Jan. 28, 2017
BOISE, Idaho - No. 14 Boise State (5-2, 1-0 MRGC) used a strong night on uneven bars to dispatch BYU (2-4, 0-2 MRGC) by a score of 196.400 - 193.525 Friday night in CenturyLink Arena. Competing as the final event of the day at the Gem State Invitational, the Broncos tallied a 49.475 on bars to tie for the fifth-highest score on the apparatus in school history.
Boise State also swept all the individual awards, as well. Sandra Collantes was victorious in the all-around after tallying a 39.200, and she also secured the win on floor after earning a 9.9. Shani Remme tied a career high on balance beam with a 9.925 to finish in first and she shared the uneven bars title with Diana Mejia, as both earned a 9.925. Sarah Means captured the win on vault thanks to a career-high 9.875.
The convincing victory began with the Blue and Orange starting on vault. Collantes led off with a 9.75 and Remme chipped in a solid 9.8. McGregor went 9.775 and Mary Frances Bir did well in producing a 9.850, setting the table for Means. The sophomore came through big in the No. 5 spot, garnering a 9.875. In total, the Broncos opened with a 49.050 while BYU produced a 48.850 on uneven bars in the first rotation.
Boise State exploded for their 49.475 on uneven bars in large part because they gradually built up their scores throughout their lineup. Ann Stockwell opened with a 9.85 and Collantes topped it with a 9.875 in the No. 3 spot. Courtney McGregor posted her second-consecutive 9.9 going fourth, and Remme and Mejia both brought the house down with their 9.925's.
Tonight's exceptional performance on uneven bars now means that eight of the top 10 best team uneven bars scores in school history have come in the last four years from 2014-17. Thanks to the huge effort in the second rotation, the Broncos (98.525) held a healthy lead over the Cougars (97.375) at the midway point.
Balance beam was also an especially strong event with the Broncos tallying a 49.175 - good for their highest beam score so far this season. Collantes went first and saved her routine on one of her series for a 9.675. Isabella Amado was especially sharp with a career-high 9.825 and Paige Urquhart took it up another notch thanks to a 9.85. Lastly it was the two sophomores - Means and Remme - concluding the event with a 9.9 and a 9.925, respectively.
"The beam team did a fantastic job tonight," co-head coach Tina Bird said. "Our lineup starts with three international elites. Then it's our senior beam stud, Paige Urquhart, and lastly our sophomore dynamic duo of Shani Remme and Sarah Means, who consistently hit their routines for near flawless scores."
Boise State failed to finish strong, however, and managed only a 48.700 on floor. The majority of the lineup was strong with McGregor (9.775), Mackenzie Bennion (9.8), Means (9.85) and Collantes (9.9) all hitting their routines, but the other two performances both suffered falls to cause major deductions. Boise State ended up having to take a 9.375 from Remme.
"We knocked it out of the park with the first three events, but we missed an opportunity to really post a great team score," co-head coach Neil Resnick said, alluding to the late falter on floor.
The Broncos will stay in Boise for their next meet as they return to the friendly confines of Taco Bell Arena next Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. to take on MRGC rival Southern Utah as a part of Beauty and the Beast. The wrestling team will take on Oregon State.