No. 15 Gymnastics Set For MRGC Championships
March 19, 2015

No. 15 Boise State at MRGC Championships
Saturday, March 21 - 6 p.m. MT - Magness Arena

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The 15th-ranked Boise State gymnastics team will head to Denver, Colo., for the 2015 Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Championships, March 21 (6 p.m.). The Broncos will start on balance beam for the first rotation, then move to floor exercise (rotation two), vault (rotation three), bye (rotation four) and finish on bars (rotation five).

While the MRGC is in its second year of existence, the league earned full NCAA membership status in 2015. The MRGC championship now counts as an official postseason competition.

The conference meet will be a battle this year. For the first time this season, Boise State is the second-highest ranked MRGC team. The Broncos land 15th in the weekly polls, as Denver slightly leaped Boise State to hit 14th. Denver edges the Broncos on RQS rankings (196.455-196.375), while Boise State leads on average (196.055-195.950). Southern Utah slipped two spots from last week to rank 23rd heading into the championships. The T-Birds will enter with a 195.945 RQS. Utah State and BYU round out the competition, ranking 29th and 31st, respectively.

The Denver Pioneers are the reigning MRGC champions, as they won the title by .025.

Southern Utah is the only MRGC team to top the Broncos in 2015. The T-Birds won the season opener at the Utah quad meet, and were victorious in the final meet of the season on their senior night. The Broncos, however, beat Southern Utah in the home opener, 196.725-195.750.

The Broncos have topped Utah State and BYU twice this season, and beat Denver in the only regular-season matchup in 2015.

Boise State (11-4, 6-2) enters its eleventh week of competition ranking 15th in the GymInfo National Weekly Poll. This is the fourth week of using regional qualifying scores (RQS) for rankings.

The Broncos rank 16th on vault (49.225), ninth on uneven bars (49.280), 23rd on balance beam (48.945) and 28th on floor exercise (49.065) this week. The Broncos have scored a season-high team total of 196.800, done against Alaska-Anchorage at home. The Blue and Orange claim an RQS of 196.375, which ranks second the Mountain Rim and ranks fourth in the West.

The Broncos claim five gymnasts ranking in the top-50 nationally through vault and uneven bars. Vault: Perkins-T11 (9.920 RQS) Morris-T30 (9.890) Krentz-45 (9.880) TEAM-16th (49.225). Bars: Perkins-9th (9.905) Jacobsen-T24 (9.885) Mejia-T47 (9.865) Morris-T47 (9.865) TEAM-9th (49.245).

The Broncos have been ranked as high as 12th this season. The Broncos rank fourth in the West Region, trailing UCLA, Oregon State and Stanford.

Boise State put together three-straight meets of earning scores of 49.0+ on three out of the four events.

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 ninth-ranked bars team maintains a RQS of 49.280 on the apparatus. The Broncos slaughtered the team bars record on senior night, with every scoring gymnast recording a season or career high. The Broncos scored a 49.575, the fourth-highest bars score in the nation in 2015. Senior co-captain Ciera Perkins recorded the highest individual score for a Bronco in team history, marking a 9.975.

Bronco gymnasts collectively have earned 11 individual wins this season in vault, led by Ciera Perkins' six. Perkins has recorded seven scores of 9.90 or better this season, with a perfect 10.0 at Utah State. Perkins' 9.910 RQS ranks 16th in the nation.

Kelsey Morris and Ann Stockwell posted a pair of 9.925's on the apparatus against BYU. 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 10 meets this season.

Ann Stockwell wraps up the 2015 regular season, scoring a 9.80 or higher in every meet.

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.

Junior co-captain Maddie Krentz earned the latest weekly honor for the Broncos. Krentz was named co-specialist of the week after her 9.90 on vault at Southern Utah on March 13. Rookie Ann Stockwell was named MRGC Co-Specialist of the Week on March 1 after her 9.925 vault against BYU on Feb. 27. Stockwell's win marks the first time a Bronco freshman has earned the honor. Krentz has now won the weekly honor twice, and Morris and Perkins are no longer eligible for weekly accolades after their three wins.

Krystine Jacobsen boasts a pair of national top 50 rankings this week. The junior comes in tied at 24th overall on uneven bars, averaging a 9.885. Jacobsen improved her beam RQS to 9.870 and ranks T29th nationally.

After Perkins' uneven bars win against Alaska-Anchorage on March 13, the senior has five 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' 14th-career uneven bars win on March 6th moved her tied for second in the Bronco record books. She also now has 10 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.

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.

Then-junior Ciera Perkins became the first Bronco gymnast to earn All-America honors on floor exercise in 2014. The Las Vegas native scored a 9.90 and tied for an eighth-place finish, good for second team All-America honors. Fellow teammate Kelsey Morris scored a 9.850 on uneven bars at NCAA Championships, the best mark in school history on the national stage.

Perkins and Diana Mejia earned top conference honors after their standout seasons. Perkins was named the 2014 MRGC gymnast of the year, while Mejia was named MRGC Co-Freshman of the Year.

The Blue and Orange return two conference champions: Perkins (UB, FX) and Morris (UB, AA), four MRGC First Team recipients: Perkins (V, UB, FX); Morris (UB, FX, AA); Krystine Jacobsen (UB); and Mejia (UB). Morris also earned MRGC second-team honors on balance beam.

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