Broncos Host BYU, Denver in Beauty and the Beast Meet
Krystine Jacobsen

Jan. 15, 2014



The 11th-ranked Boise State gymnastics team hosts No. 14 Denver and No. 23 BYU in the 12th Annual Beauty and the Beast meet, Friday, Jan. 17 at Taco Bell Arena. The triangular will be held alongside the No. 21 Boise State men’s wrestling match against No. 23 North Dakota State.

Boise State was the first school in the nation to host a Beauty and the Beast competition where gymnastics and wrestling compete side-by-side. The tradition began in 2003 and has grown into a national favorite as many other schools have added the same type of meet. 

The Broncos began their Beauty and the Beast tradition on Feb. 14, 2003, a fitting event for Valentine's Day. Boise State wrestling came away with a 35-9 win over Portland State, while the gymnastics team picked up a 196.375-195.9 win over BYU in front of a crowd of 2,350 fans. 

Beauty and the Beast is now in its 12th season and will hold its 13th event at Boise State. The competition was missed during the 2008 season and two competitions were held in 2013. In 2009 a Beauty and the Beast meet was held, but the gymnasts competed in an intrasquad competition rather than against an opponent. 

Bronco wrestling holds a 12-1 record in home Beauty and the Beast competitions, while the gymnastics program holds an 11-1 record all-time. 

The Bronco wrestlers' only loss came to Oregon in 2006 (17-16), while the gymnasts' only loss came to Washington in 2005 (195.00-194.20).

Fans are encouraged to stay after the meet for the Boise State gymnastics and wrestling autograph sessions in Taco Bell Arena’s Lobby 3.

Live Gymnastics Scores:

Live Gymnastics and Wrestling will be available for free via the Bronco Digital Network at:

The Bronco gymnastics program has built a 16-35 record against BYU, winning the last seven meetings including last week at Utah. The series with Denver is a bit closer with a 10-11-1 record. The Pioneers hold the advantage in the series, but the Broncos topped DU in their most recent meet at the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Championships. All three teams will be joined by Southern Utah and Utah State to compete in the newly created 2014 Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championships, March 22.

Boise State (2-1) enters its second week of the season, holding a No. 11 ranking in the GymInfo National Weekly Poll. The 11th-place spot ties the program’s top ranking, also held Feb. 14 and April 4, 2011. The Broncos also hold top-25 spots as a team on individual events, sitting at eighth on the uneven bars, tied for ninth on vault, tied for 14th on floor exercise and 22nd on balance beam.   

In the first week of individual national rankings nine Broncos hold top-100 rankings. Krystine Jacobsen holds the highest ranking, sitting at 11th on beam, while also ranking 36th on bars. Ciera Perkins is ranked 17th on bars, while also holding the 65th spot on floor and 74th spot on vault. Kelsey Morris ranks in the most events, sitting at 74th on vault, 73rd on bars, 35th on floor and 44th in the all-around. Kelsey Black and Paige Urquhart tie for 31st on vault, while Amanda Otuafi sits at 53rd and Maddie Krentz at 97th, respectively. Additionally, Black ranks 56th on bars, Urquhart sits at 36th on beam and Krentz at 85th on floor. Diana Mejia ranks 36th on bars and 92nd on beam, while Marissa Wossner rounds out the crew with a 36th spot on beam.

This week's meet against Denver and BYU is the first of five home meets for the Broncos this season. Additional home meet dates include Jan. 24, Feb. 21, Feb. 28 and March 8 all at Taco Bell Arena. 

BYU (1-2) enters its second meet of the season and holding a rank of 23rd in the nation. The Cougars rank 8th in the country on vault, 21st on floor and bars and 40th on beam.

Six Cougars hold individual top-100 national rankings with Racquel Willman leading the way. Willman ranks 56th in the all-around, 53rd on vault, 97th on bars and 65th on floor. Makenzie Johnson also ranks in the all-around sitting at 31st, while also ranking 18th on vault, and 85th on floor. Kaycee Gassaway shares the 18th spot on vault with Johnson, while Madeline Nilsson ranks 74th and Elaine Kulczyk ranks 97th, respectively. Kulczyk also ranks 73rd on bars, while Haylee Rollins ranks 56th on bars and 35th on floor.

With only one meet under their belts, the Cougars hold a season-high of 194.550.

Denver (1-0) enters its second meet of the season while also tying for 14th in the national weekly rankings. The Pioneers rank 13th in the nation on beam, tie for 14th on floor, sit at 19th on vault and tie for 31st on bars.

DU has no individuals ranked in this week’s poll.

DU comes to Boise after winning its season opener at home over then-ranked No. 22 California, 195.20-193.225.

Major Promotions for upcoming events include:
Jan. 17  Beauty and the Beast, Autograph night
Jan. 24  Social Media Day Ticket Promotion; Orange Out (wear your orange!)


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