Junior Ciera Perkins made school history last weekend at the 2014 NCAA National Gymnastics Championship.
“It was definitely an awesome feeling,” Perkins said. “Having my teammates and my coaches by my side was really nice and such an amazing feeling.”
Perkins finished in eighth place in the floor exercise where she earned her second team All-American honors.
“She was confident in her ability and knew that she belonged at nationals,” co-head coach Tina Bird said. “She performed her best routine of the season there and deserved her All-American Floor team status. We were so excited and proud to be her coaches.”
She became the first gymnast in school history to achieve All-American status in floor exercise and just the fourth All-American in school history.
“It was pretty amazing just watching her,” sophomore Maddie Krentz said. “She has been a great leader and great inspiration to
all of us.”
Competing on the national stage was quite the experience for Perkins.
“It was so surreal and insane,” Perkins said. “I had goose bumps on almost every single routine but then I got up on the floor and all my nerves calmed down.”
Perkins journey to becoming an All-American and one of the most prolific gymnasts in school history started at the age of four when she first started doing gymnastics.
“My mom saw an ad in the newspaper and decided since I flipped in all other sports we should try this,” Perkins said. “I ended up loving it and have loved it ever since.”
Perkins came to Boise State by way of Las Vegas where she was born and raised. She was part of the Gymcasts Gymnastics Club there and it wasn’t long before Boise State took notice.
“Her coaches contacted us and asked us to take a look at her as they thought she would be a perfect fit for our program and they were right,” Bird said. “She attended our camp one summer as well and we all fell in love with her work ethic and enthusiasm. “
Soon after Perkins chose Boise State for one main reason.
“Definitely the coaches,” Perkins said. “They had this mentality of me improving each year and that is what I really wanted to do, not only athletically but academically as well.”
The rest is history as Perkins has gone on to become a vital part of the gymnastics team success over the last few seasons.
“She leads by example and next season we expect her to just keep on doing what she did this year,” Bird said. “She is a workhorse who is fun to coach and is calm and steady in competition and her consistency is something that the team came to count on.”
Perkins credits many people with all the success she has had during her time here.
“Definitely my parents, coaches, and teammates,” Perkins said. “Without them I definitely would not have been on that national stage and they have supported me all the way.”
Perkins had one of the best seasons in school history and with still another year left perhaps the best is still yet to come from her.
“Ciera definitely will go down as one of the best gymnasts in school history,” Bird said. “She had a record- setting season and I have no doubt she will continue that trend next season.”