Broncos Place Second at BYU Triangular
PROVO, Utah - The No. 22-ranked Boise State gymnastics team competed in their final regular season road competition on Friday night (March 12) in the Brigham Young Triangular at the Smith Fieldhouse. The Broncos (12-2, 4-0 WAC) were surprised by host team and No. 35-ranked BYU, placing second to the Cougars by .425 points. BYU earned the top spot with a team total of 195.725, a season-high, while Boise State placed second with a score of 195.30 and No. 26-ranked Arizona State placed third with a 193.625 score.
After taking on the Cougars just last week and winning by a solid margin the Broncos were taken aback with a second-place finish behind BYU. BYU improves to a 5-9 record on the season and a 35-9 all-time record over Boise State. Arizona State falls to 2-11 on the season and Boise State improves to 4-14 against the Sun Devils.
Boise State was able to post a season-best mark of 49.30 on bars, also tying for the fourth-best score on the apparatus in school history. They earned a team score of 49.250 on vault, good for No. 6 in the record books while also posting marks of 48.0 on beam and 48.750 on floor as a team.
The Broncos were led by junior Hannah Redmon, senior Taylor Jacob and redshirt sophomore Amy Glass who all captured event wins.
Redmon led the competition on vault, earning a 9.875 score to win her 14th career title on vault as well as her fifth victory this season on the event. She currently holds the No. 4 spot in the career vault wins at Boise State, moving within one of tying for third place (held by Cherianne Calkins, 1988-90, 15 wins) with Friday night's win. Her fifth win of the season moves her to a tie for No. 7 in single season vault titles at Boise State.
Jacob and Glass each scored a 9.90 on uneven bars, Jacob tying her career-best and Glass setting a new career-best to finish in a three-way tie to win on the event. The Bronco duo tied with BYU's Madeleine Johnson for the event title. With the win, Jacob improves to 14 career victories on bars, tying her for No. 2 in all-time career bars wins at Boise State.
"I am really proud of the team tonight," said co-head coach Tina Bird. "We stuck all five vaults and senior Taylor Jacob nailed her new bar dismount, which is the most difficult dismount ever thrown by a Bronco gymnast. It was really exciting!"
Helping Jacob and Glass to post one of the best team bar totals in school history, Redmon earned a season-best mark of 9.875 to place fourth, while junior Mallory Dziawura also earned a season-best of 9.850 to place fifth. Redshirt junior Katie Tuller tied her season-best of 9.775 to round out the Broncos scoring on bars.
On vault Redmon led the Broncos but was closely followed by teammates Sarah Smith, Hailey Gaspar and Amy Glass who each scored marks of 9.850 to finish in a five-way tie for third-place. Senior Yvette Leizorek tied with freshman Brittany Potvin-Green with a score of 9.825, tying Leizorek's career-best and placing eighth to round out the Bronco line-up.
The balance beam was the weakest event for the Broncos Friday night, with the highest finish by a Bronco coming in seventh-place. Jacob and sophomore Lindsay Kazandjian tied for that seventh-place spot with scores of 9.675 each. Glass and Gaspar finished just behind in a tie for ninth-place with scores of 9.60 while Dziawura rounded out the scorers for Boise State with a 9.450 and a 13th-place finish.
On floor the Broncos had a near-win by Leizorek who finished in a tie for second-place, just .025 out of first-place. Leizorek earned a 9.825 for her runner-up spot while Redmon finished just behind in a tie for fourth-place with a 9.80 score. Glass earned a ninth-place finish with a 9.725 while Gaspar set a career-best and Kelsey Lang tied her season-best with scores of 9.70 to tie for 14th.
BYU was able to earn the individual title on beam with Jennifer Lezeu and Kaylee Gallup tying for first-place with a 9.825. Arizona State's Mary Atkinson captured the floor exercise title with a 9.850 score. Atkinson also earned the all-around title with a score of 39.30. Boise State's Amy Glass placed second in the all-around with a39.075 score.
The Broncos have one regular-season meet remaining on their schedule, their third home competition of the season slated for Friday, March 19. Boise State will play host to San Jose State in a 7 p.m. meet at Taco Bell Arena. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the "Senior Night" celebration honoring three seniors: Taylor Jacob, Yvette Leizorek and Racquel Turnbow. The Broncos are also having a canned food drive at their final home meet to help the Idaho Food Bank. All fans are encouraged to bring cans to help the Broncos fill their bins.
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