Sunday, April 24, 2016

Ivanov Earns Trip To Summer Olympics

Former Boise State wrestler George Ivanov has earned a trip to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Ivanov, wrestling for Bulgaria, won the silver medal at the World Olympic Qualifier yesterday to grab a spot in the Summer Games.

Ivanov is the second Bronco wrestler to earn a spot in the Olympics, joining Charles Burton, who wrestler for the United States in 2000.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Dr. Carl Wieman at Boise State Thursday Night

Dr. Carl Wieman, who won the Nobel Prize in physics, will be speaking tomorrow (Thursday) at Boise State in the Distinguished Lecture Series.  Wieman offers a framework of relevant, effective education for students. 

Wieman, a professor at Stanford University, teamed with Eric Allin Cornell for the first true Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC).  In 2001, Wieman, Cornell and Wolfgang Ketterle were awarded the Nobel Prize.

A BEC is a state of matter of a dilute gas of bosons cooled to temperatures very close to absolute zero (or -273.16 degrees Celsius).  Under those conditions, a large fraction of bosons occupy the lowest quantum state, at which point macroscopic quantum phenomena become apparent.

Bose-Einstein statistics theorizes the characteristics of elementary particles.  Bosons are one of two classes of particles.  Absolute zero is thought to be the lowest possible temperature.  A quantum state refers to a state of an isolated quantum system (a portion of the whole Universe which is taken under consideration to make analysis or to study for quantum mechanics pertaining to the wave-particile duality in that system and everything outside this system is studied only to observe its effects on the system).

Presented by the Boise State Honors College, Wieman will speak Thursday night at 7 in the Student Union Building.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Cal tops Boise State by 175/1000th's of a point

Despite the highly unusual low scores from Boise State on floor, Cal barely beats the Broncos for second by .175.

Boise State, 15th in the nation all season on floor in one of their best events, and very close to Cal for the second-best floor team at this Regional, finished 5th out of 6 teams today in the event.  Boise State opened the meet on floor and scored 48.850 despite no falls or slip-ups, their second-worst score of the season.  Only Boise State's score in their second meet of the season is worse than the score the judges gave them today.

Boise State in 2nd after 5 rotations

1.  Alabama 147.900   (49.300 average)
2.  Boise State 195.750 (FINAL SCORE) (48.9375 average)
3.  California 146.750 (48.9167 average)
4.  Kentucky 146.550 (48.8500 average)
5.  West Virginia 194.250 (FINAL SCORE) (48.5625 average) 
6.  Bowling Green 145.350 (48.4500 average)

Scores After Four Rotations

Boise State temporarily ahead of #2 seed Cal.  But the Broncos have to finish on the toughest event, beam.
Scores after four rotations:

1.  Alabama 98.425   (49.2175 average)
2.  Boise State 146.825 (48.9417 average)
3.  California 146.750 (48.9167 average)
4.  Kentucky 97.775 (48.8875 average)
5.  West Virginia 145.425 (48.4750 average)
6.  Bowling Green 145.350 (48.4500 average)

Boise State moves into second with two rotations remaining

Boise State temporarily ahead of #2 seed Cal.  But the Broncos have to finish on the toughest event, beam.
Scores after four rotations:

1. Alabama 98.425 (49.2175 average)

2. Boise State 146.825 (48.9417 average)

3. California 146.750 (48.9167 average)

4. Kentucky 97.775 (48.8875 average)

5. Bowling Green 96.875 (48.4375 average)

6. West Virginia 96.475 (48.2375 average)

(Bowling Green and West Virginia still competing)

#15 Boise State Gymnasts Set to Compete in NCAA Regionals

We are about 10 minutes away from the start of the Tuscaloosa Regional, in which Boise State is one of six teams competing.  To advance to the NCAA National Championships, something the Broncos have not yet been able to do, they need to finish in the Top 2 of the Regional.

Blue Through and Through is your source for complete up-to-the-minute results.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Boise State's Jacobsen, Krentz and Collantes Earn All-America Honors

BOISE, Idaho--Senior Krystine Jacobsen earned 2016 All-America honors while Maddie Krentz and Sandra Collantes were named Second Team All-America by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastic Coaches today.  It marks the first time in school history that three Broncos were honored in the same season.

Jacobsen finished the regular season tied for #1 in the nation on uneven bars with a Regional Qualifying Score of 9.950.  Jacobsen is the first Bronco to finish the regular season ranked first in any event in Boise State gymnastics history.

