Aldrich, Leizorek Earn All-WAC at Conference Meet

CEDAR CITY, Utah Despite a valiant effort from senior Kristin Aldrich and freshman Yvette Leizorek, Saturday, at the Western Athletic Conference Gymnastics Championships, the Broncos were unable to bring home a sixth title for head coach Sam Sandmire in her final conference meet.

“At this meet, every team hit,” Sandmire said. “This is a strong conference and it really showed today. I am very proud of this team. We overcame a lot of adversity this year, and the future looks very bright.”

The Broncos notched their second-highest team score of the season with a 193.300, but finished in sixth place at the meet. Sacramento State won its second consecutive conference title with a 195.275.

Aldrich, competing in her final conference championships, earned All-WAC first team honors on beam and All-WAC second team honors on vault. Leizorek, competing in her first conference championships, earned second team all-conference honors on both bars and floor.

“It was great to see Kristin go out that way,” Sandmire said. “And Yvette, what can you say about her. She has been great for us all year, and she is going to be a standout at Boise State for the rest of her career.”

Boise State began the evening on vault, posting a team score of 48.900, its third-highest score of the season on the apparatus. The total would give the Broncos sole possession of first place after the opening rotation. Three Broncos put scores of 9.800-or-higher on the board, led by Aldrich’s 9.825, a mark that would tie for fifth place. Sophomore Shaniece Craft and freshman DeAvera Todd each posted a 9.800.

Although they had a bye during the second rotation, the Broncos still held the highest single-event score headed into bars. Leizorek led the squad on the event with a 9.775, earning a share of sixth place individually, though the Broncos fell to sixth after posting a 47.725.

The Broncos put themselves back in the mix for the conference title after beam, scoring a 48.900 and tying the second-best mark in school history at a conference meet. Aldrich, who won the conference beam championship as a sophomore in 2005, came through in her final conference meet with a 9.850 to finish tied for third. The mark tied the 10th-best beam score at a conference meet in school history.

Sophomore Britany Dean tallied a career-high 9.775 and sophomore Amber Neroes also scored a 9.775, her highest score on the event since Feb. 17. Senior Tara Oberg, in her final conference meet, scored a 9.750.

In the evening’s last rotation, Boise State posted a 47.675 on floor, falling to sixth place. Leizorek earned a 9.800 to lead the team and finish in a tie for fourth place. The Broncos will now wait for the regional selections, which will be announced Monday, April 2.

Sacramento State 195.275
Southern Utah University 195.225
Utah State University 195.125
San Jose State University 193.750
CSU-Fullerton 193.625
Boise State University 193.300
March 31, 2007
The Centrum
Cedar City, Utah

Boise State Results (In Rotation Order)
Raquel Turnbow 9.625, Ruthie Pennington 9.700, Yvette Leizorek 9.775, Shaniece Craft 9.800, Kristin Aldrich 9.825, DeAvera Todd 9.800.

Katie Tuller 8.475, Katelyn O'Donnell 9.675, Yvette Leizorek 9.775, Alia Loan 9.550, DeAvera Todd 9.150, Shaniece Craft 9.575.

Katelyn O'Donnell 9.750, DeAvera Todd 9.675, Britany Dean 9.775, Amber Neroes 9.775, Tara Oberg 9.750, Kristin Aldrich 9.850.

Katelyn O'Donnell 9.575, Courtney Achter 9.250, Ruthie Pennington 9.600, DeAvera Todd 9.175, Kristin Aldrich 9.450, Yvette Leizorek 9.800.

DeAvera Todd 38.225

For complete meet results, click the link at the top of the page.

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