Broncos to Take On Conference Leader Southern Utah

What's Happening:
The Boise State gymnastics team (8-1, 3-0 WAC) continues a two-week road trip in Cedar City, Utah, this Fri., Feb. 26 at Southern Utah University. The meet between Boise State and Southern Utah will be held at 7 p.m. at the Centrum Arena. It will be SUU's "Pink Night" in honor of breast cancer awareness. The competition between the two teams will be a close one, fighting for the top spot in the Western Athletic Conference. Each team is undefeated in WAC competition thus far and currently SUU holds the top spot in the conference.

Live Stats:
Fans can follow the live stats for the event at www.suutbirds.com, go to the gymnastics page and clicking on the camera under the schedule section.

Last Time Out:
The Broncos posted their season-high score of 195.425 at Denver last week, falling only to Denver and defeating Southeast Missouri State and Seattle Pacific. The Broncos scored a season-high of 49.275 on vault, good for No. 4 in the all-time team scores on the event at Boise State. Amy Glass captured a win on vault, while Hannah Redmon won bars and Sarah Smith won floor.    

All-Time Series:
The Broncos will take on Southern Utah for the 41st time in school history, leading with a 22-18 record (winning the last three meetings). The Broncos' most recent win over the Thunderbirds came at the 2009 WAC Championships.

Athlete of the Week:
Junior Hannah Redmon has earned three WAC honors this season being named WAC Gymnast of the Week for Jan. 11-17 and Feb. 8-14 as well as Specialist of the Week for the week of Feb. 1-7. Freshman Hailey Gaspar earned a WAC Specialist of the Week honor for the week of Jan. 25-31.  

Making a Mark in the Record Books:
Four current Broncos hold spots in the all-time records for Boise State. Junior Hannah Redmon holds the No. 6 spot on the all-time career wins in the all-around chart with six total, while also sitting in a tie for No. 3 on all-time career wins on floor with 12 career wins. She also is ranked No. 8 on the all-time season floor wins chart and the No. 4 spot in career vault wins with 11. Redshirt senior Taylor Jacob sits in a tie for third in all-time career wins on bars with 13 while junior Kelsey Lang sit in a tie for No. 8 in career beam wins, totaling five in her career. She has also earned three wins on beam this season, tying her for No. 9 on the all-time season beam wins chart.

Boise State "Broncos":
The Broncos go unranked this week, however are coming off their strongest competition of the season. They scored a season-high of 195.425 at Denver, dropping their first match-up of the season to Denver, but improving to 8-1 overall with wins over Southeast Missouri State and Seattle Pacific.

Broncos In the Rankings:
No Broncos hold national rankings this week. The national rankings switch to a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) mid-way through the season, and teams with six or more meets under their belts begin accumulating their RQS. Boise State has only competed in five meets, therefore, leaving them unranked for the week. They will re-enter the rankings next week after their sixth meet this season.

Southern Utah "Thunderbirds":
Southern Utah (7-0, 5-0 WAC) enters the meet as the only team of the three with an RQS. They hold the No. 21 spot in the national team rankings, while also sitting No. 17 on beam, No. 18 on vault, No. 24 on bars and No. 32 on floor. Their highest season score has been 195.275 against Kent State on Feb. 6. Their most recent meet was a win at Utah State with a score of 195.075 on Feb. 15.

The Thunderbirds have six athletes who sit in the national top-100 rankings individual events. Melissa Johnson holds the team's highest ranking in any event, sitting at a tie for No. 14 on vault. She is also ranked in a tie for No. 64 on beam. Elise Wheeler is ranked in every event, sitting at No. 11 in the all-around, No. 60 on vault, No. 27 (tie) on bars, No. 30 (tie) on beam and No. 50 (tie) on floor. Also ranking on bars is Jenna Vogt who sits in a tie for No. 83 while Shannon Coughlin joins Wheeler in the floor rankings, sitting in a tie for No. 69. Brooke Cersosimo and Caitlin Kennedy round out the team's national individual rankings, sitting at No. 79 (tie) and No. 94 (tie), respectively, on beam.


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