The Boise State gymnastics team will be saying goodbye to their three seniors this Saturday night as they host their final home meet of the season against Seattle Pacific.

“We are going to miss them and their leadership,” co-head coach Tina Bird said. “All of our seniors are unique in their own way and have brought their own twists to the program.”

The Broncos will say goodbye Amanda Otuafi, Kelsey Black, and Alessandra Cinfio.

“Gymnastics has been my whole entire life and I have never done any other sport besides gymnastics,” Otuafi said.  “Having my last home meet is going to be really hard because the fans here have been so great and really supportive.”

The Broncos are currently ranked 16th in the country right now and are one of the nation’s best.

“We are doing really well this season,” sophomore Maddie Krentz said. “It’s a lot better than it was last year and that’s because our focus and our attitude is a lot
stronger.”

They are currently the highest ranked program in the school right now and are having nothing short of a spectacular season. They have set numerous records.

“This summer is where it all started,” Otuafi said. “We worked out really hard and from the very beginning we knew we needed to have more dedication. We needed to work harder than we ever had to get to where we are, and all of our hard work is now finally
paying off.”

The Broncos will look to keep their momentum going as they prepare for their final three meets before regionals.

“It’s really important for us not to let up,” Krentz said. “Our goal, drive and focus is to make history and go to nationals.”

Even with all the success and glamour that has come their way this season, the Broncos are just taking it one day at a time.

“We focus on each week as it comes,” Otuafi said. “It’s nice being ranked where we are right now, but we are still just focusing on ourselves and trying to get better every week.”

The Broncos have taken their competition to new heights;  literally.

“The team is dedicated inside and outside the gym and that has made a huge difference,” Bird said. “This team has a lot of heart and they want it bad.”

Dedication and heart aren’t the only reasons for Boise State’s success, though.

“We are a lot closer as a team,” Krentz said. “We all have the same mentality, same drive, same focus in the gym every day Our motivation has never been stronger.”

That same motivation might make them the first team in school history to go to nationals.

“I can’t even describe how that would feel,” Bird said.  “This team has a special place in my heart and for them to make it, I can’t think of anything better.”

You couldn’t ask for a better ending for these seniors if that does become a reality for the Broncos, and it starts Saturday night.

“I just want to finish my senior year helping my team as much as I can,” Otuafi said. “Putting all my energy and dedication into what I can do for the team.”

 

Brandon Walton
Brandon is a senior at Boise State where he is majoring in communication. He transferred to Boise State in 2012 from TVCC in Ontario, Oregon. Brandon has been writing sports for The Arbiter since Spring 2013 and just recently became the Assistant Sports Editor for The Arbiter. He is also involved with the Boise State radio station the Pulse and has several radio shows. His dream job is to work as a sports broadcaster for a big network such as ESPN as well as continuing writing sports for a major newspaper or magazine. In his spare time he watches sports, movies, plays video games, and owns people in ping pong.