Broncos Host Beauty and the Beast

BOISE, Idaho The Boise State University gymnastics program returns home after a four-meet road trip to host Western Athletic Conference foe Southern Utah University, Friday at the Taco Bell Arena, in the annual “Beauty and the Beast” meet with the Bronco wrestlers.

The gymnastics dual meet is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m., while the Bronco wrestlers host Pacific-10 Conference rivals UC Davis at 5:00 p.m., and Stanford at 7:00 p.m.

The Broncos Boise State heads into Beauty and the Beast with an overall record of 1-7 (0-5 WAC), with its lone victory, a win over Seattle Pacific, coming in a third place effort at a quadrangular meet, Jan. 26.

The Broncos are returning home after a four-meet road trip. Last week the Broncos were downed by both Utah State (193.725-191.650) and No. 22 Brigham Young (193.725-191.100). The Broncos posted their highest team score of the season (191.650) against the Aggies (Feb. 1).

The Thunderbirds Last week Southern Utah (3-5, 1-1 WAC) finished fourth in a quadrangular meet featuring top 25 teams Utah (No. 3), Arkansas (No. 13) and Brigham Young (No. 22). The Thunderbirds posted a team score of 190.650.

Prior to the fourth place finish, Southern Utah had a streak of 10 consecutive dual meets in which a Thunderbird claimed the top spot in the all-around.

The Series Since the 1990 season, the Broncos and Thunderbirds have met 25 times, with the Thunderbirds holding a one-meet advantage. Southern Utah has won 13 duals to the Broncos’ 12.

Boise State has won each of the last two meetings against the Thunderbirds, with the last Southern Utah victory coming March 25, 2005, at the Western Gymnastics Conference Championships.

The Broncos defeated the Thunderbirds 194.225-193.100 in a dual meet last season (Feb. 3), and finished ahead of them at the 2006 WAC Championships.

Getting Better All the Time The Broncos put up a team score of 191.100 at Utah State, ending a streak of five consecutive meets that saw Boise State improve its team score from the previous dual.

Gymnasts of the Week Junior Katie Griffis (Jan. 23) and freshman DeAvera Todd (Jan. 29) were awarded Western Athletic Conference Specialist of the Week honors on consecutive weeks.

Freshmen Sensations Although the Broncos are a young team, a number of newcomers are performing like seasoned veterans. Three of the Broncos’ freshmen have posted first place finishes this season.

Freshman DeAvera Todd has finished in the top three on vault in every meet this season, finishing first on four occasions.

In the first meet of her career, freshman Yvette Leizorek captured the top spot on floor, Jan. 12, against CSU-Fullerton. Freshman Ruthie Pennington also finished first on floor, Feb. 1, recording the first individual victory of her career at Utah State.

Winning Ways With seniors Kristin Aldrich and Tara Oberg tying for the top spot on beam, Feb. 1, at Utah State, the Broncos now boast first place finishes on every event this season.

Freshman DeAvera Todd has finished first on vault four times, junior Katie Griffis and sophomore Taylor Jacob (twice) have each notched bars victories and Jacob and freshmen Yvette Leizorek and Ruthie Pennington have each won on floor.

Regional Appearances The Boise State University gymnastics team has made 20 consecutive trips to the NCAA Regional Championships, and is looking for its 21st-consecutive appearance in 2007.

The End of an Era - In the past two decades under head coach Sam Sandmire, the Broncos have enjoyed the most success and national recognition as a Division I program in school history.

The 2007 season, however, will mark the end of Sandmire’s tenure at Boise State, as she is retiring from the coaching profession.

Come out and thank Sandmire for putting Boise State University gymnastics on the map!

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