take On Tuscaloosa Regional
March 31, 2016
The No. 15 Boise State gymnastics team (15-0, 8-0 Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference) will compete in the Tuscaloosa Regional this Saturday, April 2 at 3 p.m. (MT) in Tuscaloosa, Ala., at Coleman Coliseum on the campus of the University of the Alabama. The Broncos enter the regional as the No. 3 seed.
The Blue and Orange will be joined by host and No. 1 seed Alabama, No. 2 seed California, No. 4 seed Kentucky, No. 5 seed West Virginia and No. 6 seed Bowling Green. Alabama enters the weekend ranked as the No. 4 team in the country, and California is the No. 10 team.
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ONLINE STREAM INFORMATION: The meet will be streamed online on the SEC Network+ (online only). It will only be available via the ESPN App, and the WatchESPN platform at this LINK.
Play-by-Play -- Gary Harris
WHAT TO EXPECT: The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships in Fort Worth, Texas, April 15-16, hosted by Texas Woman's University and the Knight Eady Sports Group. The top two teams from the Iowa City, Salt Lake City and Tuscaloosa regionals will compete in one of the semifinals, and the top two teams from the Minneapolis, Ann Arbor and Athens regionals will compete in the other semifinal.
In addition, the event winners at each regional site will advance to the national championships (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or an all-around qualifier.
REGIONAL BACKGROUND: The Broncos enter the regional with an RQS of 196.570. The regional selection is the ninth in a row for co-head coaches Tina Bird and Neil Resnick, having qualified in all nine years while at the helm of the program.
The highest the Broncos have ever placed at a regional meet was third, doing so during the 2009, 2011 and 2012 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 TWO SEEDS: Alabama -- The No. 4 Crimson Tide enter the regional with an RQS of 197.400. Despite posting a season-best 197.750 at the SEC Championships, Alabama took second to No. 2 Florida (197.775).
The Crimson Tide is buoyed by two first-team All-America gymnasts, Aja Sims and Kianna Winston. Sims has an RQS of 9.915 on balance beam this season, and Kiana Winston owns a 9.920 RQS on uneven bars. Lauren Beers was also named a second-team All-America honoree on vault (9.905 RQS).
California -- The No. 10 Golden Bears have a team RQS of 196.770 and are fresh off a fourth-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships after scoring a 196.725.
California is led by first-team All-America honoree Toni-Ann Williams, who earned the accolade with a floor RQS of 9.935. The Golden Bears are also led by 2016 Pac-12 Coach of the Year, Justin Howell.
LAST TIME OUT: The Broncos scored a school record 49.575 on floor in their last event of the evening to move ahead of Southern Utah and claim their second-straight Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Championship with a final team score of 197.025. The team score was good for the fourth highest in school history and the highest ever at a conference championship.
Boise State (147.450) trailed Southern Utah (147.700) by a quarter of a point going into the last rotation with the Broncos heading to floor and the Thunderbirds going to vault. Paige Urquhart led off with a 9.875 and Shani Remme recorded a 9.9 in the No. 3 spot. Maddie Krentz and Sandra Collantes then brought the crowd of 1,601 in Taco Bell Arena to their feet with near perfect routines, tallying back-to-back 9.95s. Krystine Jacobsen sealed the deal with a 9.9 in the last routine of the night, securing the victory for the Blue and Orange.
Southern Utah ended up with a 196.575 after posting a 48.875 on vault, which ended up being their lowest event score of the night. The title is the sixth conference championship for Bird and Resnick (two in the MRGC, four in the WAC). Bird and Resnick were also named MRGC Co-Coaches of the Year, and Shani Remme was named the MRGC Freshman of the Year.
ALL-AMERICA HONOREES: The National Association of Collegiate Gymnastic Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) announced their 2016 All-America list on Friday, and three Broncos -- Krystine Jacobsen (uneven bars), Maddie Krentz (floor) and Sandra Collantes (floor) -- received All-America honors. The three Boise State gymnasts on the list represent the most single-season All-America honorees in school history.
Jacobsen earned first-team honors after finishing the regular season tied for first in the country on uneven bars with an RQS of 9.950, making her the first Bronco to end the regular season ranked first in any event in school history.
STILL UNDEFEATED: The 15-0 Broncos are the only remaining undefeated team in the country out of the 82 that occupy Divisions I, II and III. They already achieved their best start to a season in school history earlier this month when they moved to 11-0, and they have already secured the best regular season in school history.
MORE HISTORY: Boise State was ranked as high as No. 9 earlier this year on two occasions (Feb. 1 and Feb. 15), giving them their highest ranking ever in program history.
BACK TO TUSCALOOSA: The Broncos will be making their third trip in six years to the University of Alabama when they compete in the Tuscaloosa Regional this Saturday. Boise State competed against the Crimson Tide in 2011 and 2015, with both meets resulting in losses.
HISTORIC SEASON FOR JACOBSEN: The senior from Virginia Beach, Va., finished the regular season with nine victories on uneven bars to set a new single-season school record. Her 14 career wins on the apparatus is tied for second in school history. The MRGC Uneven Bars Champion recorded a school record 9.975 on three occasions this season.
EXCELLING ON BARS: Led by Jacobsen, the Broncos enter the week as the No. 6 team in the country on the apparatus. After Jacobsen's nation-leading 9.950 RQS, Boise State has three other gymnasts with top-100 rankings in the event; T54. Ann Stockwell (9.860 RQS), T79. Shani Remme (9.845 RQS) and T79. Sandra Collantes (9.845 RQS).
TEAM EVENT NATIONAL RANKINGS (RQS):
ALL-MRGC HONOREES: The Broncos came away with 12 All-MRGC honors at the conclusion of the conference championships, the most for any team. Here is a complete list:
MRGC Freshman of the Year
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