Feb. 4, 2014
THIS WEEK IN BOISE STATE GYMNASTICS:
The 18th-ranked Boise State gymnastics team takes its longest road-trip of the regular season, traveling to Chicago to compete in the Chicago Style Collegiate meet. The Broncos will take on Bowling Green, North Carolina and Illinois-Chicago, Feb. 7 at the Navy Pier in a 6:30 p.m. (MT) start.
**No live scoring or video will be available for this meet.
Tickets will be available at the door for $20. For more information, please visit www.chicagostylemeet.com.
Boise State has winning records against all three opponents this week. The Broncos and Illinois-Chicago have faced off three times with Boise State earning a 2-1 record, winning the last two meetings. Their most recent meeting came Feb. 9, 2009 at the Chicago Style meet. Boise State last faced North Carolina Jan. 2, 2009 and holds a 1-0 record over the Tar Heels. They also hold a 1-0 record over Bowling Green, taking on the Falcons Jan. 18, 1992.
BOISE STATE "BRONCOS":
Boise State (5-2) enters its fifth week of the season. The Broncos rank 16th in the GymInfo National Weekly Poll, while also sitting in a tie for eighth on the uneven bars, 13th on vault, tied for 22nd on floor exercise and 23rd on balance beam as a team. The Broncos hold a season-high score of 196.025 earned Jan. 24 against SUU.
Ciera Perkins leads the team in individual top-100 national rankings this week. The junior ranks 11th in the nation on bars, while also tying for 32nd on vault and 35th on floor. Junior Kelsey Morris sits at 88th on floor and 62nd in the all-around as the only other Bronco to hold multiple top-100 rankings. Amanda Otuafi and Maddie Krentz rank 39th and 97th on vault, respectively, while Kelsey Black ranks 51st on bars and Paige Urquhart ranks 65th on beam.
This week's meet at the Chicago Style Invite is the third of five regular season away meets for the Broncos this season.
BOWLING GREEN "FALCONS":
Bowling Green (3-2) enters the week on a three-meet winning streak. The Falcons rank 39th in the GymInfo team rankings while also sitting at 28th on floor, 37th on vault, 39th on bars and 47th on beam this week. BGSU's top score for the season of 194.60 came Jan. 25 against Eastern Michigan.
The Falcons have three individuals in the nation's top-100 rankings, including Alyssa Nocella (72nd), Lauren Feely (83rd) and Gina Locigno (94th) in the all-around.
Illinois-Chicago (2-6) enters the week as the 55th-best team in the country according to GymInfo. The Flames tie for 37th in the nation as a team on bars, 56th on vault, 58th on floor and 63rd on beam. They hold a season high of 192.650 earned Feb. 1 in the State of Illinois vs. State of Michigan meet.
Catherine Dion is the only team member to hold a top-100 individual ranking this week, sitting at 33rd in the all-around, 63rd on bars and 81st on beam.
NORTH CAROLINA "TAR HEELS":
North Carolina (4-2) enters the week with two home wins under its belt. The Tar Heels rank 33rd in this week's national GymInfo rankings, while also ranking 31st on beam, 32nd on bars, 36th on vault and 38th on floor as a team. Their season-high of 194.80 came Jan. 31 at home against Pittsburgh.
Lexi Cappalli leads North Carolina in the top-100 individual rankings sitting at 39th in the all-around, 35th on floor and 99th on beam. Haley Watts ranks 41st in the all-around and 85th on bars, while Michelle Ikoma joins her on bars at 81st. Janell Sargent rounds out the rankings with a 47th spot on beam this week.