BOISE, Idaho - The No. 16-ranked Boise State gymnastics team joined the No. 23 wrestling team in big wins Sunday evening (Feb. 10) in the second Beauty and the Beast competition of the season. The Bronco gymnastics team (4-0) earned a 196.30-191.325 win over Southeast Missouri, while the Bronco wrestlers (9-5) topped Cal Poly 43-3 in front of a crowd of 1,768 fans at Taco Bell Arena.
The Bronco gymnastics team put forth a great group effort earning the 15th-best team total in school history. They also tied the third-best team floor exercise score in Bronco history (49.50), while tying the sixth-best vault total (49.325). Boise State also earned team totals of 48.950 on uneven bars and 48.525 on balance beam in the win over the Redhawks.
"We are really proud of the team effort tonight," said Tina Bird, co-head coach of the Broncos. "We are excited because they competed so well as a team, yet we see big potential since there is still room for improvement."
Co-head coach Neil Resnick added, "The kids are competing daily in the gym and it shows in the meets. It's great to have a performance like we did tonight where we were competing as a team."
Leading the charge Sunday evening was Kelsey Black, Amanda Otuafi and Caitlin Mann who earned two individual titles apiece. Black earned a career-best of 9.875 to tie for her first-career vault title, while tying her career-best on floor to share her third-career title (9.925). Otuafi shared both titles with Black earning a career-best on floor and collecting her third-career win on each event. Mann earned her third-career titles in the all-around (38.675) and on beam (9.850).
Brittany Potvin-Green and Ciera Perkins earned season-bests on vault, tying with Black and Otuafi for the win with 9.875 scores. The win marked Perkins' second in her career, while Potvin-Green earned her eighth-career win, tying the No. 8 spot in career vault wins at Boise State. Maddie Krentz earned a career-high of 9.825 to place fifth on vault, while Mann tied for seventh with a 9.775.
Erin Wippermann earned her third-career title on bars, scoring a 9.825 to win the event outright. Black, Mann and Perkins each scored 9.80 to share the runner-up title with Southeast Missouri's Taryn Vanderpool. Morris earned a season-best 9.725 to place sixth, while Krentz earned a 9.70 to tie for seventh on bars.
Potvin-Green finished just behind Mann on beam, earning a season-best 9.825 to earn the runner-up title. Molly McFarland placed fourth (9.675), while Morris (9.650) and Otuafi (9.525) placed fifth and sixth, respectively. Alessandra Cinfio rounded out the Broncos' lineup with a ninth-place finish (9.025).
Krentz earned her second career-best score of the day, earning the third-place spot on floor behind Black and Otuafi with a 9.90, while Potvin-Green tied with Krentz earning a season-best score. Morris collected a fifth-place finish on floor after recording a career-best 9.850 performance while Mann placed 10th with a 9.250.
The Redhawks' Vanderpool earned a 38.450 in the all-around, placing second behind Mann, while teammate Kimmie Pickerl placed third with a 37.875 total.
Boise State prepares to close out the month of February with a pair of tough meets on the road. The Broncos head to No. 2 Oklahoma on Feb. 15 followed by a trip to No. 9 Nebraska the next week (Feb. 22).
"We are excited to have a pair of meets like we did today under our belts," said Resnick. "It serves as a great springboard for the next two meets we have against highly ranked opponents. Next stop - Oklahoma - a great place for Bronco Nation!"