Gymnastics Opens Season at Flips Invitational

What's Happening:
The No. 19-ranked (preseason) Boise State gymnastics team will take to the gym this weekend for their first competition of the 2010 season. The Broncos will head to Reno, Nev., to participate in the 2010 Flips Invitational Collegiate Meet against Western Athletic Conference opponents San Jose State and Sacramento State. The meet is scheduled for Fri., Jan. 15 with a 7 p.m. (Pacific Time) start at the Grand Sierra Casino and Resort. This will be the first of nine regular season meets for the Broncos.  

Top Returners and Fresh Faces:
The Broncos return a handful of top gymnasts from the 2009 season with 14 returners and 11 returning who were consistently in the lineup. Three seniors, Taylor Jacob, Yvette Leizorek and Raquel Turnbow, enter their final season and look to lead the team to another successful year. The Broncos welcome the return of redshirt sophomore Amy Glass, who competed in only one meet last season before suffering a season-ending neck injury in the warm-ups of their second meet. She returns stronger than ever and has added more difficulties, making her a force to reckon with in the all-around. The 2009 WAC Beam Champion Kelsey Lang is returning for her junior season while Mallory Dziawura, Hannah Redmon, Sarah Smith and Katie Tuller add to the talented junior class. Joining Glass in the sophomore class is redshirt sophomore Chelsee Apple, who was a solid force on vault last season for the Broncos. The team also welcomes back sophomores Lindsay Kazandjian, who was solid on beam, and Fiona Leslie, on floor. The Broncos also welcome freshmen Hailey Gaspar, Lacee Lang and Brittany Potvin-Green who will make an immediate impact on the team.  

All-Time Series:
The Broncos hold leads over both teams in the all-time series, holding a 23-5-1 record over San Jose State and a 12-7-0 record over Sacramento State. The Broncos last faced SJSU on Apr. 4, 2009 at the NCAA West Regional and Sac State on Mar. 21, 2009 at the WAC Championships. The Broncos hold a two-meet winning streak over SJSU after winning the WAC Championships and placing third at the NCAA Regional meet, while also holding a five-meet winning streak over Sac State.

Boise State Broncos:
Boise State returns to competition this season as the two-time defending WAC Champion as well as coming off one of their best seasons in school history as a team. The Broncos earned their highest placing ever at an NCAA regional in 2009, placing third with the best team score in school history at a regional meet. The Broncos also come off a season where they scored a 196.525 team score, good for No. 7 all-time in Boise State team scores. They also notched four team scores into the top-25 all-time Boise State scores in the 2009 season.

"We are really excited to open our season against WAC teams," said co-head coach Tina Bird. "This will be a great launching pad for our season and it will be good to see how we do against these teams and in an away meet."

The Broncos enter the season as the No. 19-ranked team in the country according to the NCAA Preseason Coaches' Poll; the only team in the WAC to earn a top-25 ranking.

San Jose State Spartans:
The Spartans enter the weekend with one meet under their belts, after competing at the UC Davis Quad meet on Sun., Jan. 10. There San Jose State was able to capture the top team mark of 191.800, defeating UC Davis, Cal State Fullerton and Wisconsin-Whitewater.

The Spartans' Thomasina Wallace captured three event wins, earning the all-around title (38.700), the uneven bars title (9.925) and sharing the vault title with teammate Lily Swann (9.825).

In the NCAA Preseason Coaches' Poll, the Spartans were put in the "Others Receiving Votes" category. Now after their first meet, they sit as the No. 24-ranked team in the country after the first week of competition (only 41 teams competed the first week).

San Jose State finished in fourth-place at the 2009 WAC Championships.

Sacramento State Hornets:
The Sacramento State Hornets open up their season at the Flips Invite as well. It will be the first of 10 regular season meets for the Hornets this season. In the 2009 season, Sacramento State finished just behind Boise State in second-place at the WAC Championships, scoring a 195.350 team score.

The Hornets have 20 gymnasts on their 2010 roster, including four seniors, five juniors, six sophomores and five freshmen. They welcome back Eryn Stubblefield as their top all-arounder, Amber Blauvelt as a top gymnast on vault and bars, Traci Takeda on vault and beam as well as Lissa Zamolo, Cayla Boyce and Lauren Dyson who aided the team on various events in 2009.

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