Bronco Gymnasts Win Quad Meet

DENTON, Texas With a season-high 193.975, the Boise State University gymnastics team finished in first place at a quadrangular meet, Saturday.

With wins over host school Texas Woman’s University (192.100), Illinois State University (192.425) and the University of Illinois-Chicago (189.400), the Broncos improved to 5-7 this season.

“This was a meet where everyone fought for every tenth of a point,” head coach Sam Sandmire said. “When things weren’t going right, they fought, and it resulted in us hitting on all four events for the first time this season.”

Sophomore Shaniece Craft led the charge on vault, tying for first with a 9.800. The mark gives Craft, the defending Western Athletic Conference vault champion, consecutive meets with a finish atop the event standings. With a career-high 9.775, freshman Yvette Leizorek finished third. The duo led the Broncos to a team score of 48.550 on the event.

The Broncos also got individual victories on beam and floor. Freshman DeAvera Todd posted a career-high 9.850 on beam, capturing her first title in the event. The newcomer, who finished second in the all-around with a 38.500, now has six event wins this season. On floor, Leizorek recorded her third title of the season with a 9.825. Senior Kristin Aldrich posted a floor score of 9.775, helping the Broncos record a 48.125. Boise State’s team score on beam was 48.950, a season high.

On bars, Leizorek and junior Katie Griffis finished tied for second with a 9.750. With a team score of 48.350 in the event, the Broncos recorded scores of 48.000 or higher in all four events for the first time this season.

“Our goals haven’t changed,” Sandmire said. “We want to win the Western Athletic Conference Championships and we want to make the NCAA Regional. We are really close to a 194.000, and if we keep going in this direction, we will be all right.”

The Broncos return to action March 2, when they host a quad meet with UC Davis, Oregon State University and Seattle Pacific University at the Taco Bell Arena at 7:00 p.m.

Boise State University
1st 193.975
Quad Meet with Texas Woman’s, Illinois State and Illinois-Chicago
Feb. 17, 2007
Denton, Texas

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