Dec. 12, 2016
BOISE, Idaho - The National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches / Women (NACGC/W) released their 2016-17 Preseason Coaches' Poll on Monday, and Boise State will begin the season as the No. 15 team in the country. The Broncos earned 1,400 points in the poll and the No. 15 ranking ties for the second-highest preseason selection in school history.
"We are excited about the upcoming season and love being underestimated by our fellow coaches," co-head coach Tina Bird said. "This year is going to be a breakout year for Bronco gymnastics!"
Boise State - coming off their second-straight Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Championship title - will once again enter the year as the highest ranked team in the MRGC. Southern Utah was tabbed No. 26, Utah State was No. 30 and BYU will start off at No. 36.
Last season's final rankings saw the Broncos close the year at No. 16. After winning their conference, the Blue and Orange (195.750) took third at the NCAA Regional in Tuscaloosa, Ala., finishing behind host Alabama (197.125) and California (195.525).
"My expectations start with the offseason and the type of work that I've seen here during the summer," co-head coach Neil Resnick said. "I have very high expectations based on what I saw these past six months."
Boise State returns a wealth of talent from last year's team that achieved a No. 9 weekly national ranking on two separate occasions, good for the highest weekly ranking in school history. Sandra Collantes, a second-team All-America honoree on floor, will headline 10 returners.
Seven of those 10 returners earned All-MRGC honors last season, including MRGC Freshman of the Year Shani Remme. The seven All-MRGC returners include; Remme (floor), Collantes (floor and all-around), Mackenzie Bennion (vault), Ann Stockwell (vault), Mary Frances Bir (vault), Diana Mejia (uneven bars) and Sarah Means (balance beam).
In addition, co-head coaches Bird and Resnick were named MRGC Co-Head Coaches of the Year last season.
The five newcomers are led by two of the most heralded recruits in program history; Courtney McGregor and Isabella Amado, both of which competed in the 2016 Olympic Games. McGregor represented New Zealand and took 41st while Amado competed for Panama and finished in 44th in the all-around.
After the two international elites, the Broncos will also enjoy the additions of McKenna Morrell (Santa Clarita, Calif.), Maddi Nilson (Las Vegas, Nev.) and McKinley Pavicic (Las Vegas, Nev.).
Boise State will open their season on Jan. 13 in Davis, Calif., in a quadrangular meet that will include host UC Davis, No. 11 Stanford and Yale. The meet will begin at 8 p.m. (MT).
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