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  • Boise State Selected as Championship Favorite in Close Preseason Poll
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    Published - 12/18/13 - 01:24 PM | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    (CEDAR CITY, Utah) - Boise State has been selected as the favorite by the coaches in the first ever Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship preseason poll, garnering 15 points and three first place votes. The University of Denver was close behind in second place with 13 points and the remaining two first-place votes.

    BSU captured the final Western Athletic Conference gymnastics championship last year and return the 2013 WAC Freshman of the Year in Maddie Krentz, as well as Kelsey Black, a senior who picked up three first-team all-WAC citations last year for her performances on vault, floor and in the all-around. The Broncos also return a pair of second-team all-WAC honorees in Kelsey Morris (UB, AA) and Ciera Perkins (VT). Boise State is coached by co-head coaches Tina Bird and Neil Resnick, both in their seventh year, with an overall mark of 113-37.

    Denver returns four-time All-American and 2012 North Central Region Gymnast of the Year Moriah Martin, a senior who advanced to the semi-finals of the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive year in 2013. The Lake Mary, Fla. native has also earned four first-team and five second-team all-conference awards during her career. Teammate Nina McGee is also anticipated to lead the team after earning a pair of first-team all-WAC honors and individual titles on bars and floor last season. Head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart is in her 16th season at the helm of the Pioneer program, tallying a combined record of 248-131-2.

    Southern Utah finished third in the poll with 11 points and will benefit from the return of redshirt senior Alyssa Click following a knee injury in 2013. Click is a two-time conference champion on the uneven bars, picking up WAC titles in 2012 and 2011, and was named the 2010 WAC Freshman of the Year. The Thunderbirds also return Brittney Jensen, a 2013 second-team all-WAC performer on vault. SUU is coached by Scott Bauman who will be entering his 23rd year, having accumulated an overall record of 189-225-1.

    Brigham Young followed in the poll with seven points and will be led by a pair of all-arounders in junior Megan Bain and senior Raquel Willman. They will be joined by senior Haylee Rollins, team leader on bars (9.840) and floor (9.820) in 2013. The Cougars will also feature the most incoming talent of the championship with nine freshman set to join the team this season. Head coach Brad Cattermole will enter his 27th season as head coach at BYU, compiling an overall record of 250-222-5.

    Utah State rounded out the poll with four points and will be led by first-year head coach Nadalie Walsh, having taken the job in Logan after six years as the head coach at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. The Aggies will look to all-arounders Sarah Landes, first-team all-WAC on floor in 2012, and Paige Joines, a three-time NCAA regional qualifier, to lead the team.

    The 2014 Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship season will begin on Jan. 11 with the championship meet scheduled for March 22 on the campus of Brigham Young University.

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