History was made for the Boise State gymnastics program in the Broncos 196.500 to 194.925 win over BYU, Friday night.
Junior Emily Lopez put up a perfect score of 10.000 in her uneven bars routine, the highest score recorded in the event in Boise State gymnastics history.
“It means so much, I’ve practiced so hard for this and it’s just insane. I have no words to describe like how I feel right now,” Lopez told Bronco Nation News. “It’s just amazing.”
Emily Lopez just put up a PERFECT 10.0 score on the bar. The junior put up the first perfect score on the bar in Boise State gymnastics history! What a routine. pic.twitter.com/b13jbFb2A3
— Bronco Nation News (@BNNBroncoNation) February 18, 2023
The Broncos also put up a season-high score for the season, 0.175 better than a 196.325 performance earlier this month against Utah State.
“Emily is so steady on bars all the time and other events as well, but especially bars,” Boise State coach Tina Bird said. “To watch her finally get rewarded … it really was a great 10.”
Boise State took home event titles in three of the four events on the night, including Courtney Blackson and Lopez putting up a 9.900 on vault along with Blackson scoring a 9.925 on the floor exercise.
For senior night the Broncos honored Erin Elkabchi, Talia Little, Erin Morden, Adriana Popp and Kayli Tran at the conclusion of the meet.
Bird showed some emotion when asked on witnessing five seniors take the floor for their last time as a Bronco at ExtraMile Arena.
“I’m a little teary in my eyes right now,” Bird chuckled. “They did a great job. The only way I really get through this night is because we’re not done yet – we still have half a season left so I’m expecting more great things from all the seniors.”
The Broncos head to Cedar City, Utah Feb. 22 for a rematch with conference foe Southern Utah, a Thunderbird team that took down the Broncos earlier this season.