Bronco Gymnasts Kick-Off 2008 Season

This week: Boise State vs. Utah State

Where: BSU’s Taco Bell Arena

When: Friday, January 11, 7 p.m.

COMING UP: The Broncos kick-off their 2008 season on January 11 when they play host to the Aggies of Utah State University. The dual meet will be the first of 14 duals for the Broncos this season in 11 total meets.

The Broncos will begin a new era on Friday competing in their first meet under new co-head coaches, Tina Bird and Neil Resnick. Former head coach Sam Sandmire, BSU’s head coach for 20 seasons, will be in attendance working as the public address announcer.

Friday will be the first of two dual meets with Utah State this season. The season opener is slated for a 7 p.m. start at BSU’s Taco Bell Arena.

PRESEASON RANKING: The Broncos will battle with Utah State this weekend, trying to clear up their tied third place finish in the Western Athletic Conference’s preseason coaches’ poll. Southern Utah and Sacramento State finished for first in a tie for preseason rankings in the WAC with 27 points, while the Broncos and Aggies each totaled a close 23 points proving the WAC schedule could be loaded with excitement this season.

In the NCAA National preseason coaches’ rankings, the Broncos just missed the Top-25 spots, coming in as “others receiving votes” in the 29th slot and the highest finish among WAC competitors. Utah State finished close behind in 33rd, while all six WAC schools finished in the “others receiving votes” section.

THE AGGIES: Friday will mark the first meet of 14 meets on the season for Utah State. The Aggies will compete in 19 duals during the 2008 season. Returning from a third place finish at the WAC championships last season, the Aggies will look to be a tough opponent during the 2008 season.


ALL-AROUND: Fifth-year senior Lindsay Ward will return to the competitor floor after sitting out the 2007 season with injuries. A two-time NCAA national championship competitor, Ward will be looked towards for top scores and leadership. Freshman Hannah Redmon will be an immediate impact in all-around for the Broncos this season performing difficult and exciting skills. Other freshmen looking to make a big impact in all-around include Morgan LaRoque and Amy Glass.

VAULT: The Broncos will look to veteran juniors Shaniece Craft and Amber Neroes, and sophomores Katie Tuller, Ruthie Pennington, and Raquel Turnbow for strength in the vault. Kelsey Lang will serve as an exciting freshman addition to the vault corps.

BARS: Juniors Craft, Neroes, and Ashley Rainboth will most likely join sophomores Taylor Jacob and Yvette Leizorek, as well as freshman Mallory Dziawura in the event.

BEAM: Juniors Tessa Campbell and Neroes will likely be joined by sophomores Jacob and Leizorek, while freshmen Cassie Tycast and Kelsey Lang look to add to the event.

FLOOR: Juniors Courtney Achter and Craft will compete alongside sophomores Jacob, Leizorek, Pennington, and Turnbow. Possible freshmen competing in the event include: Amanda Burnett, Mallory Dziawura, Kelsey Lang, Sarah Smith, and Kayla Waldram.

LAST YEAR: The Broncos finished sixth at the 2006 WAC Championships and were unable to qualify for the NCAA regionals ending their 20-year streak.

The Broncos finished their tenure under head coach Sam Sandmire; the Broncos enjoyed the most success and national recognition as a Division I program in school history.

The 2007 season, however, marked the end of Sandmire’s tenure at Boise State, as retired from the coaching profession.

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