Bronco Gymnastics Gears Up to Host San Jose State

Coming Up:
The Boise State gymnastics is set to host Western Athletic Conference opponent San Jose State on Sunday, February 10. The Broncos (4-1, 3-1 WAC) will compete at home in their second of six home meets this season. The meet is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.

Watch From Home:
Sunday’s gymnastics dual will be available on Bronco Vision. Monthly membership is $9.95 per month (30 days) or $79.95 per year to watch any BSU athletic event. No single event purchase is available.

Last Time Out:
The 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 Southern Utah University in the final moments of the meet. The Broncos 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 opponent 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 straight week, 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 total score than their win over Utah State on January 22 (195.70), BSU still set a season high as a team on vault (48.900).

About the Broncos:
In the WAC:

According to the February 4 rankings by, the Broncos continue to hold the No. 2 spot in WAC standings with a three-meet average of 194.250, well ahead of No. 3 San Jose State’s 192.181 average. The Broncos captured their fourth WAC Weekly honor this week with Hannah Redmon earning the WAC Gymnast of the Week title for the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3.

The Broncos hold the No. 1 spot in the WAC on vault and floor exercise while also sitting at No. 2 on bars and beam. Shaniece Craft leads the WAC on vault with a 9.80 average with Lindsay Ward leading on bars (9.842) and Hannah Redmon on floor (9.842). Redmon also leads in the all-around standings with her 39.125 she posted last week. Taylor Jacob ranks the highest for the Broncos on beam in the WAC, sitting in third with a 9.775 average.

The Broncos rank No. 4 in the region while also posting the No. 4 spot on vault and on beam, while BSU shows to be a bit stronger on bars and floor holding the No. 3 spot regionally in those events. Redmon is the only Bronco to hold a top-3 ranking in any event, sitting at No.3 in the regional all-around standings.

Boise State dropped one spot this past week to No. 19 in the nation. They currently hold the No. 11 spot nationally on bars, the No. 17 spot on floor exercise and No. 23 on vault and beam. Redmon also holds the No. 27 spot nationally in the all-around. The Broncos’ highest ranked individual is Ward on bars, ranking No. 18.

About the Spartans:
San Jose State sits in the No. 3 spot in WAC rankings with four-meet average of 192.181 while also holding the No. 3 spot on vault and sitting at No. 4 on bars, beam and floor. Raylyn Cardeno holds the highest WAC ranking for the Spartans, sitting at No. 2 on vault.

Regionally SJSU is ranked No. 6, but holds the No. 5 spot on vault, No. 6 spot on floor, is No. 7 on beam and No. 9 on bars.

Nationally the Spartans rank No. 37 overall and prove to be strongest on vault sitting at No. 30 in the event. SJSU enter the meet holding the No. 32 spot on floor, No. 38 on beam, and No. 45 on bars as well.

VAULT: WAC leader Shaniece Craft will look to join freshman Amy Glass to lead the Broncos in their second home meet. Last week’s winner, Hannah Redmon will be key to the line-up while junior Amber Neroes and sophomores Ruthie Pennington and Yvette Leizorek will be likely to compete.

BARS: Taylor Jacob and Lindsay Ward will be big leaders on the uneven bars while Glass, Leizorek, Redmon and freshman Mallory Dziawura will likely round out the bars team.

BEAM: Again Ward and Jacob look to lead their team on beam. Neroes will likely be another contributor while freshmen Cassie Tycast and Kelsey Lang join Redmon in the younger half of the squad.

FLOOR : A strong floor corps for the Broncos will likely consist of Redmon, Glass, Jacob, Leizorek, Lang, and Sarah Smith.

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