Broncos Outscore Thunderbirds In MRGC Competition
BOISE, Idaho - The No. 11 Thunderbirds competed in just their third meet of the season on Friday night against the No. 11 Boise State Broncos, falling to BSU 197.025-194.325.
This was SUU’s first matchup of the season against an opponent from the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference.
The Thunderbirds had a solid start on bars, scoring a 48.900 as a team. Seniors Danielle Ramirez and Memory Shettles led the way for the team on the event both scoring a 9.850. Madison McBride and Becky Rozsa both scored a 9.750 for SUU.
The Broncos had a lot of success on bars, with both Sandra Collantes and Diana Mejia both scoring a 9.900.
Freshman Madison McBride had a big performance on vault for SUU in their second rotation, setting a new career high with a 9.875 to finish the night as co-event champion. As a team the Thunderbirds hit their highest event score of the night on vault with a 49.100. Ramirez had a 9.850 and Stacie Webb had a 9.825 for SUU.
SUU head coach Scott Bauman said he’s been very impressed with what both Madison, and her sister Megan, have been able to bring to the team so far.
“I have been nothing but incredibly pleased with what they’ve been doing competitively,” he said.
McBride was tied with BSU’s Ann Stockwell with a 9.875.
When the Thunderbirds went to floor they were once again led by Ramirez, as she scored a 9.850 to earn a co-event champion title. Autumn Jorgensen had a big 9.825 for SUU, and Karen Gonzalez and Virginia Brownsell both hit 9.800 for SUU.
The Thunderbirds struggled in their fourth and final rotation, as the team had to count three falls on beam. However, Yee had a big 9.875 for SUU and Ramirez scored a 9.825 to highlight the rotation.
Bauman said the Thunderbirds weren’t able to bounce back like they did against NC State, when they also had a slower start on the event.
“Unlike North Carolina State where they stayed calm and focused and still put together a fairly decent beam set, they were unable to do that this time,” he said.
For the Broncos, Shani Remme won the all-around with a 39.450. Ramirez was second in the all-around standings with a 39.375.
Bauman said Ramirez was definitely one of the highlights of the night.
“She’s a ferocious competitor,” he said. “She’s killing it in the all-around, I couldn’t be more pleased with what she’s doing.”
Bauman said he was very impressed by what he saw out of the opposition on Friday night.
“The Broncos are a legit team,” he said. “They are throwing a very high level of difficulty and they do it very well, and that’s just how they do it. They’re well coached, they’re well trained and they were able to put it all together. I would like to see what happens with these two teams if we had a great meet, I think we could have pushed Boise a little harder.”
SUU will have a quick turnaround, as they will host the No. 8 Denver Pioneers on Monday for their second meet in four days. The meet is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at tbirdtickets.com or at the Centrum Ticket Office. A live stream of the meet will also be available on FloGymnastics.com.For all things SUU Gymnastics follow @suugymnastics on Twitter and Instagram and like the SUU Gymnastics page on Facebook.