Broncos Eye Third-Straight WAC Gymnastics Title

What's Happening:
The No. 19-ranked Boise State gymnastics team is headed to the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Championships this week. The newly crowned WAC regular season champions will look for their third straight title on Mar. 27 at 7 p.m. (MT) in Fullerton, Calif. The meet will be hosted by Cal State Fullerton and will be held in Titan Gym on the CSUF campus.

Live Stats:
Live stats for the event will be available at: http://www.fullertontitans.com/livestats/w-gym/20100327.htm

Tickets:
Ticket prices for the 2010 WAC Gymnastics Championship are as follows:
Reserved Seating: $10
General Admission Seating: $8

Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.fullertontitans.com or by calling (657) 278-2783. 

Parking:

Fan parking is available in the Dumbo Downs lot, located at the corner of Gymnasium Drive and West Campus Drive, or in Parking Structure 2, located at the corner of Gymnasium Drive and State College Boulevard. Fan parking is free of charge.  For more information, please visit http://parking.fullerton.edu/Maps/PrintableCampusMap.pdf.

Photos:
Championship photos will be available for purchase following the championship at www.wacsports.com.

Broncos Clinch Regular Season WAC Title:
The 2010 season marked a first for the WAC, introducing a regular season title to one of the six teams who compete in gymnastics. Previously, there was only a WAC title for the winner of the WAC Championship meet, but this season the regular season title has been added. Boise State clinched the first ever regular season title last Friday with their win over San Jose State and remaining undefeated in WAC competitions (5-0).

Last Time Out:
The Broncos hosted San Jose State in their final regular season meet, also celebrating the seniors on senior night. The Broncos posted the seventh-best score in school history with a 196.550 while also posting a season best of 49.350 on bars and a 49.200 on floor. They also earned solid scores of 49.10 on vault and 48.925 on beam. Hannah Redmon won on vault and floor and tied with Amy Glass for the bars title. Glass also earned the all-around title, while Lindsay Kazandjian earned a win on beam.

All-Time Series:
Heading into the WAC Championships as the two-time defending champion, Boise State leads Cal State Fullerton 29-18 in the all-time series, leads Sacramento State 14-7, leads San Jose State 25-5, leads Southern Utah 23-18 and trails Utah State 22-54 in the all-time series.    

Making a Mark in the Record Books:
As a team the Broncos set a school record with a score of 49.350 on vault on Feb. 26, 2010. Just this past week they earned a season-high of 196.550 overall, good for No. 7 all-time at Boise State while also earning a 49.325 score on bars, giving them the fourth-best score in school history on the event. Five current Broncos hold spots in the all-time records for Boise State. Amy Glass moved into the No. 9 (tie) spot for single season all-around wins while also working her way to a tie for No. 9 in the career all-around wins. Hannah Redmon moved to No. 5 (tie) on the single season vault wins while also staying tied at No. 3 in the all-around career vault wins. On bars, Redmon moves to a tie for No. 5 in season wins while also moving to a tie for No. 8 in career wins on the event. Taylor Jacob also sits among the career bars wins chart tying for the No. 2 spot. On beam, Kelsey Lang remains tied for No. 3 in single season wins while also tying for No. 6 in career wins. Lindsay Kazandjian joins Lang on the career chart, sitting in a tie for No. 9 in career bars wins. On floor Redmon moves to a tie for No. 2 in single season wins at Boise State while also improving to the No. 2 spot on the career floor wins chart.  

Broncos in the WAC:
The Broncos' are currently in their fifth year as part of the WAC for the sport of gymnastics. With four years already in the record books, the Broncos have earned two team titles (2009 and 2008) as well as a runner-up title (2006 - first year in the WAC). Two current Broncos return this season as past WAC individual champions with Kelsey Lang returning as the defending champ on beam and Hannah Redmon returning as a WAC champion on vault, floor and the all-around in 2008. The 2009 season was one of the best conference performances by any Boise State team in school history. Last season the team set a new Boise State conference meet record on vault (49.300) as well as the No. 2 overall score at a conference meet ever (195.525) and the No. 2 team beam score ever (49.075). Kelsey Lang's winning score of 9.950 on beam last year ties for the best conference beam score ever recorded by a Bronco (tied with Heidi White - 2004 - Western Gymnastics Conference) while Redmon's winning score on floor in 2008 was a 9.925, good for a tie for No. 4 in all-time conference performances by a Bronco.

#19 Boise State "Broncos":
The Broncos jump four spots in this week's national team rankings, holding the No. 19 spot currently. They also sit at No. 14 in the nation on vault as a team, No. 19 on bars, are tied for No. 29 on beam and rank No. 32 on floor. Boise State holds a 13-2 record on the season as well as a perfect 5-0 record against WAC teams.

