Bronco Gymnasts Post 18th-Best Mark in Boise State History at UCLA Quad-Meet

LOS ANGELES The No. 21-ranked Boise State gymnastics team completed their best meet thus far of the 2009 season on Sun., Feb. 15, placing second at the UCLA Quad-Meet in Pauley Pavilion. The Broncos (9-3, 3-0 WAC) scored their best team total of 195.70 to tie for the 18th-best team total in Boise State history. Winning the meet, No. 2-ranked UCLA scored a 196.375, while No. 26 Washington placed third with a 194.40. Fellow Western Athletic Conference opponent Cal State Fullerton placed fourth with a 193.150.


In the all-time series standings, the UCLA Bruins lead the Broncos 22-0, while Boise State improved to 26-18 over the CSUF Titans and earned their 14th win in 54 meetings with the Washington Huskies.


The Broncos set two season-bests on vault and balance beam while nearly reaching their season-best on the uneven bars as a team. At the UCLA Quad-Meet the Broncos were able to post a 49.225 on vault, marking the second-best vault team score in Bronco history. The score sits just shy of the all-time best score of 49.30 set in 2003 and just knocked out the team’s best score from last season of 49.20.


The team’s second season-best performance of the day came on beam with the Broncos posting a mark of 48.90. The Broncos’ bar score finished just .050 off their season-best with a solid 48.825 effort on Sunday. They began their competition on floor exercise where they scored a 48.750, their third-best score this season on the event.


Senior Shaniece Craft and freshman Lindsay Kazandjian led the Broncos with their outstanding performances. Craft posted a career-best mark on vault, 9.90, to earn the highest score among the Broncos and tying for third-place overall. Kazandjian earned a 9.875 on beam for a career-best as well as picking up her second title on beam this season. Also leading the Broncos were redshirt junior Taylor Jacob on bars (9.850) and sophomore Sarah Smith on floor (9.80) who tied for third and fifth-place, respectively.


Beginning on floor, the Broncos ended the rotation in second-place, sitting behind UCLA who scored a 49.525 on vault. Washington sat in third-place while Cal State Fullerton sat in fourth, with the teams remaining in the same order through the end of competition. Boise State’s Smith led the team with her tie for fifth-place while sophomore Kelsey Lang finished close behind in eighth-place with a 9.775. Kazandjian snagged a ninth-place finish with a 9.750 while fellow freshman Fiona Leslie tied for 11th with a 9.725. Junior Ruthie Pennington scored a 9.70, good for a 13th-place tie while junior Yvette Leizorek rounded out the team with a 9.225 to place 24th.


On vault the Broncos came out on fire, bettering or tying three career-best marks as well as one season-best. With Craft leading the team with her tie for third-place, senior Amber Neroes tied her career-best of 9.850 and shared the ninth-place spot with redshirt freshman Chelsee Apple. In her first vault competition of the season, sophomore Hannah Redmon posted a season-best of 9.825 to tie for 15th-place. Pennington tied for 17th with a 9.80 effort while Lang finished in 21st-place with a 9.750 vault.


The uneven bars was another solid effort by the Broncos, with Jacob leading the way in a tie for third-place. Redmon set a season-best mark of 9.80 to tie for eighth-place while senior Ashli Rainboth tied her season-best of 9.775 to place 12th. Redshirt sophomore Katie Tuller and sophomore Mallory Dziawura tied for 16th-place with a score of 9.70 each while Kazandjian rounded out the team with a 9.125 to tie for 22nd-place.


Kazandjian led the team on beam with the only career-best effort of the day from the Broncos; however, four season-best marks were made by the team. Jacob posted her season-best mark of 9.825 to tie for fifth-place on beam while Smith and Dziawura also earned season-bests of 9.750 to tie for ninth. In her first beam competition of the season, Neroes posted a season-best of 9.70 to tie for 12th-place while Leslie placed 19th with a 9.225 effort.


UCLA was able to pick up wins on vault and bars with No. 1-ranked Vanessa Zamarripa earning a 10.0 on vault to earn the highest mark of the meet. Anna Li earned the bars title for the Bruins, posting a 9.90 on the event. Boise State’s Kazandjian shared the beam title with No. 18-ranked Niki Tom while Ashley Houghting of Washington earned the floor title with a 9.90 effort. UCLA’s Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, who is ranked No. 22 in the nation in the all-around, picked up the four-event title with an impressive 39.375 score.


The Broncos have a short week of preparation ahead with only five days to train for another quad-meet at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah on Feb. 20. The meet also includes San Jose State and Utah State and is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the Marriott Center.

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