Broncos Have Record Night in Win Over Southern Utah

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State gymnastics team tied the eighth-best score in school history, 196.575, in a win over Southern Utah Friday night (March 1) at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos (9-2) tied two school records en route to their best score of the season, while also collecting seven career-best performances. The team tied the school record on floor with Kelsey Black and Brittany Potvin-Green leading the way with 9.950 scores, also tying the individual score school record. Southern Utah scored a near season-best of 195.60 to place second in the meet.

The meet was the final home competition for three Bronco seniors: Cristy Dahlquist, Erin Wippermann and Brittany Potvin-Green, who were honored following the meet.

"Tonight was special for our seniors who all had great performances," said Tina Bird, co-head coach for the Broncos. "We look forward to them finishing out the season much like they did tonight."

Boise State started the night out on vault where they scored 48.875 as a team. Amanda Otuafi led the Broncos with a 9.90 score, winning her fourth vault title this season. Ciera Perkins tied for second on the event with a 9.775, while Kelsey Black and Caitlin Mann tied for sixth with 9.750 scores each. Maddie Krentz earned a 9.70 to tie for 10th while Potvin-Green placed 12th with a 9.650 score.

In the second rotation the Broncos joined forces to earn a 49.250 team total, tying the 10th-best effort in school history. Kelsey Morris led the troops with a career-best 9.90 performance, garnering her second career win on the event. Perkins earned a 9.875 to place second, while Wippermann scored a 9.850 to place third. Black and Krentz snagged the fourth and fifth place spots with 9.825 and 9.80 scores, respectively, while Krystine Jacobsen tied for seventh with a 9.775 score.

Southern Utah earned the top individual spot on beam with Michaela Chernoch winning the event with a 9.875 score. Boise State scored a 48.875 as a team with Potvin-Green earning a 9.825 to place fifth to lead the Broncos. Morris earned a season-best and Jacobsen a career-best of 9.80 each to tie for sixth, while Otuafi tied her career-high of 9.775 to place eighth. Mann picked up a 10th-place finish (9.675) and Black a 12th-place finish (9.10) in the third rotation of the night.

"We are so proud of Krystine Jacobsen who competed for the first time on beam tonight," said Bird. "At the end of the lineup, she was in a big pressure spot after someone ahead of her missed and she came through with a spectacular routine. It was so great to see a freshman step up at a critical time and that was definitely the turning point of the meet."

Turning point indeed, the Broncos fed off the finale on beam and were able to earn a 49.575 to tie the school record on floor as a team. Black earned a new career-best and Potvin-Green tied her career-best of 9.950 to share the event title, as well as tie the school record on floor. The win was the fourth of Black's career and sixth of Potvin-Green's, tying the ninth-best total career floor wins (6) at Boise State. Mann also had a career-best performance, scoring 9.90 to tie Otuafi for a third-place finish. Krentz earned a 9.875 to tie for fifth, while Morris earned another career-best of 9.850 to place seventh.

Co-head coach Neil Resnick said happily of the Broncos' performance, "Not too shabby!"

SUU's Chernoch captured the all-around title with a 39.30 score, followed by teammate Caitlin Kennedy, who scored 38.950. Black earned a 38.625 score to place third in the all-around standings.

Boise State closes out its home season with the win over Southern Utah, bringing the all-time series to a 27-20 Bronco lead.

Up next for the blue and orange are two away meet to close out the regular season. The Broncos head to San Jose State on March 8, followed by a March 15 trip to Utah State before heading to Cedar City, Utah, for the Western Athletic Conference Championships on March 23.

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