Jan. 17, 2014
BOISE, Idaho – The No. 11 Boise State gymnastics team earned wins over No. 14 Denver and No. 23 BYU at the 2014 edition of the Beauty and the Beast competition at Boise State, Friday night. The Broncos scored a team total of 195.150, topping DU’s 194.825 and BYU’s 194.675 scores in front of a crowd of 3,393 at Taco Bell Arena. The attendance was the third-largest at a Boise State Beauty and the Beast event.
Three Broncos captured individual titles on the night with Kelsey Morris taking the all-around win while also tying with Ciera Perkins for a win on the uneven bars. Perkins also collected a win on floor exercise and Amanda Otuafi added a win on vault.
The Broncos opened the night on vault earning a 49.175 team total. Otuafi led the team with a score of 9.90, earning her sixth-career win on vault. Perkins followed just behind with a 9.875 score and a second-place finish while Maddie Krentz tied her career-best of 9.850 to tie for third. Kelsey Black placed seventh (9.80), Morris tied for eighth (9.750) and Paige Urquhart tied for 11th (9.725) to round out the Broncos’ lineup on vault.
Helping the Broncos to a 48.975 team bars score, Perkins earned her first win of the night in the second rotation, sharing her fifth-career uneven bars title with Morris, who earned her third-career win on the event. The pair earned scores of 9.850, while freshman Diana Mejia earned a 9.80 to tie for fourth. Black tied for sixth (9.775), while Krentz placed 10th (9.70) and Krystine Jacobsen tied for 13th (9.60).
A handful of underclassmen led the Broncos to a 48.10 score on balance beam with sophomore Marissa Wossner leading the Broncos’ lineup, tying for second-place with her 9.80 score. Urquhart, a freshman, earned a 9.775 and tied for fourth, while fellow freshman Mejia placed ninth with a 9.675. Morris tied for 10th with a 9.650 followed by Jacobsen in 17th (9.20) and Krentz in 18th (8.30).
Perkins led an energetic bunch on floor, helping the Broncos to a 48.90 team total. The junior earned her second-career floor title after scoring a 9.875. Krentz and Wossner shared the sixth-place spot with 9.775 scores, while Otuafi tied for 10th (9.750). Black tied for 12th with a score of 9.725 and Morris tied for 15th (9.70) as the final two Broncos in the lineup.
Morris’ efforts earned her a score of 38.950 as well as her first-career all-around title. Krentz competed in the all-around for the first time in her career earning a score of 37.625 and placing third overall.
BYU’s Megan Bain was the only non-Bronco to win an event outright, claiming the beam title with a 9.850. Denver’s Moriah Martin shared the bars title with Perkins and Morris, while teammate Nina McGee shared the floor win with Perkins.
The Broncos hold a 14-1 record in Beauty and the Beast competitions held at home, while improving to 4-1 on the season.
Boise State continues its season in one week, hosting Southern Utah, Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.