Boise State's gymnastics team travels to Davis for a rematch with UC-Davis this Friday. The two teams met last week in Taco Bell Arena, where the Broncos notched a 5-point win 190.325 to 185.2. The routines were more solid for Coach Sandmire's team last week, and they'll hope to build on that as they try to regain their ranking in the national top 25.
Even though they have fallen out of the top 25, the Broncos are amongst the leaders in two apparatuses. Boise State is 14th in the nation in the vault and 21st on the beam.
Junior Lindsay Ward was by far the most consistent Bronco last week, scoring a 9.85 in the beam, 9.8 in the bars, 9.725 in the vault and 9.450 in floor exercises. Ward's average beam score of 9.85 in two meets is good for 5th in the nation. Ward has set the example; now it is up to the rest of the team to elevate their performances.
Senior Katie Dinsmore was the 2nd best all-around performer against Davis, putting together a 37.125, her best events being the vault and beam with 9.650 scores in each. Senior Kea Cuaresma and freshman Shaniece Craft put together the top team vault score with a 9.75 each. Freshman Taylor Jacob showed strength with the top floor score (9.7) and 2nd best bars performance at 9.750. Cuaresma also had a nice 9.625 on the floor last Friday and Sandmire got good beam scores from Junior Kristin Aldrich and Junior Tara Oberg (both 9.675's) but the rest of the individual scores were not want the Broncos expect.
For UC-Davis, their best event was the vault with four scores over 9.5, led by Carrie Jujan. Mei Ling Clark had a nice bars routine (9.6) and Joanne Pizzo was solid on the beam with a 9.6. Expect those scores to be higher at home this Friday.
The other top 25 women's gymnastics teams are all already above or near 192 for a team score; the top 10 teams are averaging over 194.5. The Broncos need to find another 2-4 points per meet to join that group.