Broncos Recover From Rough Start to Capture Dual Meet Win Over Utah State

LOGAN, Utah - The Boise State gymnastics team earned their second meet title on Friday when they defeated Western Athletic Conference opponent Utah State in a dual meet. The Broncos (3-0, 1-0 WAC) were able recover from a rough start to the meet and sneak past the Aggies (1-6, 0-1 WAC) with a 191.625-191.125 win.

Although the Broncos had an uncharacteristically low team score, they were able to capture wins on all four individual events. The highlight of the night was freshman Hailey Gaspar earning the vault title with the highest score out of any event, a 9.90. Redshirt junior Katie Tuller was able to earn a bars win (9.70) while juniors Kelsey Lang and Hannah Redmon earned wins on beam and floor, respectively, with scores of 9.825 each.

The Broncos began the meet on bars where they struggled with three falls, scoring a 46.80 team score. Tuller and junior Mallory Dziawura were the strength to the Broncos' bars score. Utah State opened on vault with a solid performance of 48.225 to hold a strong advantage to Boise State out of the first rotation.

In the second rotation, the Broncos performed more like themselves with Gaspar, Amy Glass and Chelsee Apple each scoring above a 9.80. They earned a team score of 48.725 to help close the gap between the Broncos and the Aggies. Utah State earned a 47.50 on bars in the second rotation, ending the first two rotations with a 95.725-95.525 lead in the dual.

In the third rotation, the Broncos counted on strong performances from Gaspar and Redmon to hold a decent floor exercise score of 47.90. The Aggies earned a 47.80 score on beam to hold on to the team lead by .10 with a 143.525-143.425 over the Broncos.

Entering the final event knowing they need to perform well to take over the lead, the Broncos had great performances on beam from Lang, Redmon, Glass and Lindsay Kazandjian to earn a team score of 48.20. Utah State was only able to produce a 47.60 score on floor, giving up the team lead and meet win to the Broncos.

"I was proud of the improvement we showed on beam," said co-head coach Tina Bird. "It's time to get back in the gym and do some work before our next meet."

Utah State was solid in the all-around competition, sweeping the top three spots. Lyndsie Boone was able to capture a solid all-around win with a 38.850 score.

Redmon's win on floor also marks her tenth career title in the event, moving her to No. 5 on the all-time career floor wins chart at Boise State.

The Broncos continue their season on Sun., Feb. 7 in Fullerton, Calif. The dual meet with Cal State Fullerton has been moved to a 1 p.m. (Mountain Time) start due to the Super Bowl. Boise State will open its 2010 home season on Fri., Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Beauty and the Beast competition.

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