Clutch final performances clinch Mountain Rim title for Boise State
DENVER -- Fifteenth-ranked Boise State clinched the 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 Kelsey Morris would add a 9.85. 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). Ciera Perkins anchored the lineup with a 9.875.
"We didn't stop believing," co-head coach Neil Resnick said. "We were behind going into the final rotation and we put up the best score of the night."
On the third rotation, 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.