Morris and Perkins Set for Nationals

GOBRONCOSDOTCOM Junior Kelsey Morris
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Junior Kelsey Morris
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April 15, 2014

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THIS WEEK IN BRONCO GYMNASTICS:
The 2014 National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships will be held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, April 18-20, hosted by the University of Alabama and the Alabama Sports Foundation. Boise State's Kelsey Morris and Ciera Perkins will represent the blue and orange on uneven bars and floor exercise, respectively.

The 2014 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships will consist of 12 teams and 12 all-around competitors and event specialists (all of whom are not on a qualifying team). Semifinal team and all-around competition will be conducted in two semifinal sessions Friday. The top three teams from each session will advance to the Super Six competition on Saturday. The top four individuals from each session in each event (plus ties) from the semifinal team and all-around competitions will compete in the individual-event competition on Sunday.

BRONCO HISTORY:
Seven Broncos have competed at the National meet, and Morris and Perkins will move that total to nine. Morris, the Snohomish, Wash., native, becomes the first individual event qualifier to compete on bars. Perkins, the Las Vegas native, joins Hannah Redmon (2010) as an individual event qualifier on floor exercise. The Broncos have sent five all-around competitors to the National meet: Glass (2011, 2012); Lindsay Ward (2004, 2005); Diana Loosli (1997, 1998); Johnna Evans (1998) and Julie Wagner (1992, 1993, 1995). Redmon was an individual event qualifier on vault and floor exercise in 2010, and Bekah Gher on balance beam in 2011.

INDIVIDUAL EVENT FINALS QUALIFICATION/ALL-AMERICAN INFORMATION:
In order to become a first team All-American, a gymnast must finish in the top-four (including ties) on any event in her semifinal session. The top-four from each of the two sessions advances on to Sunday's Individual Event Finals in their respective events. To earn second team All-American status, a gymnast must finish in the fifth through eighth-place spots (including ties) in each of the two semifinal sessions on Friday.

ROTATION SCHEDULE:
Both Bronco gymnasts will compete in the second semifinal, which begins at 7 p.m. (CT), April 18. Morris will compete on the uneven bars in rotation three, after Florida and after Rutgers' all-around competitor Alexis Gunzelman.

Perkins will compete on floor, also in rotation three. The 2014 MRGC gymnast of the year will compete after UCLA and after Kent State's all-around competitor Marie Case. TICKETS: Tickets for Semifinal II can be found HERE

LIVE COVERAGE:
Saturday and Sunday's action will be televised live HERE

TEAMS AND COMPETITORS:
Session I will feature Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Oklahoma, LSU and Stanford; Session II will feature Florida, Alabama, Utah, UCLA, Penn State and Nebraska.

Along with Morris and Perkins, event specialists will represent: Cal, Kentucky, Oregon State, Minnesota and Central Michigan.

HOW THEY MADE THE FIELD:
Boise State competed at the Seattle Regional and finished fifth as a team. Alabama and Nebraska finished first and second, respectively, and earned the two spots to the National meet.

Morris tied Nebraska's Emily Wong on bars, both earning marks of 9.950. With her first-place score, Morris earned a trip to the National meet for winning an event on a non-qualifying team.

Perkins advanced on floor exercise with her 9.900 routine. Perkins tied Wong and Alabama's Diandra Miller to advance to Birmingham.