The No. 15-ranked Boise State gymnastics team heads to Fayetteville, Ark., to compete in the 2012 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Fayetteville Regional Championship's hosted by the University of Arkansas. The meet will be held at the Barnhill Arena on Sat., April 7 at 3 p.m. (Mountain).
Six teams (#15 Boise State, #3 UCLA, #10 Arkansas, #19 Missouri, #29 New Hampshire and #34 Maryland) and six individuals will compete for a chance to advance to the NCAA Championships, April 20-22 at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. The top-two teams from each regional site, as well as the top-two all-around competitors or any individual event champions (who are not on an advancing team) will qualify to participate at the NCAA National Championships.
Other 2012 regional sites are Auburn Regional (host: Auburn University), the Champaign Regional (University of Illinois), the Raleigh Regional (North Carolina State University), Salt Lake City Regional (University of Utah) and the Seattle Regional (University of Washington). For more information about the 2012 NCAA Gymnastics Championships, please visit www.NCAA.com.
Tickets for the Fayetteville Regional are available for purchase online through the ArkansasRazorback.com website.
Prices include $5 for student/youth, $6.25 for a family pack (two adults/two children) and $10 for the public.
A direct link for the event tickets can be found at: http://www.arkansasrazorbacks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205400330&DB_OEM_ID=6100
A regional central information site has been set up by the University of Arkansas and is available at: http://www.arkansasrazorbacks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPID=4064&SPSID=48574&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=6100&ATCLID=205400330.
Fans can access ticket information, parking information, NCAA information, live coverage and schedules at the Regional Central site.
Fans can follow the action with live scores, live video and a live blog the day of the meet (April 7) at: http://www.arkansasrazorbacks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPID=4064&SPSID=48574&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=6100&ATCLID=205400330.
Teams and Competitors:
The makeup of the 2012 South Central/Fayetteville Region Championships are as follows, in order by seeding, with national rankings in parenthesis ( ).
South Central Region
1. UCLA (3)
2. Arkansas (10)
3. Boise State (15)
4. Missouri (19)
5. New Hampshire (29)
6. Maryland (34)
Individuals - 1. Kacy Catanzaro, Towson (All-Around); 2. Lindsay Poplaski, Towson (AA); 3. Kristin Milardo, William & Mary (AA); 4. Stephanie Stoicovy, George Washington (AA); 5. Jess Pritchard, William & Mary (AA); Alt. Amanda Murphy, George Washington (AA); Elena Corcoran, George Washington (Vault); Alt. - Avis Hixon, Towson (Vault); Kiera Kenney, George Washington (Uneven Bars); Alt. - Alli Antenucci, Towson (Uneven Bars); Monique Blount, George Washington (Balance Beam); Alt. - Brandy Stover, William & Mary (Balance Beam); Avis Hixon, Towson (Floor Exercise); Alt. - Britney Russell, Towson (Floor Exercise).
How The Broncos Got to Fayetteville:
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.
How The Broncos Get to the NCAA Championships:
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 Duluth, Ga., April 20-22, at the Gwinnett Center.
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.
Boise State's Regional History:
The 2012 regional selection marks the fifth for the Boise State Broncos under current co-head coaches Neil Resnick and Tina Bird. The regional invitation is also the fifth-straight for the reigning coaches as well as the 26th regional invitation in program history. The highest the Broncos have ever placed at a regional meet was third, doing so in 2009 and 2011. The 2011 season was their closest shot at earning a top-two spot and advancing to the NCAA National meet, missing the second-place finish by only .025 of a point. Broncos Amy Glass and Bekah Gher advanced as individual competitors last season (2011) in the all-around and balance beam, respectively.
Boise State's Rotation Schedule:
Boise State was selected to start the six-rotation meet on the bye before bars, meaning they will have a bye in the first rotation and actually begin their competition in rotation two on the uneven bars. They will then continue on to balance beam, then a bye, then floor exercise and end the meet on vault.
Boise State has faced all of their five 2012 regional opponents at least once in program history. The Broncos have taken on UCLA 23 times, falling each time. Most recently, they dropped a 196.850-196.025 decision to the Bruins on Feb. 10, 2012. Missouri is another team the Broncos have already taken on this season, defeating the Tigers 196.025-195.525 on Feb. 10, 2012. Boise State leads Missouri in the all-time series 2-1, including wins in the last two meetings. The Broncos have faced Maryland twice, going 1-1 all-time with the Terps. In their last meeting (Jan. 7, 2005), Maryland came away with a 193.175-190.90 win. The Broncos have taken on Arkansas only once in school history, at last season's North Central Regional where the Razorbacks walked away as regional champions and a 196.550-196.40 win over Boise State. New Hampshire and Boise State have only met once, with Boise State earning a 190.10-189.80 win on April 12, 1993 at the Women's Gymnastics NIT.
#15 Boise State "Broncos":
Boise State sits at No. 15 in the national rankings this week, found on Troester.com. They hold a 10-4 record (3-2 against top-25 opponents), have a team season-best of 196.850 and an average of 196.055. They hold the No. 10 spot in the country as a team on vault (49.225), No. 11 on bars (49.160), No. 16 on beam (48.970) and tied for No. 24 on floor (49.020).
Six Broncos rank in the nation's top-100 on their respective events. Brittany Potvin-Green holds the No. 51 spot in the country in the all-around (39.10 Regional Qualifying Score), as well as the No. 21 (tied) spot on vault (9.90), is tied for No. 69 on bars (9.835) and is tied for No. 78 on beam (9.820). Ciera Perkins holds three rankings, sitting in a tie for No. 97 on vault (9.830), at No. 37 on bars (9.860) and tied for No. 82 on floor (9.840). Amanda Otuafi rounds out the Broncos will multiple event rankings, sitting in a tie for No. 70 on vault (9.845) and a tie for No. 99 on floor (9.830).
Amy Glass sits in a tie for No. 65 on vault (9.850), Kelsey Morris ties for No. 88 on bars (9.825) and Lindsay Kazandjian ties for No. 78 on beam (9.820) to round out the top-100 ranked Broncos.