No. 19 Boise State Gymnastics tops No. 8 Michigan, Places Second Behind No. 7 LSU at 2009 Cancun Classic

CANCUN, Mexico The No. 19 Boise State gymnastics team produced an excellent start to their 2009 season finishing second in the 2009 Cancun Classic first session topping No. 8 ranked Michigan. The Broncos posted a solid early season score of 193.700 to finish behind No. 7 ranked LSU who scored a 194.900 team score. Boise State was led by red shirt junior Taylor Jacob, tying for first place on the uneven bars.


The Broncos were able to generate sound event scores with a 48.375 on vault, 48.700 on bars, 48.175 on beam and 48.450 on floor. The team total of 193.700 puts the Broncos nearly an entire point ahead of their season-opening score from 2008.


“I am extremely proud of our team,” exclaimed co-head coach Tina Bird. “They represented Boise State well and we couldn’t ask for a better start to the season.”


A Whittier, Calif., native, Jacob was the top finisher for the Broncos with a tie for first place on bars with a score of 9.875 (.025 off her career best). Jacob tied with LSU's Ashleigh Clare-Kearney, a senior, who earned First Team All-America honors on bars and floor last season.


On vault, the Broncos were led by red shirt freshman Chelsee Apple (Las Vegas, Nev.) in her first collegiate competition. Apple scored a 9.775 on vault to finish fifth overall.


Also competing in her first collegiate competition, true freshman Lindsay Kazandjian (Las Vegas, Nev.) led the Broncos on beam with a solid 9.725 performance. Kazandjian’s efforts snagged her a tie for ninth.


A steady competitor on floor during the 2008 season, sophomore Sarah Smith (Bakersfield, Calif.) led the orange and blue on Friday afternoon, posting a 9.775 good for a fifth place tie.


The Broncos had only one all-around competitor, Amy Glass (Vacaville, Calif.), who scored well off her career best with a 37.850.


With an upset win over Michigan, the Broncos look to move up in the weekly rankings which are released early in the week. Not only did the Broncos prove as a force in national competition, they will become a stronger squad with the return of 2008 WAC Athlete of the Year Hannah Redmon who did not compete at the Cancun Classic.  


Notes: North Carolina was the fourth and final team in the first session, scoring a team total of 190.325 ... the Broncos are now 0-2 against the LSU Tigers ... Boise State holds a 1-0 all-time series record against Michigan ... the Broncos also hold a 1-0 all-time record over North Carolina.

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