As the Boise State gymnastics team has continually reached new heights, the Broncos have kept focus without any slips.
Coach Neil Resnick credits the No. 15 Broncos’ success the past two months and their undefeated record to work put in last summer.
“We had 100 percent of our kids, including the freshmen, be on campus this summer,” Resnick said. “They did a lot of strength work, spent a lot of time together. They were very directed. Once we got into practices, their marks were so much higher than usual. Normally it’s a month just to get them ready, but they were already there.”
Boise State (12-0) is the only unbeaten team in the nation and looks to defend its Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference title Saturday night at Taco Bell Arena. BYU, Utah State and Southern Utah are also in the field.
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The Broncos tallied their best score in team history (197.325) last Friday, their last time out at Taco Bell Arena.
“When we put together the schedule, you hoped it would be like this, putting up your best scores here in March, and having the (MRGC) meet at home is huge,” Resnick said.
Seven Broncos are ranked in the top 100 in the four events — vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor. Senior Krystine Jacobsen is No. 4 in the nation in the uneven bars, while freshman Shani Remme is in the top 70 in the bars, beam and floor. Of the ranked Broncos, two are seniors, one is a junior, three are sophomores and one is a freshman.
“Rarely have we been able to put together just solid recruiting classes like we have the last four years,” Resnick said. “We have some great seniors who set the tone, and what Shani’s doing as a freshman is outrageous, so you feel pretty excited where we’re at and what’s ahead.”
The Broncos hope to use Saturday as further momentum into April 2’s NCAA Regionals, where a strong score could propel them into the school’s first-ever appearance at the NCAA Championships.
“I told them it starts with committing, then putting in the work, then it’s time to believe,” Resnick said.
“It has to be in that order. I’ve seen teams say, ‘Yeah, we’re going to do it,’ but they didn’t put in the work, and they don’t tend to win. This team has taken all the right steps to become excellent.”
Mountain Rim Championships
▪ When: 6 p.m. Saturday
▪ Where: Taco Bell Arena
▪ Who: Boise State, BYU, Southern Utah, Utah State
▪ Tickets: $11 for adults and $9 for juniors and seniors. Admission free for students. Tickets available at arena box office or BroncoSports.com/tickets