Bronco Gymnastics Set for WAC Championships in Sacramento

What’s Happening:

The No. 23-ranked Boise State gymnastics team heads to Sacramento, Calif., for the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Championships hosted by Sacramento State. The six-team meet will take place at 6 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Sat., Mar. 21 at Hornet Gym. The Broncos will take on No. 28-ranked Southern Utah, who they defeated just this past weekend, No. 34-ranked San Jose State, No. 40-ranked Sacramento State, No. 42-ranked Cal State Fullerton and No. 47-ranked Utah State.


General Meet Information:

Location:  Hornet Gym - Sacramento, Calif.

Date: March 21, 2009

Time: 6:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Host: Sacramento State


Tickets: Reserved Seating: $12 / Bleacher Seating: $8

Parking: Fan parking is available free of charge in Lots A, B and 1 which are located north of the Hornets Nest. Disabled parking is also available in the designated spots on Moraga Way. All other lots on campus require a daily pass which can be purchased for $5.


Live Stats:

Live stats will be available for the meet at


Last Time Out:

Boise State is heading into the WAC Championships just after earning their best team total of the season, 196.225, and a school record team vault score of 49.325. Sophomore Hannah Redmon led the way to a one-point victory over Southern Utah, winning the vault, bars and floor. She set a career-best on vault and tied her career-best on floor to capture the two titles while also earning her first career win on bars. She now totals nine career-wins on vault and eight on floor.


All-Time Series and 2009 WAC Series:

The Broncos have faced all five WAC opponents during the regular season in 2009. They hold an 8-1 record against those teams, falling only to San Jose State at the BYU Quad Meet. Boise State holds winning all-time series records over four of the five other teams in the conference, sitting behind only Utah State.


Boise State leads the Cal State Fullerton Titans 27-18 all-time, including a 2-0 record during the 2009 season. The Broncos hold a five-win streak over the Titans.


Boise State leads Sacramento State 11-7 all-time which includes the one win over the Hornets earlier in the season. The Broncos hold a four-win streak over Sac State.


Although in their most recent meeting San Jose State defeated the Broncos, Boise State leads the all-time series 21-5-1, while sitting at a 1-1 tie during the 2009 season.


The Broncos recently improved to a 21-18 lead over Southern Utah, winning their final regular season meet over the Thunderbirds. The win marked the second-straight over SUU for the Broncos.


Utah State is the only school the Broncos has a losing all-time series record with in the WAC, but the series dates back much farther than the other opponents, dating to 1980. Utah State leads the all-time series 54-19 over Boise State, however, the Broncos earned a 3-0 record over the Aggies this season and hold a six-win streak over USU.


Boise State University:

Boise State holds a 15-5 overall record this season while also holding an impressive 8-1 record against WAC opponents. The Broncos sit tight in the No. 23 spot in the national rankings, the same spot they held in last week’s rankings. As a team, the Broncos rank No. 22 in the nation on vault, No. 24 on bars, No. 30 on beam and are tied for No. 18 on floor.


Individually, the Broncos hold six national top-100 rankings. Redshirt junior Taylor Jacob leads the way, tying for No. 38 on bars (9.850 Regional Qualifying Standard). Redshirt freshman Chelsee Apple is the next-best ranked Bronco, tying for No. 43 on vault (9.855 RQS) while senior Shaniece Craft joins her on the event in a tie for No. 66 (9.835 RQS). Freshman Lindsay Kazandjian is tied for the No. 59 spot on beam (9.820 RQS) while sophomores Kelsey Lang (9.830 RQS) and Sarah Smith (9.820 RQS) rank No. 74 and No. 88 on floor, respectively.


Cal State Fullerton:

Cal State Fullerton enters the week with a 7-9 record and a 3-3 WAC record. The Titans rank as the No. 42 team in the country while also ranking No. 30 on vault, No. 40 on bars, No. 50 on beam and No. 44 on floor.


The Titan’s Alaina Baker is the only gymnast to hold a national top-100 individual ranking, but she ranks in three events. Baker sits as high as a tie for No. 49 on floor (9.855 RQS) while also tying for No. 86 on vault (9.825 RQS). Baker also sits as the No. 56-ranked all-around gymnast in the nation (39.010 RQS).


Sacramento State:

The Hornets of Sacramento State head into the championships with a No. 40 spot in the national rankings this week. With a 10-8 overall record and 1-5 against WAC teams, the Hornets rank as high as No. 27 on beam as a team. They also rank No. 38 on bars, No. 45 on floor and No. 49 on vault.


