Bronco Gymnasts Record Second-Highest Score of Season at Sacramento State Tri-Meet

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Boise State’s gymnastics team bounced back from a poor meet last weekend, scoring their second-highest team total of the season and dominating their competition at the Sacramento State Tri-Meet on Friday evening. The No. 34-ranked Boise State scored a 195.325 to crush No. 40-ranked Sacramento State’s second-place score of 192.050. No. 44-ranked Utah State finished third with a score of 190.250 at the Hornet’s Nest arena. Boise State improves to a 12-4 season record and a 6-1 Western Athletic Conference record after picking up two wins over WAC opponents tonight.

 

Boise State bettered their all-time series to an 11-7 lead over Sacramento State while improving their series with Utah State to 19-54.

 

The Broncos picked up wins on vault, balance beam and floor exercise to win the overall team competition.

 

“I am so proud of the team,” said co-head coach Tina Bird. “ They worked really hard this week and stepped up the intensity and it showed on the competition floor tonight.”

 

In their first rotation, the Broncos scored a 48.600 team total on bars, a middle-of-the-road score for Boise State on the event. Although their bars score wasn’t fabulous, the blue and orange were able to still hold a .450 lead over Sacramento State and a 1.325 lead over Utah State in the first rotation. Leading the Broncos on bars were sophomore Mallory Dziawura and redshirt junior Taylor Jacob with a 9.775, tying for a second-place finish. Redshirt sophomore Katie Tuller scored a 9.725 to finish in a tie for sixth while senior Ashli Rainboth scored a 9.675 to sit in eighth-place. Freshman Lindsay Kazandjian placed in a tie for ninth with a 9.650 and sophomore Hannah Redmon scored a 9.025 for a 14th-place finish.

 

The Broncos rebounded from a disaster of a beam competition last weekend, scoring a 48.550, their second-highest score of the season. Boise State pulled ahead to a 1.650 lead over Sacramento State in the second rotation while also improving to a 2.125 lead over Utah State. Kazandjian led the team with a career-best of 9.90, winning her third beam title of the season. With three beam wins, Kazandjian moved into a nine-way tie for ninth on the Boise State all-time single season beam wins list. Dziawura and freshman Fiona Leslie tied with career-bests at 9.80 to finish in third-place tie. Jacob was fourth for the Broncos with a solid 9.750 to place sixth overall. Senior Amber Neroes scored a 9.30 while sophomore Sarah Smith scored a 9.150 to place 14th and 17th, respectively.

 

The floor exercise was the third event of the night for Boise State and they showed they are a solid team on the event. The Broncos scored a 49.225 for their best score of the season on the event. Continuing to control the lead in the team score, the Broncos could relax and focus on perfecting their routines doing just that with two Broncos setting career-bests and one with a season-best. Sophomore Kelsey Lang led the Broncos with her career-high mark of 9.90, winning the overall floor competition. Redmon competed on floor for the first time this season, setting her season-high at 9.850 and finishing second overall. Kazandjian, Smith and junior Yvette Leizorek tied for third-place with a score of 9.825, a career-best for Kazandjian. Leslie rounded out the Broncos’ line-up with a 9.70 score and a 10th-place finish.

 

In their final rotation, the Broncos scored their second-highest team score of the season on vault with a 48.950. Redmon and Neroes led the way tying for the vault title with a 9.850 score. The mark tied Neroes’ career-high on the event, while Redmon set a new season-high on vault. Junior Ruthie Pennington scored a 9.775 to snag a third-place finish, while senior Shaniece Craft scored a 9.750 to finish in a tie for fourth-place. Redshirt freshman Chelsee Apple picked up a sixth-place finish with a 9.725 while Lang rounded out the Broncos with a tie for seventh-place and a 9.70 score.

 

Utah State’s Nicole Simoneau picked up the bars title with a 9.875 while Sacramento State’s Eryn Stubblefield captured the all-around title with a 38.775 final score.

 

The Broncos improve their regional qualifying score to 194.410, which should boost Boise State in the upcoming national weekly rankings.

 

Boise State will travel home to prepare to host their final two home meets of the season on Fri., Mar. 6 and Sat., Mar. 14 in Taco Bell Arena. They will host BYU and Cal State Fullerton in the Mar. 6 meet, beginning at 7 p.m. while also hosting Southern Utah on Mar. 14. The Boise State gymnasts will promote their Mar. 6 meet alongside their kids meet taking place the same weekend while Mar. 14 will be senior night.


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