Broncos Head to Seattle Regional as No. 3 Seed
Amanda Otuafi

March 24, 2014

BOISE, Idaho -- The 16th-ranked Boise State gymnastics team was announced as the No. 3 seed for the 2014 NCAA Gymnastics Seattle Regional, Monday. The meet will be hosted by No. 6-seeded Washington at the Alaska Airlines Arena, Saturday, April 5, at 4 p.m. (PT).

The Broncos hold the No. 3 seed in the region, following No. 1 seeded Alabama and No. 2 Nebraska. The University of Denver earned the No. 4 seed, while BYU and Washington hold the No. 5 and No. 6 seeds, respectively. In this week’s national rankings Alabama is ranked fourth, Nebraska is ninth, Boise State is 16th, Denver is 20th, BYU is 25th and Washington is 33rd.

Boise State has been selected to start their six-rotation competition on vault, followed by a bye in rotation two, the uneven bars in rotation three, balance beam in rotation four, a bye in rotation five and finish on floor exercise in rotation six. Boise State will follow Alabama through the events and will lead Denver. Stefany Bryan of Alaska Anchorage will rotate as an all-around competitor alongside the Broncos.  

The 2014 regional selection marks the seventh for Boise State under current co-head coaches Neil Resnick and Tina Bird, qualifying each of the years they have led the program. The regional invitation is also the 28th in program history. The highest the Broncos have ever placed at a regional meet was third, doing so during the 2009, 2011 and 2012 seasons. The 2011 season was their closest attempt at earning a top-two spot and advancing to the NCAA National meet, missing the second-place finish by only .025 of a point.

Tickets for the Seattle Regional are available for purchase online through www.gohuskies.com/tickets. Prices include $15 for reserved, $10 for general and $8 for students.

Six teams, five all-around competitors (who are not on a qualifying team) and one individual event specialist per event (who has a minimum Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 9.4) were named to each of the six predetermined regional host sites.

The top-18 teams are seeded on a national basis, based on RQS. Teams 19-36 are organized into three pods (19-24, 25-30 and 31-36) and placed geographically at one of the six sites, beginning with teams 19-24 followed by teams 25-30 and then finally teams 31-36. All-around competitors and event specialists are assigned to their respective geographic region or the designated site for their region.

Other schools hosting regional meets include: Georgia (Athens Regional), LSU (Baton Rouge Regional), Arkansas (Fayetteville Regional), Minnesota (Minneapolis Regional) and Penn State (University Park Regional). All regional competitions will be conducted April 5 with start times of either 4 or 6 p.m. local time. 

The top two teams and top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive and automatic berth to the national meet in Birmingham, Ala., April 18-20. 
 
In addition, the event winners at each regional will advance to the national championships (in that event only) if they are not a part of a qualifying team or an all-around qualifier.

Below is the listing of the Seattle Regional teams and individual competitors. For a full list of all regional qualifiers, go to: http://www.ncaa.com/news/gymnastics-women/article/2014-03-24/thirty-six-teams-individuals-named-2014-womens-gymnastics

Seattle Regional (Washington, host) - 4 p.m. (PT) 
Teams 
1. Alabama
2. Nebraska
3. Boise State
4. Denver
5. BYU
6. Washington

All-Around Competitors 
1. Jesse Williams, Sacramento State
2. Kalliah McCartney, Sacramento State
3. Stefany Bryan, Alaska Anchorage

Individual Event Specialists 
Vault – Maria Hundley, Seattle Pacific, and Kailey Hanson, Sacramento State* 
Bars – Maria Hundley, Seattle Pacific
Beam – Kailey Hanson, Sacramento State
Floor -  Kailey Hanson, Sacramento State, and Dallas Smith, Sacramento State*

*Due to an insufficient number of all-around competitors qualifying for regional competition, the allocated slots were filled with individual event specialists with the next highest score and who have achieved the minimum RQS of 9.4.

 


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