In a sport in which meets are decided by tenths of a point, #15 Boise State found a few points they can work on in the coming weeks. The Broncos gave a solid performance on the road against #11 Alabama before bowing to the Crimson Tide.
It was a great experience, traveling to SEC country for the first time. But for the well-seasoned Boise State
gymnastics team, this wasn't about the experience. They wanted a win. The Broncos fell 1.325 points short.
fell by less than 1.4 points
(196.325 to 195.000) to four-time national champion
last night at the Coleman Coliseum
Much like the football team in 2009 used the motto "One Point Better"
to motivate them for the year ahead, this is the task the
gymnastics team has.
Only they don't have three months to improve; they must do it in a
little more than two months.
That is how long
has to improve its lot in the
college gymnastics world. The
Broncos have become a consistent Top 20 team and they have won conference
championships more often than not. One
goal has so far eluded them: to
reach the NCAA National Championships. To
must finish in the top two of the
Western Regionals. That competition
is set for April 2nd in
will host the Regionals for the 13th
time and the Beavers will be one of the favorites.
captured the title last night on
balance beam gives them not only a point of pride but something to build on.
They took on one of the top gymnastics teams in the nation on their home
floor and performed better on this evening on the beam.
's lineup recorded a season-best
48.550 to 48.525 for the Crimson Tide ladies.
was spectacular on the floor, vault
and bars, and that is what it is going to take for the Broncos to realize their
dreams. There can be no weaknesses,
no flaws. It will take near-perfect
performances from each member on the squad.
Again, the difference between the
two teams was minute, but that is what decides gymnastics duals and ultimately,
which teams get to go to nationals. Can
coaches Tina Bird and Neil Resnick find 1.4 more points up and down the lineup?
Amy Glass was sensational for
in winning the individual
all-around title. Glass shattered
her career-best with a 39.375, placing second on the beam (9.850) and floor with
a 9.875 career best. Amy was fifth
on bars (9.825) and sixth on vault (9.825).
Glass is now #6 all-time at
for career all-around wins.
's Sarah DeMeo (39.175) was second
in the all-around while teammate Kim Jacob placed third (39.075).
"Amy is such a rock for our
team," said Bird. "Her cool demeanor at meets really calms the team
and makes us feel like we can do anything."
Redmon(9.875) finished in tie for
the bars title with
's Ashley Sledge and Geralen
Stack-Eaton. Bird continued,
"Hannah claimed the bar title tonight and competed like the champion she
is." It was Redmon's seventh
career win on the apparatus, making her #8 all-time at
Redmon also paced the Lady Broncos with a season-best 9.850 on vault.
Although vault is a strong event for the team,
came home with the honors on this night.
The Tide women put up a brilliant 49.25 to 48.825 for
Freshman Amanda Otuafi (9.775) and sophomore Brittany Potvin-Green
(9.750) rang up career-bests to place seventh and eighth respectively.
Since this is one of the
Broncos' top events, it would seem that part of the 1.4 points could be made
up here with more team balance. To
's score of 49.25, the Broncos
must average 9.85. Although Redmon
was over that total and Glass was just short, the other scores drop below 9.8.
But with just a little more solid routines,
Otuafi and Potvin-Green can certainly get there.
Freshman Kelsey Black (9.625) produced the Broncos' final counting
score in the event.
On the uneven bars, Potvin-Green
impressed with a 9.825 to join Glass with that score.
Senior Lindsay Kazandjian produced a 9.8 to give the Broncos four
gymnasts at 9.8 or better. Hopefully,
friendly competition amongst the four to get the high score in each future meet
will make all four of them better. Katie
Tuller had the final score with a 9.7.
The Broncos have traditionally
been superb on floor but were thumped by over 7/10th's of a point
on this night. Black was the top
finisher after Glass with a 9.775. Kelsey
Lang was eighth with a 9.725 and Kazandjian (9.675) took ninth.
Both of those two can do much better, so the Broncos can easily find
3-4/tenths on the floor.
finished on the beam with Glass
leading the team followed by Kazandjian with a 9.75
Lang produced a 9.725 to place seventh with Freshman Alessandra Cinfio
bringing home a career-best of 9.675. Fellow
frosh Bekah Gher notched a 9.550 and Molly Dziawura had an even 9.0.
The Crimson Tide's Diandra
Milliner won the vault title with a 9.925 score, while Sledge and Stack-Eaton
shared the bars title with
's Redmon. Stack-Eaton won the beam
title with a poised performance (9.90), while Kayla Hoffman captured the floor
gave a great effort in
that fell just a bit short.
They now know what they need to do to reach nationals.
The Broncos continue their road trip with a meet against #31
next Friday in