Bronco Gymnastics Snags No. 19 Spot in 2009 National Pre-Season Coaches Poll

BOISE, Idaho The 2009 Women’s Gymnastics Pre-Season Coaches Poll was released this week marking the Boise State Broncos as the No. 19 ranked team in the country. The Broncos moved up four spots from their 2008 final season ranking of No. 23.


Seeking to mold their team into a national level contender, Bronco co-head coaches Tina Bird and Neil Resnick have built a challenging 2009 schedule. The Broncos will face 17 opponents, none of which finished the 2008 season below a No. 43 ranking. In their first meet alone, the nine-team Cancun Classic, Boise State is set to face seven top-40 teams, including five of which that are ranked in the 2009 pre-season top 15. Two opponents, Stanford and LSU, were part of the 2008 Super Six at the NCAA national meet.


“We’re hoping to be ready early this year to turn heads at the Cancun Classic,” said Bird. “There will be a lot of top schools there and we fully expect to be competitive.”


The Broncos will also face tough teams at the Chicago Style meet. Host team Illinois is ranked No. 16 while Michigan State holds the No. 17 ranking. Their third opponent of the meet, Illinois-Chicago, sits in the nation’s top-40 rankings.


“The Chicago meet will be great. We will get exposure in the Midwest and we also get head-to-head competition with closely ranked teams,” explained Bird.


The weekend after Chicago, the Broncos face No. 4 ranked UCLA as well as No. 26 Washington in Los Angeles.


Facing a tough travel schedule, the Broncos will trek to Cancun, Mex., San Jose, Calif., Chicago, Los Angeles, Provo, Utah and Sacramento, Calif. for seven different meets this season.


Defending Western Athletic Conference champions, the Broncos also face a tough conference schedule, including No. 32 ranked Southern Utah, No. 33 San Jose State and No. 41 Sacramento State. The 2009 WAC Championships will be held at Sacramento State on Mar. 21.


“The WAC is getting stronger every year,” said Bird. “We have to be sharp. We are not overlooking any WAC teams.”


The Broncos home season consists of three competitive meets as well as one exhibition intrasquad which will be in conjunction with the Bronco wrestling match against Cal State-Bakersfield on Jan. 18. Their first competitive meet at Taco Bell Arena will take place on Jan. 30 against WAC opponent Utah State. Their second meet falls on Mar. 6 against Brigham Young and Cal State-Fullerton while their final meet comes one week later on Mar. 14 against Southern Utah.


The Broncos kick-off their 2009 season at the Cancun Classic on Jan. 2 and will make their first appearance at home on Jan. 18 at the Beauty and the Beast Intrasquad.




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