No. 19 Bronco Gymnastics Posts Best Score of the Season, Sixth Best Score in Boise State History

CORVALLIS, Ore. The No. 19 Boise State gymnastics team was on fire Saturday afternoon posting a season best team score of 196.575. The mark helped the Broncos to a second place finish in the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational hosted by No. 8 Oregon State University. The Broncos (12-3, 7-2 WAC) finished just behind the Beavers’ score of 197.20, however they topped No. 16 Missouri who scored a 195.325 to finish third in the meet. Western Athletic Conference opponent No. 36 Sacramento State took fourth with a 193.850 team total.

The Broncos posted the sixth highest team score in school history, surpassing the No. 6 mark of 196.425 they scored earlier this season. Not only did they jump into the record books in overall team scoring, but also tied for the No. 6 team vault mark in Boise State history as well as earning sole possession of the No. 9 team bars ranking. Boise State posted scores of 49.125 on vault, 49.200 on bars, 49.025 on beam, and 49.225 on floor while winning the team competition on vault and finishing in second behind the Beavers on bars, beam, and floor.

Starting their first rotation on bars, the Broncos took the team lead after posting their mark of 49.200, just ahead of Oregon State’s 49.100 on vault. Boise State was led by senior Lindsay Ward who tallied her sixth win on bars this season as well as her 18th career win in the event. Posting a 9.90 for the fourth time this season, Ward is now tied for the No. 2 all-time single season bars wins record at Boise State while increasing her No. 1 career mark. Ward finished in a tie with OregonState’s Laura-Ann Chong to win the event while Boise State’s Taylor Jacob snagged third place honors posting a 9.875. Bronco freshman Hannah Redmon finished in a three-way tie for fourth with Oregon State’s Jami Lanz and Jen Kesler with a mark of 9.850 while freshman Cassie Tycast shared the seventh place spot with OSU’s Mandi Rodriguez and Sacramento State’s Marina Borisova with a 9.825. Tycast’s score marked a career best by a big margin of .225. The Broncos’ Mallory Dziawura posted a 9.750 to place 13th while Amber Neroes scored a 9.550 to place 21st to round out the BSU lineup on bars.

In their second rotation, the Broncos posted a 49.025 on beam but were edged out of the team lead by .100 when OSU posted a 49.225 on bars. Oregon StateBoise State’s Jacob sharing a piece of the pie in third place, finishing in a tie with Tasha Smith with a 9.90. Taylor’s mark improved her career best by .050 and is the highest score by a Bronco this season on beam. Ward was the next highest Bronco on beam, placing in a three-way tie for eighth with a 9.850. Freshman Amy Glass finished just behind in a tie for 11th with Sac State’s Lizzy Norvell with a 9.825. Redmon tied her career best on beam, posting a 9.750 to finish in a three-way tie for 13th with Sarah Shire and Adrianne Perry of Missouri. Competing for the first time on beam this season, Neroes finished in a tie for 18th, posting a season best of 9.70, just .10 off her career best. Freshman Kelsey Lang rounded out the Bronco competitors on beam, placing 23rd after counting a fall and posting a 9.125. swept the top-3 spots with

The Broncos scored their highest event score of the night on floor exercise. Posting a 49.225 as a team, Boise State was lead by Redmon who scored a 9.90 for the second time on floor this season as well as tying for second place with OSU’s Lanz. Jacob was the next highest finisher for the Broncos, taking sole possession of seventh place and tying her career best of 9.850. Boise State’s Glass, Lang, and Sarah Smith all finished in a five-way tie for eighth with OSU’s Kera Bolen and Sacramento State’s Melissa Genovese, posting a 9.825, tying Glass’ career best in the event. Sophomore Yvette Leizorek was the final Bronco in the lineup, placing in a tie for 16th with Alycia Chan of Sac State with a 9.775.

Posting a 49.125 on vault, the Broncos earned the highest team score in the event by placing five of their six in the vault lineup in the top-8. Redmon again led the way for Boise State scoring a 9.875 to place second. Ward tied her season best of 9.850 in her second competition on vault to tie with Missouri’s Shire and OSU’s Yuki Lamb for third place. Sophomore Ruthie Pennington tied her career best on vault with a 9.80 to finish in a four-way tie with teammates Neroes and Glass as well as OSU’s Lanz. Leizorek placed 23rd for the Broncos posting a 9.250.

In the all-around competition, Redmon set a new career best of 39.375, improving by .050 and placing second behind OSU’s Lanz who score a 39.50. Redmon’s all-around mark is the highest scored by a Bronco this season and ties her for the No. 20 spot in Boise State all-time all-around score records.

The Broncos will compete in their final regular season meet on Friday, March 21 against the University of California-Berkeley. The competition will be held at Boise State’s Taco Bell Arena and is slated for a 7 p.m. start. The following week the Broncos will host the WAC Championships on Saturday, March 29 at Taco Bell Arena with competition starting a 6 p.m.

NOTES: The Broncos had 10 gymnasts who either broke or tied their season bests... Earning multiple bests, Taylor Jacob had two season bests while Hannah Redmon had one season best and tied two others... Boise State recorded seven new or tied career records... Jacob set a new career record on beam and tied a career best on floor while Redmon tied her career bests on the same two events and set a career best in the all-around.

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