Gymnasts Head to San Jose State for Tri-Meet and First WAC Competition

BOISE, Idaho The 23rd-ranked Boise State gymnastics team continues their 2009 season this coming Fri., Jan. 23, when they travel to San Jose, Calif., to face fellow Western Athletic Conference opponent, San Jose State University, and regional foe, Seattle Pacific. After a three week hiatus from competitive meets, the Broncos look climb back up in the national rankings after teams who have competed have surpassed the blue and orange. Boise State also looks to preserve their top spot in the current WAC rankings, while the Spartans are knocking at the door in the No. 2 spot.



The Spartans play host to the Broncos and Seattle Pacific in a dual meet scheduled for 8 p.m. (Mountain Time) at Spartan Gym on the campus of San Jose State University.



Boise State will look for leadership from a handful of Broncos ranked in the nation’s top-100, including redshirt junior Taylor Jacob who currently holds the No. 6 spot on bars. Sophomore Amy Glass also ranks on bars, tying for the No. 82 spot in the event. Sophomore Sarah Smith is the lone Bronco to hold a national ranking on floor exercise, tying for 66th, while redshirt freshman Chelsee Apple is tied for 83rd on vault.


As a team, Boise State ranks as high as No. 15 on bars, while they also sit at No. 25 on floor, No. 29 on beam and No. 35 on vault. The Broncos boast a 2-1 record after placing second at the 2009 Cancun Classic.



San Jose State (3-0, 1-0 WAC) will bring tough competition, ranking No. 20 on bars, No. 25 on vault, No. 24 on floor and No. 38 on beam as a team.


Leading the Spartans in the nation’s top-100 is Thomasina Wallace who is tied for No. 14 on bars and tied for No. 39 on floor while also holding the No. 39 spot in the all-around rankings. Veronica Porte will be pushing the Spartans as well with her tied ranking of No. 19 on floor and her tied vault rank of No. 83 as well as a No. 48 spot in the all-around. Alise Moss-Blackwell rounds out the Spartans in the rankings in a tie for No. 76 on bars.



Seattle Pacific enters the meet (1-3, 0-1 WAC) as the No. 55 ranked team in the country. They rank as high as No. 50 on bars and rank No. 52 on floor, No. 58 on beam and No. 59 on vault.


The Falcons’ only gymnast ranked in the nation’s top-100 in any event is Brianna Schwartz who sits at No. 85 in the all-around.



Boise State leads San Jose State in the all-time series standings with a 20-4-1 record. The Broncos have won the last two meetings, including the WAC Championships on Mar. 29, 2008 where they edged out the Spartans, 194.925-194.725.


The Broncos hold a 43-9 record over Seattle Pacific, winning the last 25 match-ups against the Falcons. In their most recent meeting, Boise State defeated Seattle Pacific, 194.475-186.825.

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