The No. 24 Boise State gymnastics team heads to the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Championship meet on Sat., March 23 in Cedar City, Utah. The meet, which is hosted by Southern Utah University, will take place in Centrum Arena at 6 p.m. MT. The Broncos will face No. 13 Denver, No. 34 Southern Utah, No. 39 Sacramento State, No. 43 San Jose State and No. 53 Utah State in their first conference meet since 2011.
Boise State ranks second in the WAC heading into the championship meet. They were chosen by the WAC coaches as the favorite to win with five first-place votes, while Denver, who is the current leader in the conference, was picked second with one first-place vote.
Tickets for the 2013 WAC Gymnastics Championship are on sale at the Centrum ticket box office. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3-11) and $5 for students of participating institutions. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 435-586-7872 or go online to www.tbirdtickets.com.
Live results and live video for the championship will be available for free via the championship central website.
For more championship information visit www.wacsports.com or www.suutbirds.com. An event specific championship central is available here.
BRONCO CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:
The 2013 WAC Championships will be the 10th the Broncos have competed in throughout program history. Boise State has won three WAC titles, including the 2008, 2009 and 2011 meets. The Broncos competed in the WAC during the 1991-1993 seasons, as well as the 2006-2011 seasons as a member institution and will compete for the first time as an affiliate at the 2013 championships.
Throughout all conference championships in program history, Boise State has collected 11 titles: Mountain West Athletic Conference (1983, 1986, 1987); Big West Conference (1997, 1999, 2000); Western Gymnastics Conference (2003, 2004) and WAC (2008, 2009, 2011).
ABOUT BOISE STATE:
Boise State falls one spot to No. 24 in this week's national rankings (according to Troester.com/gym/). Boise State holds a 12-3 record on the season, including a 4-2 record against Western Athletic Conference teams. They sit in fourth in the NCAA West Region, and remain in second in the WAC, while holding a season-high score of 196.575 scored on March 1 against Southern Utah.
The Broncos have an RQS of 195.785 and rank No. 17 in the country on vault (49.165 RQS), No. 16 on uneven bars (49.105), No. 41 on balance beam (48.545) and No. 15 on floor exercise (49.200).
Individually six Broncos hold top-100 national rankings in their respective events. Kelsey Black hold top-100 spots in three events, ranking No. 73 (tie) on vault (9.850), No. 87 (tie) on bars (9.825) and No. 40 (tie) on floor (9.880). Amanda Otuafi ranks No. 50 (tie) on vault (9.875) and No. 69 (tie) on floor (9.860), while Ciera Perkins ranks No. 98 on vault (9.840) and No. 63 (tie) on bars (9.845). Brittany Potvin-Green ranks No. 65 (tie) on beam (9.830) and No. 64 (tie) on floor (9.860) as the final Bronco with multiple rankings. Erin Wippermann sits at No. 82 (tie) on bars (9.830), while Caitlin Mann ranks No. 70 in the all-around (38.845).
Boise State will open the 2013 WAC Championship on balance beam. The Broncos' rotation order continues with a bye, followed by floor exercise, vault, bye, and uneven bars.
A LOOK AT THE OPPONENTS:
No. 13 Denver (18-2)
Denver enters the championship with a No. 13 ranking (196.470 RQS) and a season-high 197.20 scored at home on March 9 against Arizona State and Illinois State. DU also ranks No. 13 on vault, No. 11 on bars, No. 12 on beam and No. 10 on floor in the national rankings this week. Denver holds a 1-0 lead over the Broncos for 2013 competitions. Individually, Moriah Martin ranks No. 4 on vault, No. 33 (tie) on bars, No. 99 (tie) on beam, No. 73 (tie) on floor and No. 16 in the all-around. Additionally, Nina McGee sits at No. 18 on bars, No. 41 (tie) on beam and No. 10 (tie) on floor, while Kaitlin Moorhead ranks No. 44 (tie) on vault and No. 48 (tie) on floor. Brianna Springer (63rd, tie), Ellese Sakai-Hart (91st, tie) and Jorie Hall (53rd, tie) round out the ranked Pioneers on bars, beam and floor, respectively.
No. 34 Southern Utah (7-8)
Southern Utah holds the No. 34 spot this week (195.145 RQS) in the national rankings. They rank No. 35 on vault, No. 29 on bars, No. 33 on beam and No. 42 on floor. The Thunderbirds have a season-high of 196.20 scored at home against San Jose State, Iowa and Ball State on March 15. Boise State topped SUU on March 1 in their only meeting of the season. Individually Michaela Chernoch holds the team's highest ranking, sitting at No. 53 in the all-around. Caitlin Kennedy ranks No. 66 and Jamie Armijo No. 90 in the all-around, while Natalie Trejo ranks No. 80 (tie) on beam.
No. 39 Sacramento State (6-12)
Sacramento State enters the week at No. 39 (tie) in the nation (194.740 RQS) with a season-best of 195.240 scored at Southern Utah on February 15. The Hornets rank No. 37 on vault, No. 38 (tie) on bars, No. 42 on beam and No. 41 on floor. Sacramento State is the only WAC team the Broncos have not faced during the 2013 season. Kalliah McCartney holds three individual ranks within the nation's top-100, including No. 28 in the all-around, No. 55 on beam and No. 82 (tie) on floor. Cassie Benning sits at No. 74 in the all-around, while Nicole Meiller rounds out the top-100 ranked Hornets with a No. 68 (tie) spot on bars.
No. 43 San Jose State (12-11)
San Jose State sits at No. 43 this week (194.60 RQS), while also ranking No. 48 on vault, No. 38 (tie) on bars, No. 30 (tie) on beam and No. 43 on floor. The Spartans hold a season-high of 195.70 scored at UC Davis on March 1. SJSU earned a win over the Broncos in their only meeting this season on March 8. Cassandra Harrison holds two top-100 rankings sitting t No. 60 in the all-around and No. 98 (tie) on floor. Bekah Gher ranks No. 64 (tie) in the all-around, as well as No. 91 (tie) on beam.
No. 53 Utah State (3-11)
Utah State ranks No. 53 in this week's national rankings (193.445 RQS) holding a season-best 194.20 score earned at Southern Utah on February 1. The Aggies rank No. 43 on vault, No. 48 on bars, No. 51 (tie) on beam and No. 58 on floor. Boise State is 2-0 over Utah State in 2013 meetings. Two all-around gymnasts hold top-100 rankings, including Sarah Landes at No. 40 and Paige Jones at No. 76.
Boise State holds an all-time series advantage over three of the five opponents they will face this weekend. They hold a 28-6-1 lead over San Jose State, as well as a 27-20 record with Southern Utah and an 18-7 record with Sacramento State. Denver holds an11-9-1 advantage over the Broncos, while Utah State leads 55-30 all-time.