Potvin-Green, Wippermann Lead in Record Season Opener Win

BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State's gymnastics team began its 2013 season on a high note earning the school's best season opening score in a win over Utah State Friday (Jan. 18) night at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos earned a team total of 194.875, topping the Aggies who scored 191.250. Boise State was led by seniors Brittany Potvin-Green, who won three titles, and Erin Wippermann, who earned her first career win.

"Breaking a school scoring record is a good start, but we have a long way to go to accomplish our season goals," said co-head coach Neil Resnick.

Potvin-Green led the Broncos with wins on vault, floor exercise and the all-around, while Wippermann won a title on the uneven bars. The Broncos outscored the Aggies as a team on all three of the four events, tallying scores of 48.825 on vault, 48.725 on bars, 48.525 on beam and 48.80 on floor.

"Brittany performed like the veteran she is, which was no surprise to the entire coaching staff," said Resnick. "Hard work and dedication yields good results."

Potvin-Green captured her sixth career all-around title, moving her to a tie for seventh in all-time Bronco all-around titles. The senior earned a 38.875, best five other all-around competitors.

Leading a top-four sweep on vault, Potvin-Green earned a 9.825 score for her seventh career title on the event. With the win she moves to a tie for ninth in total vault wins at Boise State. Ciera Perkins finished close behind in second (9.80), while Kelsey Black placed third (9.775) and Amanda Otuafi came in fourth (9.750). Kelsey Morris notched a 9.675 placing sixth and Caitlin Mann earned a 9.425 to place 11th.

Wippermann recorded her first career win as a Bronco after improving her career-best score by nearly a full point. Wippermann won the uneven bars with a 9.825, followed by Black and Mann who tied for second with scores of 9.80 each. Morris tied for sixth (9.70), Potvin-Green placed eighth (9.60) and Perkins was ninth (9.025) to round out the Broncos' bars line-up.

Alessandra Cinfio led the Broncos on beam, tying for a second-place finish and a score of 9.80. Otuafi placed fifth, tying her career-best of 9.725, while Molly McFarland and Kelsey Morris tied for sixth (9.70). Potvin-Green (9.60) and Mann (9.525) rounded out the lineup, placing ninth and 10th, respectively.

In the final rotation the Broncos swept the top four spots again, led by Potvin-Green's 9.850 winning score. The win was her fourth career title in the event. Black scored a 9.80 to place second and Mann a 9.775 for third, followed by Perkins' 9.750 for fourth. Otuafi tied for sixth (9.625) and Morris placed 10th (9.425) in the final event of the night.

Utah State earned scores of 48.025 on vault, 47.10 on bars, 48.550 on beam and 47.575 on floor as a team. The Aggies earned a team victory, as well as their only individual title of the night on balance beam. JoAnna Cuba earned a 9.825, topping her nearest opponent by .025 for the win.

Boise State will continue their season in one week when they hit the road for the first time this season. The Broncos will travel to Provo, Utah, to take on BYU on Saturday, January 26 in a 7:00 p.m. match-up.

Team Results 1) BSU 194.875 2) USU 191.250 VAULT Results 1) Potvin-Green, Brittany (BSU) 9.825 2) Perkins, Ciera (BSU) 9.800 3) Black, Kelsey (BSU) 9.775 4) Otuafi, Amanda (BSU) 9.750 5) Jones, Paige (USU) 9.725 6) Morris, Kelsey (BSU) 9.675 BARS Results 1) Wippermann, Erin (BSU) 9.825 2) Black, Kelsey (BSU) 9.800, Mann, Caitlin (BSU) 9.800 4) Jones, Paige (USU) 9.775, Yasukochi, Michelle (USU) 9.775 6) Landes, Sarah (USU) 9.700, Morris, Kelsey (BSU) 9.700 BEAM Results 1) Cuba, JoAnna (USU) 9.825 2) Landes, Sarah (USU) 9.800, Cinfio, Alessandra (BSU) 9.800 4) Sanzotti, Hayley (USU) 9.750 5) Otuafi, Amanda (BSU) 9.725 6) Jones, Paige (USU) 9.700, McFarland, Molly (BSU) 9.700, Morris, Kelsey (BSU) 9.700 FLOOR Results 1) Potvin-Green, Brittany (BSU) 9.850 2) Black, Kelsey (BSU) 9.800 3) Mann, Caitlin (BSU) 9.775 4) Perkins, Ciera (BSU) 9.750 5) Landes, Sarah (USU) 9.675 6) Miller, Susie (USU) 9.625, Otuafi, Amanda (BSU) 9.625 All-Around Results 1) Potvin-Green, Brittany (BSU) 38.875 2) Landes, Sarah (USU) 38.800 3) Jones, Paige (USU) 38.650 4) Mann, Caitlin (BSU) 38.525 5) Morris, Kelsey (BSU) 38.500 6) Sanzotti, Hayley (USU) 37.650 BSU: VAULT: 48.825, BARS: 48.725, BEAM: 48.525, FLOOR: 48.800 VAULT: Potvin-Green, Brittany 9.825, Perkins, Ciera 9.800, Black, Kelsey 9.775, Otuafi, Amanda 9.750, Morris, Kelsey 9.675, Mann, Caitlin 9.425 BARS: Wippermann, Erin 9.825*, Black, Kelsey 9.800, Mann, Caitlin 9.800, Morris, Kelsey 9.700, Potvin-Green, Brittany 9.600, Perkins, Ciera 9.025 BEAM: Cinfio, Alessandra 9.800, Otuafi, Amanda 9.725*, McFarland, Molly 9.700*, Morris, Kelsey 9.700, Potvin-Green, Brittany 9.600, Mann, Caitlin 9.525 FLOOR: Potvin-Green, Brittany 9.850, Black, Kelsey 9.800, Mann, Caitlin 9.775, Perkins, Ciera 9.750, Otuafi, Amanda 9.625, Morris, Kelsey 9.425 All-Around: Potvin-Green, Brittany 38.875, Mann, Caitlin 38.525, Morris, Kelsey 38.500 * Personal Record

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