March 21, 2015
DENVER--The No. 15 Boise State gymnastics team clinched the 2015 Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference title on Friday night with a score of 196.625. Despite being tied for second place going into the final rotation, the Broncos captured the title with a commanding uneven bars performance.
The Broncos (147.225), Southern Utah (147.225), and Denver (147.275) were wrapped in a close battle heading into the final rotation, separated by .05 in Denver's favor. Boise State couldn't be held down, as the team combined for a 49.400 on the uneven bars. Mackenzie Bennion led off with a season-best 9.825, while senior Kelsey Morris would add a 9.85. Sophomore Diana Mejia recorded a 9.90 for her season best, while Krystine Jacobsen would shatter her career best with a consensus 9.95, also for the event win. Jacobsen's score ties for the highest individual score at conference for a Bronco, joining Jamie Johns (2001) and Carla Chambers (2004). Senior Ciera Perkins anchored the lineup with a 9.875.
"We didn't stop believing," said co-head coach Neil Resnick. "We were behind going into the final rotation and we put up the best score of the night."
On the third rotation, with the Broncos put together one of the strongest vaults of the season. Every Bronco scored higher than a 9.80 en route to a 49.275 team score. The co-captains paced the team on the event, as Perkins (9.90), Krentz, (9.875) and Morris (9.85) all recorded top scores. Paige Urquhart and Sandra Collantes led off each with a 9.80. Ann Stockwell recorded a 9.85 for her 11th score of 9.80 or higher this year. Perkins would claim a share of the vault title with Denver's Rachel Fielitz, for the first conference vault title for a Bronco since Amy Glass in 2011 (WAC).
Boise State had a complete showing on floor exercise, with each gymnast also scoring a 9.80 or higher on the apparatus as well. Lianne Josbacher marked a 9.80, and Krentz and Morris each recorded a 9.825. Sandra Collantes scored a 9.85, while Perkins paced the team with her 9.875. The Broncos would mark a 49.175 on the event.
Krystine Jacobsen led Boise State on beam with her 9.850 while Molly McFarland performed a complete routine for a 9.825. Lianne Josbacher (9.80), Morris (9.70) and Diana Mejia (9.60) would round out scoring for a 48.775.
Individually, Boise State captured 12 All-MRGC honors to lead the conference.
Up next for the Broncos is the 2015 NCAA Regionals, on April 4. Boise State will learn its fate after the NCAA Selection Show on Monday, March 23 at 1 p.m. MT.
Kelsey Morris: All-MRGC First Team All-Around, Second Team Vault, Second Team Uneven Bars
Ciera Perkins: All-MRGC First Team Vault, First Team Floor Exercise, Second Team Uneven Bars
Maddie Krentz: All-MRGC First Team Vault
Krystine Jacobsen: All-MRGC First Team Uneven Bars, Second Team Balance Beam
Diana Mejia: All-MRGC First Team Uneven Bars
Ann Stockwell: All-MRGC First Team Vault
Sandra Collantes: All-MRGC Second Team Floor Exercise