BOISE, Idaho - Boise State's gymnastics team earned the 14th-best team total in school history Friday night (Feb. 1) in the first Beauty and the Beast competition of 2013. The Broncos (3-0) outscored BYU (4-4) 196.325-195.125 in their second home meet of the season. Boise State's wrestlers competed side-by-side with the gymnasts, defeating CSU Bakersfield, 23-15, in front of a crowd of 2,723.
Boise State's season-best gymnastics score came on the heels of five individual titles. Caitlin Mann earned wins on balance beam and the all-around, while Amanda Otuafi won on vault, Ciera Perkins and Erin Wippermann shared the uneven bars title and Kelsey Black captured the floor exercise win.
"We're coming off an extremely hard week of practice, but we put it together in the meet," said co-head coach Tina Bird. "Two of the hardest events to master are bars and beam and this team has risen to the challenge, becoming two of our best events."
The Bronco also earned season bests team totals on all four events, including: 49.150 on vault, 49.125 on bars, and 49.025 on beam and floor.
"The magic is really starting to happen," explained Patty Resnick, assistant coach for the Broncos. "We are really putting it together on all four [events]."
Mann earned her second-straight all-around title, scoring a career-best total of 39.20. She added a career-best of 9.875 to win on beam, while scoring 9.825 to tie for fourth on vault, 9.80 to tie for sixth on bars and 9.70 to tie for 10th on floor.
"Caitlin Mann's beam performance was awesome," said Bird. "It was another personal-best on the event!"
Otuafi's win on vault was the second of her career, while tying her career best of 9.90. Perkins and Wippermann tied for a 9.875 on bars, a career-best for Wippermann. Perkins notched her third career win on the event, while Wippermann earned her second. Black earned a season-best 9.90 on floor winning her second career title on the event.
Bird highlighted, "That was the second time in a row Amanda has stuck a vault in a meet, that's hard to do! And Kelsey Black's floor routine was amazing tonight!"
Black also tied for second on vault, tying her career-best of 9.850, joining Otuafi and Mann at the top of the lineup. Brittany Potvin-Green tied her season-best of 9.825 on vault to tie for fourth, while Maddie Krentz tied for ninth (9.750) and Kelsey Morris placed 11th (9.725) to round out the Broncos' vault line-up.
Black helped Perkins and Wippermann make a top-three sweep on bars, tying for third and her career-best of 9.825. Krentz placed ninth with a 9.750 in her first meet as a Bronco, while Potvin-Green placed 12th (8.30).
Mann led the beam lineup for Boise State, but Potvin-Green was close behind placing second with a season-best score of 9.850. Otuafi and Morris earned career and season-best marks of 9.775, respectively, tying for sixth, while Molly McFarland added a career-best performance while tying with Alessandra Cinfio for eighth (9.750).
Otuafi earned runner-up honors to Black on floor with a season-best of 9.875. Krentz and Potvin-Green each earned 9.775, tying for sixth, while Morris and Mann tied for 10th (9.70).
Mann led the all-around competition with BYU's Raquel Willman placing second with a 39.150 score. Potvin-Green placed third with a 37.750.
BYU earned its highest score of the season, 195.125, while totaling 48.975 on vault, 48.80 on bars, 48.375 on beam and 48.975 on floor.
Boise State's gymnasts will join the Bronco wrestlers for a second-straight Beauty and the Beast competition on Sun., Feb. 10 at 2:00 p.m. The gymnasts will host Southeast Missouri, while wrestling hosts Cal Poly. Fans are encouraged to wear pink for the gymnastics "Flip for a Cure Meet", to raise awareness of breast cancer. Free admission will be allowed to those fans who present their men's basketball ticket stub from the Feb. 9 game.