Bronco Gymnastics Host SUU for Beauty and the Beast
Jan. 21, 2015
MEET INFO: The Boise State Broncos will host the Southern Utah Thunderbirds in the 2015 home opener in Taco Bell Arena on Friday, Jan. 23. The meet will run concurrently with Bronco wrestling dueling Arizona State, in the 15th-annual Beauty and the Beast event. Boise State held two Beauty and the Beast competitions during both 2012-13 and 2013-14.
BEAUTY & 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 the 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.
The gymnastics program holds a 13-1 record all-time, falling only to Washington in 2005 (195.00-194.20).
HOME OPENERS: Bronco gymnastics is currently undefeated in home openers in the Bird-Resnick era. Boise State posted its highest score for a home opener in the seven-year span last year, scoring a 195.150 and recording wins against Denver and BYU.
HONORARY CAPTAINS: Boise State alumni Kim DiLorenzo Farmer (1986) and Larry Quisel (2000) will serve as honorary captains on Friday.
PROMOTIONS: Fans are encouraged to wear blue on Friday.
SERIES: The Thunderbirds snapped Boise State’s three-meet series win streak at the Utah quad meet on Jan. 16. Southern Utah won the matchup 195.500-194.525, topping the Broncos on balance beam and floor exercise. The Broncos squared off against SUU four times last season, recording victories over the conference foe three times.
RANKINGS: The Broncos began the season ranked No. 19 in the preseason coaches’ poll. Boise State will face five opponents in the top 25, including No. 6 Utah, No. 20 Denver, No. 4 Alabama, No. 18 Ohio State and No. 14 California. Southern Utah, UC Davis, Utah State and BYU begin the season receiving votes.
EARNING HONORS: Junior captain Maddie Krentz set her career-high score on vault last week, recording a 9.925 on the apparatus. Krentz’ score was the highest of all gymnasts, earning her the individual event win for the first of her career on any apparatus. Her mark helped earn her MRGC Specialist of the Week honors for her performance.
ROOKIE REWIND: Freshmen Lianne Josbacher and Ann Stockwell began their rookie campaigns on a high note. Stockwell scored a 9.850 on vault in the season opener, while Josbacher recorded a 9.875 (vault), 9.725 (beam). Josbacher’s scores on each apparatus was the second-highest scores in the lineup.
MAKING HISTORY: Then-junior Ciera Perkins became the first Bronco gymnast to earn All-America honors on floor exercise in 2014. The Las Vegas native scored a 9.90 and tied for an eighth-place finish, good for second team All-America honors. Fellow teammate Kelsey Morris scored a 9.850 on uneven bars at NCAA Championships, the best mark in school history on the national stage.
The Broncos recorded 23 new career-best scores during the 2014 season. Morris led the charge with four new personal top marks (vault: 9.90; bars: 9.950; beam: 9.850; all-around: 39.500). Ciera Perkins and Krystine Jacobsen both recorded three new personal bests. Perkins recorded 9.925 on vault, bars and floor exercise, while Jacobsen marked 9.80 (vault); 9.90 (bars); 9.875 (beam).
RESTOCKED & RELOADED: Perkins and Diana Mejia earned top conference honors after their standout seasons. Perkins was named the 2014 MRGC gymnast of the year, while Mejia was named MRGC Co-Freshman of the Year.
The Blue and Orange return two conference champions: Perkins (UB, FX) and Morris (UB, AA), four MRGC First Team recipients: Perkins (V, UB, FX); Morris (UB, FX, AA); Krystine Jacobsen (UB); and Mejia (UB). Morris also earned MRGC second-team honors on balance beam.
Five freshmen join the Bronco family this season. California natives Alex Esmerian and Ann Stockwell will compete all-around this season. Lianne Josbacher (V, BB, FX) hails from Shrewsbury, Mass., and rounding out the first years is Abby Webb, a Clarkston, Wash., native (Palouse Empire). Redshirt freshman Sandra Collantes will compete for the Broncos this year, after sitting out the 2014 season due to injury.
IN PURSUIT: In their final season for the Broncos, senior duo Morris and Perkins are in pursuit of Boise State records. Perkins set the school record for floor wins in a single-season in 2014 with nine wins. Currently she ranks sixth all-time in career floor wins (10) and will break into the top five with one more win. Perkins also ranks seventh all-time for uneven bars career wins with nine.
Morris has eight career event wins at all around, and marked her career-best score (39.500) at last year’s MRGC championships. That score ranks 11th all-time in Bronco history.
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