In Friday’s crucial MRGC conference matchup between Boise State and the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, the Broncos won by over a point in home territory at Taco Bell Arena. Boise State scored a big 196.625 to Southern Utah’s 195.525. Shani Remme continued to be a top scorer for the Broncos, winning the floor exercise with a 9.925, the balance beam with a 9.900, and the all-around with a 39.500. However, the Thunderbirds showed that they too can put together a solid meet on the road, hitting 23 out of 24 routines in this rivalry matchup.

Starting the meet on vault, the Broncos scored a 49.075, highlighted by Sarah Means’ stuck Yurchenko one-and-a-half, which scored a 9.900 to win the event. Boise State was able to count four more scores that were 9.800 or higher. On the uneven bars, the Thunderbirds scored a 48.825 with six hit routines. Shylen Murakami posted the highest score on bars for Southern Utah with a 9.825 to place fifth. Unfortunately, missed handstands and form errors on releases kept SUU from getting big numbers here. As it’s still early in the season, expect the lineup to improve and get more consistent through the weeks.

Southern Utah then moved to the vault, where they showed a nice variety of vaults for a total of 49.025. Stephanie Tervort performed a powerful Yurchenko full to post a 9.850, placing second on vault. Molly Jozwiakowski’s tucked Tsuk full was beautifully performed, but only scored a 9.775 due to a lower start value of 9.900. Rachel Smith also showed off a unique Yurchenko full-on, tuck off to score a 9.500. On the uneven bars, former New Zealand Olympian and Boise State junior star Courtney McGregor won the event with a 9.900, helping the Broncos to a total of 49.250 and keeping them in the lead. Boise State was able to count three more scores over a 9.825, performing clean routines with a good amount of difficulty.

Shanni Remme competes on the floor exercise for the Boise State Broncos against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds in Boise, Idaho/Boise State Sports

The Broncos then moved to beam, where they again hit six routines to score a 48.925. The team fought through some wobbles and form issues, finishing strong with a 9.900 from Remme. Alex Esmerian showed off a fantastic back handspring mount series and scored a 9.725, keeping the Broncos ahead of the Thunderbirds. On the floor exercise, Southern Utah earned six scores of at least a 9.800, scoring a 49.150. Both Jozwiakowski and Karley McClain scored 9.850s, with clean, powerful tumbling. They tied for fourth on the event.

However, the Thunderbirds couldn’t keep their momentum going on beam to win the meet. Though they managed to avoid counting a fall, wobbly routines forced them to count two 9.500s. Their team total was still a respectable 48.525, and showed the potential for a score in the 49s if they perform cleanly. The Broncos performed huge routines on floor in front of a home crowd to score a 49.375, with a high of 9.925 from Remme. Every routine for the Broncos scored above a 9.800, clinching their win.

Boise State will be up against San Jose State and UC Davis in San Jose next week, and Southern Utah will face off against Utah State in week five action.

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