Gymnastics Picked 19th in Preseason Poll
Dec. 22, 2015

NACGC/W Preseason Coaches' Poll

BOISE, Idaho –
The National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches / Women (NACGC/W) released their 2015-16 Preseason Coaches’ Poll, and the Boise State gymnastics team will enter the season as the No. 19 team in the country. The Broncos accumulated 1,154 points in the poll, including one first-place vote – making them just one of six teams to receive a first-place vote.

“We are happy to be ranked in the top 20,” said co-head coach Tina Bird. “We’re looking forward to competing against prestigious opponents at home this year, including both Ohio State and Michigan State.”

The Broncos ended the season last year as the No. 20 team in the country. Before making their 29th regionals appearance in program history, Boise State won the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference (MRGC) Championship after recording a 196.625, just edging out Southern Utah (196.275).

Out of the seven gymnasts who earned a combined 12 All-MRGC honors last season, the Broncos return five gymnasts who picked up six of those conference honors. Krystine Jacobsen notched two All-MRGC honors with a first-team nod on uneven bars and a second-team spot on balance beam. Maddie Krentz and Ann Stockwell both earned first-team honors on vault, Diana Mejia secured first-team honors on uneven bars and Sandra Collantes was a second-team selection on floor.

The other three MRGC schools – Southern Utah, Utah State and BYU – also made appearances in the NACGC/W preseason poll. Southern Utah enters the year at No. 24, Utah State at No. 34 and BYU was outside the top 36, but would have been slotted at No. 38 with their appearance in the “receiving votes” category.

The Broncos’ first true home meet won’t take place until Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. against Ohio State, but the Blue and Orange will compete against BYU in Boise at Century Link Arena as a part of the Gem State Invitational on Jan. 29.

The other home meets include a dual meet against Michigan State at 2 p.m. on March 6, and then a tri-meet against Southern Utah and San Jose State five days later on March 11 at 7 p.m. The MRGC Championships will also be hosted by Boise State, which will take place on March 19 at 6 p.m.

The preseason poll slotted Michigan State at No. 26, and Ohio State checks in at No. 22, just three spots behind the Broncos.

Boise State will open the season at a tri-meet in Davis, Calif., against UC Davis and Seattle Pacific on Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. For home meets, fans can purchase tickets on http://www.broncosports.com/tickets/.

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