In the Magness Arena at Denver University, the Boise State gymnastics team had a bittersweet experience while competing in the NCAA North Central Women’s Gymnastics Region Championships. Though they broke personal and school records, the Broncos landed just .025 away from qualifying as a team for the NCAA National Championship after finishing with a score of 196.40.
Junior Amy Glass and freshman Bekah Gher will advance to the NCAA National Championship in Cleveland, Ohio, April 15-17. Glass was fourth in the all-around with a score of 39.275. Since Glass was the top all-around scorer whose team didn’t qualify for nationals, she is able to compete in Cleveland. Gher received a 9.90 on beam, a career-best and a tie with Denver’s freshman Jorie Hall, which will advance her onto nationals as well.
With their second-best score of the season and second-best team score at a regional, the Broncos started the meet off strong on floor with a score of 49.175. Senior Hannah Redmon tied the school record for best floor score at a regional with a 9.90.
On vault the Broncos earned a second-best team score at a regional with 49.075. Sophomore Brittany Potvin-Green had the leading score for the team with 9.850, also tying for the school’s sixth-best vault score at a regional.
Going into bars, Boise State was in second place next to Florida, with Arkansas following close behind. The Broncos earned a team-high score of 49.125, their highest ever team score at a regional meet. Redmon scored 9.90, a new school record for best score at a regional meet. Junior Lindsay Kazandjian earned a career-best score on bars with 9.850.
On beam, the Broncos earned yet another season-best score with 49.025, another school record for a regional meet.
Glass and Gher will be training hard both physically and mentally for the championship. Other universities competing with Florida and Arkansas for team titles are Georgia, UCLA, Oklahoma, Utah, Michigan, Kent State, Oregon State, Nebraska, Alabama and Illinois.