Gymnast Hannah Redmon Snags All-Around Title, Broncos Finish Second at SUU Quad Meet

CEDAR CITY, Utah The No. 18 Boise State gymnastics team posted their second best team total for the 2008 season; but it wasn’t quite enough to hold off host school No. 17 Southern Utah University in the final moments of the meet. The Broncos (4-1, 3-1 WAC) finished second in the SUU Quad Meet with a total score of 194.425, just short of the Thunderbirds’ winning score of 194.650. Fellow Western Athletic Conference school Cal State-Fullerton pulled in the No. 3 spot (193.575) while Brigham Young University occupied the fourth and final spot (193.350).

For the second week in a row, the Broncos were able to finish in first place on all four events (one event in a three-way tie with other schools) while freshman Hannah Redmon (Reno, Nev.) was able to snag the all-around title. Redmon also earned top finishes on vault and on floor exercise, with redshirt sophomore Taylor Jacob (Whittier, Calif.) earning the title on the uneven bars. Senior Lindsay Ward (Las Vegas, Nev.) finished in a tie for first on the balance beam.

Although the Broncos posted a lower score than last week’s win over Utah State (195.70), BSU still set a season high as a team on vault. In their dual with USU on January 22, the Broncos posted a high of 48.825 in the event only to surpass that mark Friday night at the Southern Utah Centrum Arena with a score of 48.900.

Redmon led the Broncos to the new team season high on vault with a winning 9.875 score; a career best for herself. Junior Shaniece Craft (Centennial, Colo.) recorded a season high 9.825 score on vault to finish in a tie for fourth, while freshman Kelsey Lang (Langley, B.C.) was apart of a three-way tie for seventh with a career high of 9.775. Sophomore Ruthie Pennington (Dallas, Ore.) just missed the top-10, placing 11th with a season high mark of 9.725.

On bars, the Broncos finished with a score of 48.525 and were led by Jacob who posted a mark of 9.875 in the event. The win marked the second consecutive meet that Jacob took the bars title. Teammate Ward finished just behind with a 9.850, good for a second place tie with Kellie Dangerfield of SUU. Freshman Mallory Dziawura (Phoenix, Ariz.) finished in a tie for fifth while also posting a career high with a 9.80 score on bars. Redmon squeaked into the top-10 on bars with a 9.775, good for a tie for ninth with SUU’s Elise Wheeler.

Ward was able to finish in a tie for first on beam for the second straight week, posting a score of 9.825 to tie with Katie Hicks of SUU and Dayna Smart-Allen of BYU. Jacob was the only other Bronco to finish in the top-10 on balance beam, posting a 9.775 score to tie for sixth. Lang finished in a two-way tie for 11th, tying her career high score of 9.70.

Earning her second event win of the night, Redmon topped the ranks on floor exercise, posting a score of 9.850 a .050 advantage over the second place finishers. Redshirt freshman Sarah Smith (Bakersfield, Calif.) notched out a 9.775 performance on floor to finish in a three-way tie for fifth. Lang and Jacob just missed the top-10, tying for 11th with a 9.70 score.

Redmon surpassed SUU’s Wheeler as the WAC leader in the all-around, posting a new career high total of 39.125 over the four events. Redmon earned the all-around titles with wins on vault and floor, finishing ninth on bars and placing 15th on beam with a new career best of 9.625 in the event. Redmon’s all-around score sits just outside of the top-25 best scores in Boise State history.

The Broncos will return home on Sunday, February 10 to host WAC opponent San Jose State in a 6 p.m. dual in Taco Bell Arena. The meet will be the second of six home meets this season, including the WAC Gymnastics Championships in March.

Notes: Boise State posted four new season bests and three career bests on Friday ... the Broncos posted eight personal season records and six career records ... BSU now has a three-meet average of 194.250 for the season.

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