Jan. 28, 2015
Friday, Jan. 30
No. 12 Boise State at Utah State w/ UC Davis (7 p.m. MT)
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The No. 12 Boise State Broncos (2-2, 1-1 MRGC) will head back down south to battle the Utah State Aggies and the UC Davis Aggies at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan, Utah, Jan. 30 (7 p.m.) MT. The meet will mark Boise State's second of four trips this season to the Beehive State.
AGAINST THE AGGIES2
Bronco gymnastics is currently on a seven-meet win streak against the Utah State Aggies, while also holding a five-meet advantage over the UC Davis Aggies.
Utah State (2-1, 1-1 MRGC) is coming off a 195.500-195.300 win against the BYU Cougars. The Aggies posted a 49.275 on beam in the meet, good for the third-highest score on the apparatus in school history. The score was paced by senior Sarah Landes and junior McKinzey Martinez' 9.875 mark.
The Broncos topped the UC Davis Aggies (4-5, 2-1 MPSF) in the 2015 season opener, 194.525-193.950. Last week the Aggies fell to Sacramento State, 194.925-194.800, but put up the sixth-highest beam score in school history. Junior Stephanie Stamates logged a season-best 9.875 to take the individual title. Boise State currently holds an 18-1 advantage over the Aggies.
After the Broncos' 196.725-195.750 win against conference opponent Southern Utah on Friday, the Broncos bumped their average total score to 195.625 to currently lead the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference. Boise State is knotted at No. 12 with Auburn in the weekly polls, marking its highest weekly ranking since January 13, 2014 (11th).
The Broncos rank second in the West regional weekly rankings, sitting behind leader Oregon State. Boise State holds the highest team score in the region which is comprised of Pac-12 and MPSF teams.
The Broncos also land inside the top 15 on three events as a team. After posting a 49.225 on vault for the second-straight week, Boise State is tied with LSU for seventh nationally on the apparatus. The Blue and Orange are ranked eighth in the nation on uneven bars, maintaining a 49.075 average. On balance beam, Boise State ranks 11th nationally with a 48.838 average nestled between future opponents Alabama (10th) and Ohio State (12th).
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 Broncos began the season ranked No. 19 in the preseason coaches' poll. Boise State will face five opponents in the top 25, including No. 6 Utah, No. 20 Denver, No. 4 Alabama, No. 18 Ohio State and No. 14 California. Southern Utah, UC Davis, Utah State and BYU began the season receiving votes.
Senior captain Ciera Perkins tied her career best on vault against Southern Utah, earning a 9.925 on the apparatus. Perkins' performance earned her MRGC Specialist of the Week honors, marking the second-straight week the accolade went to a Bronco (Maddie Krentz, Jan. 19).
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 also ranks seventh all-time for uneven bars career wins with nine.
Morris has nine 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.
Freshmen Lianne Josbacher and Ann Stockwell bettered their marks from the season opener. Josbacher improved by a full tenth of a point on beam (9.825) at the home opener vs. Southern Utah, while also posting a 9.800 on floor. Ann Stockwell recorded a 9.875 on vault vs. SUU, also marking her season and career best.
Seniors Ciera Perkins and Kelsey Morris, along with junior Maddie Krentz were tapped as the 2014-15 captains.
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 apparatus on the national stage.
The Broncos recorded 23 new career-best scores during the 2014 season. Morris led the charge with four new personal top marks (vault: 9.90; bars: 9.950; beam: 9.850; all-around: 39.500). Ciera Perkins and Krystine Jacobsen both recorded three new personal bests. Perkins recorded 9.925 on vault, bars and floor exercise, while Jacobsen marked 9.80 (vault); 9.90 (bars); 9.875 (beam).