Hannah Redmon to Compete on Vault, Floor at NCAA National Championships

BOISE, Idaho - The NCAA announced today (April 12) the teams and individuals that have qualified to compete in the 2010 National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships hosted by the University of Florida. Boise State's Hannah Redmon was officially announced as a qualifier on vault, but was also announced that she has now become a qualifier on floor exercise as well.

Redmon will compete in the NCAA Semifinal 1, scheduled for Thursday, April 22 at 11 a.m. (MDT) at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla. She is scheduled to compete on floor as the second individual competitor in Rotation 3, while also competing as the second individual gymnast on vault in Rotation 4 of the Semifinal 1.

The junior out of Sparks, Nev., won both the vault and floor exercise in Saturday's (April 10) NCAA Regional meet in Salt Lake City, winning the vault outright, but finished in a seven-way tie for first on floor, leaving it uncertain if she would advance on floor due to the tie.

The NCAA ruling states the following:

"The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who were not on an advancing team) from each regional received 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 advanced to the national championships (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or the all-around qualifiers."

The ruling did not specify if the event winner had to be an outright win by one athlete or if, in the case of a tie, all athletes who were not on an already advancing team would advance as well. The NCAA spent Sunday deliberating on how to interpret the ruling, choosing to advance all four of the individuals from the Salt Lake City Regional who tied in the win that were not on advancing teams.

Redmon scored a 9.975 on vault and a 9.90 on floor in the NCAA Regional meet, scoring the highest vault score in the nation at any of the six NCAA Regional meets this past weekend. Redmon also led her team to the highest team vault score of any team out of the six regional meets, scoring a 49.575 to set a new school record on the event.

Redmon set a new career-best with her 9.975 vault and scored a 9.925 earlier in the season on floor as her career-best on the event. She tied the second-best mark in school history on vault this past weekend and is one of only four Broncos to ever score a 9.975 or above on vault. She has earned seven wins on vault in 2010, tying her for the No. 2 spot in single season wins at Boise State, while also moving up to 16 career wins on vault, good for No. 3 in all-time career wins on vault at Boise State. Redmon has also won eight floor competitions in 2010, earning the Boise State school record for single season wins on floor (breaking her own record of seven wins in a season from 2008). She has also earned 16 career wins on floor, good for No. 2 in the all-time career floor wins at Boise State.

Redmon has not only won seven times on vault and eight times on floor this season, but also has earned four uneven bars titles and one all-around title, totaling to 21 individual event wins in Boise State's 11 meets this season. In her three years at Boise State she has totaled 44 event wins in the 32 meets that she has participated in.

Redmon becomes one of only five Broncos to ever advance to the NCAA National Championships, following in the footsteps of Johnna Evans (1998), Diana Loosli (1997 & 1998), Julie Wagner (1992, 1993 & 1995) and Lindsay Ward (2004 & 2005). Redmon becomes the first Bronco to ever advance as an event specialist and not as an all-around competitor. Wagner is the only Bronco to ever earn All-American status on vault and a Bronco has yet to win an All-American honor on floor.

All individuals who qualify from the Semifinal 1 and Semifinal 2 on Thursday (April 22) will advance to the NCAA Individual Event Finals which will be held on Saturday, April 24 at 4 p.m. (MDT).

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