Gymnasts Give Greatest Season Efforts to Win Beauty and the Beast

BOISE, Idaho -- The Boise State gymnastics team showed Bronco Nation what they are made of on Friday night, winning the Beauty and the Beast triangular in front of a crowd of 3,482 high energy fans. The Broncos (6-0, 3-0 WAC) earned their highest score of the season with a 195.075, topping Sacramento State, who had a 193.850, as well as Seattle Pacific, who scored a 190.50.

Not only did the Broncos put up their best total score of the season, but they had season bests as a team on vault (49.125), bars (48.925) and floor (48.925) as well as eight individual season-bests and two career-best efforts. The team's vault score marked the seventh-best team total on the event in school history.

"We were really excited that we finally hit all 4 events, got a great score and still have room for lots of improvement, especially on beam," exclaimed co-head coach Tina Bird. "But the best part of the night was the support from our fans. It meant a lot to the team to have the support of the community there. They spend a lot of their time trying to be a good example in the community, with good grades, sportsmanship and community service. So to have the fans come out and support us in the numbers that turned out, was huge. I know the wrestling program appreciated it too."

The crowd was definitely behind the Broncos, cheering on both the wrestling team and gymnastics team at the sixth annual Beauty and the Beast competition.

Boise State began their evening on vault with Chelsee Apple and Amy Glass giving a season-best and career-best performance of 9.875, respectively. The pair tied for the top spot on vault while Hannah Redmon took third with a 9.825. The wins were Apple's second career win and Glass' third career win on the event. Brittany Potvin-Green set a career-best mark of 9.80 to place fourth while Sarah Smith garnered a score of 9.750 to tie for sixth-place.

Moving to the uneven bars, the Broncos had momentum behind them and were able to again sweep the top-3 spots. Redmon earned a 9.850 to win on bars for the third time in her career. Glass was just behind in second-place earning a 9.825 while Mallory Dziawura scored a season-best of 9.775 to place third. Katie Tuller garnered a 9.750 to snag a sixth-place finish, while Yvette Leizorek earned a season-best of 9.725 to place seventh.

On balance beam, the Broncos produced their second-best team score of the season with Kelsey Lang leading the way. The reigning WAC champion on the event scored a 9.775 to tie for a first-place finish. The win marks her fifth career win on beam moving her to a tie for No. 8 on Boise State's all-time career wins on beam chart. Her win also marks her third of the season, moving her to a tie for No. 9 on the all-time Boise State single season wins on beam chart.

"Kelsey was a stud tonight on the beam and continues to be a leader," said Bird.

Glass was the second-best finisher for Boise State on balance beam, earning a fourth-place finish with her 9.70 score. Redmon earned an eighth-place finish with a score of 9.625 while Dziawura and Taylor Jacob rounded out the Bronco scorers with a tie for 11th-place and a score of 9.50.

Floor exercise was another solid performance by the Broncos who played off the energy of the crowd. Redmon earned her fourth-straight title on floor, remaining undefeated on the event this season. She tied her career-best of 9.925 and moved to No. 3 on the Boise State all-time career wins chart for floor exercise with 12 total wins. She also is tied for No. 8 on the all-time season wins at Boise State. Glass was the next top Bronco, earning a season-best of 9.80 to take fifth on the event. Leizorek and Smith tied for a ninth-place finish and a score of 9.750 while Lang rounded out the team with her season-best 9.70 performance, good for 12th-place.

After competing neck-and-neck throughout the evening, Redmon and Glass finished just .025 apart from each other in the all-around competition. Redmon compiled a season-best score of 39.225 to earn her sixth career win in the all-around and move to a tie for No. 6 in career wins in the all-around at Boise State. Glass also produced a season-best mark in the all-around, earning a 39.20 and finishing in second-place.

"Hannah and Amy were the dynamic duo tonight, both putting four events together," said Bird. "It really wasn't a surprise to us because they have been hitting their routines in the gym day in and day out. It's especially exciting for them to put it all together in front of our awesome home crowd."

The Broncos head to Denver for their fifth meet of the season to take on the University of Denver and Southeast Missouri State in a triangular meet on Fri., Feb. 19. They return home to Taco Bell Arena on Mar. 5 when they host Utah State and BYU at 7 p.m.

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