No. 22 Bronco Gymnastics Set to Battle No. 20 Arizona State and No. 21 Penn State
Boise State will hit the road for their first of two final regular season road meets on Friday, March 7. The Broncos will travel to Tempe, Arizona to take on Arizona State and Penn State in a 7 p.m. match-up at the Wells Fargo Arena on the campus of Arizona State. The competition will be the toughest the No. 22 Broncos have faced this season, going head to head with No. 20 ASU and No. 21 PSU.
Fans are able to view live stats for the event at http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-gym/sched/asu-w-gym-sched.html on the Arizona State University athletics website.
LAST TIME OUT:
The Boise State gymnastics team earned their eighth victory of the season topping Seattle Pacific but lost for the second time to Southern Utah University this season. The Broncos (8-2, 6-2 WAC) The Broncos placed second over all with a 194.475, their third highest total of the season. Southern Utah posted a 194.700 to edge out the Broncos, while the Falcons of SPU scored a 186.825 team total. Lindsay Ward led the way with wins on bars and beam, while Hannah Redmon won the vault for the Broncos.
ABOUT THE BRONCOS:
The Broncos dropped one spot to No. 22 in the national rankings this week. They hold the No. 15 spot on bars (48.770 Regional Qualifying Score) in the nation as well as the No. 21 spot on vault (48.795) and floor (48.890) in the national rankings. Their beam score of 48.270 puts them in the No. 30 spot in national rankings in the event. Boise State continues to hold the No. 4 spot in the West Rankings with a total RQS of 194.600 while holding the No. 1 spot in the Western Athletic Conference rankings as well.
Nine Broncos hold national top-100 rankings this week with freshman Hannah Redmon leading the way with in three events. Redmon holds the No. 36 ranking on vault with an RQS of 9.840, is tied for No. 75 on bars with a 9.780, and is tied for No. 27 on floor with an RQS of 9.855. Joining Redmon on bars, junior Shaniece Craft sits in a tie for No. 72 (9.805) while freshman Amy Glass is tied for No. 84 (9.790). On bars junior Taylor Jacob shares the No. 80 spot with a 9.775 while senior Lindsay Ward is the only Bronco to be ranked on beam, ranking No. 48 (9.810). On floor fellow freshman Sarah Smith and Kelsey Lang join Redmon. Smith is tied for No. 76 (9.790) while Lang is tied for No. 89 (9.780) in the national rankings.
ABOUT ARIZONA STATE:
Dropping three spots in the rankings, the Arizona State Sun Devils hold the No. 20 spot in the GymInfo rankings this week with a 194.815 Regional Qualifying Score. The Sun Devils also rank in all four events sitting as high as No. 16 on balance beam. They hold the No. 20 spot on vault and sit at No. 26 on bars and floor as a team.
The Sun Devils have a handful of nationally ranked individuals; led mainly by Tiana Jean who is ranked No. 32 in the all-around (38.960), is tied for No. 47 on bars (9.810), and is tied for No. 77 on beam (9.770). Ashley Hinkle also is ranked in three events sitting in a tie for No. 45 on vault (9.830), tied for No. 42 on bars (9.810), and tied for No. 56 on floor (9.815). Nicole Harris is tied for the No. 21 spot on bars (9.850) while also tying for No. 77 on beam (9.770), while Tia Orlando is tied for No. 94 on bars (9.760) and tied for No. 36 on beam (9.820). ASU’s Beate Jones is the only Sun Devil ranked in one event, tying for the No. 84 spot on vault with a 9.790 RQS.
Arizona State placed third in the UNO’s Flip for the Cure with a team total of 194.0. Stanford placed first with a team score of 195.8 and San Jose State came in second with a score of 194.2. UW - Oshkosh placed fourth with a 181.125. Sun Devils freshman Tiana Jean placed second in the competition with a 39.025. The Sun Devils started off strong in the first rotation on the vault posting their second-highest team total this season of 49.025. The Gym Devils moved to the bars in the second rotation where the team totaled a 48.65. The Sun Devils were slightly behind Stanford going to the third rotation and ahead of San Jose State and UW-Oshkosh. With two falls on the beam, the Gym Devils posted a team total of 48.225. The Sun Devils fell into third place going into the final rotation. The Sun Devils struggled a bit on floor ending with a team total of 48.1.
ABOUT PENN STATE:
The Nittany Lions hold the No. 21 spot in the national rankings while also sitting in a tie for No. 12 on floor, in No. 15 on vault, and No. 27 on both bars and beam. Leading the team is Brandi Personett who ranks No. 24 in the all-around (39.065), is tied for No. 16 on vault (9.875), is tied for No. 55 on bars (9.80), and holds the No. 7 spot nationally on floor (9.905). Alexandra Brockway is ranked in three events: No. 52 in all-around (38.675), tied for No. 16 on bars (9.860), and tied for No. 75 on beam (9.770). Aslynn Satterfield is tied for No. 84 on vault (9.790) and No. 25 on floor (9.860) while Casey Rohrbaugh is ranked No. 75 on floor (9.795) and tied for No. 97 on beam (9.750).
Penn State leads Boise State, 4-0, in a series that began in 1990. The last regular-season meeting was a 196.025-195.950 Nittany Lion win on March 11, 2005 in Boise, Idaho.
BRONCOS BY EVENT:
VAULT: Winning on vault for the fifth 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 while juniors Amber Neroes and Shaniece Craft have been solid contributors on vault this season as well as senior Lindsay Ward and sophomore Ruthie Pennington.
BARS: Earning her fourth win on bars this season last week, Ward will lead the bars squad along with Taylor Jacob. Redmon, who placed second 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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