Bronco Gymnasts Go For First WAC Title

A competitive field is set for the first WAC Gymnastics Championships Saturday in Logan, Utah. The Bronco women have their work cut out for them.

The Western Athletic Conference is poised to host its first sponsored championship in gymnastics with six league teams competing in Logan, Utah with the field wide open. #28 Boise State owns the top Regional Qualifying Score of 193.455, while Sacramento State has the highest average (192.44) and the yeaer's high score (195.175). Add in a very good home team (#37 Utah State) as well as a competitive Southern Utah squad and you have the makings of an exciting inaugural championship. San Jose State and Cal State-Fullerton round out the field.

The Broncos are clearly the favorite; they've made it to the Regional Championships 19 straight times and they have been steadily climbing the national rankings up to their present position of #28. However, although Boise State has made it Regionals 19 times in a row, they've also failed to qualify for the NCAA National Championships 19 times in a row. How that is looked at depends on if a person has a "half-full" or a "half empty" outlook.

Of particular concern to Boise State is that two-time NCAA Championships gymnast Lindsay Ward has not been able to compete in all-around competitions. In her stead, freshman Taylor Jacob has performed brilliantly, but if the Broncos are go break the jinx and finally earn a spot on the national scene, Ward has to be part of that equation. If she cannot go in all four events, Boise State will not end their 19-year national drought this year.

Jacob has been nothing short of a freshman sensation for Coach Sam Sandmire. Her Regional Qualifying Score of 38.740 puts her behind only more experienced gymnasts Jessica Parenti of Utah State (39.025) and Leah Sakhitab of Southern Utah (38.810). Ward's high all-around of 39.225 is tied with Jacob for 2nd in the WAC for the highest scores in the league--she just hasn't competed enough in all four events. Without Ward at full strength, Sandmire has had to use more of a piecemeal approach in her lineup for each apparatus. Individually, Parenti is the class of the field; she's been consistent all year. Sakhitab and Jacob could be threats for all-around honors if everything goes their way. Junior Meagan Lewis provides solid backup for Parenti of Utah State as does Senior Sheena Shaw for Southern Utah. Sophomore Michelle Minotti and Freshman Veronica Porte of San Jose State give the Spartans a 1-2 punch on the floor. Without Ward, Boise State does not have two all-around performers ranked in the top seven of the WAC.

Sacramento State has the highest Regional Qualifying Score in floor exercises (48.785) but the Broncos have elevated their floor performances in recent weeks and Southern Utah will do very well on floor also. Sac State's Marina Borisova is the favorite to win the individual crown with an excellent 9.840 Regional Qualifying Score. Parenti (9.805), Jacob (9.79) and Katie Dinsmore of Boise State could challenge. Carrie Kinghorn and Tiffany Bass of Sacramento State will also be factors as well as helping the Hornets' WAC championship hopes. Senior Kea Cuaresma needs to perform well in this event to help her team. Shaw is Southern Utah's top floor performer.

The beam competition will also be tight between San Jose State, Boise State, Utah State and Sacramento State. The Aggies own the high score of the year (49.0), while only 3/4's of a point separates the four schools in the Regional Qualifying Scores. The WAC winner in this event will be the one that can put together five crisp, solid routines with no falls. Individually, one of seven gymnasts could take the beam title. Sakhitab of Southern Utah (9.805 RQS), Parenti of Utah State (9.785) and sophomore Leah Bigelow of San Jose State (9.765) will be fighting with the Bronco trio of Ward (9.75), Kristen Aldrich (9.745) and Taylor (9.74) for individual honors.

On the uneven bars, Boise State owns the high score of the year (49.0) but the Broncos have been up and down in this event, which is truly one that any of the six league teams could win. Individually, the competition is as wide open as the team scores in this event with 11 gymnasts averaging 9.6 or higher. Jacob of Boise State has the high score (9.9) and the highest RQS (9.830). However, the consistent gymnast that executes their routine with precision will win and it could be any of those 11. Because of the competition in this event, a solid team score here will put that team well on its way to the WAC title. 

