No. 12 Gymnastics Travels to No. 6 Alabama
Feb. 11, 2015

No. 12 Boise State at No. 6 Alabama
Friday, Feb. 13 - 6:30 p.m. MT
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MEET INFO
The No. 12 Boise State Broncos (6-2, 4-1 MRGC) will head to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to battle the No. 6 Alabama Crimson Tide on Friday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. MT. One event will be conducted at a time and gymnasts will alternate on each event. March in is slated for 6 p.m. (MT), with competition beginning at 6:30 p.m. MT.

TOP-12 MATCHUP
Bronco gymnastics has competed against the Crimson Tide four times in a 10-year span, and has come up short on each occasion.

Alabama (4-1, 3-1 SEC) is coming off a dual-meet win over Auburn. The Crimson Tide tied or bettered their season-best scores on bars, beam and floor in the 197.325-196.825 win over the Tigers. Earlier this season, then No. 7 Alabama defeated then T1st Florida, 197.400-196.800 with their season-high score to date.

Junior Lauren Beers is currently ranked fifth nationally in all around, while sophomore Aja Sims lands seventh on balance beam.

Boise State and Alabama are a statistically-close match up. The Broncos edge the Crimson Tide on uneven bars, averaging a tenth and a half better on average. Alabama is averaging a tenth and a third better on vault and beam.

THE ASCENSION
After the Broncos' 196.625 win against conference opponents Denver (196.150) and BYU (195.450) on Friday, the Broncos bumped their average total score to 195.963 to currently lead the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference by nearly five tenths of a point. Boise State ranks 12th in the weekly polls, moving up three spots from the previous week.

The Broncos rank second in the West regional weekly rankings, sitting behind the Pac-12's Oregon State. The Broncos are averaging 195.963, just slightly behind the Beavers' 195.985.

The Broncos also land inside the top 10 on three events as a team. Boise State averages a 49.231 on vault through four meets, which ranks T8th in the national standings. The Blue and Orange are ranked seventh in the nation on uneven bars, maintaining a 49.156 average. On balance beam, Boise State jumps up one spot from the previous week, ranking 10th nationally with a 48.906 average.

Ciera Perkins sits 23rd in the weekly vault rankings, averaging a 9.881. Maddie Krentz comes in right after at 24th, averaging 9.875. The duo leads the MRGC. Junior Krystine Jacobsen comes into the top 25 on bars and beam. Jacobsen ranks 18th on bars with a 9.867 average, while ranking 24th on beam (9.837 avg). She currently leads the MRGC in both categories.

RAISING THE BAR...WITH HORSEPOWER
In the BYU tri-meet on Feb. 7, every Bronco in the uneven bar lineup set a season or career-best score. Junior Krystine Jacobsen tied her season and career high best with a 9.90. Senior Ciera Perkins matched the mark, recording her season-best 9.90.

...TO THE VAULT VICTORS...GO THE SPOILS
Last week saw captains Maddie Krentz and Kelsey Morris post a pair of 9.925's on vault in the fifth and third lineup positions, respectively. The scores helped the captains take home shares of individual vault titles. A Bronco gymnast has recorded a 9.925 or higher on vault in every meet in 2015.

JUNIOR CLASS JACKPOT
The Boise State trio of juniors is having a sensational 2015. Krystine Jacobsen has posted back-to-back 9.90's on bars to mark her career best. She's also set her career best on beam (9.90) and floor exercise (9.525) this year.

Maddie Krentz has recorded her career-best vault twice this year with a pair of 9.925's. She's had seven of her eight bars/floor routines count towards the team score.

Marissa Wossner has set her career best marks this season as well. Wossner hit 9.825 on beam versus Utah State, while hitting a 9.850 on floor this past weekend. Wossner has had all eight of her routines count to the team score this season.

10.0 CLUB
Senior captain Ciera Perkins vaulted into the Bronco record books last Friday. The Las Vegas, Nev., native anchored the vault lineup. She recorded Boise State's first 10.0 in 19 years with her Yurchenko full, when Perkins was still a toddler. She is the fourth `perfect' gymnast in school history, and third on vault: (Julie Wagner, 1993; Leslie Mott, 1996). Perkins now ranks tied for 13th nationally on the event, averaging a 9.908 through three meets. She's posted only the fifth perfect vault score this season.

STUDY HABITS
The women's gymnastics team posted an all-time semester record GPA of 3.75, the highest mark ever by a Bronco team for one semester. The previous record was 3.68 set by the women's golf team in the 2014 spring semester.

The Fall 2014 semester saw six Broncos earn straight-A's: Brooke Graham, Lianne Josbacher, Molly McFarland, Ann Stockwell, Paige Urquhart and Marissa Wossner.

Stockwell, Urqhuart and Wossner were named to the Dean's List Highest Honors, while Mary Frances Bir, Alex Esmerian, Brooke Graham and Lianne Josbacher made the Dean's List High Honors.

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
Senior Captain Kelsey Morris was tapped as the MRGC Co-Gymnast of the Week with her shares of all around and vault titles at the BYU tri-meet. Morris set her career-best score on vault, marking a 9.925 on the apparatus. This is the fourth-straight week conference honors have been awarded to a Bronco. After Perkins' 10.0 performance on vault in the tri-meet versus Utah State and UC Davis, she was honored as the MRGC Specialist of the Week honors for the second-straight week. Perkins was previously awarded conference honors for her career-tying best 9.925 vault against Southern Utah (Jan. 26). Junior captain Maddie Krentz earned the accolade after her own career-best 9.925 vault in the season opener.

SHINE BRIGHT
Krystine Jacobsen was on fire in the tri-meet versus BYU and Denver this past Saturday. The junior won a share of the bars title with Perkins for her sixth career-event win. Jacobsen posted her second-straight 9.90 on the apparatus, good for 18th in the nation on bars.

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, and after her 10.0 vault title, has seven career vault wins.

Morris has 10 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. After grabbing shares of vault and all-around titles at the tri-meet versus BYU, Morris now has 30 career-event wins through her four years as a Bronco.

THE PRODUCERS
Freshmen Ann Stockwell and Lianne Josbacher have risen to the occasion in their rookie seasons. Out of their combined 15 routines in 2015 to date, they have had 12 contribute to the team score. Stockwell has proven to be steadily consistent on vault, producing scores of 9.800 or higher. Josbacher has excelled in her three events, namely on vault and balance beam.

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).


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