No. 15 Gymnastics Welcomes BYU
Feb. 26, 2015
The 15th-ranked Boise State gymnastics team hosts MRGC opponent BYU Friday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena. The meet is the third of four home meets for the Broncos and will hold the annual "Kid's Meet" and "Pink Meet" events.
Boise State would like to welcome the 14 clubs from across the country to Taco Bell Arena.
BYU currently leads the all-time series, holding a 20-35 advantage over the Broncos. Boise State, however, is currently on an 11-meet win streak against BYU. The Broncos and the Cougars already squared off this year, where Boise State posted a 196.625-195.450 win over BYU on Feb. 7 in Provo, Utah.
BOISE STATE BRONCOS
Boise State (8-3, 5-1) enters its eighth week of competition moving to 15th in the GymInfo National Weekly Poll after it changed over to regional qualifying scores (RQS) for the rankings this week. The Broncos rank tied for ninth on vault, tied for eighth on uneven bars, 17th on balance beam and 45th on floor exercise this week. The Broncos have scored a season-high team total of 196.725, done on the road against Southern Utah, and hold an RQS of 196.000.
BYU (4-7, 1-4) enters the week as the 34th-ranked team in the country according to the GymInfo National Rankings. The Cougars rank 25th on vault, 29th on uneven bars, 46th on balance beam and 36th on floor exercise this week. They hold a season-high of 195.675 on the road against Southern Utah on Jan. 30. BYU's RQS is 194.845 this week.
The Broncos have been ranked as high as 12th this season. After competing three times in eight days and in three different time zones, the Broncos enter week eight ranked 15th in the nation.
Boise State leads the MRGC, boasting a 196.000 RQS to second-ranked Denver (195.800).
As of Feb. 22., women's gymnastics switched to Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) to determine qualification for regional competiton. A team's RQS is based on a team's and all-around competitor's six best regular-season meet scores, with three being away meets. The high score is eliminated and then the remaining five scores are averaged.
RAISING THE BAR...WITH HORSEPOWER
The tied for eighth-ranked bars team is averaging a staggering 49.180 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, all ranking in the top-50 in the nation. Krystine Jacobsen paces the Broncos with her 9.865 RQS for 17th in the nation, while Ciera Perkins is tied for 23rd nationally with her 9.860.
Bronco gymnasts collectively have earned seven individual wins this season in vault, led by Ciera Perkins' three. Perkins has recorded four scores of 9.90 or better this season, with a perfect 10.0 at Utah State. Perkins' 9.865 RQS ranks 23 in the nation.
Co-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 seven meets this season.
Maddie Krentz ties for 33rd nationally, while freshman Ann Stockwell lands tied for 56th on the apparatus. Stockwell boasts a 9.840 RQS on vault.
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.
Senior co-captain Kelsey Morris recorded her third-straight MRGC weekly accolade after her performance at Ohio State. Morris' 39.450 in the all-around with a pair of 9.90's on vault and floor exercise helped Boise State to its 196.025-194.925 victory over Ohio State last Friday. With their three wins this season, Morris and Perkins are no longer eligible to earn weekly conference honors.
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 sixth-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.
MRGC WEEKLY HONORS
W2 Krentz Specialist
W3 Perkins Specialist
W4 Perkins Specialist
W5 Morris Co-Gymnast
W6 Morris Gymnast
W6 Perkins Specialist
W7 Morris Gymnast
Krystine Jacobsen boasts a pair of national top 50 rankings this season. The junior comes in tied at 17 overall on uneven bars, averaging a 9.865. Jacobsen jumped four spots after her 9.875 perfomance at Ohio State. She ranks 26 on beam, averaging a 9.840.
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 12 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. Morris' 12 wins in the all-around ties for third in Boise State history. She needs three more to tie Amy Glass' mark for second place.
Freshmen Ann Stockwell and Lianne Josbacher have risen to the occasion in their rookie seasons. Out of their combined 31 routines in 2015 to date, they have had 23 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.
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