Perkins Wins Two Events as Broncos Top California

BOISE, Idaho - The No. 15 Boise State gymnastics team (8-4) defeated the No. 49 California Golden Bears, 195.875-193.050 in dual meet action, Friday at Taco Bell Arena.

The Broncos were victorious in sweeping fashion, winning all four events both as individuals and a team, along with a victory in the all around.

The Broncos jumped out to an early lead after the first rotation, competing on the vault while the Bears took to the uneven bars. During the that first set, Boise State outscored California 49.150-48.650 and was led by event winner Ciera Perkins who tallied a 9.90, a career-best in the event. The score is tied for second by any Bronco this season. Close behind Perkins was teammate Brittany Potvin-Green, who finished with a 9.875.

"Ciera's performance tonight is a testament to our team depth," said co-head coach Neil Resnick. "On any given night, several Broncos have the potential to step up and win an event."

Co-head coach Tina Bird added, "Ciera is such a fun, hard working, dedicated athlete and her success is well deserved."

Next up for Boise State was the uneven bars where the team put together a score of 48.975. The Broncos' Lindsay Kazandjian tied her career-best at 9.85 which was good enough for the individual event win. Meanwhile, the Golden Bears held their ground while competing in the vault, scoring a 49.025.

The Broncos busted the meet open during their turn on the balance beam behind Bekah Gher's 9.90. The mark is a career best for the sophomore and ties Amy Glass for the best score by a Bronco this season. After the rotation, Boise State extended its lead by 1.70 points, taking a 147.325-145.175 lead.

Perkins was back at it for the floor routine, taking home another individual victory with a score of 9.875 which ties her career-best. Overall, the Broncos outscored the Golden Bears 48.550-47.875 during the final rotation, extending the margin of victory over 2.5 points.

Potvin-Green won the all around competition for the third time this season with a score of 39.275. Caitlin Mann finished second at 38.500.

Boise State will next compete March 16 when it heads to Southern Utah for a 7 p.m. dual.


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