The vault competition also is wide open. Sacramento State has the high score of the year (49.05), Boise State has the best average on the season (48.561) and San Jose State has the highest RQS (48.625). Southern Utah turned in a 48.975 as well. Individually, Shaniece Craft (9.747), Cuaresma (9.716) and Amber Neroes (9.711) of Boise State are among seven WAC performers with a 9.7 average or higher. Craft and Neroes specialize in the vault and have been solid all season. Parenti is a vault favorite as well, with Sheena Shaw of Southern Utah (9.725 average), Amanda Van Horn of Cal State-Fullerton (9.717 average) and Raylyn Cardeno (9.785 RQS), Shina Cardeno (9.77 RQS) & Minotti (9.76 RQS) of San Jose State all a threat to capture the individual title.

Boise State is a good bet to collect the first WAC Gymnastics trophy awarded. But as we saw last week in the meet against the Beavers, the Broncos have a ways to go before they are a national player.

 

 

 All-Around WAC Rankings

Rank

First Name

Last Name

AA RQS

Team

Avg.

High

1

Jessica

Parenti

39.025

Utah State

38.717

39.275

2

Leah

Sakhitab

38.810

Southern Utah Univ.

38.716

39.175

3

Taylor

Jacob

38.740

Boise State Univ.

38.514

39.225

4

Meagan

Lewis

38.675

Utah State

38.300

39.175

5

Sheena

Shaw

38.670

Southern Utah Univ.

38.703

39.000

6

Michelle

Minotti

38.630

San Jose State

38.382

39.050

7

Veronica

Porte

38.595

San Jose State

38.184

38.800

8

Renae

Moneymaker

38.385

San Jose State

38.235

38.800

9

Ashley

Sharpe

38.265

Southern Utah Univ.

38.268

38.800

10

Erica

Ficarrotta

38.220

Cal State-Fullerton

37.875

38.800

11

Lindsay

Ward

38.210

Boise State Univ.

38.225

39.225

12

Kristin

Aldrich

38.130

Boise State Univ.

37.993

38.875

13

Brittany

Hoffman

38.125

Cal State-Fullerton

38.044

38.300

14

Katie

Dinsmore

37.920

Boise State Univ.

37.907

38.975

15

Brittany

Evans

37.840

Cal State-Fullerton

37.631

38.325

 

 WAC Floor Exercise Rankings By Team

Rank

Team Name

FX RQS

Avg.

High

1

Sacramento State

48.785

48.330

48.975

2

Boise State Univ.

48.565

48.020

49.250

3

San Jose State

48.440

48.095

48.850

4

Southern Utah Univ.

48.390

48.525

48.975

5

Utah State

48.290

47.995

48.600

6

Cal State-Fullerton

47.870

47.703

48.300

 

WAC Individual Floor Standings

Rank

First Name

Last Name

FX RQS

Team

Avg.

High

1

Marina

Borisova

9.840

Sacramento State

9.809

9.875

2

Jessica

Parenti

9.805

Utah State

9.682

9.875

3

Taylor

Jacob

9.790

Boise State Univ.

9.695

9.850

4

Katie

Dinsmore

9.780

Boise State Univ.

9.559

9.875

5

Carrie

Kinghorn

9.770

Sacramento State

9.675

9.825

6

Tiffany

Bass

9.745

Sacramento State

9.533

9.875

7

Kea

Cuaresma

9.740

Boise State Univ.

9.598

9.900

8

Sheena

Shaw

9.735

Southern Utah Univ.

9.759

9.875

9

Trista

Condren

9.720

Sacramento State

9.597

9.850

10

Renae

Moneymaker

9.715

San Jose State

9.589

9.800

-

Veronica

Porte

9.715

San Jose State

9.557

9.850

12

Michelle

Minotti

9.705

San Jose State

9.535

9.800

13

Meagan

Lewis

9.700

Utah State

9.517

9.800

14

Melissa

Schafer

9.695

Cal State-Fullerton

9.608

9.750

15

Lindsay

Ward

9.685

Boise State Univ.

