Bronco Gymnastics Hits the Road to Take On BYU, San Jose State and Utah State

What’s Happening:
The Boise State Broncos are heading into their fourth quad-meet of the season on Friday, taking on BYU and Western Athletic Conference foes San Jose State and Utah State. The Broncos currently hold a 9-3 record (3-0 WAC).
BYU Quad-Meet:
BYU’s quad-meet will be held on Fri., Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. (Mountain Time) at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah. Live stats, live audio and live video are available at


Last Time Out:
The Broncos are coming off their best season score from the UCLA Quad-Meet where they reached a 195.700 score. They also scored the second highest vault team score in Boise State history with a 49.225 while also earning a season-high of 48.90 on beam. Lindsay Kazandjian was the only Bronco to earn an individual event title, winning the balance beam with a 9.875 (career-best).


All-Time Series:
The Broncos enter the BYU quad-meet with only one winning all-time series record against their three opponents. Boise State leads San Jose State, 21-4, in their all-time series, including a win earlier this season in San Jose.

The Broncos have also earned a win over Utah State already this season, improving to 17 wins over Utah State. The Aggies lead the series however, with a 54-17 lead.

In the BYU vs. Boise State all-time series, the Cougars lead the Broncos, 33-7. The two teams will face each other twice this season with their second match-up coming on March 6 in Boise.


Boise State:
This week the Broncos enter competition for the first time as an unranked team this season. The Broncos dropped out of the rankings momentarily after the national rankings switched to the Team Regional Qualifying Score method of ranking in the Feb. 16 poll. To calculate an RQS, a team needs six meet scores, including at least three away meets. The top score is then dropped and the next five are averaged. The Broncos only have five meets they’ve competed in this season so far with the BYU quad-meet marking their sixth meet which will put them back in the rankings.

Key gymnasts for this week’s meet include: Kazandjian, who has been a solid performer all season; Shaniece Craft, who scored a career-high of 9.90 on vault last week; Taylor Jacob, who has been the team’s strongest performer on bars as well as continually improving on beam. Sarah Smith has also been a strong performer for the Broncos on floor while Kelsey Lang and Yvette Leizorek have been adding help on the event as well. Amber Neroes and Chelsee Apple are two additional Broncos to look for on vault, while Hannah Redmon will compete in her third meet of the season after excellent efforts on vault and bars this season.

The Cougars enter the week as an unranked team as well with only five competitions completed this season. BYU holds a record of 2-8 so far on the season, including one loss to San Jose State.

In their most recent competition, the Cougars fell to Southern Utah University. Megan Donehue tied for first place on vault (9.775) while Madeleine Johnson tied for first on bars (9.825). Donehue also earned a win on beam with a 9.850. Whitney Olsen was the Cougars highest finisher on floor in sixth with a 9.775. Danielle Goldman was the only all-around competitor for BYU placing fifth with a 36.475.


San Jose State:
San Jose State enters the week as the No. 28-ranked team in the country with an RQS of 193.510. As a team the Spartans rank No. 21 on bars, No. 24 on vault, No. 29 on floor and No. 32 beam.

Individually, three Spartans rank in the nation’s top-100. Veronica Porte leads the way with four rankings. She sits in a tie for No. 14 on floor, in a tie for No. 87 on vault, at No. 100 on beam and in No. 34 in the all-around. Thomasina Wallace is also a big factor for the Spartans ranking No. 19 on bars, No. 67 on floor, No. 96 on vault and No. 29 in the all-around. Alise Moss-Blackwell also holds an individual ranking, sitting at No. 58 on bars.  

Utah State:
Utah State enters the week with a No. 37-ranking as well as sitting at No. 27 on bars, No. 28 on vault and floor and No. 40 on beam.

Individually, Nicole Simoneau leads the way with a No. 25 rank on bars and No. 87 on beam. Jackie Dillon also holds two spots, the first of No. 69 on bars and No. 80 on vault. Nicki Felley ranks No. 71 on floor while Heather Heinrich sits at No. 78 on vault for the Aggies.  

2009 Boise State Awards:
Taylor Jacob, WAC Specialist of the Week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1
Chelsee Apple, WAC Specialist of the Week, Feb. 2-8
Shaniece Craft, WAC Specialist of the Week, Feb. 9-15



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