"We are so proud of Krystine," said co-head coach Tina Bird. "Another one for the Boise State record books -- finishing the regular season ranked first on bars! Krystine is amazing."

Jacobsen set a new single-season record with nine victories on uneven bars, while her 14 career wins on the apparatus is tied for second in school history.  Jacobsen recorded 9.975 three times this year, including last weekend at the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship to win the league title.

"Krystine has worked tirelessly over the last four years to upgrade her dismount, improve her technique and perfect her form," said co-head coach Neil Resnick. "It all came together for her and we are happy to celebrate her achievement."

Krentz and Collantes both earned spots on the second team after finishing the regular season tied for 12th on floor with an RQS of 9.925.  

"Sandra and Maddie were consistently amazing all season," said Resnick. "We are proud of their accomplishments and leadership."

Boise State competes next Saturday, April 2 at the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional as the #3 seed.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Broncos Storm Back To Capture Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship

BOISE, Idaho--Behind by a quarter point entering the final rotation, the #15 Boise State gymnastics team came through with an amazing finish on floor to win the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship at Taco Bell Area tonight.

Thanks to a superb performance by Southern Utah, the Broncos had to battle for the win. The Thunderbirds opened up a surprising lead, 49.225 to 48.975 for Boise State, and the Broncos opened on what has been one of their best events--vault. Brigham Young had 48.800 in the opening rotation on beam, while Utah State scored 48.925 on floor. Mackenzie Bennion and Ann Stockwell led the Broncos with 9.850 scores while Mary Francis Bir added a 9.825.

Southern Utah moved to beam, while the Broncos headed to the uneven bars. The Broncos rose to the occasion, with not one performer scoring less than 9.85. Krystine Jacobsen wowed the crowd with what was thought to be a perfect "10", until it was revealed that at least one judge did not score her routine as a 10. Jacobsen wound up with a 9.975 and teammate Diane Mejia chipped in with a superb performance that received a 9.925.

Natalie Trejo of Southern Utah scored a 9.925 on beam, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Broncos' score, and after two rotations, Boise State had more than made up for the difference with a sizzling 49.450 for a two-rotation score of 98.425. The Broncos' bar score of 49.450 was the fifth-highest in school history. Southern Utah was second with a team score of 98.300. BYU, which showed tremendous improvement from earlier in the year, had 98.075, while Utah State totaled 97.950.

Lest anyone thought that the Broncos had assumed command, the Thunderbirds again showed their stuff on the floor with an amazing 49.400 score. Boise State performed admirably on the beam with a 49.025, but heading into the final event, SUU retook the lead, 147.700 to 147.450 for the Broncos. BYU remained in third with a total of 147.100, with Utah State at 146.950.

In order to repeat as conference champions, the Broncos would have to make up a quarter-point in the final rotation of the day. Boise State warmed up on the floor while Southern Utah readied themselves on vault. A feeling of nervousness was evident in the hometown fans, but if the Boise State gymnasts felt it, they didn't show it.

All eyes were on the Bronco floor routines and the Southern Utah vaults.

Paige Urquhart led off with a career-high 9.875 for the Broncos while Caitlyn Kessel managed a 9.725 for the Thunderbirds. Madyson Blake posted a 9.775 on vault for Southern Utah and Boise State's Ann Stockwell scored 9.700. After the first two scores in the last rotation, the Broncos had cut into the lead. They now trailed the Thunderbirds 167.200 to 167.025.

Stacie Webb scored 9.775 for SUU on vault before freshman Shani Remme earned a 9.900 for the Broncos. Senior Maddie Krentz took center stage for Boise State coaches Neil Resnick and Tina Bird and rang up a career-high of 9.95. Boise State had made up the deficit and now led Southern Utah, 186.875 to 186.825. Two performers remained for each team with the Broncos now holding a razor-thin lead.

Virginia Brownsell scored a 9.750 for the Thunderbirds and Sandra Collantes turned in another sensational performance for the Broncos worth 9.95. Going into the final performer, Boise State led 196.825 to 196.600.

When Trejo posted a 9.625 for Southern Utah, the Broncos clinched the championship. But Jacobsen punctuated it with a 9.900 to give Boise State its first back-to-back scores of 197 or better in school history. Boise State set a school mark for team score last weekend (197.325) in a tri-meet with Southern Utah and San Jose State.

The Broncos' clutch floor routines gave the team a school record-tying 49.575.

