Feb. 18, 2015
No. 15 Boise State at No. 23 Ohio State
Friday, Feb. 20 - 5 p.m. MT- St. John Arena
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The No. 15 Boise State Broncos (7-3, 5-1 MRGC) will head to Columbus, Ohio to take on the No. 23 Ohio State Buckeyes (5-3, 3-3 B1G).
AGAINST THE BUCKEYES
2015 marks the third time the Broncos and the Buckeyes have squared off. Each squad has won a match-up, with Boise State winning the last meet in 1993.
Ohio State gymnastics (5-3, 3-3 B1G) fell to No. 11 Penn State, 196.275-195.200 last Saturday. Michelle Burns won vault while Sarah Grady earned a share of the balance beam title.
The 15th-ranked Broncos hosted the Utah State Aggies two days after competing in Tuscaloosa against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Boise State split the weekend, grabbing a 195.925-194.475 win against the Aggies.
The Broncos head to Columbus ranked ninth on vault (49.210 RQS), sixth on bars (49.155 RQS) and 13th on beam (48.845 RQS).
RAISING THE BAR...WITH HORSEPOWER
The sixth-ranked bars team is averaging a staggering 49.196 on the apparatus. 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 with her own 9.90. Perkins would go on to better her career high at the Alabama dual meet, marking a 9.950 on the apparatus for a share of the event title. Four Broncos are averaging a 9.8 or higher on the apparatus, with Jacobsen and Perkins averaging a 9.858. The duo ranks 21st and 22nd in the nation, respectively.
...TO THE VAULT VICTORS...GO THE SPOILS
Perkins paced the Broncos at the Utah State dual meet, marking a 9.925. Captains Maddie Krentz and Kelsey Morris posted a pair of 9.925’s on vault in the fifth and third lineup positions, respectively at the BYU tri-meet on Feb. 7. 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 five of the six meets this season.
Perkins is ranked 18th on vault, while Krentz comes in tied for 25th in the weekly rankings.
Senior captain Ciera Perkins vaulted into the Bronco record books on January 30th. 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 ninth perfect vault score this season.
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.
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.
The Broncos swept MRGC accolades for competitions Feb. 9-11. Senior captain Kelsey Morris earned MRGC Gymnast of the Week for the second-straight week, while Perkins earned Specialist of the Week honors. This is the fifth-straight week conference honors have been awarded to a Bronco. 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. 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.
Krystine Jacobsen boasts a pair of national top 25 rankings this season. The junior comes in at 21st overall on uneven bars, averaging a 9.850. She ranks 25 on beam, averaging a 9.829.
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 tied for fifth all-time for uneven bars career wins with 12 after posting back-to-back bars titles against Alabama and Utah State. She now has eight career vault wins.
Morris has 11 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.
Freshmen Ann Stockwell and Lianne Josbacher have risen to the occasion in their rookie seasons. Out of their combined 29 routines in 2015 to date, they have had 21 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.