No. 14 Gymnastics Hosts UAA on Senior Night
March 5, 2015

Alaska Anchorage at No. 14 Boise State
Friday, March 6 - 7p.m. - Taco Bell Arena


The 14th-ranked Boise State gymnastics team welcomes the University of Alaska Seawolves to Taco Bell Arena, March 6 at 7 p.m. for the final home meet of the season.

The Broncos will honor seniors Kelsey Morris and Ciera Perkins after individual and team award winners are announced.

Boise State currently leads the all-time series, holding a 9-2 advantage over the Seawolves. The Broncos and the Seawolves last met in February of 2006, with the Blue and Orange coming out on top. The Broncos competed in last year's Seattle NCAA Regional, where UAA's Stefany Bryan rotated with Boise State.

Boise State (9-3, 6-1) enters its ninth week of competition moving to 14th in the GymInfo National Weekly Poll. This is the second week of using regional qualifying scores (RQS) for rankings.

The Broncos rank ninth on vault (49.250), tied for eighth on uneven bars (49.195), 19th on balance beam (48.900) and 31st on floor exercise (48.905) 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 196.165.The Broncos claim four gymnasts ranking in the top-50 nationally on vault and uneven bars. Boise State will end its regular season on the road for a Friday night tilt against top-25 opponents Southern Utah and Cal.

UAA enters the week as the 62nd-ranked team in the country according to the GymInfo National Rankings with an RQS of 191.120. The Cougars rank 59th on vault, 62nd on uneven bars, 55th on balance beam and 66th on floor exercise this week. They hold a season-high of 192.750, while UAA's M'rcy Matsunami ranks 65th in the nation in the all around (38.590).

The Broncos have been ranked as high as 12th this season. Boise State leads the MRGC, boasting a 196.175 RQS to second-ranked Denver (195.935). The Broncos rank third in the West Region, trailing only UCLA and Stanford.

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.

The tied for eighth-ranked bars team is averaging a staggering 49.195 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. Ciera Perkins paces the Broncos with her 9.880 RQS for T14th in the nation, while Krytine Jacobsen is tied for 18th nationally with her 9.875.

Bronco gymnasts collectively have earned eight individual wins this season in vault, led by Ciera Perkins' four. Perkins has recorded five scores of 9.90 or better this season, with a perfect 10.0 at Utah State. Perkins' 9.910 RQS ranks tied for 23rd in the nation.

Kelsey Morris and Ann Stockwell posted a pair of 9.925's on the apparatus against BYU last Friday. Morris scored her second 9.925 this season, with her first also coming against BYU. Freshman Ann Stockwell shattered her season-best mark. A Bronco gymnast has recorded a 9.925 or higher on vault in six of the eight meets this season.

10.0 CLUB 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.

Rookie Ann Stockwell was named MRGC Co-Specialist of the Week after her 9.925 vault against BYU on Feb. 27. Stockwell's win marks the first time a Bronco freshman has earned the honor. Boise State has raked in weekly honors for eight-straight weeks, with Morris and Perkins sweeping accolades in week six. 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. 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 week. The junior comes in tied at 18 overall on uneven bars, averaging a 9.875. Jacobsen improved her beam RQS to 9.860 and ranks tied at 23rd nationally.

After Perkins' uneven bars win against BYU last Friday, the senior has four wins this season. She recorded five wins on the apparatus last season and both seasons land in the top-10 of single-season Bronco performances. Perkins joins the ranks of Lindsay Ward (2005-06), Hannah Redmon (2010-11) and Julie Wagner (1993-94) to have posted back-to-back seasons with at least four bars wins.

Morris tabbed eight all-around wins last season, and has five to her name in 2015. She joins Julie Wagner (1993-94) as the only Broncos to post back-to-back seasons to rank in the top-10 in Boise State history.

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' 13th-career uneven bars win on Feb. 27 moved her to tied for fourth in the Bronco record books. She also now has nine career vault wins.

Morris has 13 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' 13 wins in the all-around gives her sole possesion of third place in Boise State history. She needs two 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 34 routines in 2015 to date, they have had 26 contribute to the team score. Stockwell has proven to be steadily consistent on vault, producing scores of 9.800 or higher with a season-top mark of 9.925. Josbacher has excelled in her three events, namely on balance beam.

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.

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