Broncos Conclude Season at Regional Championships

BERKELEY, Calif. Though an amazing streak came to an end for the Boise State University gymnastics team, Saturday, at the NCAA West Regional Championships, three Broncos put up valiant efforts in what would be the final meet of the 2007 season.

For the first time in 20 years, the Broncos did not compete as a team at the regional meet, ending the longest such streak in the Western Athletic Conference. However, the regional championships was not sans Bronco, as senior Kristin Aldrich and freshmen Yvette Leizorek and DeAvera Todd represented the squad as individual competitors.

In what would be the final score of her career, Aldrich posted a 9.250 on beam, finishing 33rd. During her four-year career at Boise State, the Vancouver, British Columbia, native earned NACGC/W All-American Scholar Athlete accolades, was twice named to the conference all-academic team and captured the Western Gymnastics Conference beam title in 2005. Her six career wins on beam rank tied for sixth on the Bronco all-time list.

Todd, the Broncos’ only all-around competitor this season, put up a 38.450 at her first-ever trip to the regional championships to finish 16th. A native of Atlanta, Ga., Todd’s vault score of 9.825 placed her in a tie for 11th at the meet, and was the third-highest by a Bronco at the regional championships in school history. She also posted a 9.700 on beam (T-20th), a 9.625 on floor (T-31st) and a 9.300 on bars (40th)

Todd recorded six wins on vault this year, a mark that is tied for third-most all-time in a single season at Boise State. In addition, she won twice on bars and once on beam.

Also making her first trip to the regional championships, Leizorek recorded a 9.700 on bars to finish tied for 29th. A resident of Palm Springs, Calif., Leizorek’s inaugural season with the Broncos was highlighted by three individual titles on floor, as well as earning Second Team All-WAC honors on both bars and floor.

Next season’s quest to begin a new streak will take place without the services of head coach Sam Sandmire, as she is retiring from the coaching profession. Boise State would like to thank Sandmire for 20 great years of Bronco gymnastics, and wish her luck in all of her future endeavors!

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