Broncos Head to Texas For Quad-Meet

BOISE, Idaho The Boise State University gymnastics team is traveling to Denton, Texas, for a quadrangular meet with Texas Women’s University, the University of Illinois-Chicago and Illinois State University, Feb. 17.

The quad-meet is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. (CT), at the Magee Arena. The Broncos will be competing in TWU’s “Think Pink” meet, the third time this season that they will be competing at an event sponsoring breast cancer awareness.

Results will be posted at following the meet’s conclusion.

The Broncos The Boise State University gymnastics team knocked off Southern Utah University in a season-best effort, Feb. 9, at the fifth annual “Beauty and the Beast” meet at the Taco Bell Arena.

The Broncos posted a season-high team score of 193.200, knocking off the Thunderbirds (192.975) to improve their season record to 2-7 overall and 1-5 in the Western Athletic Conference.

Texas Women’s A season-high team score of 191.525 helped the Texas Woman’s University Pioneers gymnastics team (6-4) to a second place finish in their triangular meet versus the Brigham Young University Cougars and the Ball State Cardinals, Feb. 10, at the Magee Arena in Denton.

Illinois-Chicago Two event wins from Annie Kachman and career-best winning tallies by Ashley Thurston and Justin Weyer highlighted the UIC women's gymnastics team's victory over Western Michigan, Feb. 10. The Flames (3-6) held on to beat the Broncos of Western Michigan with an overall score of 192.125.

Illinois State Freshman Jessica Prousa led the competition in the all-around, Feb. 9, at a triangular meet hosted by Centenary, as she recorded a career-best score of 37.775. Prousa's scores were not enough to land the Redbirds (3-4) a first place title at their second away meet, however, as Centenary (189.300) and Texas Woman's (189.900) each defeated Illinois State (189.100).

Team Histories The Broncos have squared off against TWU only once since 1990, defeating the Pioneers 193.625-187.950. This Saturday’s meeting will be the first in school history against both Illinois State and Illinois-Chicago.


Best at the Beast With a victory over Southern Utah, Feb. 9, at the fifth-annual “Beauty and the Beast” meet, the Broncos now boast a record of 5-1 at the event.

Vault Victory Sophomore Shaniece Craft’s victory on vault, Feb. 9, against Southern Utah was her first since winning the Western Athletic Conference title last season.

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. However, with a team score of 193.200 against Southern Utah, the Broncos got right back on track with their highest score of the season.

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. She also added a bars victory to her resume, Feb. 9.

In the first meet of her career, freshman Yvette Leizorek captured the top spot on floor, Jan. 12, against CSU-Fullerton, and did it again, Feb. 9, against Southern Utah. 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 and first on bars once, junior Katie Griffis and sophomore Taylor Jacob have each notched two bars victories, and Jacob and freshmen Yvette Leizorek (twice) and Ruthie Pennington have each won on floor. Shaniece Craft also has a vault victory.

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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