The No. 16 Boise State gymnastics team hits the road for the second time this season, traveling to the Perfect 10 Challenge in Oklahoma City. There the Broncos will compete against No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 31 BYU and No. 56 Texas Women's University at 6:00 p.m. MST on Friday, Feb. 15 at the Cox Arena and Convention Center.
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CHASING 100 WINS:
Boise State co-head coaches Neil Resnick and Tina Bird are in the midst of their sixth season as co-head coaches. The pair holds a 99-30 (.767) record and will look to earn their 100th career win this Friday in Oklahoma City, Okla.
#16 BOISE STATE "BRONCOS":
Boise State enters its fifth meet of the season, second on the road, with a 3-0 record and a No. 16 national ranking. The team sits at No. 4 in the West Region according to Troester.com and holds national event ranks of No. 14 on vault, No. 8 on uneven bars, No. 24 on balance beam and No. 18 on floor exercise. Boise State enters the week with a season-high of 196.325 earned against BYU on Feb. 1, 2013.
In its four meets Boise State has won or tied for a win in 18 of the possible 20 individual events. Amanda Otuafi leads the vault titles (3), while Brittany Potvin-Green has earned two and Kelsey Black, Caitlin Mann and Ciera Perkins have all earned one title apiece. Erin Wippermann has three titles on bars, while Potvin-Green, Perkins and Mann each have one, while Mann is the only Bronco to earn any titles on beam this season (3). Black, Otuafi and Potvin-Green have each earned two wins on floor, while Mann has collected three all-around titles and Potvin-Green has one.
Seven Broncos hold top-100 national averages in their individual events according to Troester.com. For the second-straight week Wippermann holds the team's highest individual national ranking, sitting in a tie for No. 39 on bars (9.825). Mann holds three rankings: No. 59 (tie) on bars (9.813), No. 82 (tie) on beam (9.750) and No. 81 in the all-around (38.756); while Black also has three: No. 67 (tie) on vault (9.831), No. 59 (tie) on bars (9.813) and No. 43 (tie) on floor. Potvin-Green holds rankings on vault (tie No. 90, 9.813) and floor (tie No. 43, 9.844). Otuafi ties for No. 53 on vault (9.844), while Perkins ties at No. 59 (9.838). Maddie Krentz rounds out the rankings sitting at No. 47 (tie) on floor (9.838).
This week's meet at Oklahoma marks the second road meet of five this season for Boise State.
#2 OKLAHOMA "SOONERS":
The No. 2-ranked University of Oklahoma is set to compete in its seventh meet of the season, holding an 11-0 record this season. The Sooners come off of a 197.625-194.775 in over Iowa State (Feb. 8) with their highest score of the season. As a team Oklahoma ranks No. 7 on vault, No. 4 on bars, No. 1 on beam and No. 4 on floor.
Ten Sooners hold top-100 national averages in their individual events according to Troester.com. Taylor Spears ranks in all five individual events, including a No. 1 rank on beam (9.90). Spears also ranks No. 17 (tie) on bars (9.850); No. 26 (tie) on floor (9.858), No. 55 (tie) on vault (9.842) and No. 6 in the all-around (39.450). Erica Brewer ranks No. 8 (tie) on bars (9.870), No. 13 on beam (9.860), No. 73 (tie) on floor (9.815) and No. 11 in the all-around (39.345), while Brie Olson ranks No. 14 (tie) on floor (9.879), No. 28 in the all-around (39.180), No. 55 on beam (9.792) and No. 80 on vault (9.820). Hayley Scaman ranks No. 8 on beam (9.895), No. 30 (tie) on vault (9.863) and No. 35 (tie) on bars, while Keeley Kmieciak shares her vault ranking (30th), and is ranked No. 33 on beam (9.821) and No. 47 in the all-around (39.075). Madison Mooring ranks on three events: No. 19 (tie) on beam (9.846), No. 32 (tie) on floor (9.850) and No. 46 (tie) on vault (9.846). Rebecca Clark (9.813) and Hayden Ward (9.80) rank No. 59 (tie) and No. 70 (tie) on bars, respectively, while Lauren Alexander ranks No. 8 on beam (9.879) and Laura Albright ranks No. 45 on floor (9.842).
#31 BYU "COUGARS":
The No. 31-ranked BYU Cougars (6-4) are coming off a season-high score of 195.150 earned last week over Southeast Missouri last week. This week they rank No. 31 in the nation on vault, No. 24 on bars, No. 33 on beam and No. 37 on floor.
Individually four Cougars hold top-100 rankings, including: Haylee Rollins with a No. 50 (tie) spot on vault (9.821) and No. 69 (tie) spot on floor (9.817). Raquel Willman ranks No. 65 (tie) on beam (9.771) and No. 65 in the all-around (38.921) while Summer Raymond is tied for No. 45 on beam (9.80). Megan Bain rounds out the ranked Cougars, sitting at No. 98 (tie) on bars (9.779).
#56 TEXAS WOMEN'S "PIONEERS":
The No. 56-ranked TWU gymnastics team enters the week with a 4-7 record and a season-high score of 193.150 earned on Feb. 2. As a team they rank No. 48 on vault, No. 60 on bars, No. 50 on beam and No. 51 on floor.
Bethany Larimer and Spencer Jones hold top-100 national event rankings for the Pioneers this week. Larimer is tied for No. 90 on vault (9.813), while Jones ties for No. 68 on beam (9.769).
PERFECT 10 CHALLENGE:
The Perfect 10 Challenge will be one of the premier events held during the 2013 Bart and Nadia Sports and Health Festival weekend along with the Nadia Comaneci International Invitational and the Bart Conner International Invitational. The Nadia Comaneci International Invitational is a three-day competition that will feature over 800 Level-4 through Level-10 gymnasts. There will also be a special International Elite session on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m., with 24 "open elite" gymnasts from several foreign countries including Romania, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Israel and the U.S.
Boise State has faced Oklahoma 10 times in school history, with the Sooners holding an 8-2 record over the Broncos. Oklahoma has won the last five meetings, including a win on April 12, 2008 at the NCAA Regional meet.
Boise State and BYU will meet for the third time this season, with the Broncos holding a 2-0 record. Overall BYU holds the all-time series lead with a 35-14 record, although Boise State has won the last five meetings.
The Broncos and TWU have only met twice, with Boise State holding a 2-0 lead. Their most recent meeting came on Feb. 17, 2007.