Bronco Gymnasts Open 2007 Season

What’s Happening The quest for a 21st consecutive trip to the NCAA Regional Championships begins Jan. 12, for the Boise State University gymnastics team, as they host the Flips Invitational against Western Athletic Conference foe Cal State Fullerton at Reno, Nev.

The Broncos and Titans square off at 7:00 p.m. (PT), at the Grand Sierra Resort, formerly called the Reno Hilton.

“The Flips Invitational is a great showcase for college gymnastics,” head coach Sam Sandmire said. “Several high-level gymnasts will participate in the club meet and will have an opportunity to watch Boise State take on a WAC opponent. We believe it will be very beneficial in recruiting.”

Pre-season Ranking The Broncos are ranked No. 25 in the coaches’ poll heading into the 2007 season, their highest such ranking in head coach Sam Sandmire’s 20-year career. Boise State is also the only WAC school to be ranked in the poll.

The Titans This will mark the first meet of the season for Fullerton, who finished sixth at last year’s WAC Championships.

The Broncos By Event Expected to compete for Boise State...

ALL-AROUND Freshman DeAvera Todd is expected to be the Broncos’ lone gymnast competing in all four events.

VAULT Sophomore Shaniece Craft and freshmen Todd, Katie O’Donnell, Ruthie Pennington, and Raquel Turnbow will be competing on vault. Either sophomore Ashli Rainboth or freshman Yvette Leizorek will fill the Broncos’ sixth spot.

BARS Junior Katie Griffis, sophomores Taylor Jacob and Rainboth, and freshmen Katie Tuller, Leizorek and Todd are slated to be the top six for Boise State on bars.

BEAM Seniors Tara Oberg and Kristin Aldrich, junior Griffith, sophomores Jacob and Amber Neroes, and freshman Todd are expected to compete on beam.

FLOOR Sophomores Jacob and Rainboth, and freshmen Micaela Barr, Leizorek, Pennington, and Todd are expected to compete on floor.

“With such a young squad, this first meet is going to provide us with some important information,” Sandmire said. “We as coaches get to find out how our freshmen do under pressure. We'll find out what is working and what adjustments need to be made in training and in the lineup.”

Last Year The Broncos finished second at the 2006 WAC Championships, .175 points behind Sacramento State, and sixth at the NCAA West Regional Championships.

The trip to the NCAA regional marked the 20th consecutive for the Bronco gymnastics program.

Then freshman Shaniece Craft captured the individual conference title on vault, posting a 9.875.

The End of an Era In the past two decades under head coach Sam Sandmire, the Broncos have enjoyed the most success and national recognition as a Division I program in school history.

The 2007 season, however, will mark the end of Sandmire’s tenure at Boise State, as she is retiring from the coaching profession.

Come out and thank Sandmire for putting Boise State University gymnastics on the map!

--broncosports.com--

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