Gymnastics to Host WAC Opponent Southern Utah, West Region Opponent Seattle Pacific

COMING UP:
Boise State hosts Western Athletic Conference opponent Southern Utah and West Region opponent Seattle Pacific in their first triangular meet of the season on Friday, February 29 at 7 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena. This will be BSU’s second meeting with Southern Utah and first meeting with Seattle Pacific this season.

WATCH ONLINE:
Fans are able to watch the BSU vs. Sacramento State gymnastics meet live on Bronco Vision on the www.broncosports.com website. Cost for the Bronco Vision is $9.95 per month (30 days) or $79.95 for a yearly subscription.

LIVE STATS:
Fans are able to view live stats for the event on www.broncosports.com under the Live Stats section.

LAST TIME OUT:
The Boise State gymnastics team earned their seventh victory of the season topping Sacramento State 194.025-193.450 last Friday. The Broncos (7-1, 6-1 WAC) posted marks of 48.50 on vault, 48.80 on bars, 47.70 on beam, and 49.025 on floor exercise. The Broncos’ Hannah Redmon earned the all-around title while also winning the vault and floor exercise. Teammates Lindsay Ward and Taylor Jacob tied for a win on the uneven bars to help the Broncos win three of the four events on the night.

ABOUT THE BRONCOS:
The Broncos returned to the national rankings this week after posting their first regional qualifying score (RQS) after their competition this past week. Ranking No. 21 this week in the national polls, the Broncos also boosted themselves into the No. 1 spot in the WAC rankings with a 194.230 RQS. BSU also holds the No. 4 spot in the West Region with the same RQS.

Event-by-event the Broncos have a handful of national rankings, including a No. 16 spot on floor exercise (48.855), a No. 19 rank on bars (48.595), a tie for No. 23 on vault (48.630), and No. 30 on beam (48.140). Hannah Redmon ranks the highest among the individual rankings for the Broncos, sitting at No. 17 in the nation on floor. Sarah Smith is the next highest ranked Bronco, holding the No. 57 spot on floor, while Kelsey Lang ranks No. 83 in the event. On vault, Amy Glass ties for the No. 75 spot while Shaniece Craft is tied for No. 92. On bars, Taylor Jacob ranks in a tie for No. 74 while Lindsay Ward is tied for the No. 100 spot. On beam, the Broncos’ Jacob is tied for No. 74 while Ward holds the No. 91 spot.

ABOUT THE SOUTHERN UTAH THUNDERBIRDS:
The Southern Utah Thunderbirds enter Friday’s meet with a quick turnaround from competition on Monday, February 25. The Thunderbirds posted a 194.875-193.900 win over Southeast Missouri State to continue their 4-0 home record and improve to 7-3 overall on the season.

Elise Wheeler and Shannon Coughlin led the Thunderbirds on vault on Monday as the pair scored a 9.775 and 9.750, respectively. Wheeler and senior Erin Morgan tied for individual first-place honors with scores of 9.875 on bars. Kellie Dangerfield (9.875), Katie Hicks (9.825) and Ari Lamb (9.800) helped SUU sweep the top three spots on beam as Coughlin tied for fourth overall on the night with a 9.700. SUU struggled on floor with their highest score coming from Coughlin with a 9.750. Hicks was the only other gymnast for the Thunderbirds to score over a 9.700 during the event with a 9.725.

The Thunderbirds will be tough competition for the Broncos this week, holding the No. 2 spot in the WAC rankings with a 194.005 RQS (only .225 behind the Broncos). The Thunderbirds were able to finish out ahead of the Broncos earlier this season at the SUU Quadrangular, winning the meet with a 194.650 while BSU took second with a score of 194.425.

ABOUT THE SEATTLE PACIFIC FALCONS:
The Falcons are coming off a 187.250-186.550 win over Air Force on Saturday, February 23 earning their second win of the season. The Falcons (2-7) picked up wins on vault, bars and beam to help secure their win. Although competition was tight between the teams, Seattle Pacific maintained a lead through the entire meet. The closest team score was following the third rotation when SPU was up by only a half of a point.

Ashley Domres placed second in the all-around for the Falcons, while also picking up a win on bars. Tracy Smith picked up a win on vault for the Falcons while Anissa Madrid earned a win on beam.

Seattle Pacific is ranked No. 12 in the West Region rankings with a 186.295 RQS for the season.

BRONCOS BY EVENT:
VAULT: Winning on vault for the fourth straight week, freshman Hannah Redmon will look to lead the Bronco vault corps. Freshman Amy Glass is likely to be in the line-up again this week after taking second in last week’s meet. Juniors Amber Neroes and Shaniece Craft have been solid contributors on vault this season as well as sophomore Ruthie Pennington.

BARS: Earning her fourth win on bars this season, redshirt-sophomore Taylor Jacob will be joined by senior Lindsay Ward (who has earned three titles on bars) as the top Broncos in the line-up this week. Redmon, who placed third last week will likely be joined by Neroes, Glass, and freshman Mallory Dziawura on bars.

BEAM: Ward, a consistent leader on beam for the Broncos, will again compete on beam this week. Jacob and redshirt freshman Sarah Smith have also produced solid performances in the last couple of meets and will look to do the same on Friday. Redmon and Glass will be joined by freshman Kelsey Lang to make up the beam line-up for the Broncos.

FLOOR: After wining her fifth straight floor title, Redmon will be a definite leader for the Broncos in the event. Continually improving, Smith and sophomore Yvette Leizorek look to be big contributors to the Broncos while Glass, Lang and Jacob have been consistent in the event all season.

ALL AROUND: Redmon and Glass are likely to compete in the all-around again this week after posting solid scores in previous meets.


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