The Boise State women’s gymnastics team will have to wait at least another year to reach the NCAA National Championships for the first time.
The second-seeded Broncos were edged out by host Nebraska 196.625-196.150 on Saturday for the No. 2 spot behind LSU (197.450) at the NCAA Regionals in Lincoln. The top two teams in each of six regionals qualified for the national meet April 14-15 in St. Louis.
BSU sophomore Shani Remme advanced individually for the second straight year after finishing fifth in the all-around competition (39.150). Remme, who won regionals and finished 29th on the balance beam at last year’s NCAA meet, was one of the top two finishers on a team that didn’t qualify for nationals.
This is the fifth time Boise State has finished one position short of making nationals. The Broncos were 0.175 points behind California in last season’s regionals in Tuscaloosa, Ala. They also finished third in 2009, ’11 and ’12.
Freshman Courtney McGregor tied for second in the uneven bars (9.900) but was edged out by Nebraska’s Sienna Crouse for an individual qualifying spot. Sophomores Sarah Means and Remme tied for sixth on beam (9.850), and junior Abby Webb led Boise State in the floor exercise with a ninth-place finish (9.825). McGregor, Means, senior Mackenzie Bennion and junior Mary Frances Bir tied for 16th in the vault (9.800).