A Look at the 2008 Bronco Gymnastics WAC Championship Season...

BOISE, Idaho Under the first year of guidance by co-head coaches Tina Bird and Neil Resnick, the 2007-08 Boise State Gymnastics team pulled a complete 180 from the 2006-07 season. At the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Championships, the Broncos finished last spot in the six-team competition. Taking over the reigns from longtime head coach, Sam Sandmire, Bird and Resnick guided the 2008 Broncos from worst to first in the conference, capturing the Broncos’ first ever WAC title on March 29, 2008.

After hard work in recruiting during the off-season, Bird and Resnick began to reap their rewards during the 2008 season with the 2007-08 Boise State freshman class earning a No. 9 preseason ranking by Collegegymfans.com. As a team, the Broncos were expected to finish a mediocre No. 3 in the WAC standings, according to the preseason coaches’ poll.

Beginning competition a week after a handful of opponents, the Broncos launched themselves into a record breaking season. After week one of competition, freshman Amy Glass earned the first WAC Specialist of the Week Awards (Jan. 7-13). The Broncos picked up three additional Specialist of the Week Awards all by senior Lindsay Ward during the weeks of Jan. 21-27, Feb. 4-10, and Mar. 17-23. In their second week of competition, junior Taylor Jacob picked up the Broncos’ first WAC Gymnast of the Week Award (Jan. 21-27). Six addition Gymnast of the Week Awards were to follow, including five from freshman Hannah Redmon (Jan 28-Feb. 3; Feb. 4-10; Feb. 18-24; Mar. 3-9; Mar. 10-16) and one from Glass (Feb. 11-17).

In late March, the Broncos were set to host the WAC Championships at Taco Bell Arena. Competition for the top spot was thought to be in the hands of Boise State and Southern Utah, however, the competition ended much tighter. After counting a fall on beam, the Broncos, who had led most of the competition, looked to have lost their title. Southern Utah, who had been the only WAC team to defeat the Broncos in the regular season, were looking strong and heading to floor for their final event. After a fall and one athlete stepping out of bounds, the Thunderbirds’ sails were deflated and they finished just .350 behind the Broncos. San Jose State, another strong WAC contender, came up silently on both the Broncos and Thunderbirds, nearly capturing the Broncos with a .200 deficit. The Broncos earned their first WAC title with a score of 194.925.

Redmon led the Broncos to the win capturing the all-around, vault and floor titles and placing second on bars. Lindsay Ward captured the bars title, joining Redmon as the only All-WAC First Team honorees for the Broncos. Ward also placed sixth on vault, while junior Amber Neroes placed fourth on bars and freshman Sarah Smith placing fourth on floor to all earn All-WAC Second Team honors. In their inaugural season as co-head coaches, Bird and Resnick were named the WAC Coaches of the Year while Redmon swept the WAC Athlete of the Year and WAC Freshman of the Year titles.

After a fourth place finish at the NCAA South Central Region Championships, Bird and Resnick were named West Region Co-Head Coaches.

As a freshman, Redmon launched herself into the record books holding many All-Time Individual Top-10 spots. She sits at No. 2 (tied) all-time in all-around singles season wins and tied for No. 8 in career all-around wins. She also holds the 20th best all-around score (39.375) in school history. She is also tied for No. 2 in single season vault titles and tied for No. 6 in career wins. She posted a 9.90 on vault to tie for the 11th best vault score in history. On floor she captured seven wins during the season to put her at No. 1 in single season wins and tied for No. 6 in career wins in the event. Glass also made her mark in the record books by recording the schools 23rd best all-around score ever (39.350). Ward earned eight wins on bars during the season to take the No. 1 spot in single season wins and move herself into the top spot for career wins with 20. Her highest mark of the season on bars was a 9.925 which ties her for No. 7 on the all-time scores chart. She also earned five wins on beam to tie with her 2005 singles season mark as the No. 1 spot while she jumped to first in career wins with 18. She posted a 9.925 to tie for the No. 14 all-time best beam score. Jacob also made her way into the bars records, posting four wins in 2008 to tie for No. 7 in single season wins. She also improved her career wins to nine, moving her to No. 5 on the all-time career wins chart.

Also strong in the classroom, the Broncos had five athletes named to the All-WAC Academic Team. Junior Shaniece Craft, sophomore Yvette Leizorek, Jacob, Neroes, and Ward were all honored by the WAC, while freshmen Mallory Dziawura, Kelsey Lang, Cassie Tycast, Redmon, and Glass were all named to the All-WAC Academic Freshmen list. Ward was the only athlete to earn an additional post-season academic award, being named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Second Team.

The Broncos had a strong 2007-08 season and will look to have an even stronger 2008-09 season with the addition of another strong recruiting class and will return all athletes except Ward who was lost to graduation.

Boise State Gymnastics

  • 7 - WAC Gymnast of the Week Awards
  • 4 WAC Specialist of the Week Awards
  • Preseason Ranking: Boise State 2008 Freshman Class 9th in the nation
  • Finished No. 23 in the final rankings, went as high as No. 16 during the season

WAC Honors
Tina Bird / Neil Resnick, West Region Co-Coaches of the Year, 2008
Tina Bird / Neil Resnick, WAC Co-Coaches of the Year, 2008
Hannah Redmon, WAC Athlete of the Year, 2008
Hannah Redmon, WAC Freshman of the Year, 2008
Amy Glass, WAC Specialist of the Week, Jan. 7-13
Taylor Jacob, WAC Gymnast of the Week, Jan. 21-27
Lindsay Ward, WAC Specialist of the Week, Jan. 21-27
Hannah Redmon, WAC Gymnast of the Week, Jan. 28-Feb. 3
Hannah Redmon, WAC Gymnast of the Week, Feb. 4-10
Lindsay Ward, WAC Specialist of the Week, Feb. 4-10
Amy Glass, WAC Gymnast of the Week, Feb. 11-17
Hannah Redmon, WAC Gymnast of the Week, Feb. 18-24
Hannah Redmon, WAC Gymnast of the Week, Mar. 3-9
Hannah Redmon, WAC Gymnast of the Week, Mar. 10-16
Lindsay Ward, WAC Specialist of the Week, Mar. 17-23

CoSIDA Honors
Lindsay Ward CoSIDA Academic All-District Second Team

First Team All-WAC Honors
Vault, Hannah Redmon, Boise State, 9.875
Bars, Lindsay Ward, Boise State, 9.875 & Hannah Redmon, Boise State, 9.800
Floor, Hannah Redmon, Boise State, 9.925
All-Around, Hannah Redmon, Boise State, 39.225

Second Team All-WAC Honors
Vault, Lindsay Ward, Boise State, 9.800
Bars, Amber Neroes, Boise State, 9.775
Floor, Sarah Smith, Boise State, 9.875

All-WAC Academic Honors
Shaniece Craft, Jr.
Taylor Jacob, Jr.
Yvette Leizorek, So.
Amber Neroes, Jr.
Lindsay Ward, Sr.

All-WAC Academic Honors (Freshman and Transfers)
Mallory Dziawura, Fr.
Amy Glass, Fr.
Kelsey Lang, Fr.
Hannah Redmon, Fr.
Cassie Tycast, Fr.

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