Boise State Signs Three to 2011-12 Gymnastics Roster

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State gymnastics program and co-head coaches Tina Bird and Neil Resnick are pleased to announce the signing of three gymnasts to the 2011-12 roster. Ciera Perkins, Erica Oswalt and Kelsey Morris are expected to make an immediate impact and will be one of the top ranked freshman classes at Boise State.

"We are excited to be adding three extremely talented gymnasts," said Bird. "With two national team members and two national title winners, this class is poised to make Boise State's quest to become a nationally competitive powerhouse a reality."

A Henderson, Nev. (Green Valley HS), native, Perkins hails from Gymcats Gymnastics in Las Vegas where she is coached by Cassie Rice and Jill Enrietta. In 2010 Perkins had a standout year, winning JO National titles on vault and floor, and finishing as the national runner-up in the all-around. Overall she earned five bars titles in 2010, four floor titles, three vault titles, two all-around titles and one beam title.

"Ciera is a strong, dynamic gymnast who has blossomed over the past year," said Resnick. "She had a banner 2010 season, becoming the national champion on vault and floor and qualifying to the 2010 JO National team. This kind of experience is what we are looking for in our recruits. Ciera's attitude and passion for gymnastics makes her a perfect fit for Boise State gymnastics."

Also a Henderson, Nev., native, Oswalt trains alongside Perkins under coaches Rice and Enrietta. Oswalt was also a 2010 JO National team member, where she earned a fifth-place all-around finish, was third on vault, eighth on floor and 12th on beam. She also earned wins at the 2010 Level 10 Nevada State Meet on bars, beam and floor. In 2009, she was a sixth-place finisher on vault, while also earning the Region 1 Championships on vault. Outside of gymnastics Oswalt enjoys photography, earning a Josten's national award in photography, as well as serving her community by working with autistic children.

"Erica brings elegant movement, form and grace to Boise State with her unique skills and bubbly personality," said Resnick. "She is an experienced competitor and a 2010 JO National team member. Erica's innovative skill choice makes her a standout competitor and she will surely make her mark in the record books at Boise State."

Bird and Renick on Gymacts Gymnastics: "Ciera and Erica have tremendous gymnastics pedigree as they are from Gymcats Gymnastics, who has won the JO National team title twice and is home of 2000 Olympian, Tasha Schweikert. Former record-breaking Bronco gymnast Lindsay Ward and current gymnast, Lindsay Kazandjian, who is already writing herself into the school's beam record books both hail from this successful club as well."

Morris, a Snohomish, Wash., native will come to Boise State after training at Leading Edge Gymnastics (Everett, Wash.) under coaches Tony Ammons, Bob Levesque and Kelli Riley. Under the guidance of her coaches she earned a second-place finish on bars at the 2010 JO National Championships, while also placing 10th on vault and 12th in the all-around. She was a 2010 Region 2 champion on vault, beam, floor and the all-around, while also earning 2010 Washington State titles on vault, bars, beam and the all-around. In 2008 she earned a JO National title on vault while also placing sixth in the all-around. In 2009 she earned a fifth-place finish on beam and eighth in the all-around.

"Kelsey brings talent, experience and exciting gymnastics to Boise State," said Bird. "She was the national vault champion in 2008 and has placed on events and in the all-around in all three national championships (2008, 2009, 2010).  She comes from one of the top clubs in the Pacific Northwest, a club that boasts national titles from many levels on many events. Kelsey continues to learn breathtaking skills and will be vying for top spots on all events."  

The three 2011-12 signees will join a roster of 13 returning Broncos, including four current juniors, four current sophomores and five current freshmen.

"We feel that this is one of the most well rounded recruiting classes we have had since becoming co-head coaches," said Bird. "The gymnasts' strengths complement one another, and are the final complementary pieces of our Bronco puzzle."

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