FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Boise State gymnastics team competed to a third-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Fayetteville Regional Saturday (April 7) afternoon at the Barnhill Arena. The Broncos scored a 196.050 team total, with redshirt senior Amy Glass leading the way with her 39.45 all-around total. Glass' total added to the highest all-around total by a non-team qualifying athlete, advancing her to the NCAA National Championships in the all-around. This will be Glass' second trip to the national meet in the all-around.
UCLA earned the top team spot, scoring a 197.225, while Arkansas earned a 196.875 to place second. Boise State was third with their 196.050, while Missouri placed fourth (195.450), Maryland placed fifth (194.40) and New Hampshire placed sixth (193.90).
Glass earned the best all-around regional score in program history with her 39.45. The total earned her a fourth-place finish. She becomes only the fourth Bronco to qualify for the national meet in multiple seasons. Junior Brittany Potvin-Green also participated in the all-around competition, earning a 39.075 and an eighth-place finish.
"It was a bittersweet finish to an outstanding year and we're already planning and setting goals for next year," said co-head coach Tina Bird. "We are really excited for Amy to once again represent Boise State in the all-around at the national championships and are excited see her honored as an AAI Award finalist."
The Broncos couldn't have asked for a much better opening rotation on Saturday, scoring a 48.975 on the uneven bars. The score tied the second-best all-time regional bars total in school history. Glass and Caitlin Mann led the Broncos with their 9.850 scores, tying for third-place overall. The pair also tied the fourth-best individual regional bars score in school history. Following close behind was Kelsey Morris, earning a 9.80, good for an 11th-place tie, and Ciera Perkins tying for 13 th with a 9.775. Kelsey Black and Brittany Potvin-Green rounded out the line-up with 9.70 scores, tying for 26th-place.
Moving to balance beam for their second event and the third rotation of the meet, the Broncos earned a 48.60 total, good for the ninth-best team total at a regional. Bekah Gher led the Broncos on beam for the second-straight season, this time earning a 9.825. Her score tied for eighth in the meet, as well as ninth in best regional beam scores by a Bronco. Glass earned a 9.750, tying for 15th-place with Alessandra Cinfio earning a 9.70, placing 21st. Lindsay Kazandjian and Potvin-Green tied with a 9.675 score and a 23rd-place finish, while Mann earned a 9.475 to place 36th.
The Broncos tied another second-best regional score on the evening, this time on floor by earning a 49.175 total. Glass led the way with a 9.90, tying the school record for regional floor score and tying for third. Potvin-Green earned a 9.850 to place 11th, while Amanda Otuafi and Perkins tied for 15th with a 9.825. Black earned a 9.775, placing 26th and Mann scored a 9.675 to place 39th.
Boise State saved their best efforts for last, totaling a 49.275 on vault to earn the second-best regional vault total in program history. Glass led the way again, earning a 9.950 to tie for the event win. She becomes the third Bronco to earn a regional event win in program history and the second to do so on vault. Potvin-Green, Perkins and Otuafi each scored 9.850 to tie for seventh while Oswalt and Black each earned 9.775 scores to tie for 25 th.
The Broncos earned their third third-place regional finish in program history and send their seventh Bronco as an individual to the national championships.
The 2012 NCAA National Championships will be held April 20-22 in Duluth, Ga.