Dec. 12, 2013
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State gymnastics team has been selected as the No. 23 team in the nation according to the 2014 NCAA Women's Gymnastics National Coaches' Preseason Poll, released Dec. 12 on www.troester.com/gym. The Broncos, who wrapped up the 2013 in 23rd, welcome back nine returners and add six freshmen to the 2014 squad.
Boise State opens its season with one of its toughest meets in 2014, traveling to No. 6 Utah to take on the Utes, Southern Utah and Brigham Young, Jan. 10. One week later the Broncos host their season opener against No. 18 Denver and BYU in the annual favorite Beauty & the Beast meet alongside the wrestling team (Jan. 17). The Broncos trade back-to-back, home-and-away competitions January 24 (in Boise) and January 31 (in Cedar City, Utah) with SUU, who was a 'receiving votes' team in the preseason poll.
Kicking off the month of February, the Broncos travel to Chicago to compete in the Chicago Style Invite, Feb. 7. There they take on the University of Illinois- Chicago, Bowling Green State and North Carolina, a team who also landed in the 'receiving votes' section of the poll. The Broncos close out a three-week road stint at Oregon State, Feb. 15, taking on the No. 12-ranked Beavers, Utah State and Seattle Pacific.
February 21 marks the start of three straight meets at home for the Broncos, hosting San Jose State in the first week. Iowa, who was another school just outside the nation's top-25, will visit Boise, Feb. 28, followed by a visit by Seattle Pacific, March 7, for Boise State's senior night. All Bronco home competitions will be held in Taco Bell Arena.
The final regular season meet will be at No. 18 Denver and will also feature Iowa State, another 'receiving votes' team, March 15.
On March 22 the Broncos will join SUU, USU, DU and BYU in a newly formed gymnastics alliance and will compete in the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship in Provo, Utah. The group will look at becoming the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference in 2014-15 when the league is anticipated to be fully recognized by the NCAA. The new alliance replaces the expired Western Athletic Conference gymnastics coalition that formerly included Boise State, SUU and Denver, as well as other teams who will not join the MRGC. BYU has been a long-time independent school, but has a long history with all four teams.
Following the new championship meet, the Broncos hope to continue on to the NCAA Regional Championships, April 5, as well as the NCAA National Championships in Birmingham, Ala., April 18-20.
For a full list of the nation's top-25 ranked teams visit www.troester.com/gym. For a detailed Boise State gymnastics schedule visit www.broncosports.com.