March 18, 2014
THIS WEEK IN BOISE STATE GYMNASTICS:
The 17th-ranked Boise State gymnastics team travels to Provo, Utah, to compete in the 2013 Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championships, Saturday, March 22. The Broncos will take on host BYU, Denver, Southern Utah and Utah State in the newly formed championship meet held at the Marriott Center.
Tickets will be available at the door or online at byutickets.com. Prices range from $4-10.
LIVE GYMNASTICS COVERAGE:
Live results and video streaming will be available for the meet this week:
Live Results - http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=50639
Live Streaming - http://www.byutvsports.com/
Championship information can be found at: http://byucougars.com/home/w-gymnastics.
The Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship is a gymnastics-specific alliance among five member schools: Brigham Young University, Boise State University, the University of Denver, Southern Utah University and Utah State University. The alliance is not a formally recognized conference by the NCAA, but is in the process of gaining said status for the 2014-15 season.
BRONCOS' CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:
Boise State has earned 11 conference championship meet titles in program history, include four of the last five championships under co-head coaches Tina Bird and Neil Resnick. Most recently, the Broncos won the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Championship as an affiliate member of the conference. Individually, Boise State has garnered 14 individual vault titles, 11 balance beam titles, 10 each on floor exercise and all-around, as well as seven uneven bars titles throughout program history.
A LOOK AT BOISE STATE:
Boise State (14-4) remains at 17th in the GymInfo National Weekly Rankings based on regional qualifying scores (RQS). Nationally, the Broncos are 11th on the uneven bars, 15th on vault, 18th on floor exercise and tie for 32nd on balance beam. The Broncos scored a season-high team total of 196.975 in their home meet against Iowa (Feb. 28). They hold a RQS of 196.20.
Junior Ciera Perkins holds the team's highest individual rankings this week, sitting at 18th on bars, 21st on floor and 41st on vault. Kelsey Morris also ranks on three events, sitting at 29th in the all-around, 50th on bars and 68th on floor. Kelsey Black and Krystine Jacobsen each hold two event rankings sitting at 76th on vault and 89th on bars, as well as 81st on bars and 97th on beam, respectively. Diana Mejia holds one of the best rankings this week for Boise State, sitting at 31st on bars, while Amanda Otuafi holds the final top-100 ranking for the Broncos, ranking 63rd on vault.
A LOOK AT THE OPPONENTS:
No. 20 Denver (10-3)
Denver moves up one spot to 20th in the weekly GymInfo National Team Rankings, while also ranking 19th on the uneven bars and balance beam, 23rd on vault and 28th on floor exercise as a team. The Pioneers hold a RQS of 196.020 and have a season-best of 196.725 earned last weekend. Moriah Martin holds the team's highest individual ranking, sitting at 18th in the all-around. She also ranks 25th on vault and 26th on bars. Nina McGee holds four individual rankings this week, sitting at 29th on floor, 44th in the all-around, 54th on bars and 58th on beam. Jorie Hall leads the team on beam, ranking 50th, while Melodie Pulgarin-Linero ranks 71st on bars and Kaitlin Moorhead ranks 85th on vault.
No. 25 BYU (6-11)
Brigham Young University ranks 25th in the nation, while also ranking 20th on bars, 21st on vault, 25th on floor and 29th on beam as a team. The Cougars hold a season-best of 196.425 scored Jan. 31 against Denver, while also holding a RQS of 195.675. Raquel Willman-Hatch leads the team with a No. 29 spot in the all-around, while also ranking 54th on bars and 86th on floor. Mackenzie Johnson sits at 35th in the all-around, 55th on floor and 77th on vault, while Eliane Kulczyk sits at 63rrd on vault to round out the top-100 ranked Cougars.
No. 29 Southern Utah (6-7)
Southern Utah ranks 29th this week in the GymInfo rankings, while also sitting at 22nd on bars, 26th on beam, 34th on vault and 40th on floor in the national team rankings. The Thunderbirds hold a RQS of 195.580 and have a season-best of 195.925 earned Feb. 28 against San Jose State. Three Thunderbirds hold top-100 rankings in their respective events with Alyssa Click ranking 51st on bars, Memory Shettles at 71st in the all-around and Ana Jaworski at 93rd on beam.
No. 32 Utah State (10-8)
Utah State holds a No. 32 ranking in this week's national team poll, while also sitting at 27th on vault, 32nd on bars and floor and 39th on beam as a team. They hold a RQS of 195.250 and a season-best of 196.00 scored at their last two meets. Bailey McIntire holds the highest individual ranking, sitting at 44th on floor, while Sarah Landes ranks 45th in the all-around. Paige Jones ranks 93rd on bars and 97th on vault to round out the top-100 ranked individuals for the Aggies.
Boise State leads Southern Utah 30-21 in the all-time series, going 1-1 so far this year with the Thunderbirds. The Broncos trail Utah State 32-55 in the all-time series, but have won the last six meetings, including a Feb. 15 meet in Corvallis, Ore. Boise State fell to 11-12-1 against Denver all-time after dropping their most recent meeting, March 15 in Denver. The Broncos hold a 17-35 record in favor of BYU, but have won the last six meetings, including two this season, between the two programs.