Broncos Set to Take-On North Central Region in Denver

What's Happening:
The No. 13-ranked Boise State gymnastics team heads to Denver, Colo., to participate in the 2011 NCAA Women's Gymnastics North Central Regional Championship's hosted by the University of Denver. The meet will be held at the Magness Arena in the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness on Sat., April 2 at 6 p.m. (Mountain).

Six teams (#13 Boise State, #1 Florida, #12 Arkansas, #19 Denver, #20 Arizona and #27 Brigham Young) and six individuals will compete for a chance to advance to the NCAA Championships on April 15-17 in the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Other regional sites are the Tuscaloosa Regional, Athens Regional, Ann Arbor Regional, Norman Regional and Corvallis Regional. For more information about the 2011 NCAA Gymnastics Championships, please visit www.NCAA.com.

Tickets:
Reserved seating tickets are available for $15 in the lower level and $10 in the upper level. Children and senior tickets are also available for $8 in the upper level.

Groups of 20 or more can purchase tickets by calling the DU Season Ticket Holder Hotline at 303-871-4625. Please see the attached PDF for group ticket pricing.

Fans cans purchase tickets through TicketMaster.com or through the Ritchie Center Box Office.

Live Coverage:

Fans can follow the action with live video at: http://www.denverpioneers.com/liveEvents/liveEvents.dbml. Live scores will be available the day of the meet at www.denverpioneers.com.

Teams and Competitors:
The makeup of the 2011 North Central Region Championships are as follows, in order by seeding, with national rankings in parenthesis ( ).

North Central Region
1. Florida (1)
2. Arkansas (12)
3. Boise State (13)
4. Denver (19)
5. Arizona (20)
6. Brigham Young (27)

Individuals - Jackie Dillon (Utah State) AA, Lyndsie Boone (Utah State) AA, Brittany Dutton (Air Force) AA, Rachel Vaske (Utah State) AA, Christa Booman (Wisconsin-La Crosse) BB, Paige Jones (Utah State) Vault and Floor; Nicole Simoneau (Utah State) UB and BB; Alt - Samantha Jones (Air Force), Rebecca Holiday (Utah State), Linnaea Hance (Air Force), Naomi DeLara (Wisconsin-Stout), Cammi Muhr (Utah State).

How Did We Get to Denver:
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 regions.

The top-18 teams were seeded on a national basis, based on RQS. Teams 19-36 were assigned to a regional site based on geographic proximity. All-around competitors and event specialists were assigned within their respective regions.

How Do We Get to the NCAA Championships:
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 Cleveland, Ohio, April 15-17, hosted by Kent State University and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.

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

Boise State's Regional History:
The Broncos return for their fourth-straight NCAA Regional meet, including four straight under co-head coaches Tina Bird and Neil Resnick. Their 2011 NCAA Regional meet invitation marks the 25th regional competition in Boise State gymnastics history. The highest regional finish ever by a Bronco team came in 2009 when they placed third. Last season (2010) the Broncos placed fourth at the NCAA Salt Lake City Regional, and qualified senior Hannah Redmon as an individual competitor for the NCAA National Championships on vault and floor.

Boise State's Rotation Schedule:
Boise State was selected to start the six-rotation meet on the bye before floor, meaning they will have a bye in the first rotation and actually begin their competition in rotation two on floor. They will then continue on to vault, then a bye, then bars and end the meet on beam.

All-Time Series:
Boise State has only faced one of their regional team opponents this season, falling to Arizona on Jan. 28, 2011. Arizona holds a 9-2 lead over the Broncos, including two straight wins. Boise State took on both Florida and Denver in the 2010 Salt Lake City Regional Championship meet. The Broncos are 0-3 against Florida all-time, as well as 8-10-1 against Denver (including a four-meeting losing streak). Boise State will face BYU for the 45th time in series history, trailing with a 9-35 all-time record to the Cougars. In their most recent meeting, BYU upset Boise State on March 12, 2010. Boise State and Arkansas will meet for the first time in school history at the 2011 Denver Regional.

#13 Boise State "Broncos":
Boise State remains at the No. 13 spot in the national rankings this week. They hold a 17-3 record (5-0 WAC) and have a team season-best of 197.050 and an average of 195.995. They hold the No. 11 spot in the country as a team on vault (49.205), No. 13 on bars (49.110), No. 15 on beam (48.860) and No. 18 on floor (49.060).

Five Broncos rank in the nation's top-100 on their respective events. Amy Glass leads the way with five rankings, including a No. 12 spot (39.370) in the all-around. She also ranks No. 32 (tied) on vault (9.870), is tied for No. 50 on bars (9.840), is tied for No. 13 on beam (9.870) and is tied for No. 30 on floor (9.870).

Hannah Redmon holds the team's highest ranking, sitting at No. 11 on floor (9.886). She also ranks tied for No. 23 on vault (9.880) and tied for No. 17 on bars (9.880). Hailey Gaspar is tied for No. 13 on vault (9.895), as well as tying for No. 85 on floor (9.830). Brittany Potvin-Green is tied for the No. 88 spot on both the vault and the bars with 9.825 and 9.815 averages, respectively. Kelsey Lang rounds out the ranked Broncos, sitting at a tie for No. 55 on beam (9.820).


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