Broncos Preserve Top WAC Spot at San Jose State Tri-Meet

SAN JOSE, Calif. Setting new season-highs in three of four events as a team, the 23rd-ranked Boise State gymnastics team stole the thunder from host San Jose State University on Friday evening, earning a first place finish with a score of 193.90. The Spartans, who played host to the Broncos (4-1, 1-0 WAC) and Seattle Pacific at Spartan Gym, finished second in the team standings with a score of 193.70. The Falcons finished in third with a 189.00 team score.


The Broncos set a new season-high team score in overall scoring, surpassing their Jan. 2 meet total of 193.70. Not only did the team reach a new overall high, they improved their vault, beam and floor season-highs. On vault the team outdid their previous best score by .10, scoring a 48.475. On beam the team improved .175, scoring a 48.350 while also showing their best improvement on floor, scoring a 48.675 to better their season-high by .225 on the event. Boise State scored just off their season-high on bars, hitting a score of 48.40 to finish .30 behind their season best.


With the three teams competing on vault and bars in the first three rotations of the meet, the Spartans were able to score 48.90 and 48.925 on vault and bars, respectively, for a running score of 97.825. The Broncos sat nearly a point behind with a running score of 96.875 on the same two events. In the final three rotations, the Broncos were able to close in the team on the Spartans’ lead by outscoring the host team by .40 on floor. In their toughest event, the Broncos were solid on beam to clinch the team title by a .20 difference.  


“The team rallied after being down by almost a point after the first two events,” said co-head coach Tina Bird. “They showed amazing focus and strength by hitting beam in the last rotation to pull out the win. That’s the kind of heart this team is made of.”


Two Broncos picked up wins with redshirt junior Taylor Jacob collecting her second title on the uneven bars in as many competitions this season after scoring a 9.850 on the event to finish in a two-way tie for first. The win is Jacob’s 11th career bars title which ranks No. 5 on the Boise State all-time career bars win chart. Freshman Lindsay Kazandjian earned the Broncos’ second event title, posting a career-best of 9.80 on the balance beam.


As a team, the Broncos finished second on vault, however, three season-best performances were reached as well as two career-bests were matched or bettered. Redshirt freshman Chelsee Apple tied her career-best of 9.775 to capture third place on vault and finish as the Broncos’ top placer on the event. Junior Ruthie Pennington finished in a three-way tie for fourth place, setting a season-best of 9.725 on vault. Sophomore Kelsey Lang posted a season-high to finish in a two-way tie for eighth with Kazandjian who posted a career-best of 9.675. Senior Shaniece Craft scored a 9.625 to place 11th, while junior Yvette Leizorek scored a 9.50 to place 14th on vault.


On bars, the Broncos again snagged the second place spot with Jacob leading the way in a first-place tie. Sophomore Mallory Dziawura set one of four season-bests and three career-bests on the event for the Broncos. Dziawura finished in a three-way tie for third, tying her career-high of 9.825 on bars. Senior Ashli Rainboth placed sixth on bars with a career-best of 9.775, while redshirt sophomore Katie Tuller tied her season-best of 9.725 to tie for seventh. Freshman Fiona Leslie set a career-best of 9.225 while Kazandjian scored an 8.40 to round out the Broncos’ bar line-up for the night.


The Broncos edged out San Jose State and Seattle Pacific on beam to win the team title on the event. Kazandjian led the way for the Bronco line-up while Boise State posted four season-highs and three career-highs on the event. Placing in a tie for second in her second event of the night, Dziawura posted a career-best of 9.725 on beam. Leslie placed fifth on the event with a career-best of 9.70. Sophomore Sarah Smith placed just behind in a tie for sixth place with a season-best of 9.60, while Jacob placed 12th with a score of 9.525. Lang rounded out the line-up with an 8.90 to place 15th on beam.


On floor, the Broncos blew the competition out of the water, winning by at least .40. Smith and Leizorek led the Broncos who had four season-bests and one career-best on the event. The pair scored a 9.80 to finish in a two-way tie for second and both hitting season-best performances on floor. Lang and Pennington tied for sixth place, both posting season-highs on the event. Leslie rounded out the Broncos’ line-up with a tie for tenth place and a career-best of 9.625 on floor.


San Jose State’s Veronica Porte captured the all-around title with a score of 39.050, while also winning the floor competition with a score of 9.875. The Spartans’ Thomasina Wallace was the only other event winner, tying with Jacob for the bars title and winning the vault title outright with a score of 9.90.


The Broncos continue their 2009 season on Fri., Jan. 30 when they host Utah State University in a WAC dual. The meet will be held in Boise State’s Taco Bell Arena and is set for a 7 p.m. start.



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