Bronco Gymnasts Earn Bid to Salt Lake City Regional

INDIANAPOLIS -- The 2010 National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships regional selections were announced today (March 29) by the NCAA. The No. 19-ranked Boise State Broncos were selected to compete at the Salt Lake City Regional, earning the fourth seed in the region.

"We are thrilled at being sent to regionals in Utah," said co-head coach Tina Bird. "We drew the best rotation to showcase our strengths and we can't wait to hit our routines in front of their amazing crowd of 14,000 fans."

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 six regions hosted on the campuses of UCLA, Kentucky, Utah, Penn State, Missouri and West Virginia.

Boise State just missed the opportunity to become a seeded team with the top-18 teams in the nation being seeded on a national basis, based on RQS. Teams ranked 19-36 were assigned to a regional site based on geographic proximity. All-around competitors and event specialists were assigned within their respective regions.

Boise State will be joined by No. 4-ranked Florida, No. 10-ranked Utah and No. 16-ranked Auburn who were the first through third seeds in the regional. Also joining the six-team regional will be No. 22-ranked Denver and No. 23-Washington who hold the fifth and sixth seeds in the region, respectively.

The Salt Lake City Regional qualifiers are listed below and will be conducted at 6 p.m. on Sat., April 10. The meet will consist of six rotations, with the Broncos being placed on the bye before bars in rotation one. From there they advance to bars, beam, a second bye, floor and finally end the competition on vault.

The Broncos are one of two teams from the Western Athletic Conference to compete in the regional competitions. Southern Utah, who captured the final seeded spot with their No. 18 ranking, will head to West Virginia. A handful of individuals from the WAC will compete at the Salt Lake City and Los Angeles Regionals.

 The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships in Gainesville, Florida, April 22-24, hosted by the University of Florida.

In addition, the event winners at the regional championships will advance to the national championships (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or the all-around qualifiers.

Salt Lake City Regional - Utah (University of Utah, host)
Teams

1. Florida
2. Utah
3. Auburn
4. Boise State
5. Denver
6. Washington 

All-Around Competitors
1. Heather Heinrich, Utah State
2. Jenna Dudley, Air Force  
3. Lyndsie Boone, Utah State
4. Brittany Dutton, Air Force 
5. Meghan Hargens, Wisconsin-Stout 
Alt. - Amanda Watamaniuk, Utah State

Individual Event Specialists
Vault -
Gabi Hooper, Wisconsin-La Crosse
Alt. - Jackie Dillon, Utah State
Uneven Bars -
Jackie Dillon, Utah State
Alt. - Amanda Watamaniuk, Utah State
Balance Beam
- Lisa Wong, Air Force
Alt. - Naomi DeLara, Wisconsin-Stout
Floor Exercise -
Michelle Denise, Air Force
Alt. - Amelia Montoya, Utah State 

For more information regarding the National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships, log on to www.NCAA.com.


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