In gymnastics, the home team always gets a little home cooking, adding in a few special secret ingredients that result in scores that are a point or two higher. The five-way meet in Corvallis was no different last night. #17 Oregon State, #18 Kentucky, #28 Boise State, #36 Washington and Seattle Pacific all competed in the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational and surprise, surprise, the home team won.
Boise State came up with its best road performance of the year with 194.55, which would win most meets in the nation. Kentucky rang up a 196.1 that would win nearly any event in the nation. That meant that the Beavers would have to do far better than their 194.32 season average to win at home. Lo and behold, OSU came up with an Olympics-quality score of 196.55, a full point better than their best score all season. #36 Washington finished with a 193.35 and Seattle-Pacific scored 190.75.
With two-time NCAA Championships participant Lindsay Ward not competing in the all-around once again for the Broncos, freshman Taylor Jacob led the team with a 39.025 to finish fourth individually.
Boise State continued its strong floor routines, scoring 49.05, just two-tenth's off their season best. Jacob tied her career high with a 9.85, while Ward and Kristin Aldrich each scored 9.825's. Meanwhile, the hometown Beavers nailed an amazing 49.325 on vault to open the competition. The Broncos seem to have hit a wall on that event, one that they are every bit as good as Oregon State. Last night, however, they only managed a 48.575, losing a grand opportunity to pick up points on the Beavers and instead lost 3/4's of a point in that one event alone. Freshman Shaniece Craft once again led the Broncos with a 9.85 in her specialty, while senior Kea Cuaresma turned in a 9.8. OSU had moved to beam, and the Beavers picked up two more career highs like they were commonplace. Lang and Claire Pierce went where neither had been before, with Lang hitting a 9.9 and Pierce a 9.875. Total it all up for a 49.1 and the Beaver women were off and running with 98.425 points just halfway through the meet. 49.45 147.875 48.675
Boise State's high on uneven bars is a 49 this season, once again nearly identical with that of Oregon State. Although the routines were clean, they were not at the level it will take to qualify for nationals. The Broncos totaled 48.475 in the event, with Jacob and Ward each nailing 9.8's to lead the team. Oregon State turned in a solid but realistic 48.675 score on bars, and their lead had shrunk to just .05 over Kentucky. OSU needed amazing performances in their final event (floor exercises) to win the meet and got them. The Beavers' floor team rocked the building to the tune of a 49.450 score including three career-highs by freshmen Jami Lanz (9.925), Kera Bolen (9.85) and Tasha Smith (9.95) and a season-high of 9.9 by senior Chrissy Lamun. Boise State finished the competition on beam, scoring 48.45, nowhere near what it will take in the NCAA Regionals. Kristin Aldrich led the team in the final event with a 9.8 while Taylor Jacob added a 9.75.
The match was the final tune-up for Boise State before the Western Athletic Conference Championships. Utah State hosts the championships next Saturday in Logan.
Here are the results from last night:
Team Scores: 1. Oregon State 196.55; 2. Kentucky 196.1; 3. Boise State 194.55; 4. Washington 193.675; 5. Seattle Pacific 190.75.
All-Around: 1. Jami Lanz, OSU, 39.525; 2. Kelly McDonald, UW, 39.325; 3. Rachel Riley, UK, 39.1; 4. Taylor Jacob, BSU, 39.025.
Vault: 1 Krystle Cook, UK, 9.925; 2. (tie) Jami Lanz, OSU, Tasha Smith, OSU, 9.9; 6. Shaniece Craft, BSU, 9.85.
Bars: 1. Krystal Cook, UK, 9.875; 2. Alison Sarucci, UK, 9.85; 3. (tie) Lucy Burgin, UK, Kelly McDonald, Washington, 9.825; 5. Taylor Jacob, BSU, Lindsay Ward, BSU, 9.8.
Beam: 1. 1 (tie) Jami Lanz, OSU, Kelly McDonald, UW, 9.9; 3. (tie) Claire Pierce, OSU, Heather Hite, UK, 9.875; 5. Kristin Aldrich, BSU, 9.8.
Floor: 1. 1. Tasha Smith, OSU, 9.95; 2. Jami Lanz, OSU, 9.925; 3. Chrissy Lamun, OSU, 9.9; 6. Taylor Jacob, BSU, 9.85.