Feb. 11, 2017
DENVER, Colo. -- The No. 8 Broncos (6-3, 2-0 MRGC) came up short against No. 12 Denver (11-4, 0-2 Big 12) Saturday night 197.125 - 197.075, but the 197.075 is the highest road team score and the second-highest overall team score in program history. Along with last week's 197.025 at home against Southern Utah, this is the first time in program history that the Broncos have gone over 197 in back-to-back meets.
Boise State was sensational in all four events with uneven bars (49.350) providing the highest event score for the fifth-straight meet. The 49.325 on vault tied for the 10th-best score on the event in school history and was also good for a season high. The 49.225 on balance beam was the second-highest beam score on the season.
"That might have been the best meet we've ever had," co-head coach Neil Resnick said. "We've been trying to capture those special routines we see every day in practice, and tonight we saw several of those routines that were magical moments during the meet."
Sarah Means tied for the win on vault with a career-high 9.9. Diana Mejia also shared an event victory, tying for the win on uneven bars thanks to her second 9.925 of the season. Shani Remme also posted a 9.925 of her own to tie a career high and earn a share of the event title.
"This team is legit!" co-head coach Tina Bird said. "They faced a tough opponent and got the job done. While we would have liked to get the win, we are happy with a season high and a great road score. I'm so proud of this group!"
The season-high 197.025 started out with a strong performance on uneven bars. Ann Stockwell opened with a 9.75, but Mackenzie Bennion picked her up and posted a season-high 9.875. Sandra Collantes came up with a 9.825 and McGregor was clutch with a 9.9 -- her third 9.9 on the season. Remme did well for a 9.825 and Mejia sealed the 49.350 with her 9.925.
Vault continued the early momentum as Remme kicked off the second rotation with a 9.85. McGregor fared well in the second spot for a 9.825 and Bir tied a career high with a 9.875. Means' career-high 9.9 came on a near-perfect Yurchenko one and a half in the fifth spot. Stockwell secured the record book worthy vault score with another 9.875.
At the halfway point the Broncos held a slim 98.675 -- 98.650 lead.
Boise State moved to floor in the third rotation and posted 49.175. Paige Urquhart went for a 9.8 and and Means followed it with a 9.825. Remme and Collantes earned matching 9.875s and Bennion put on the finishing touches with a 9.8.
After three rotations Boise State and Denver were tied at 147.850 -- 147.850.
With balance beam as the fourth and final event for the Blue and Orange, the away team produced a steady performance that was accentuated by two big routines from Remme and Means. Urquhart, Collantes and Mejia all went for 9.8s, Remme exploded for a 9.925 and Means concluded the evening with a 9.9.
With the season-high score of 197.075, the Broncos will likely at least stand pat at their No. 8 spot in the national rankings.
Boise State will head back out onto the road next weekend with a dual meet on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at Utah State in Logan, Utah.