Broncos, Glass and Redmon Earn WAC Titles

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Boise State gymnastics team set out to reclaim the Western Athletic Conference gymnastics title this weekend and they did just that. The Broncos took the 2011 WAC team title with a score of 195.70 on Saturday (March 19) night at The Event Center, sweeping the conference meet and regular season titles this season. Junior Amy Glass and senior Hannah Redmon earned individual titles on vault and bars, respectively, while Glass also captured the 2011 WAC Gymnast of the Year honor. Six All-WAC First Team (first through third place) finishes were earned by the Broncos, while also naming three to the All-WAC Second Team (fourth through sixth place).

The Broncos reclaimed their team championship title after winning in 2008 and 2009, but just missed out on the 2010 title falling .10 to Southern Utah.

Boise State proved their dominance in the WAC by winning nearly one point ahead of Southern Utah who finished as the team runner-up with 194.825. San Jose State placed third as a team (193.925), while Sacramento State placed fourth (193.550). Utah State placed fifth (191.850) and Cal State Fullerton rounded out the conference in sixth (191.650). The Broncos also proved dominant on single events, claiming the top team scores on vault (49.175), bars (48.825) and floor (48.950). They also earned a 48.750 on beam. SUU was the only other team to win an event as a team, scoring a 49.325 on beam.

In somewhat of a tradition, the Broncos came out on vault in the final rotation, sticking landings, scoring high scores and providing a great deal of energy to put the exclamation point on their day's performance and team title.

The Broncos opened the meet on a bye in the first round, but began their competition on bars in the second round. Redmon led the team with her 9.850 score, good for a tie with SUU's Alyssa Click for the uneven bars title. Redmon earned her first career WAC title on the event and became the first Bronco to earn a title since 2008 on bars (Lindsay Ward), earning her sixth bars title this season and 11th career bars win. Senior Katie Tuller finished her final WAC competition on a high note, placing second in the Bronco line-up and tying for 10th along with teammates Lindsay Kazandjian and Brittany Potvin-Green with scores of 9.750. Kelsey Black earned a tie for 15th-place with her 9.725 score, while Glass placed 30th with a 9.125 to round out the first rotation.

Moving to the balance beam, senior Kelsey Lang led the Broncos with a tie for fourth-place. She earned a score of 9.875, good for a season-best and tied for the 10th-best score by a Bronco at a conference meet. Kazandjian and Glass each score 9.825, tying for seventh, while Bekah Gher earned a 9.675 to tie for 17th-place. Lacee Lang earned a 9.550 to place 27th, while Redmon rounded out the line-up with a 9.175 and a 30th-place finish.

After resting during the fourth round bye, the Broncos moved on to floor in the fifth rotation looking well-rested. Hailey Gaspar and Redmon showed their spunk, each collecting 9.825 scores and tying for a second-place finish. Senior Sarah Smith gave an outstanding performance as well, tying her season-best of 9.80 to tie for eighth-place overall. Kelsey Lang and Glass each earned scores of 9.750 to tie for 15 th-place, while Kelsey Black scored a 9.575 to tie for 28th.

In the final rotation, the Broncos proved their comfort with the rotation ending on vault, an event they dominated in the final round of the 2011 NCAA Salt Lake City Regional Championships. Much like last season, the Broncos went out and produced one fantastic vault after another, sweeping the top three spot on the event. Glass captured her first career WAC title on vault and first by a Bronco since 2009 (Shaniece Craft) with her 9.90 score. The win was Glass' third on vault this season and seventh career vault win. Redmon placed just behind in second with a 9.875, while Gaspar earned a 9.850 to place third. Potvin-Green tied for sixth (9.80), while Amanda Otuafi and Smith each earned 9.750 scores to tie for 10 th and round out the meet's top vault line-up.

Redmon and Glass also participated in the all-around competition with Redmon snagging a fifth-place finish with her 38.725 score. Glass earned a 38.60 to tie for seventh.

Cal State Fullerton's Alaina Baker captured the all-around title with a 39.125, as well as the floor title with a 9.90 score. SUU's Brooke Cersosimo earned a 9.925 to capture the beam title, while Redmon and Click shared the bars title and Glass earned the vault title.

The Broncos earned their 11 th conference championship title in school history (third WAC), while also scoring the third-best team score on vault at a conference championship meet. They also tied the fourth-best overall score at a championship meet, earned the fifth-best beam score, seventh-best bars score and 10th-best floor score by a Bronco team at a conference championship. Glass earned the 14th
vault title in Boise State conference championship history, while Redmon earned just the sixth-ever bars title. Glass also moves to a tie for No. 8 in career vault wins (7) at Boise State while Redmon improves to a tie for No. 3 in season bars wins (6) and a tie for No. 5 in career bars wins (12).
Boise State awaits the announcement of the NCAA Regional assignments on Monday (March 21) to learn where they will compete in the 2011 regional championships. The Broncos now hold a 195.995 Regional Qualifying Score after the WAC Championships and will likely hold the No. 13 spot in Monday's rankings. The NCAA Regional Championships will be held on Sat., April 2 in six locations across the country.


WAC Honors
2011 WAC Gymnast of the Year - Amy Glass

Vault:
Amy Glass - First Team (Champion)
Hannah Redmon - First Team
Hailey Gaspar - First Team
Brittany Potvin-Green - Second Team

Bars:
Hannah Redmon - First Team (Champion)

Beam:
Kelsey Lang - Second Team

Floor:
Hannah Redmon - First Team
Hailey Gaspar - First Team

All-Around:
Hannah Redmon - Second Team


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