Broncos Prepare for Home Finale, Senior Night against Southern Utah

What’s Happening:

The No. 23-ranked Boise State gymnastics team will take to the floor for their final home meet and final regular-season meet on Sat., Mar. 14. The Broncos will host No. 31-ranked Southern Utah in a Western Athletic Conference dual meet. Saturday night will also mark as “Senior Night” for four Boise State gymnasts. Seniors Courtney Achter, Shaniece Craft, Amber Neroes and Ashli Rainboth will be the four seniors recognized.  


Live Stats:

Live stats will be available for the meet at under the “Multimedia” link and then the “Live Stats” link.


Last Time Out:

Boise State scored their highest team score of the season, 195.925, winning their second home meet of the season over BYU and Cal State Fullerton. The Broncos won all four events as a team as well as landing top finishers on all four events while CSUF earned the all-around title. Boise State posted their top mark of the season on bars, their second-best mark of the season on beam and tied their season-bests on vault and floor as a team.


All-Time Series:

This Saturday’s meeting will be the first between the two teams this season. The last time they met Boise State just outscored Southern Utah to win the WAC Championship title in March 2008, although the Thunderbirds went 2-0 over the Broncos during the 2008 regular season. The Broncos lead the all-time series over the Thunderbirds, 20-18.


Boise State University:

The Broncos moved up six spots in this week’s national rankings (according to to the No. 23 spot (195.810 Regional Qualifying Score). Boise State holds a 14-4 overall record while also holding a 6-1 WAC record. The Broncos also moved up in the national rankings on each of the four events, moving to No. 26 on vault (48.865 RQS), No. 25 on bars (48.750 RQS), tied for No. 32 on beam (48.445 RQS), and No. 20 on floor (48.925 RQS).


Individually, six Broncos sit in the nation’s top-100, led by redshirt junior Taylor Jacob who is tied for No. 28 on bars (9.850). Redshirt freshman Chelsee Apple is tied for No. 67 on vault (9.830 RQS) while senior Shaniece Craft is tied for No. 90 on vault (9.810 RQS). On beam, freshman Lindsay Kazandjian ranks No. 71 (9.80 RQS), while sophomores Sarah Smith and Kelsey Lang rank No. 74 (tied 9.820) and No. 84 (tied 9.810), respectively, on floor.


In the WAC, the Broncos lead all teams in the vault team standings as well as the overall team standings. Individually, Boise State has five Broncos in the top-5 for the WAC. Apple sits at No. 2 in the WAC on vault while Craft holds the No. 5 spot on vault. On bars Jacob holds the No. 3 spot in the WAC while Kazandjian ranks No. 2 on beam. On floor, Smith holds the No. 5 spot in the WAC.


Southern Utah University:

Southern Utah enters the weekend with a No. 31 rank in the national polls as well as an 8-4 overall record and a 2-3 WAC record. The Thunderbirds rank as high as No. 15 as a team on beam (48.855 RQS). SUU also ranks No. 34 on floor (48.695 RQS), No. 38 on vault (48.680 RQS), and No. 40 on bars (48.500 RQS).


Individually, Elise Wheeler leads the team in the nation’s top-100 rankings. Wheeler ranks No. 75 on bars (9.810 RQS), No. 54 on beam (9.825 RQS), and tied for No. 59 on floor (9.835 RQS) while also tying for No. 45 in the all-around (39.055 RQS). Kellie Dangerfield is tied for No. 96 on beam (9.715 RQS) while also holding the No. 62 spot in the all-around (38.845 RQS). Jenna Vogt is tied for No. 73 in the all-around (38.640 RQS) while Melissa Johnson holds the No. 85 spot in the all around.


In the WAC, the Thunderbirds lead the conference on beam as a team. Individually, Wheeler leads the conference on beam while also sitting at No. 4 on floor and in the all-around as well as No. 5 on bars in the conference. Dangerfield holds the No. 4 spot on beam in the conference.  


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

Lindsay Kazandjian, Co-WAC Specialist of the Week, Feb. 23-29

Sarah Smith, WAC Specialist of the Week, Feb. 30-Mar. 8


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