April 2, 2016
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 15 Boise State gymnastics team (18-2, 8-0 MRGC) posted a 195.750 to take third place at the Tuscaloosa Regional Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa, Ala., finishing one position shy of a team qualifying spot to nationals. Freshman Shani Remme scored a 9.9 on balance beam to win the event and earn an individual bid to nationals.
The 18-2 record (.900 winning percentage) is the best record in school history, and the 195.750 is the fourth-highest score at a regionals for a Bronco team. Host Alabama (197.125) earned first place, and California (195.925) snuck past Boise State in the final rotation to secure the last team qualifying spot.
"I love this team so much, they have so much heart and passion," co-head coach Tina Bird said. "While it's disappointing to not place in the top two, we are very proud of the performance we had. We hit all four events under tremendous pressure."
The Broncos started the night on floor and posted a 48.850. Maddie Krentz led the way with a 9.825 and Sandra Collantes was close behind with a 9.8. Krystine Jacobsen produced another great routine for the second-straight week, garnering a 9.775. Shani Remme (9.75) and Paige Urquhart (9.7) provided the last two scores.
The Blue and Orange then moved to vault and logged a 48.725 for their lowest event score of the night. Mackenzie Bennion and Mary Frances Bir both posted 9.775s, and Krentz had a nice vault for a 9.75. Ann Stockwell put up a 9.725, and Collantes and Remme both posted 9.7s.
In the third rotation the Broncos had a bye. At the conclusion of the third rotation, the Broncos saw themselves in fourth place with a 97.575. They saved their best for last, however, and had their cleanest performances in their final two events; uneven bars and balance beam.
Boise State's best event of the year -- uneven bars -- proved to be true yet again after they posted a 49.250, good for the second-highest bars' score at a regional in school history. Remme kicked things off with a 9.75, and Bennion followed with a 9.85 to begin a stretch of five-straight scores over 9.8. Diana Mejia went next and came up big with a 9.875, which would eventually tie for second place overall in the meet. Collantes put up a 9.85, and Stockwell was good for a 9.8. Jacobsen matched Mejia's score in the last spot in the lineup, recording a 9.875 to also tie for second.
The Broncos concluded on balance beam, and did well to finish strong with a 48.925. Sarah Means opened with a 9.725, and Collantes garnered a 9.775 in the No. 2 spot. Remme enjoyed her meet-winning 9.9 in the third position, and Jacobsen kept the momentum going with a 9.825. Urquhart rounded out the day with a 9.7, giving Boise State a 195.750.
The Broncos finished their day in the fifth rotation, needing Cal to post a 48.975 or worse in their last rotation to maintain their lead. Unfortunately, the Golden Bears were able to secure second place with a 49.175 on bars.
Remme will compete at nationals on the balance beam on Friday, April 15 in Fort Worth, Texas.
"We're excited for Shani to represent Bronco Nation at the NCAA Championships on beam," said Bird. "That's a tremendous accomplishment, especially for a freshman."