9.512

9.850

-

Alise

Blackwell

9.685

San Jose State

9.675

9.825

17

Leah

Sakhitab

9.680

Southern Utah Univ.

9.681

9.775

18

Amberly

Klein

9.660

San Jose State

9.559

9.750

-

Courtney

Hibler

9.660

Sacramento State

9.458

9.775

20

Jess

Langley

9.650

Southern Utah Univ.

9.672

9.825

21

Alex

Martin

9.645

Utah State

9.586

9.800

22

Nicole

Lim

9.635

Cal State-Fullerton

9.403

9.725

23

Liesel

Kohler

9.635

Utah State

9.586

9.850

24

Rachel

Tanner

9.630

Southern Utah Univ.

9.678

9.850

25

Ashley

Sharpe

9.600

Southern Utah Univ.

9.525

9.700

26

Erica

Ficarrotta

9.595

Cal State-Fullerton

9.319

9.750

27

Raylyn

Cardeno

9.580

San Jose State

9.522

9.650

28

Brittany

Evans

9.565

Cal State-Fullerton

9.506

9.650

-

Ina

Higashi-Izumi

9.565

Cal State-Fullerton

9.478

9.675

30

Kristin

Aldrich

9.540

Boise State Univ.

9.454

9.775

31

Ana

Rickard

9.505

Utah State

9.493

9.600

32

Brittany

Hoffman

9.475

Cal State-Fullerton

9.431

9.625

33

Shaniece

Craft

9.370

Boise State Univ.

9.408

9.600

34

Katie

Hicks

9.370

Southern Utah Univ.

9.442

9.800

35

Brittany

Price

9.360

Utah State

9.412

9.675

36

Kimiye

Narasaki

9.040

Sacramento State

9.154

9.725

 

WAC Balance Beam Scores By Team

Rank

Team Name

BB RQS

Avg.

High

1

San Jose State

48.270

47.859

48.625

2

Boise State Univ.

48.255

48.120

48.800

3

Utah State

48.205

47.890

49.000

4

Sacramento State

48.195

47.810

48.600

5

Southern Utah Univ.

48.070

48.062

48.450

6

Cal State-Fullerton

47.770

47.561

48.375

 

WAC Balance Beam Individual Standings

Rank

First Name

Last Name

BB RQS

Team

Avg.

High

1

Leah

Sakhitab

9.805

Southern Utah Univ.

9.687

9.825

2

Melissa

Genovese

9.785

Sacramento State

9.722

9.900

3

Jessica

Parenti

9.765

Utah State

9.605

9.900

4

Lindsay

Ward

9.750

Boise State Univ.

9.641

9.900

5

Kristin

Aldrich

9.745

Boise State Univ.

9.678

9.850

6

Taylor

Jacob

9.740

Boise State Univ.

9.459

9.850

7

Leah

Bigelow

9.735

San Jose State

9.641

9.825

8

Brittany

Evans

9.705

Cal State-Fullerton

9.531

9.825

9

Adriane

Mertens

9.705

San Jose State

9.542

9.800

10

Rachel

Tanner

9.695

Southern Utah Univ.

9.716

9.800

11

Amberly

Klein

9.690

San Jose State

9.539

9.725

12

Tara

Oberg

9.690

Boise State Univ.

9.586

9.825

13

Katie

Dinsmore

9.685

Boise State Univ.

9.298

9.850

14

Alex

Martin

9.680

Utah State

9.487

9.750

-

Marina

Borisova

9.680

Sacramento State

9.512

9.800

16

Michelle

Minotti

9.670

San Jose State

9.527

9.750

17

Meagan

Lewis

9.660

Utah State

9.486

9.825

18

Tiffany

Bass

9.650

Sacramento State

9.542

9.750

19

Jessica

Tait

9.645

Cal State-Fullerton

9.547

9.675

-

Brittany

Price

9.645

Utah State

9.533

9.775

21

Jess

Langley

9.640

Southern Utah Univ.