Seedings and regional pairings will be announced on the NCAA Gymnastics Selection Show Monday at 2 p.m. Mountain Time.

All-MRGC Gymnasts

First Team
Danielle Ramirez, Southern Utah
Bailey McIntire, Utah State
Sandra Collantes, Boise State

Second Team
Makenzie Halliday, BYU
Natalie Trejo, Southern Utah

First Team
Mackenzie Bennion, Boise State
Ann Stockwell, Boise State
Danielle Ramirez, Southern Utah
Makenzie Halliday, BYU
Sin To, BYU

Second Team
Mary Frances Bir, Boise State
Jillian Chappel, Utah State
Bailey McIntire, Utah State
Mackenzie Douglas, BYU 

First Team
Krystine Jacobsen, Boise State
Diana Mejia, Boise State
Bailey McIntire, Utah State 

Second Team
Kirsten Yee, Southern Utah
Natalie Trejo, Southern Utah
Mackenzie Douglas, BYU 

First Team
Danielle Ramirez, Southern Utah
Sarah Means, Boise State
Stacie Webb, Southern Utah
Bailey McIntire, Utah State 

Second Team
Krystine Jacobsen, Boise State
Hayley Sanzotti, Utah State 

First Team
Maddie Krentz, Boise State
Sandra Collantes, Boise State
Natalie Trejo, Southern Utah
Makenzie Halliday, BYU
Second Team
Shani Remme, Boise State
Krystine Jacobsen, Boise State
Mackenzie Douglas, BYU 

MRGC Co-Coaches of the Year
Tina Bird & Neil Resnick, Boise State 

MRGC Gymnast of the Year
Makenzie Halliday, BYU

MRGC Freshman of the Year

Shani Remme, Boise State

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Recap of Bronco Finishes at NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships

100 Fly – Brittany Aoyama, 29th (52.89)
100 Back – Sam Wicks, 31st (53.01)
500 Free – Emma Chard, 33rd (4:43.83)
200 Free – Emma Chard, 36th (1:46.55)
200 IM – Sam Wicks, 52nd (2:00.92)

200 Free Relay (Wicks, Aoyama, Abbey Sorensen, Martin) – 22nd (1:30.20)
400 Free Relay (Wicks, Aoyama, Chard, Martin) – 22nd (3:17.40)
800 Free Relay (Chard, Aoyama, Blake Balogh, Felicity Cann) – 22nd (7:08.65)
200 Medley Relay (Wicks, Aoyama, Chard, Martin) – 22nd (1:39.46)

Boise State 200 Freestyle Relay Team Finishes 7th in Heat

The Broncos wrapped up a frustrating week at the NCAA National Swimming & Diving Championships today with a seventh place finish in preliminaries of the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Boise State swam a full two seconds slower than their seeded time, which was ranked 14th in the nation, and will not qualify for either the "A" Final or the "B" Final.  The Broncos scored zero points at the championships.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Boise State Swimmers Continue To Struggle

The Bronco 200 freestyle relay team, ranked 13th in the nation, finished last today (22nd) at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.

Blocks and Steals Now Updated

The best source for Boise State basketball statistics just got bigger and better.  Blue Through and Through has updated season and career statistics for blocks and steals.

Wicks Finishes 52nd in 200 IM

Broncos seem to be intimidated by the field at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.  Sam Wicks finished 52nd in the 200 IM.

Chard with 2nd-Fastest 500 Freestyle Time in School History

Emma Chard finished seventh in her heat today at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, but with a time of 4:43.83.  That places her second in the Bronco record book.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

800 Freestyle Relay Team Finishes 22nd

The Boise State 800-yard freestyle relay team, which was seeded 14th and expected to score points at the NCAA National Swimming & Diving Championships, finished 22nd and does not score any.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Basketball Records Section Updated with Career Free Throws

We are nearing the end of our overhaul of the Boise State Basketball Records* section.  We did this to ensure that we have the most complete and accurate accounting of Boise State basketball records available.

We have now updated the section up to career free throws and attempts.  We still need to complete three-point shooting, games played and games started.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Bronco Gymnasts Set School Record for Highest Team Score

Elliott Places Fifth in the Mile

David Elliott ran 4:07.16 to place fifth in the nation in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Birmingham, Alabama.  Elliott, who finished eighth last season, earns his second All-America honor.

Boise State will get points in the Learfield Cup for Elliott's performance.