Individually, Marina Borisova leads the way, holding four top-100 national rankings. She is tied for No. 48 on bars (9.845 RQS), tied for No. 82 on beam (9.80 RQS) and tied for No. 88 on floor (9.820 RQS). She also holds the No. 45 spot in the all-around ranks (39.120 RQS) while teammate Eryn Stubblefield joins at No. 97 in the all-around rankings (38.540 RQS).


San Jose State:

The San Jose State Spartans rank No. 34 in this week’s national rankings and hold an impressive 14-1 overall record and 7-1 WAC record. The Spartans rank No. 34 on vault as a team, are tied for No. 25 on bars, No. 43 on beam and No. 23 on floor.


Freshman Thomasina Wallace leads the way with three national top-100 rankings, including the No. 10 spot on bars (9.885 RQS). She also sits in a tie for No. 42 on floor (9.860 RQS) and a tie for No. 41 in the all-around (39.155 RQS). Veronica Porte holds two rankings, her best is a tie for No. 42 on floor (9.860 RQS) while she also sits at No. 47 in the all-around (39.090 RQS). Lily Swann rounds out the top-100 rankings for the Spartans, tying for No. 68 on vault (9.835 RQS).


Southern Utah:

Southern Utah enters the week with an 8-5 record overall and a 2-3 WAC record. The Thunderbirds will complete their regular season on Monday evening at Utah State, which will alter their records slightly before the WAC Championships. The Thunderbirds hold a No. 28 rank in this week’s rankings as a team while also holding the No. 33 spot on vault as a team, No. 42 on bars, No. 17 on beam and No. 28 on floor.


Four team members rank in the nation’s top-100 individual rankings this week. Elise Wheeler leads the team with a tied spot for No. 32 in the nation in the all-around (39.210 RQS). She also is tied for No. 39 on beam (9.845 RQS), tied for No. 49 on floor (9.855 RQS) and ranks No. 74 on bars (9.820 RQS). Kellie Dangerfield is tied for No. 32 on beam (9.855 RQS) while also ranking No. 74 in the all-around (38.845 RQS). Melissa Johnson holds a No. 80-rank in the all-around (38.725 RQS) and is tied for No. 73 on vault (9.830 RQS) while Jenna Vogt is tied for the No. 84 spot in the all-around (38.670 RQS) to round out the ranked Thunderbirds.


Utah State:

Utah State enters the week with a 1-13 record and a 0-8 WAC record this season. They will complete their regular season on Monday night when they host Southern Utah in their final regular season meet, with the results altering their record slightly prior to the WAC Championships. The Aggies enter the meet with a No. 47-rank in the national team standings. Utah State ranks No. 55 on vault, No. 37 on bars, No. 54 on beam and No. 46 on floor as a team.


Individually the Aggies have one top-100 nationally ranked gymnast. Nicole Simoneau is tied for the No. 23 spot on bars (9.865) holding the sole top-100 ranking for the Aggies.


Weekly WAC Team Rankings (as of Mar. 16, 2009):

1. Boise State, 195.215

2. Southern Utah, 194.870

3. San Jose State, 194.630

4. Sacramento State, 193.735

5. Cal State-Fullerton, 193.500

6. Utah State, 192.615


Top-5 Individual WAC Rankings (as of Mar. 16, 2009):

Vault (Name, RQS, School)

1. Chelsee Apple, 9.855, Boise State

2. Shaniece Craft, 9.835, Boise State

3. Lily Swann, 9.835 San, Jose State

4. Melissa Johnson, 9.830, Southern Utah

5. Alaina Baker, 9.825, Cal State-Fullerton



1. Thomasina Wallace, 9.885, San Jose State

2. Nicole Simoneau, 9.865, Utah State

3. Taylor Jacob, 9.850, Boise State

4. Marina Borisova, 9.845, Sacramento State

5. Elise Wheeler, 9.820, Southern Utah



1. Kellie Dangerfield, 9.855, Southern Utah

2. Elise Wheeler, 9.845, Southern Utah

3. Lindsay Kazandjian, 9.820, Boise State

4. Marina Borisova, 9.800, Sacramento State

5. Traci Takeda, 9.775, Sacramento State



1. Veronica Porte, 9.860, San Jose State

    Thomasina Wallace, 9.860, San Jose State

3. Alaina Baker, 9.855, Cal State Fullerton

    Elise Wheeler, 9.855, Southern Utah

5. Kelsey Lang, 9.830, Boise State



1. Elise Wheeler, 39.210, Southern Utah

2. Thomasina Wallace, 39.155, San Jose State

3. Marina Borisova, 39.120, Sacramento State

4. Veronica Porte, 39.090, San Jose State

5. Alaina Baker, 39.010, Cal State Fullerton

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