Boise State, Denver Ranked in Preseason Gymnastics Coaches Poll
DENVER--(BSU and DU Media Relations) Boise State and Denver have been ranked No. 15 and No. 20, respectively, in the 2013 GymInfo Preseason Coaches' Poll. The poll, which was released on Monday, is based on votes from each of the NCAA Division I gymnastics head coaches from across the nation.
The Broncos drop one spot from their 2012 preseason ranking and final season ranking of No. 14, respectively. The team's 2013 spot is the ninth top-25 preseason ranking since 1997, as well as the second-best all-time preseason ranking (three No. 19 spots, two No. 25, one No. 14, one No. 18 and one No. 21).
Boise State will take on three 2013 preseason top-25 picks in the coming months all, on the road. Oklahoma, who sits at No. 4, will be their first ranked opponent, hosting the Broncos, BYU and Texas Women's University on Friday, Feb. 15 in Norman, Okla. The following week Boise State heads to take on No. 7 Nebraska, as well as unranked Iowa State, in Lincoln, Neb., on Friday, Feb. 22. They face their final ranked opponent No. 20 Denver at the Western Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday, March 23.
DU will compete against eight programs that are receiving votes in this season's poll, including the remaining four WAC schools. Five of those eight programs will visit Hamilton Gymnasium in the 2013 season. Denver opens the 2013 campaign hosting Lindenwood and No. 16 Penn State, who earned 242 points in this year's coaches' poll. Denver will also take on No. 12 Arkansas (421) in Fayetteville, Ark., on Jan. 25, No. 22 North Carolina State (129) in Hamilton Gymnasium on Feb. 2 and No. 24 West Virginia (115) on March 3 in Morgantown, W. Va. The Crimson and Gold will also see No. 15 Boise State (258) at the Western Athletic Conference Championship on March 23 in Cedar City, Utah.
Denver is coming off its 14th-straight NCAA Regional appearance and loses just one senior, Louise Mercer (Nottingham, England), from a team that finished the 2012 regular season No. 14 in the nation in RQS (Regional Qualifying Score). To fill the void left by Mercer, and the retiring of Kayla Carlsen (Douglasville, Ga.), head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart has added seven freshmen to the 2013 roster, and redshirt-senior Brianna Springer (Arvada, Colo.) will return to the Pioneers' lineup. Springer, who missed most of the 2012 season, made back-to-back NCAA Semifinal appearances in 2010 and 2011. The Pioneers also return junior all-arounders Moriah Martin (Lake Mary, Fla.) and Melodie Pulgarin Linero (Barcelona, Spain). Martin qualified for the NCAA Semifinals in 2012.