The Boise State gymnastics team won its own tri-meet with #30 Utah State and Seattle Pacific last night in Taco Bell Arena. The return to Boise proved to be what Coach Sam Sandmire's Broncos needed as they posted their second-highest score of the season (193.525 points). Utah State scored 192.225 and Seattle Pacific scored 188.375.
Utah State came into the match ranked second in the Western Athletic Conference with an average score of 192.108. Injuries, illness and inconsistency have factored into an average score of just 190.985 for the Broncos prior to last night's meet. The Aggies boasted the leagues #1, #3 and #5 performers coming into the meet. However, Katie Omann, the #1 all-around gymnast in the WAC with an average of 38.192 points, participated in the bars competition only, Parenti was bested by Boise State's Lindsay Ward and Alex Martin was not a factor.
Ward won three of the four events in putting together the best all-around of the year for the Broncos thus far in the season. She recorded a 9.67 on vault (fourth), a 9.875 on bars (first), a 9.9 on beam (first), and a 9.75 on floor (tied for first) for a first place all-around score of 39.225. Ward's mark was the second best this season in the WAC to Parenti's 39.250. Lindsay came into the meet ranked #92 in the nation. Just 37 gymnasts in the country have posted better all-around scores than Ward's last night however.
Freshman Taylor Jacob scored a 38.75 in the all-around to take third (vault-9.525, bars-9.775, beam-9.7, floor-9.75) while freshman Shaniece Craft was fourth with a 38.5 (vault-9.775, bars-9.525, beam-9.6, floor-9.6).
The Broncos utilized their specialty for all it was worth last night by scoring a 1-2-3 sweep on vault. Freshman Amber Neroes paced the Broncos with her second vault of the season at 9.8 or better. Craft recorded a solid 9.775 for 2nd and senior Kea Cuaresma took 3rd with a 9.75. Boise State came into the meet ranked 22nd in the nation on the apparatus.
The Broncos totaled 48.675 as a team on the vault, a 48.325 on the bars, a 47.975 on the beam with one counted fall, and a 48.55 on floor. In an event that has plagued them all season long, the score in the floor exercises (2nd highest score of the season) is particularly noteworthy.
"I was very happy for Lindsay Ward and Shaniece Craft." said Boise State head coach Sam Sandmire, "And actually, the entire team for coming together after a couple of weeks of illness and injuries and putting it all together."
Boise State hosts #25 Brigham Young Monday night at 7 in Taco Bell Arena.
Team Scores: 1. Boise State 193.525, 2. Utah State 192.225, 3. Seattle Pacific 188.375.
All-Around: 1. Lindsay Ward, Boise State, 39.225; 2. Jessica Parenti, USU, 38.9; 3. Taylor Jacob, Boise State, 38.75.
Vault: 1. Amber Neroes, Boise State, 9.8; 2. Shaniece Craft, Boise State, 9.775; 3. Kea Cuaresma, Boise State, 9.75.
Bars: 1. Lindsay Ward, Boise State, 9.875; 2. (tie) Taylor Jacob, Boise State, Jessica Parenti, USU, 9.775.
Beam: 1. Lindsay Ward, Boise State, 9.9; 2. (tie) Tara Oberg, Boise State, Jessica Parenti, USU, 9.725.
Floor: 1. (tie) Lindsay Ward, Boise State, Taylor Jacob, Boise State, Meagan Lewis, USU, Jessica Parenti, USU, 9.75.