March 31, 2014
This Week in Bronco Gymnastics:
The 16th-ranked Boise State gymnastics team was announced as the No. 3 seed for the 2014 NCAA Gymnastics Seattle Regional, Monday. The meet will be hosted by No. 6-seeded Washington at the Alaska Airlines Arena, Saturday, April 5, at 4 p.m. (PT).
The Broncos hold the No. 3 seed in the region, following No. 1 seeded Alabama and No. 2 Nebraska. The University of Denver earned the No. 4 seed, while BYU and Washington hold the No. 5 and No. 6 seeds, respectively. In this week's national rankings Alabama is ranked fourth, Nebraska is ninth, Boise State is 16th, Denver is 20th, BYU is 25th and Washington is 33rd.
Other schools hosting regional meets include: Georgia (Athens Regional), LSU (Baton Rouge Regional), Arkansas (Fayetteville Regional), Minnesota (Minneapolis Regional) and Penn State (University Park Regional). All regional competitions will be conducted April 5 with start times of either 4 or 6 p.m. local time. For more information about the 2014 NCAA Gymnastics Championships, please visit www.NCAA.com.
Tickets for the Seattle Regional are available for purchase at the door or online through www.gohuskies.com/tickets.
Prices include $15 for reserved, $10 for general and $8 for students.
Information on all six regional championships can be found at: http://www.ncaa.com/sports/gymnastics-women
Fans can follow the action with live scores at: http://washington.statbroadcast.com/events/statmonitr.php?gid=uw
Live video coverage is available for free at: http://pac-12.com/videos/university-washington
Teams and Competitors:
The makeup of the 2014 Seattle (West) Regional Championships are as follows, in order by seeding, with national rankings in parenthesis ( ).
Seattle (West) Regional
1. Alabama (4)
2. Nebraska (9)
3. Boise State (16)
4. Denver (20)
5. BYU (25)
6. Washington (33)
Individuals - All-Around: Jesse Williams, Sacramento State, Kalliah McCartney, Sacramento State, and Stefany Bryan, Alaska Anchorage. Event Specialists: Maria Hundley, Seattle Pacific (Vault and Bars); Kailey Hanson, Sacramento State (Vault, Beam and Floor); Dallas Smith, Sacramento State (Floor).
How The Broncos Got to Seattle:
Six teams, five all-around competitors (who are not on a qualifying team) and one individual event specialist per event (who has a minimum Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 9.4) were named to each of the six predetermined regional host sites. The top-18 teams are seeded on a national basis, based on RQS. Teams 19-36 are organized into three pods (19-24, 25-30 and 31-36) and placed geographically at one of the six sites, beginning with teams 19-24 followed by teams 25-30 and then finally teams 31-36. All-around competitors and event specialists are assigned to their respective geographic region or the designated site for their region.
How The Broncos Get to the NCAA Championships:
The top two teams and top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive and automatic berth to the national meet in Birmingham, Ala., April 18-20.
In addition, the event winners at each regional will advance to the national championships (in that event only) if they are not a part of a qualifying team or an all-around qualifier.
Boise State's Regional History:
The 2014 regional selection marks the seventh for Boise State under current co-head coaches Neil Resnick and Tina Bird, qualifying each of the years they have led the program. The regional invitation is also the 28th in program history. The highest the Broncos have ever placed at a regional meet was third, doing so during the 2009, 2011 and 2012 seasons. The 2011 season was their closest attempt at earning a top-two spot and advancing to the NCAA National meet, missing the second-place finish by only .025 of a point.
Boise State's Rotation Schedule:
Boise State has been selected to start their six-rotation competition on vault, followed by a bye in rotation two, the uneven bars in rotation three, balance beam in rotation four, a bye in rotation five and finish on floor exercise in rotation six. Boise State will follow Alabama through the events and will lead Denver. Stefany Bryan of Alaska Anchorage will rotate as an all-around competitor alongside the Broncos.
Boise State has faced all five of its opponents prior to the 2014 NCAA Regional Championships. The Broncos trail in the all-time series with each of the five schools: Alabama (0-4), BYU (18-35), Denver (11-13-1), Nebraska (0-7) and Washington (17-41). Boise State has earned a 3-0 record over BYU in 2014 and are on a nine-meet winning streak against the Cougars, while also going 1-2 against Denver this season.
In NCAA Regional Championship meets, the Broncos hold a 1-2 record with BYU, 1-1 with Denver, 0-1 with Nebraska, 0-3 with Alabama and are 5-13 against Washington.
About Boise State:
Boise State ranks 16th in the GymInfo national rankings this week, while also holding an 18-5 record (3-4 against top-25 opponents). The Broncos have earned a season-best of 196.975 and a program-best RQS of 196.395. As a team, Boise State ranks 10th in the nation on bars, 13th on vault, 16th on floor and is tied for 32nd on beam.
Six Broncos hold top-100 individual national rankings this week, led by Ciera Perkins who ranks 19th on floor, 21st on bars and 30th on vault. Kelsey Morris adds three event rankings as well, sitting in 25th in the all-around, 44th on bars and 71st on floor. Kelsey Black adds a 58th spot on vault and 93rd on bars, while Amanda Otuafi joins her on vault at 66th. Diana Mejia and Krystine Jacobsen join in the bars rankings, sitting at 34th and 74th, respectively.