DENVER - The Boise State gymnastics team competed to a thrilling finish on Saturday (April 2) evening, placing third at the NCAA North Central Women's Gymnastics Region Championships at Magness Arena at Denver University. The Broncos scored a 196.40 to miss out on qualifying for the NCAA National Championship as a team by only .025. The best a Bronco team has ever finished at a regional is third.
Broncos Amy Glass and Bekah Gher earned individual qualifications for the NCAA National meet, advancing in the all-around and beam, respectively. The NCAA National meet will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, April 15-17.
Arkansas won the team title with a 196.550 score, while Florida snuck into the second-place and final team qualifying spot with a 196.425 score. The Broncos placed third overall, while Denver was fourth (195.625), Arizona was fifth (195.40) and BYU was sixth (194.650).
After waiting out the first rotation on a bye, the Broncos entered the competition on floor, showing they meant business. Boise State came out and posted their second-best score of the season, as well as their second-best team score (49.175) ever at a regional meet.
Redmon led the Bronco charge on floor scoring a 9.90, tying the school record for best floor score at a regional. The senior out who placed second overall at the meet, tied two of her own marks from 2008 and 2010 and finished her regional career scoring a 9.875 or better on floor all four years.
Hailey Gaspar, Amy Glass and Sarah Smith all scored 9.825 on floor, tying for 15th-place. Smith, also a senior, produced a season-best mark, bettering her 9.80 from March 19. Kelsey Black earned a 9.80 to place 18th, while Kelsey Lang rounded out the Broncos with a 9.775 and a 25th-place finish.
Moving on to vault in the third rotation, the Broncos produced another top team mark in school history, earning the second-best team score at a regional (49.075). Brittany Potvin-Green tied for the school's sixth-best vault score at a regional earning a 9.850 and leading the Broncos and placing fifth overall. Gaspar, Glass and Redmon each earned 9.825 scores, tying for 11th-place, while Black and Amanda Otuafi each earned 9.750 scores to tie for 27th-place.
After solid efforts as a team on their first two events, Boise State went into the fourth rotation, a bye, sitting in second place with a 98.250 score. Florida led after three rotations with a 98.525, with Boise State in second and Arkansas in third with a 98.20 team total.
In the fifth rotation, the Broncos moved to bars, earning their highest team score on the event ever (49.125) at a regional championship. Redmon again led the team, earning a 9.90 and setting a new school record for best score at a regional. Helping the Broncos to a solid score was Lindsay Kazandjian who earned a new career-best and tied for third-best at a regional with a 9.850. Redmon placed third overall while Kazandjian came in sixth-place. Glass and Potvin-Green tied with a 9.80 score and a 14th-place finish, while Black was 19th with a 9.775 and Katie Tuller placed 23rd with a 9.750.
Entering the final rotation in a tie with Arkansas (147.375) the Broncos knew they had to put together a season-best beam score. They did just that earning a 49.025 score, another school record for regional meet scores. Freshman Bekah Gher had a career performance earning a 9.90 and tying for the event win with Denver's Jorie Hall. The pair punched their tickets to NCAA National Championships with Gher becoming only the second individual competitor on beam for Boise State. Gaspar and Glass knocked out solid beam routines as well, tying with a 9.825 and a sixth-place finish. Kazandjian collected a 9.775 score (12t), Lacee Lang a 9.70 score (24th) and Kelsey Lang a 9.0 score (40th).
In the all-around competition, Glass placed fourth with a 39.275 score punching her ticket to the NCAA National meet. Glass was the top all-around finisher who was not on a qualifying team, therefore advancing her to the national meet. In the individual events, each event winner not on an advancing team also advances.
The NCAA National Championships will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, April 15-17.
Team qualifiers from Saturday's other regions include UCLA and Georgia (Athens Regional), Oklahoma and Utah (Norman Regional), Michigan and Kent State (Ann Arbor Regional), Oregon State and Nebraska (Corvallis Regional), Alabama and Illinois (Tuscaloosa Regional) and Arkansas and Florida (Denver Regional).