Broncos Gear Up for 2010 NCAA Regional Championships in Salt Lake City

What's Happening:
The No. 19-ranked Boise State gymnastics will head to the 2010 Salt Lake City NCAA Regional competition on Saturday, April 10. There they will hold the No. 4 seed in the meet with Florida entering with the No. 1 seed, Utah as the No. 2 seed, No. 3 seeded Auburn, No. 5 seeded Denver and No. 6 seeded Washington. The meet, which will be held at the Huntsman Center on the campus of the University of Utah, will begin at 6 p.m. (MDT).

In the national rankings, Florida enters ranked No. 4, Utah is ranked No. 10, Auburn is No. 16, Denver is No. 22 and Washington is No. 23. 

Championship Central:
Information on the championships as well as live stats and live video can be found at the championship central site: http://utahutes.cstv.com/sports/w-gym/spec-rel/10-w-gym-reg-championship.html

Tickets:
Ticket prices for the 2010 Salt Lake City NCAA Regional are as follows:
Premium Rows (1-10) - Sold Out
Reserved Rows 11-20 - $11.00-13.00
Reserved Rows 21-31 - $6.00-8.00
General Admission - $5.00-6.00

Tickets may be purchased by visiting the championship site listed above. 

Follow the Blog:
A championship blog will be set up on www.broncosports.com to follow the Bronco gymnasts at the NCAA Regionals. Check back regularly (Thursday through Saturday) for updates on travel, preparations, practices and the competition.

What's On the Line:
The Broncos enter the meet as the No. 4 seeded team, but will need to improve to one of the top-two teams in the regional championships to qualify as a team for the national meet. The top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) will receive an automatic berth to the national championships in Gainesville, Florida, April 22-24, hosted by the University of Florida.

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

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 headed to Fullerton, Calif., in hopes of capturing their third-straight WAC Championship title in as many seasons, but their goal was cut short when they were edged out of the win by Southern Utah. The Broncos scored a 195.70 team total while the Thunderbirds were just ahead with 195.80. Although they did not win as a team, two Broncos captured individual titles. Amy Glass earned her first career WAC championship individual title, tying for a win on balance beam. Hannah Redmon earned her third career WAC individual title, winning the floor exercise.  

All-Time Series:
Heading into the NCAA Regional Championships, the Broncos have faced each of their five opponents more than once in school history. The Broncos have faced off with the University of Washington (#6 seed) 55 times in school history, with the Huskies leading the all-time series 40-15 over Boise State. Their last meeting came at the 2009 Regional Championship, where the Broncos walked away with a win. The Broncos have faced Denver 18 times in school history, holding an 8-9-1 record against the Pioneers. In their most recent meeting on Feb. 19 of this season, the Pioneers were able to earn the win over Boise State. The Broncos have taken on the Utes of Utah 11 times and have yet to beat the 2010 regional host. Their most recent meeting was also at the 2009 Regional Championships. The Broncos captured their first win over Auburn in school history last season at the 2009 Regional Championships, improving to 1-2 against Auburn all-time. Florida is the school that Boise State has least competed against, with the Gators holding a 0-2 record over the Broncos. Their most recent meeting was Mar. 11, 2007.   

#19 Boise State "Broncos":
The Broncos remain the No. 19-ranked team in the country this week and enter the regional championships with a 17-3 record on the season (5-0 WAC). The Broncos rank No. 14 in the nation on vault as a team, No. 20 on bars, No. 27 on beam and tie for No. 28 on floor. They enter the regional championships as the No. 4-seeded team. Their highest finish at a regional meet as a team was in 2009 when they placed third after scoring a 195.400.

Broncos In the Rankings:
Six Broncos hold individual top-100 spots in this week's national rankings with Hannah Redmon holding the highest spot in a tie for No. 10 on vault. She is also ranked No. 19 on floor as well as tied for No. 35 on bars. Amy Glass ranks as high as No. 46 on vault, while also ranking No. 67 (tie) on bars and is tied for No. 96 on beam. Hailey Gaspar sits in No. 48 on vault, Taylor Jacob holds a No. 73 (tie) spot on bars, Kelsey Lang is tied for No. 91 on beam and Yvette Leizorek holds the No. 94 (tied) spot on floor to round out the ranked Broncos.

#4 University of Florida "Gators":
The University of Florida enters the meet as the top-seeded team as well as the No. 4-ranked team in the country. The Gators are coming off a Southeastern Conference Championship title and a 15-2 season thus far. The Gators rank No. 4 in the nation as a team on vault, No. 5 on bars, are tied for No. 4 on beam and rank No. 7 on floor.

