Jan. 11, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY – The No. 23 Boise State gymnastics team set a school record for the second-straight year, earning the program’s best season-opener score of 195.850, Saturday (Jan. 11), at the Utah Deseret First Duel. The Broncos placed second in the four-team meet with No. 6 Utah winning with a score of 196.650, BYU placing third (194.550) and Southern Utah placing fourth (192.025) in front of a crowd of 14,910 at Huntsman Arena.
Boise State earned the top team total on the uneven bars, totaling 49.20, while also earning team totals of 49.125 on vault, 48.575 on balance beam and 48.950 on floor exercise. The Broncos trailed Utah by as close as .10, going into the final rotation with a 147.375-147.275 score, but could not hold off a solid performance by the Utes in rotation four to win the meet.
“I am so proud of this team,” said Tina Bird, Boise State co-head coach. “They worked hard to prepare for this and then got out there and made Utah look over their shoulder. This team is destined for greatness!”
Sophomore Krystine Jacobsen came away with her first-career event win, capturing the balance beam title with a career-best score of 9.875.
Boise State opened the night on floor with junior Kelsey Morris leading the team with her 9.850 score, tying for third. Junior Ciera Perkins finished close behind in a tie for seventh, scoring 9.825, while sophomore Maddie Krentz tied for ninth (9.80) and senior Amanda Otuafi tied for 12th (9.775). Sophomore Marissa Wossner placed 16th (9.70) and senior Kelsey Black placed 19th (9.40) to round out the floor lineup for the Broncos.
On vault the Broncos had a solid showing led by Black and freshman Paige Urquhart, both scoring 9.850 and sharing the ninth-place spot. Otuafi tied for 12th with a score of 9.825, while Morris tied her career-best sharing a 9.80 performance and a 15th-place finish with Perkins. Krentz rounded out the vault lineup earning a 9.775 and tying for 19th.
Perkins led the Broncos on bars earning a 9.875 and placing third, while Jacobsen and freshman Diana Mejia tied for fourth with 9.850 scores. Black knocked out a 9.825 performance, tying for seventh, while Morris earned a 9.80 to tie for 10th and Krentz a 9.750 to tie for 14th. With a team total of 49.20 on bars, the Broncos closed in within .10 of the Utes heading into the final rotation.
Jacobsen led the final rotation efforts for the Broncos, but they were not enough to surpass Utah. Urquhart and Wossner each competed in their first career beam competitions, scoring 9.825 and tying for fourth. Mejia tied for 10th with a score of 9.750, while Morris placed 19th (9.30) and Brooke Graham earned an 8.675.
Morris was the lone all-around competitor for Boise State, scoring 38.750 to place third.
Utah’s Tory Wilson won the all-around with a 39.40 score, while also tying with teammate Georgia Dabritz for the bars title (9.950). Dabritz tied with teammate Kailah Delaney and SUU’s Danielle Ramirez to win on vault (9.90), while Utah’s Nansy Damianova won the floor title (9.90).
The Broncos improve to a 29-20 record over SUU, while also closing in on a 16-35 record with BYU. The Broncos have yet to beat Utah, falling 0-13 all-time to the Utes.
Boise State continues its season Friday, Jan. 17 in its first home meet, the annual Beauty and the Beast competition. The Broncos will host Denver and BYU, competing alongside Boise State’s wrestling team who will face North Dakota State. The competition is slated for a 7 p.m. start at Taco Bell Arena.