Bronco Gymnasts Compete as Orange and Blue in Beauty and the Beast Intrasquad

BOISE, Idaho The 21st-ranked Boise State gymnastics team will take to their home floor for the first time during the 2009 season at the Beauty and the Beast competition in conjunction with the Boise State wrestling team on Sun., Jan. 18 at 2 p.m.  


The Bronco women will participate in an intrasquad competition that will be conducted just as a sanctioned meet would be, while the wrestling team hosts Cal State-Bakersfield on an adjacent wrestling mat at Taco Bell Arena.


Coming off their season-opening meet in Cancun, Mexico, the Boise State gymnastics team looks to be very competitive in 2009. The Broncos’ current No. 21 ranking drops two spots from their pre-season ranking of No. 19, however, their team score of 193.700 was the second-best season-opening score in Bronco history. Not only did the Broncos post a solid opening-meet score, but they handily defeated then ranked No. 8 Michigan to finish second among four teams at the Cancun Classic.


Boise State’s Beauty and the Beast competition will be the first of four home meets for the Broncos this season. The Broncos feature a team that is currently ranked No. 15 in the nation on bars, No. 25 on beam and floor and No. 28 on vault, according to the’s latest rankings released on Jan. 11.


The gymnastics side of Beauty and the Beast will be run in an intrasquad style with the team split into two teams, the Orange team and the Blue team. Four athletes will compete on each of the four events for each team with three of the four scores counting towards the team scores.


Orange Team members include (events they will likely compete in):

Shaniece Craft (Vault)

Kelsey Lang (Vault, Beam, Floor)

Ruthie Pennington (Vault, Floor)

Raquel Turnbow (Vault)

Mallory Dziawura (Bars, Beam, Floor)

Taylor Jacob (Bars, Beam)

Lindsay Kazandjian (Bars)

Fiona Leslie (Bars, Beam, Floor)


Blue Team members include:

Chelsee Apple (Vault)

Amy Glass (Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor)

Yvette Leizorek (Vault, Floor)

Amber Neroes (Vault, Bars, Beam)

Ashli Rainboth (Bars)

Katie Tuller (Bars)

Cristy Dahlquist (Beam, Floor)

Sarah Smith (Beam, Floor)


Top-100 Nationally Ranked Broncos:

Vault (Rank Athlete Name (Year, Hometown)

T (tied) 68 - Chelsee Apple (R-Fr., Las Vegas)

T88 Shaniece Craft (Sr., Littleton, Colo.)



8 Taylor Jacob (R-Jr., Whittier, Calif.)

T77 Amy Glass (So., Vacaville, Calif.)

T100 Katie Tuller (R-So., Las Vegas)



T89 Lindsay Kazandjian (Fr., Las Vegas)



T62 - Sarah Smith (So., Bakersfield, Calif.)

T98 Yvette Leizorek (Jr., Palm Springs, Calif.)



77 Glass


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