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Boise State gymnastics looks forward to its first home meet of the season

Boise State gymnastics looks forward to its first home meet of the season

BOISE, Idaho – The Boise State Broncos gymnastics team hosts Southern Utah in a Mountain Rim Conference matchup this Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at Xtra Mile Arena.

This will be the first time the Broncos will host a meet this season, but they can now look forward to back-to-back home meets against Utah State this Friday and next Friday.

Emily Lopez said, “It’s great, we get a chance to use our own equipment, so that’s a plus and it’s great to have all our fans coming.” “I’m very proud of the work I’ve done and I can’t wait to fulfill my potential this season and hopefully back home.”

The Broncos have gone two contests so far and have an 0-4 record as they lost to UCLA, Washington and Minnesota in the Wasatch Classic quad meet, and were also defeated by BYU in a conference match in Provo last week.

“We have a lot of kids that didn’t compete last year,” said BSU coach Tina Byrd. “We’ve had a few meets to make progress on and I really think this Friday we’re going to put it together.”

Emily Lopez

Emily Lopez Off to a stellar start, the junior from California has won Conference Specialist of the Week a combined five times on vault and beam, she is currently ranked fifth in the nation on balance beam.

Lopez said, “My mom always wanted to do gymnastics, but she was never able to do it, so she put me into it, I started when I was three and I loved it.”
“The beam is a little scary, it’s only four inches wide, but knowing that my team is there supporting me is really great and safe.”

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Gymnastics has an interesting dynamic as each of the women has its own discipline and some compete in multiple events, women compete on their own but have to do well to help the team or if a routine is second plan Doesn’t follow through Team member needs to step up.

“Our goal this year is to get better at every meet, we want to make Bronco history, set some school records and we want to win conference,” Bird said. “But we want to take one day at a time, work through the week, then go out there and build on each performance. I think the sky’s the limit.”

Boise State has a total of three home games, last year they hosted the Mountain Rim Conference Championship, but this year the event will be in Southern Utah.

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