Bronco Gymnasts Take Second at 2006 WAC Conference Championship.
LOGAN, Utah The Sacramento State Hornets won the 2006 Western Athletic Conference Gymnastics Championship Saturday afternoon (March 25) as the Boise State Broncos finished just 0.175 behind with 193.775 for second place. Southern Utah was third with 193.6. Utah State (193.1), San Jose State (192.8) and Cal State Fullerton (192.6) followed. Bronco freshman Shaniece Craft won the WAC vault title with a score of 9.875.

The Broncos had a strong opening rotation with a score of 49.0 on vault as Shaniece Craft led the way with a 9.875. Katie Dinsmore followed with 9.825. Kea Cuaresma and Kristin Aldrich added 9.8s.

On bars, the Broncos scored 48.05 led by Taylor Jacob’s 9.85 and Cuaresma’s 9.775.

Then it was on to beam where the Broncos scored 48.675. Jacob and Aldrich scored 9.825s. Dinsmore followed with a 9.8.

In the Broncos’ final rotation, floor, the team scored 48.05 as Cuaresma, Dinsmore and Lindsay Ward each scored 9.75.

“Big props to Shaniece for winning vault as a freshman.” Boise State coach Sam Sandmire said, “It was not a perfect meet for us but we fought to the very end and it was very close.”

“We now will focus on regionals, which is new life.” Sandmire added.

The Broncos will find out what their seeding at the NCAA West Region Championships will be this coming week. The west region championship will be held at Stanford on April 8. Boise State expects to be the fourth, fifth or sixth seed. The top two teams and the top two all-arounders from each of the six regional championships move on to the NCAA National Championships.

2006 Western Athletic Conference Championships
March 25, 2006 Logan, Utah
(Top 3 First Team All-Conference, 4th - 6th - Second Team)

Team: 1. Sacramento State 193.95; 2. Boise State 193.775; 3. Southern Utah 193.6, 4. Utah State 193.1; 5. San Jose State 192.8; 6. Cal State Fullerton 192.6.

All-Around: 1. Leah Sakhitab, Southern Utah, 39.05; 2. (tie) Jessica Parenti, Utah State, Marina Borisova, Sac State, 38.875; 5. Kea Cuaresma, Boise State, 38.8.

Vault: 1. Shaniece Craft, Boise State, 9.875; 2. Jessica Parenti,Utah State, 9.85; 3. (tie) Brooke Morari, Sac State, Katie Dinsmore, Boise State, Renae Moneymaker, San Jose State, 9.825.

Bars: 1. Jessica Parenti, Utah State, 2. Taylor Jacob, Boise State, 9.85; 3. (tie) Alex Martin, Utah State, Leah Sakhitab, Southern Utah, Ashley Sharpe, Southern Utah, Kelsey Spellacy, San Jose State, 9.8.

Beam: 1. Leah Sakhitab, Southern Utah, 9.875; 2. (tie) Taylor Jacob, Boise State, Kristin Aldrich, Boise State, Nicole Lim, Cal State Fullerton, 9.825.

Floor: 1. Marina Borisova, Sac State, 9.825; 2. (tie) Tiffany Bass, Sac State, Sheena Shaw, Southern Utah, 9.8; 4. Lindsay Ward, Boise State, Katie Dinsmore, Boise State, Kea Cuaresma, Boise State, 9.75.

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