Broncos Shine, Set Records on National Stage

April 18, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Juniors Kelsey Morris and Ciera Perkins represented the 19th-ranked Broncos at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. Perkins earned Second Team All-America honors, and both Boise State gymnasts set school records in their individual events.

Perkins, a junior from Las Vegas, competed on floor exercise at the National meet. Perkins was the last gymnast to compete during the third rotation, and earned a score of 9.90 for her routine. She had to wait three more rotations to find her final standing in Rotation II, and learned she finished tied for eighth place. With the eighth-place finish, Perkins earned Second Team All-America honors. She becomes the first Bronco to earn such honors on floor exercise and the fourth Bronco overall (Amy Glass, 2012; Johnna Evans, 1998; Diana Loosli 1998).

“Ciera is our first All-American on floor exercise!” exclaimed co-head coach Tina Bird. “This is such an honor for a very deserving gymnast and we are so happy for her.”

Perkins’ score also was the highest score by a Bronco in school history at the National meet.

Morris also competed in the third rotation, on uneven bars. The Snohomish, Wash., native recorded a 9.850, which ties the highest score in school history at National Championships. Morris joins Lindsay Ward at the top of the Bronco record books on the apparatus.

The MRGC champion on uneven bars and all-around, Morris tied for 10th place on uneven bars at the National meet on Friday.

“We’re extremely proud of Kelsey and Ciera,” said co-head coach Tina Bird. “They did awesome routines and represented Boise State well. They will be great leaders to our dedicated and hungry team going into next season.”

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