Bronco Gymnasts Face Utah State in Second Dual of the Season

COMING UP: The Broncos (1-0, 1-0 WAC) continue their 2008 season on Tuesday, January 22, when they travel to Logan, Utah for their second dual in two meets against Utah State (0-2, 0-2 WAC). The dual meet will be the second of 14 duals for the Broncos this season in 11 total meets.

Tuesday will be the second of two dual meets with Utah State this season. Utah State will host Boise State in a WAC dual on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

LAST TIME OUT: The Broncos had one of their strongest season opening meets in history, topping Utah State 192.625-187.925. With an excellent performance in the dual, the Broncos jumped from No. 29 in the NCAA National Rankings to No. 21.

As a team, BSU won all four single events, only giving up the all-around team score to USU (BSU had no all-around competitors). Except on bars, the Broncos were able to snag the top spot each event, with 10 Broncos finishing in the top-3 on all four events.

The Broncos unfortunately lost the help of freshman all-arounder Morgan LaRoque who suffered what is likely to be a season-ending injury on floor exercise.

Utah State comes into the Tuesday night dual with a 0-2 record after falling to two-time defending WAC Champions Sacramento State on Friday, January 18. The Hornets topped the Aggies, 192.575-191.050.

Freshmen Chelsea Marquardt and Jasmine Minion each stuck a 9.800 to share top honors on vault, which is the highest score on the event this season for USU. On bars, Simoneau nabbed top honors in the event for the second meet in a row, topping her previous high mark with a 9.825. USU senior Megan Tschida tallied an Aggie season best mark with a 9.850 in winning the floor exercise.
VAULT: Look for freshman Amy Glass to be a top contender in the vault after winning last weeks vault with a WAC season-high mark of 9.825. The freshman’s outstanding first-meet mark also put her at the No. 33 spot in the nation on vault while also earning her the WAC Specialist of the Week nod for Jan. 7-11. Juniors Shaniece Craft and Amber Neroes will be expected to be high contenders as well after finishing in second and third, respectively, at the Broncos’ dual against Utah State last week. Sophomores Ruthie Pennington and Yvette Leizorek, and freshman Hannah Redmon will also look to improve on their first meet marks.

BARS: After moving to No. 14 in the nation on bars (48.625), the Broncos will look to be a tough team to contend with in the event. Neroes looks to be one of the Broncos’ top contenders in the event after placing second against USU with a 9.775 score. Ward, Glass, Redmon, and Taylor Jacob will likely join junior Ashley Rainboth to round out the line-up.

BEAM: After winning the Utah State dual, Jacob will look to again defend the beam title while freshman Kelsey Lang will be biting at her heals after finishing in second only .025 points behind her teammate. Ward looks to improve on her performance after suffering a fall on beam last week; a two-time national competitor on beam, she will likely improve on her 9.300 score in the event. Freshmen Mallory Dziawura and Cassie Tycast also hope to improve on their first marks of the season while junior Tessa Campbell is likely to join the line-up this week.

FLOOR : The Broncos jumped to No. 15 in the nation on floor exercise with a team score of 48.700 at last week’s dual with Utah State. Lang and Redmon look to be the frontrunners in this event after finishing in a tie for first last week with a 9.800 score. Leizorek finished just behind in third while Sarah Smith came in fourth to stack the Broncos’ floor exercise line-up. Jacob and junior Courtney Achter will possibly round out the Bronco line-up.

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