Boise State to Face No. 14 Illinois, No. 27 Michigan State and No. 44 Illinois-Chicago at Chicago Style Quad Meet

What’s Happening:

The No. 24-ranked Boise State gymnastics team will head to Chicago, Ill., this coming weekend to compete in the Chicago Style quad-meet held at Chicago's Historic Navy Pier. The meet will consist of No. 14-ranked Illinois (who is also the host team in the competition), No. 27-ranked Michigan State and No. 44-ranked Illinois-Chicago along with the Broncos. The meet is slated for a 7:30 p.m. (Central Time) start.


Chicago Style:

The Chicago Style meet will run from Feb. 6-8 with the NCAA Session taking place at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 6. Admission to the NCAA Session is $15. The meet will be held at Chicago’s Historic Navy Pier “Festival halls A and B” ( Also competing at the Chicago Style meet will be: Women's Artistic Gymnastics, Levels 4 through 10/Elite gymnasts. Results may be found at: and will also be reported on at the completion of the competition.


Last Time Out:

The Broncos earned a comeback win over Utah State University, improving their record to 5-1 (2-0 WAC). Boise State posted their highest team score of the season (194.350) and won three of the four events on the evening. Chelsee Apple picked up her first career win on vault with a 9.850 while Sarah Smith picked up her first season win on floor with a 9.90 performance. Taylor Jacob picked up her third win on bars for the season and here 12th career win on the event after posting a 9.90 against Utah State.


2009 Bronco Honors:

Redshirt-junior Taylor Jacob earned the Broncos’ first 2009 honor by picking up the WAC Co-Specialist of the Week for the Week of Jan. 26-Feb. 1 after a 9.90 performance on bars against Utah State.


All-Time Series:

The Broncos have faced Illinois only three times in school history, holding a 2-1 record over the Fighting Illini’. In their most recent meeting, Illinois beat the Broncos at the 2008 NCAA South Central Regional.


Boise State and Illinois-Chicago have faced-off twice, holding a 1-1 record against one another. The Broncos came out on top in the most recent win dating back to Feb. 17, 2007.


In the Boise State-Michigan State all-time head to head competition, the Spartans lead the series 8-0. Their most recent match-up came on Mar. 7, 2004.


Boise State:

The Broncos enter the competition as the No. 24-ranked team in the country. As a team, Boise State also ranks No. 17 on floor, No. 24 on bars and No. 29 on vault and beam.


Individually, seven Broncos rank in the nation’s top-100 event rankings according to With the rankings based on the individual’s average on each particular event, Taylor Jacob leads the way with the team’s highest ranking at No. 6 on bars (9.875 average). Sophomore Mallory Dziawura also ranks on bars, sitting in a tie for No. 71 (9.767) while Amy Glass, who is no longer competing due to a season-ending injury, is tied for No. 85 (9.750). Freshman Lindsay Kazandjian is the only Bronco to hold two rankings, sitting at No. 87 on beam (9.733) and No. 50 in the all-around (38.925). Sophomore Sarah Smith is tied for No. 39 on floor (9.825) and junior Yvette Leizorek is tied for No. 63 on floor (9.792). Redshirt-freshman Chelsee Apple rounds out the ranked Broncos, sitting at No. 66 (tied) on vault with a 9.80 average.



Illinois enters the weekend as the top-ranked competitor in the meet, holding the No. 14 spot in the team rankings. As a team the Fighting Illini’ also hold the No. 10 spot on beam, No. 16 spot on bars, No. 22 on floor and No. 39 on vault.


Eight gymnasts rank in the nation’s top-100 on their respective events for Illinois. Allison Buckley leads the way with three rankings: No. 62 on bars (9.783), No. 97 (tie) on floor (9.750) and No. 100 in the all-around (38.325). Sarah Schmidt holds two rankings, the first a tie for No. 13 on floor (9.862) and the second a tie for No. 29 on bars (9.825). Kelsey Joannides also holds two rankings: a tie for No. 20 on beam (9.831) and No. 41 in the all-around (39.019). Nicole Cowart is the final Fighting Illini’ to hold two rankings, her first a tie for No. 52 in the all-around (38.90) and her second a tie for No. 73 on beam (9.750). Melissa Fernandez is tied for No. 44 on beam (9.794) while Lashlee Morris holds the No. 79 spot on the event (9.744). Marijka Botterman is the only Illini ranked on vault, sitting a No. 24 (9.850) while Lindsey Smith is tied for No. 76 on floor (9.775) to round out the ranked Fighting Illini’.



Illinois-Chicago enters the weekend with a No. 44 national team ranking. The Flames rank No. 41 on vault, No. 42 on bars, No. 43 on beam and No. 49 on floor as a team.


Two individuals rank in the top-100 for the Flames. The first, DeAvera Todd holds two national rankings and the second Andrea Skala. Todd sits at No. 86 on beam (9.733) and No. 94 in the all-around (38.40). Skala sits just behind in the all-around with a No. 99 rank (38.355).


Michigan State:

Michigan State enters the weekend with a rank that sits right on the heels of the Broncos. The No. 27-ranked team, the Spartans also rank No. 19 on bars, No. 24 on floor, No. 28 on vault and No. 33 on beam.


Five Spartans hold national individual event rankings with Rochelle Robinson leading the way, holding a No. 74 (tie) spot on bars (9.762) and a tied No. 78 spot on vault (9.794). Nicole Argiros also holds two rankings, the first a No. 81 (tied) ranking on floor (9.767) and a No. 100 (tied) ranking on bars (9.744). Dani Fanning is also ranked No. 80 (tied) on bars (9.758) while Katlyn Roggensack is tied for No. 84 on vault (9.787). The Spartans highest ranked individual is Kelsey Morley who holds the No. 67 spot in the all-around rankings (38.725).


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