Individually they have nearly full lineups in the nation's top-100 individuals in each event. They are led by all-arounder Ashanee Dickerson who the No. 12- is ranked all-around competitor in the nation. She is also tied for No. 10 on vault, tied for No. 93 on bars, tied for No. 25 on beam and tied for No. 19 on floor. Marissa King is the only other Gator ranked in the top-100 all-arounders, holding the No. 19 spot. She is also ranked No. 35 (tie) on vault, No. 59 (tie) on bars, No. 58 (tie) on beam and No. 53 (tie) on floor. Maranda Smith ranks on three events, sitting at No. 39 (tie) on vault, No 35 (tie) on bars and No. 43 (tie) on floor. Courtney Gladys ranks No. 48 (tie) on vault and No. 46 (tie) on beam while Elizabeth Mahlich ranks No. 35 (tie) on bars and No. 96 (tie) on beam. On vault, Nicole Ellis (tied for No. 35) and Dali Lemezan (tied for No. 95) round out the event, while Amanda Castillo (tied for No. 21) and Alicia Goodwin (tied for No. 30) round out the Gators ranked on bars. Liz Green ranks No. 36 (tie) and Rebekah Zaiser ranks No. 85 (tie) on beam while Amy Ferguson is ranked No. 53 (tie) on floor.

#10 University of Utah "Utes":
The University of Utah enters the meet as the No. 2 seed of the regional as well as the No. 10-ranked team in the nation. They hold an 11-3 record entering the meet. As a team they also rank No. 7 on vault in the nation, No. 12 on bars, No. 13 on beam and No. 8 on floor.

Individually they have five top-100 nationally ranked athletes in their respective events. Daria Bijak leads the Utes as the No. 11-ranked all-around competitor in the country. She also is ranked No. 62 (tie) on vault, No. 8 (tie) on bars, No. 76 (tie) on beam and No. 15 (tie) on floor. Kyndal Robarts also holds a national all-around ranking, sitting at No. 20. She also ranks No. 6 (tie) on vault, No. 27 (tie) on beam and No. 50 (tie) on floor. Jamie Deetscreek ranks No. 24 (tie) in the all-around, while also ranking No. 35 (tie) on bars and No. 13 (tie) on beam. The final ranked all-around competitor for the Utes is Stephanie McAllister, who sits at No. 44 (tie) in the all-around. She also ranks No. 67 (tie) on bars. Annie DiLuzio rounds out the top-100 ranked Utes, sitting at No. 18 on vault, No. 36 (tie) on beam and No. 9 on floor exercise.

#16 University of Auburn "Tigers":
The University of Auburn enters the weekend as the No. 3-seeded team as well as the No. 16-ranked team in the nation. They hold an 8-10 record on the season and finished fifth at the SEC Championships. As a team they rank No. 20 on vault, No. 14 on bars, No. 11 on beam and No. 28 (tie) on floor.

Individually a handful of Tigers rank in the top-100 of their respective events. Kylie Shields is ranked No. 37 (tie) in the all-around while also holding the No. 36 (tie) spot on beam. Krissy Voss also ranks in the all-around, holding the No. 39 (tie) spot while also ranking No. 91 (tie) on beam. Allyson Sandusky ranks No. 86 (tie) on vault, No. 21 (tie) on bars) and No. 46 (tie) on beam while Rachel Inniss ranks No. 21 (tie) on beam and No. 63 (tie) on floor to round out the Tigers who hold more than one ranking. Justine Foster holds the No. 39 (tie) spot on vault, Petrina Yokay ranks No. 42 (tie) and Carmen Nelms ranks No. 76 (tie) on bars, while Taylor Sanford ranks No. 76 (tie) on beam to round out the ranked Tigers.

#22 University of Denver "Pioneers":
The University of Denver enters the meet as the No. 5 seed as well as the No. 22-ranked team in the nation. They hold a 15-6 record on the season and rank No. 24 as a team on vault, No. 23 on bars, No. 17 on beam and No. 25 on floor.

Individually Brianna Artemev leads the team with a No. 31 spot in the all-around rankings. She also sits at No. 75 (tie) on vault, No. 42 (tie) on bars, No. 96 (tie) on beam and No. 63 (tie) on floor. Kelley Hennigan is the only other Pioneer to hold an all-around ranking sitting in the No. 46 spot in the all-around national rankings. She also ranks No. 67 (tie) on vault, No. 76 (tie) on bars and No. 76 (tie) on beam. Also holding individual national rankings for the Pioneers are Lauren Garan who sits at No. 96 (tie) on beam and Kristina Coccia who is tied for No. 43 on beam.

#23 University of Washington "Huskies":
The University of Washington enters the meet as the No. 6 seed in the championships as well as the No. 23-ranked team in the nation. They enter with a 7-13 record on the season as well as a fifth-place finish at the PAC-10 Championships. They rank No. 33 in the nation as a team on vault, No. 21 on bars, No. 26 on beam and No. 30 on floor.

Individually, Samantha Wailor leads the team with her No. 59 (tie) spot on bars, No. 58 (tie) spot on beam and No. 82 (tie) spot on floor. Kristen Linton holds two rankings, sitting at No. 35 (tie) on bars and No. 97 (tie) on floor. Hatsune Akaogi is the only ranked Husky in the all-around, sitting at No. 70.



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