March 26, 2013
BOISE, Idaho - The No. 21-ranked Boise State gymnastics team learned Monday (March 25) it will be traveling to the Corvallis (West) Regional to compete in the 2013 NCAA Gymnastics Regionals held on Saturday, April 6, at 4 p.m. (PT) in Oregon State's Gill Coliseum.
The Broncos hold the No. 4 seed in the region, following No. 1 seeded Georgia, No. 2 Oregon State, who will host the region, and No. 3 Arkansas. Arizona State earned the No. 5 seed for the regional, while California earned the No. 6 seed. In the national rankings this week, Georgia ranks sixth, Oregon State ranks 10th, Arkansas sits at 16th and Boise State at 21st. No. 28 Arizona State and No. 32 California round out the teams that will compete for a chance to advance to the NCAA National Championships via the West Regional.
Boise State has been selected to start their six-rotation competition on floor exercise, followed by competing on vault in rotation two, a bye in rotation three, uneven bars in rotation four, and balance beam in rotation five. They will sit through a bye during the sixth and final rotation. Boise State will follow Georgia through the events and will lead Arkansas. San Jose State's Cassandra Harrison will rotate as an all-around competitor alongside the Broncos.
The 2013 regional selection marks the sixth 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 27th regional invitation 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. Former Bronco Amy Glass was the only team member to advance out of the NCAA Regionals last season, qualifying as an individual in the all-around.
Tickets for the Corvallis Regional are available for purchase online through the OSUBeavers.com website. Prices include $12 for Public seating and $6-$8 for General Admission. A direct link for the event tickets can be found at: http://ev12.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventInfo?ticketCode=GS%3ABEAVERS%3AG12%3AG07%3A&linkID=oregonst&shopperContext=&pc=&caller=&appCode=&groupCode=GYM&cgc=
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.
Other schools hosting regional meets include: University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa Regional), University of Florida (Gainesville Regional), Ohio State University (Columbus Regional), University of Oklahoma (Norman Regional), and West Virginia University (Morgantown Regional). All regional competitions will be conducted April 6 with start times of either 4 or 6 p.m. local time.
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 Los Angeles, April 19-21, at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.
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.
Below is the listing of the Corvallis Regional teams and individual competitors. For a full list of all regional qualifiers, go to: http://www.ncaa.com/news/gymnastics-women/article/2013-03-25/regional-championship-selections
Corvallis Regional (Oregon State, host) - 4 p.m. (PT)
2. Oregon State
4. Boise State
5. Arizona State
1. Kalliah McCartney, Sacramento State
2. Anna Schumaker, UC Davis
3. Katie Yamamura, UC Davis
4. Cassandra Harrison, San Jose State
5. Bekah Gher, San Jose State
Individual Event Specialists
Vault - M'rcy Matsunami, Alaska
Bars - Nicole Meiller, Sacramento State
Beam - Kailey Hansen, Sacramento State
Floor - Michelle Ho, UC Davis