Broncos In the Rankings:
Six Broncos hold individual top-100 spots in this week's national rankings with Hannah Redmon holding the highest spot of No. 10 on vault. Redmon also ranks No. 37 on bars and No. 24 on floor. Amy Glass sits at No. 50 on vault, No. 60 on bars, No. 100 on beam and No. 46 in the all-around. Hailey Gaspar holds a No. 59 spot on vault, Taylor Jacob ranks No. 87 on bars, Kelsey Lang is also at No. 100 on beam and Yvette Leizorek is ranked No. 89 on floor.   

#22 Southern Utah "Thunderbirds":
Southern Utah enters the meet ranked No. 22 in the country and will be Boise State's biggest competition for the championship title. The two teams have been competing neck-and-neck throughout the season, posting similar scores and each having many ranked individuals. In their only meeting of the season, Boise State earned the win, defeating SUU 196.10-195.425 in Cedar City, Utah on Feb. 26. Southern Utah holds a 9-4 record on the season, including a 4-1 WAC regular season record.

The Thunderbirds rank No. 19 as a team on beam, No. 20 on floor, No. 23 on vault and No. 24 on bars. They have six individually ranked gymnasts in the top-100 national rankings in their respective events, including Elise Wheeler who is ranked No. 9 in the nation in the all-around. Wheeler also ranks No. 40 on vault, No. 17 on bars, No. 37 on beam and No. 22 on floor and is the favorite to win this year's WAC all-around title. Melissa Johnson also ranks on vault, sitting at No. 26 while Jenna Vogt is ranked No. 95 on bars, Shannon Coughlin is No. 52 on floor and Ariel Lamb and Alyssa Click rank No. 92 and No. 100, respectively, on beam.

#36 San Jose State "Spartans":
San Jose State remains the No. 36 ranked team in the country this week after completing their 2010 regular season on Mar. 19 at Boise State, falling 196.550 to 193.475. The Broncos also defeated the Spartans on Jan. 15 at the Flips Invite 194.20-192.40. The Spartans hold a 9-10 record on the season and are 2-3 in WAC match-ups. The team ranks No. 40 in the country on vault, No. 34 on bars, No. 39 on beam and No. 26 on floor.

Individually, four Spartans hold national top-100 rankings with Thomasina Wallace leading the way with her No. 34 spot on bars, No. 60 on beam and No. 58 in the all-around. Lily Swann ranks No. 80 on vault as well as No. 91 in the all-around while Gabrielle Targosz and Tiffany Louie rank No. 79 and No. 98, respectively, on floor.

#40 Sacramento State "Hornets":
Sacramento State enters the week ranked as the No. 40 team in the nation and hold a 7-11 (2-3 WAC) record entering the conference championships. The team is ranked No. 50 in the nation on vault, No. 29 on bars, No. 33 on beam and No. 43 on floor. In their two meetings with Boise State this season, the Hornets have come up short falling to the Broncos 194.20-188.925 (Jan. 15 at the Flips Invite) and 195.075-193.850 (Feb. 12).

The Hornets have two nationally top-100 ranked gymnasts with Eryn Stubblefield ranking No. 100 on beam and No. 83 in the all-around. Cayla Boyce is the only other top-100 ranked athlete, sitting at No. 63 on beam.

#50 Cal State Fullerton "Titans":
The host of the 2010 WAC Championships, Cal State Fullerton enters the meet ranked No. 50 in the nation. The Titans hold a 4-10 (2-3 WAC) record on the season and rank No. 47 on vault, No. 38 on bars, No. 59 on beam and No. 56 on floor as a team. The Titans hosted the Broncos on Feb. 7 with the Broncos leaving with a 193.70-191.250 win over CSUF.

Individually, only Alaina Baker sits amongst the top-100 in any event for the Titans, holding the No. 59 spot in the all-around as well as sitting at No. 69 on floor.

#54 Utah State "Aggies":
Utah State enters the meet as the lowest ranked WAC team, sitting at No. 54 in the nation overall. The team holds a 1-16 record as well as a 0-5 record against WAC teams. The Broncos and Aggies have faced-off twice this season, the first time on Jan. 29 with Boise State squeaking out a 191.625-191.125 win, while the second was on Mar. 5 when Boise State earned a 195.625-189.225 win over USU.

The Aggies rank No. 54 on vault, No. 49 on bars, No. 53 on beam and No. 61 on floor as a team. Heather Heinrich is the only top-100 ranked gymnast for the Aggies, sitting at No. 63 in the nation in the all-around.


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