9.497

9.700

22

Nicole

Lim

9.600

Cal State-Fullerton

9.519

9.825

23

Sheena

Shaw

9.580

Southern Utah Univ.

9.516

9.775

24

Renae

Moneymaker

9.560

San Jose State

9.437

9.750

25

Brittany

Hoffman

9.535

Cal State-Fullerton

9.497

9.675

26

Veronica

Porte

9.525

San Jose State

9.336

9.675

27

Kimiye

Narasaki

9.515

Sacramento State

9.453

9.750

28

Erica

Ficarrotta

9.495

Cal State-Fullerton

9.381

9.700

29

Trista

Condren

9.490

Sacramento State

9.382

9.575

30

Sarah

Johnson

9.480

Utah State

9.408

9.800

31

Ashley

Sharpe

9.420

Southern Utah Univ.

9.400

9.675

32

Jaime

Howe

9.395

Cal State-Fullerton

9.183

9.575

33

Liesel

Kohler

9.375

Utah State

9.393

9.775

34

Nicole

Giao

9.345

Sacramento State

9.429

9.850

35

Courtney

Hibler

8.865

Sacramento State

9.000

9.675

 

WAC Uneven Bar Scores By Team

Rank

Team Name

UB RQS

Avg.

High

1

Southern Utah Univ.

48.465

48.547

48.825

2

Utah State

48.445

48.115

48.625

3

Sacramento State

48.350

47.962

48.700

4

Boise State Univ.

48.170

47.686

49.000

5

San Jose State

48.085

47.818

48.750

6

Cal State-Fullerton

47.970

47.883

48.275

 

WAC Uneven Bars Individual Standings

Rank

First Name

Last Name

UB RQS

Team

Avg.

High

1

Taylor

Jacob

9.830

Boise State Univ.

9.743

9.900

2

Jessica

Parenti

9.800

Utah State

9.710

9.850

3

Alexis

Tsurumoto

9.790

Sacramento State

9.667

9.875

4

Veronica

Porte

9.760

San Jose State

9.643

9.800

5

Ashley

Sharpe

9.755

Southern Utah Univ.

9.769

9.850

6

Leah

Sakhitab

9.740

Southern Utah Univ.

9.669

9.825

7

Kea

Cuaresma

9.735

Boise State Univ.

9.550

9.750

8

Alex

Martin

9.720

Utah State

9.522

9.800

9

Meagan

Lewis

9.710

Utah State

9.635

9.800

10

Michelle

Minotti

9.700

San Jose State

9.595

9.800

11

Sheena

Shaw

9.695

Southern Utah Univ.

9.703

9.775

12

Lindsay

Ward

9.690

Boise State Univ.

9.482

9.875

13

Kimiye

Narasaki

9.685

Sacramento State

9.525

9.850

14

Brooke

Weigandt

9.680

Cal State-Fullerton

9.612

9.800

15

Katie

Omann

9.675

Utah State

9.560

9.775

16

Carrie

Kinghorn

9.670

Sacramento State

9.485

9.750

17

Erica

Ficarrotta

9.660

Cal State-Fullerton

9.608

9.750

18

Renae

Moneymaker

9.655

San Jose State

9.432

9.775

19

Tehani

Keeno

9.650

Southern Utah Univ.

9.647

9.725

20

Alise

Blackwell

9.645

San Jose State

9.500

9.800

-

Rachael

Mandy

9.645

Utah State

9.350

9.775

22

Brittany

Hoffman

9.620

Cal State-Fullerton

9.594

9.700

23

Jaime

Howe

9.615

Cal State-Fullerton

9.583

9.800

24

Melissa

Genovese

9.580

Sacramento State

9.540

9.625

25

Amber

Basgall

9.520

Sacramento State

9.425

9.800

26

Ina

Higashi-Izumi

9.510

Cal State-Fullerton

9.492

9.600

27

Tracie

Kavalec

9.505

San Jose State

9.364

9.575

28

Kristin

Aldrich

9.445

Boise State Univ.

