Gymnastics Cruises to Flips Invitational Win

RENO, Nev. - The Boise State gymnastics team opened up their 2010 season Friday evening at the Flips Invitational at Reno's Grand Sierra Casino and Resort. The Broncos faced Western Athletic Conference opponents Sacramento State and San Jose State, winning the triangular meet with a sizeable margin and a score of 194.200.

The Broncos picked up team wins on vault (49.025), bars (48.800) and floor (48.775) while San Jose State captured the team win on beam (47.975). The Spartans captured the second place team title with a score of 192.400 and Sacramento State rounded out the meet with a 188.925.

"We did great on 3 events, but the first meet jitters hit us on beam," said co-head coach Tina Bird. "We had great performances tonight."

The Broncos earned individual titles on all four individual events. Hannah Redmon earned the vault title with a 9.90 while five additional Broncos joined Redmon in the top-seven spots. Redmon scored her second 9.90 of the night on the fourth rotation, earning the floor exercise title as well. Returning from a season-ending neck injury in 2009, Amy Glass came back on fire, winning the uneven bars title with a 9.825 score. Katie Tuller and Taylor Jacob helped to round out the top-three on the event. On beam, sophomore Lindsay Kazandjian shared the title with San Jose State's Thomasina Wallace with a 9.825 score.

"The biggest moment of the night was Amy's bar routine," exclaimed Bird. "Since bars was the event she got hurt on last year, this was especially emotional for the entire team.  When she nailed it, we all started crying.  I've never seen Amy so emotional. She ended up winning bars, so it was a powerful moment."

Wallace earned the all-around title with a 38.975 score while Redmon placed second (38.925) and Glass finishing third (38.775).

The Broncos, who were ranked as the nation's No. 19-ranked team in the preseason coaches' poll, will take a week off from competition before facing their third WAC opponent in two weeks. They head to Logan, Utah to take on Utah State in a dual competition at 7 pm.



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