BOISE, Idaho--Krystine Jacobsen has been through a lot in her Boise State career, struggling with the death of her brother last year, around the same time that her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Through it all, she has battled and as team co-captain of the Bronco gymnastics team (with fellow senior Maddie Krentz), has led the Broncos to a #9 national ranking, highest in school history.
Jacobsen, who has scored 9.8 or better in each of the sport's four disciplines, says her favorite is the uneven bars. Jacobsen turned in a sterling 9.95 performance last week in a Boise State win over San Jose State to earn the Mountain Rim Conference honor for Specialist of the Week.
"It's always nice to do something you feel great at," Jacobsen said, "and I absolutely love the event."
Boise State has consistently gotten better during Jacobsen's time at Boise State, and this season, the Broncos appear to have a good mix of veteran leaders and promising underclassmen. One such prospect is sophomore Sandra Collantes, whom Jacobsen met while at Excalibur Gymnastics Club in Krystine's hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Jacobsen was instrumental in bringing the talented Collantes to Boise State:
"I love this place, and if I can bring any of my old teammates, I will," Jacobsen said.
The #9 Broncos face one of their sternest tests Friday night when the host #26 Ohio State. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.