9.362

9.650

29

Erin

Morgan

9.430

Southern Utah Univ.

9.550

9.800

30

Brittany

Evans

9.325

Cal State-Fullerton

9.136

9.500

31

Courtney

Achter

9.150

Boise State Univ.

9.207

9.775

32

Katie

Dinsmore

9.075

Boise State Univ.

9.121

9.750

33

Megan

Tschida

9.045

Utah State

9.158

9.725

34

Nicole

Cummings

9.015

Southern Utah Univ.

9.125

9.675

 

WAC Vault Scores By Team

Rank

Team Name

V RQS

Avg.

High

1

San Jose State

48.625

48.450

48.950

2

Sacramento State

48.615

48.337

49.050

3

Boise State Univ.

48.595

48.561

48.950

4

Utah State

48.430

48.300

48.600

5

Southern Utah Univ.

48.190

48.312

48.975

6

Cal State-Fullerton

48.025

47.914

48.200

 

WAC Vault Individual Standings

Rank

First Name

Last Name

V RQS

Team

Avg.

High

1

Jessica

Parenti

9.800

Utah State

9.720

9.825

2

Raylyn

Cardeno

9.785

San Jose State

9.625

9.850

3

Shaniece

Craft

9.775

Boise State Univ.

9.747

9.825

4

Kea

Cuaresma

9.775

Boise State Univ.

9.716

9.900

5

Shina

Cardeno

9.770

San Jose State

9.645

9.925

6

Michelle

Minotti

9.760

San Jose State

9.727

9.825

7

Katie

Dinsmore

9.755

Boise State Univ.

9.682

9.875

8

Amber

Basgall

9.740

Sacramento State

9.675

9.850

9

Amanda

Van Horn

9.735

Cal State-Fullerton

9.717

9.825

10

Meagan

Lewis

9.725

Utah State

9.655

9.775

11

Brooke

Morari

9.720

Sacramento State

9.621

9.825

12

Rachael

Mandy

9.720

Utah State

9.627

9.775

-

Marina

Borisova

9.720

Sacramento State

9.694

9.775

14

Sheena

Shaw

9.715

Southern Utah Univ.

9.725

9.800

15

Kimiye

Narasaki

9.710

Sacramento State

9.522

9.750

16

Renae

Moneymaker

9.705

San Jose State

9.664

9.800

17

Amber

Neroes

9.685

Boise State Univ.

9.711

9.825

-

Rachel

Tanner

9.685

Southern Utah Univ.

9.666

9.875

19

Veronica

Porte

9.680

San Jose State

9.648

9.750

20

Nicole

Giao

9.670

Sacramento State

9.622

9.725

21

Allison

Zezoney

9.660

San Jose State

9.593

9.850

22

Ashlee

Hegner

9.660

Cal State-Fullerton

9.578

9.700

23

Leah

Sakhitab

9.645

Southern Utah Univ.

9.678

9.800

24

Katie

Omann

9.615

Utah State

9.650

9.825

25

Lindsay

Ward

9.615

Boise State Univ.

9.636

9.725

26

Jess

Langley

9.590

Southern Utah Univ.

9.581

9.675

27

Kristin

Aldrich

9.590

Boise State Univ.

9.536

9.750

28

Erica

Ficarrotta

9.585

Cal State-Fullerton

9.567

9.625

29

Carrie

Kinghorn

9.570

Sacramento State

9.564

9.625

30

Taylor

Jacob

9.560

Boise State Univ.

9.489

9.625

31

Ana

Rickard

9.555

Utah State

9.525

9.650

32

Katie

Hicks

9.550

Southern Utah Univ.

9.591

9.725

33

Alana

Mouery

9.550

Cal State-Fullerton

9.464

9.725

34

Brittany

Hoffman

9.530

Cal State-Fullerton

9.519

9.600

35

Ashley

Sharpe

9.500

Southern Utah Univ.

9.553

9.850

36

Brittany

Evans

9.490

Cal State-Fullerton

9.458

9.550

 

 

 

 

 

 


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