Broncos Host 10th Annual Beauty & the Beast Meet

What's Happening:
The No. 17-ranked Boise State gymnastics team hosts No. 43 Sacramento State alongside Boise State's wrestling team hosting North Dakota State in the annual Beauty and the Beast competition.

The meet is the second this season for the gymnastics team after topping No. 16 Washington last week. The Beauty and the Beast meet is slated for Friday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.  in Taco Bell Arena.

About Beauty and the Beast: 
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 its10th season at Boise State, missing only the 2008 season. In 2009 a Beauty and the Beast meet was held, but the gymnastics team competed in an intrasquad competition rather than against an opponent. 

Bronco wrestling holds an 9-1 record in Beauty and the Beast competitions, while the gymnastics program holds a 8-1 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 (195.0-194.2).

Tickets:
Tickets can be purchased at the Boise State Taco Bell Arena Box Office the day of the event. Prices are as follows: Adults, $6; Junior/Senior, $4; Students get in free with valid ID. You can also purchase a Bronco Sports Pass for $50, granting access to all regular season home games for volleyball, soccer, wrestling, women's basketball, gymnastics, outdoor track and field and softball.  

Live Coverage:
Fans can follow the action with live gymnastics scores by going to: http://www.broncosports.com/fls/9900/20120120.htm. Live video streaming can be found at: https://www.nmnathletics.com/PremiumVideo.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=9900 for a fee.

All-Time Series:
Boise State and Sacramento State have a 28-meeting history with the Broncos holding 17-7 lead over the Hornets. Their last meet was on March 19, 2011, where Boise State earned its 10th-straight win over Sacramento State with a 195.70-193.550 score.

Boise State "Broncos":
Boise State opened the season with a win over No. 16-ranked Washington 194.40-193.425. Ciera Perkins was the only Bronco to earn a win on the night, putting up an outstanding 9.90 performance on the uneven bars. Amanda Otuafi and Brittany Potvin-Green each scored 9.825 to lead the Broncos on vault, while Hailey Gaspar led the team on beam (9.775) and floor (9.775). The team earned its second-best season-opening score in school history, as well as the best team total (49.075) on bars in an opener.

This week the Broncos rank No. 17 overall in the national team standings, while also sitting in a tie for No. 14 on vault, sitting at No. 7 on bars, No. 26 on beam and No. 35 on floor as a team. Seven Broncos sit within the nation's top-100 rankings in their respective events. Potvin-Green and Otuafi tie for No. 49 on vault, while Kelsey Black joins them on the event at a tie for No. 93. Perkins opens her collegiate career in a tie for No. 3 on bars, while Lindsay Kazandjian ties for No. 32, Kelsey Morris is tied at No. 52 and Potvin-Green and Black share the No. 70 spot. On beam, Gaspar is tied for No. 65, while also tying for No. 90 on floor.

Sacramento State "Hornets":
Sacramento State enters their third meet of the season with a No. 43 rank. The team ranks No. 44 on vault, is tied for No. 46 on bars and No. 41 on beam and is No. 48 on floor. The Hornets earned a season-high of 191.575 in their NorCal Meet against Stanford, San Jose State and UC Davis last week. The team was led by all-arounder Kalliah McCartney who earned a 38.850 as a four-event total. She also led the team on vault (9.750), beam (9.725) and floor (9.750), while Ashley Wooff led the Hornets on bars (9.750).

The Hornets have only one ranked athlete in the nation's top-100 this week. McCartney sits at a tie for No. 63 in the all-around, while also tying for the No. 90 spot balance beam.

 

A Look at the Season:
Boise State will face four opponents in its 2012 campaign who sat among the top-25 in the preseason rankings, including the No. 1 preseason team in the nation. The Broncos will face two tough opponents at the Chicago Style meet on Feb. 10 in Chicago, taking on No. 1 UCLA and No. 15 Illinois. They opened their season at home on Jan. 13 with a win over No. 16 Washington and will face No. 7 Oregon State on the road on Feb. 24.



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