Sandmire, Seniors Compete in Final Home Meet

BOISE, Idaho Boise State University gymnastics Head Coach Sam Sandmire will lead her squad onto the floor of the Taco Bell Arena for the last time, Friday, as the Broncos square off against Utah State University on “Senior Night” at 7:00 p.m.

After spending the last 20 years rewriting record books and dedicating every day to improving the lives of her gymnasts, Sandmire is retiring as head coach of the Broncos.

“It has been a privilege to lead this program for 20 years and to experience its growth and changes,” Sandmire said. “I am grateful for Gene Bleymaier and the administration, for my assistant coaches, for our staff, for our fans, and for all of the wonderful athletes I've had the honor of coaching. I am also grateful to my family for the sacrifices they have made over the years. It has been an incredible experience.”

Sandmire has led the Broncos to the NCAA Regional Championships in each of her previous 19 seasons. Under her tutelage, the Broncos have finished the season ranked in the top 25 eight times and ranked as high as No. 12 in the nation academically. Sandmire has also earned Conference Coach of the Year honors four times and was named Region Coach of the Year in 1996.

Sandmire is not the only individual making her final appearance at the Taco Bell Arena. Seniors Kristin Aldrich and Tara Oberg will also be honored as they compete in the final home meet of their careers.

A number of events have been planned in conjunction with the final meet of the regular season. To honor the contributions of the individuals leaving the program, a number of former Bronco gymnasts and coaches will be in attendance as part of Alumni Reunion night. To celebrate the contributions of everyone who has been a part of the program, the Broncos will be putting on a “Carnival Night,” with clowns, balloon animals and face painting.

“I'm looking forward to celebrating this final home competition with our dedicated fans and boosters,” Sandmire said. “See you Friday!”

Tickets for the dual meet will be $5 for adults and $3 for juniors and seniors. As always, Boise State students get in free with student ID. Parking to the event is free, but fans must park in General Parking spaces only. Parking in spaces marked RH, for resident halls, is prohibited.

Last Time Out...
Despite posting its third-highest score of the season, March 16, the Boise State University gymnastics team fell to Southern Utah University 195.175-192.750 at The Centrum.

The Broncos dropped to 6-11 this season and 1-6 in the Western Athletic Conference in what was Bronco head coach Sam Sandmire’s last road dual of her career.

The Broncos did get two individual victories on the evening, highlighted by senior Tara Oberg’s win on beam. Oberg posted a career high 9.900 to record her first-ever title on the event. Freshman DeAvera Todd captured her fifth vault title of the season with a 9.825. Todd’s five wins on the event are tied for fourth-most all time in a single season and seventh-most in a career.

RQS Watch...
After improving its regional qualifying score (RQS), the Boise State gymnastics team moved up one spot in this week’s rankings. The Broncos went from an RQS of 192.010 last week, to a 192.335 this week, passing UC Davis and moving into eighth place in the region.

The Aggies...
Utah State, currently the top-ranked team in the Western Athletic Conference and ranked No. 32 nationally according to RQS, comes to the Taco Bell Arena with a record of 7-9 overall and 5-2 in conference meets.

Leading after two rotations in last week’s meet, then No. 31 Utah State appeared to be in prime position to upset 25th-ranked Minnesota, March 17. However, the Aggies stumbled on the beam, Minnesota excelled on the floor, and the meet was over as Minnesota posted a 195.800 to 193.800 victory.

Individually, Katy Schilla is tied for 50th in the nation on the vault with an RQS of 9.845. Jessica Parenti-Otte is 70th on bars with a 9.820 RQS and is tied for 56th on beam with a 9.815 RQS, while Megan Tschida is tied for 69th in the floor exercise with a 9.825 RQS. In the all-around, Parenti-Otte is tied for 30th with a 39.115 RQS and Meagan Lewis is tied for 70th with a 38.700 RQS.

Series History...
The Broncos have competed against Utah State twice already this season, losing both meetings. On Jan. 26, the Aggies (194.225) won a quad-meet at San Jose State, while the Broncos finished third (190.700). And on Feb. 1, the Broncos fell 193.725-191.650 in a dual meet at Logan, Utah.

Since 1990 the Aggies lead the all-time series with Boise State, posting 38 victories to the Broncos’ 14. Boise State’s last win came March 25, 2006, at the WAC Championships (193.775-193.100).

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