Broncos, Mann Crowned WAC Gymnastics Champions
March 27, 2013
CEDAR CITY, Utah - The Boise State gymnastics team earned the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Championship Saturday (March 23) at Southern Utah University's Centrum Arena. The Broncos earned a 196.225 score to top a tough field in the WAC's final gymnastics championships.
The Broncos had a rollercoaster of a ride through the championship, opening with a solid balance beam effort, followed by an uncharacteristic struggle on floor exercise. They bounced back in a big way, scoring some of their best marks of the season on vault and uneven bars.
Sophomore Caitlin Mann played a big role in the team championship, picking up two titles of her own on the night. Mann was the second Bronco to earn a WAC all-around title, scoring a career-best 39.475. Mann also shared the beam title with her 9.850 score.
Mann was named the WAC Gymnast of the Year for her outstanding performance, while Maddie Krentz earned the WAC Freshman of the Year award. Coaches Tina Bird and Neil Resnick earned the WAC Co-Coaches of the Year honor, sweeping the WAC's top honors in the meet. The Broncos also collected six All-WAC first team honors and four second-team on the night.
In her final conference meet, senior Erin Wippermann might have had the most important performance of the night, with her bars routine pushing Boise State .10 ahead of the University of Denver (196.125) to win the team title.
Sacramento State earned the third-place team finish (195.50), while Utah State placed fourth (195.10), Southern Utah placed fifth (194.925) and San Jose State placed sixth (194.70).
Boise State opened up the meet on balance beam earning a team total of 48.90, sitting in third-place. The score was the team's second-best this season and ties for fourth-best by the Broncos at a conference meet. Mann led the Broncos, scoring a 9.850 to tie for the event title. Brittany Potvin-Green and Alessandra Cinfio tied for seventh with 9.80 scores, while Cinfio also tied her season-best mark. First in the line-up, Kelsey Black opened the meet for the Broncos, scoring a 9.725 on beam and tying for a 19th-place alongside teammate Kelsey Morris. Krystine Jacobsen secured a solid team effort on beam earning the final score of 9.650 to place 26th for the Broncos.
After a bye in the second rotation, Boise State moved on to floor exercise in rotation three, scoring a 48.725 team total. Black led the Broncos tying for third with a 9.875 score. Morris and Mann tied for eighth, each scoring 9.825 while Otuafi tied for 27th earning a 9.650. Krentz tied for 30th with a 9.550 and Potvin-Green placed 34th with a 9.20. Although it was a tough rotation for the Broncos, they held tight to their third-place position midway through the meet.
Boise State got back on track, taking the team lead in the fourth rotation thanks to a 49.40 team total on vault. The score was the best-ever by the Broncos at a conference meet, as well as the third-best total at any meet in school history. Black led the team by smashing her career-best and tying for second with a 9.925, good for a tie for fourth-best score by a Bronco at a conference meet. Mann earned a career-best and Ciera Perkins tied her career-best with 9.90 scores, tying for the seventh-best conference meet score for Boise State. The duo tied for fifth overall. Otuafi tied for seventh with a 9.850 score, while Potvin-Green earned a 9.825 to tie for 11th. Morris earned a 9.750 to tie for 24th and round out the Broncos.
After a rotation five bye, the Broncos moved to bars in the sixth rotation, having the third-best Boise State conference meet performance of 49.20 to seal the team title. Mann tied her career-best and the fifth-best Bronco score at a conference meet, to tie for second on the event with a 9.90. Morris garnered a 9.875 score, good for a tie for fourth, while Krentz tied her career-best of 9.825 to tie for 10th. Wippermann and Black tied for 14th with 9.80 scores, while Perkins earned a 9.175 to place 36th.
Black and Morris joined Mann earning all-around all-conference honors, placing third and tying for fourth, respectively. Black earned a 39.325 score, while Morris scored 39.175, both career bests.
The 2013 WAC Championships was the final meet in conference history. Boise State has competed in the WAC during the 1991-93 seasons, the 2006-2011 seasons and during the 2013 season for the first time as an affiliate.
The Broncos will learn of their 2013 NCAA Regional Championship location on Mon., March 25 at 1 p.m. MT through the NCAA selection show on NCAA.com. Possible locations for the April 6 meet include: Norman, Okla.; Corvallis, Ore.; Columbus, Ohio; Gainesville, Fla.; and Morgantown, W.V.
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