Gher, Glass Head to NCAA Championships

What's Happening:
Boise State gymnasts Amy Glass and Bekah Gher head to Cleveland, Ohio, to participate in their first career NCAA National Championship meet, April 15-17. The meet, hosted by Kent State University and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, will be held at the Wolstein Center on the campus of Cleveland State University.

Glass will compete in the all-around, while Gher will compete on the balance beam after earning individual qualifications at the 2011 NCAA North Central Regional meet in Denver on April 2.

Both Broncos will compete in the second of two semifinal rounds on Friday, April 15, slated to begin at 4 p.m. (Mountain). Glass will begin her first rotation on beam, followed with a bye, then floor exercise, vault, another bye and ending on bars. Glass will rotate with the University of Florida throughout the meet. Gher will compete in the third rotation of the second semifinal, competing alongside Kent State and all-arounder Stephanie Ouellette (North Carolina State).

For more information on the championship meet, go to: http://www.ncaa.com/championships/gymnastics-women/d1

Tickets:
Tickets for the championships are available in single session and all-session passes. Seats are sold at adult and youth/student prices, as well as in two sections: the lower lever or upper general admission areas.

To purchase tickets, go to: http://www.ncaa.com/info/gymnastics-women/d1/tickets

Live Coverage:
Live scores and live online video streaming of the championships can be found at www.ncaa.com. Post-competition, results will also be available on the NCAA website.

Tape Delayed Coverage:
A CBS broadcast of the event will air as a tape delay on Saturday, May 14 from 1-3 p.m. (Mountain). Tim Brando and Amanda Borden will serve as the talent for the broadcast.

Competition Times and Dates:
WOLSTEIN CENTER - CLEVELAND, OHIO

Friday, April 15                         
Event: Semifinal 1
Time: 10 a.m. (Mountain)

Event: Semifinal 2
Time: 4 p.m. (Mountain)

Saturday, April 16
Event: Super Six Team Finals
Time: 4 p.m. (Mountain)

Sunday, April 17                       
Event: Individual Event Finals
Time: 1 p.m. (Mountain)

Championship Format:
The championship field will consist of 12 teams as well as 12 all-around competitors and event specialists, all vying to be crowned the nation's best. Approximately 200 gymnasts will compete in team and individual events including vault, bars, beam and floor. The top three teams from each semifinal will advance to the Super Six Team Finals on April 16 and the top four individuals from each semifinal in each event (plus ties) will advance to the individual event finals on April 17.

How Did They 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 received an automatic berth to the national championships.

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

Boise State's National Meet History:
Boise State has had seven team members (including Glass and Gher) earn qualifying spots as individuals throughout its gymnastics program history. The Broncos have never qualified for the national championships as a team. Julie Wagner is the most decorated Bronco, advancing three year (1992, 93 & 95) in the all-around. From there, Wagner earned All-American honors on vault (1993), all-around (1993) and on bars (1995). Diana Loosli advanced twice (1997 and 1998) in the all-around, earning All-America First Team honors in 1998 on beam. Johnna Evans also was a 1998 all-around qualifier, becoming an All-America Second Team honoree in the event. Lindsay Ward earned all-around qualifications in 2004 and 2005, while Hannah Redmon became the first individual event qualifier (vault, floor) in 2010. Gher and Glass will join the ranks after advancing on beam and the all-around, respectively.

About the Broncos:
Glass and Gher enter their first career NCAA National Championship meet after a solid season of competition. Glass enters the meet ranked No. 12 in the nation in the all-around (as well as #32 on vault, #50 on bars, #13 on beam and #30 on floor). Gher enters the meet with no balance beam ranking according to the most recent individual rankings released on March 28; however she ranked as high as 80th this season during the Feb. 28 weekly rankings.

Glass has earned scores as high as 39.50 (all-around), 9.90 (vault), 9.925 (bars), 9.925 (beam) and 9.90 (floor) this season, with all but her vault score coming as new career bests this year. Gher's top balance beam score of the season came at the Denver Regional (April 2) when she shattered her previous best and scored a 9.90.



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