Bronco Gymnasts Edged By Cougars
BOISE, Idaho Despite a much-improved effort from the Boise State University gymnastics team Friday evening at the Taco Bell Arena, the Broncos were unable to hold on for a victory over No. 23 Brigham Young University.
“We made major improvements on bars this week, and it showed in our score,” head coach Sam Sandmire said. “We vaulted well for the second week in a row, and we had some outstanding beam routines. We just need to keep getting better.”
After the first two rotations, the Broncos held a slim lead over their ranked opponent (96.775-96.650). Boise State matched last week’s performance on vault in the first rotation, posting a 48.175. With a 48.600 on bars, Boise State scored its highest total in a single event this season, claiming the lead.
BYU was able to recapture the lead after the third rotation, however, and held on for the victory. The Cougars posted a team score of 47.825 on both floor and beam, while the Broncos scored a 46.900 in both events.
For the second consecutive meet, freshman DeAvera Todd posted the highest score for the Broncos on vault. She followed up last week’s 9.775 with a 9.825 against the Cougars, tying BYU’s Alethea Boon for the evening’s top score in the event. Sophomore Shaniece Craft, the 2006 Western Athletic Conference vault champion, scored a season high 9.70, and sophomore Amber Neroes scored a 9.625 in her first event of the season to round out the Broncos’ top three.
On bars, the Broncos grabbed two of the evening’s top three scores. Sophomore Taylor Jacob scored a 9.875, the highest score for any competitor on any event, and the highest single-event score by a Bronco this season. Junior Katie Griffis tied a career high with a 9.80, and fellow junior Alia Loan posted a 9.70 in the first live action of her career.
Freshman Katelyn O'Donnell tied BYU’s Kaylee Gallup for the second-highest score of the evening on beam (9.775), setting a career high. Griffis once again came through for the Broncos, scoring a 9.725 for the second-consecutive meet.
“Katie Griffis hit both events beautifully,” Sandmire said. “You can’t ask for much more than a 9.80 on bars and her beam routine was outstanding. She hit two-for-two. Katelyn O'Donnell performed like a senior so I was very impressed.”
On floor, Jacob scored a 9.85, tying Kacie Capra-Callens for the event’s top score. The mark also tied a career high for Jacob in the event.
“Taylor Jacob was awesome for us tonight,” Sandmire said. “Her floor routine was gorgeous and her bars routine was awesome. She has improved so much on bars, upgrading her dismount to a double layout back-flip, and she stuck it.”
Competing on floor for the first time as a Bronco, freshman Yvette Leizorek scored a 9.625.
Todd posted the Broncos’ third-best floor routine, a 9.625. For the second time in as many meets this season, Todd was the only all-around competitor for Boise State. Her 37.325 was more than a point higher than her total at last week’s dual against CSU-Fullerton.
The Broncos hit the road next week for a pair of dual meets against San Jose State University (Jan. 26) and Sacramento State (Jan. 28).
Brigham Young def. Boise State
Final Score: 190.575
Final Score: 192.300
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