Junior Kelsey Morris qualified for the NCAA National Championships on uneven bars.
April 5, 2014
Kelsey Morris and Ciera Perkins qualified for the National meet on the uneven bars and floor exercise, respectively.
Alabama won the meet with a score of 197.550 and Nebraska took second with a score of 196.975. Both teams earned the two qualifying spots for the NCAA National Championships, held April 18-20 in Birmingham, Ala.
Denver (195.625) and host Washington (195.550) took third and fourth, respectively. Boise State placed fifth, and BYU took sixth (194.650).
The top-two teams from each of the six regional sites, as well as the top-two all-around competitors or any individual event champions (who are not on an advancing team) qualified to participate at the NCAA National Championships.
Boise State would rotate in Olympic order for the night: vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise, with byes after vault and balance beam. The Broncos started the evening on vault and totaled a 49.075 team score. Amanda Otuafi led Boise State with a score of 9.875 for 10th place overall, and Perkins and Maddie Krentz both notched scores of 9.825 (T19th).
Boise State sat out the second rotation on a bye. For rotation three, Boise State competed on the uneven bars and recorded a team score of 49.300. The Broncos solidified themselves to the top of the Bronco regional record books with the highest team bar score at Regionals.
Junior Kelsey Morris led the Broncos with a season and career-tying 9.95 and tied for first-place overall in the event. Morris' 9.950 marks the highest score for Boise State at Regionals. Fellow junior Ciera Perkins recorded a 9.90 on the apparatus and recorded the second-highest score in Bronco history. Perkins tied for third overall in the meet. Halfway through the meet, the Blue and Orange recorded a 98.375 for third place, behind Alabama (98.625) and Nebraska (98.600).
The Broncos moved on to balance beam for rotation four. Krystine Jacobsen highlighted the event for the Broncos with a 9.80 (T 10th). Diana Mejia led off the event with a 9.750, and Marissa Wossner recorded a 9.775 (T 14th). Paige Urquhart earned a 9.60, Kelsey Morris had a 9.050 and Brooke Graham recorded a 9.025. The team recorded a 48.025.
Boise State closed out the night on floor exercise. Perkins closed off the night with a 9.90 performance, which tied her for first place overall and sent her to the national meet. Perkins now has 9 individual floor wins this season, which is a new Boise State record.
Sophomore Krentz led off with a solid 9.725, followed by Wossner's 9.75. Seniors Kelsey Black and Otuafi recorded a 9.650 and 9.675. Morris recorded a 9.825, which tied for ninth-place overall. The team recorded a score of 48.875, which is the 10th best score for Boise State at Regionals.