The renewal of the Western Athletic Conference Gymnastics Championship was expected to be close and the six teams didn't disappoint. Sacramento State won the title this afternoon in Logan, Utah finishing .175 ahead of Boise State. Southern Utah was another .175 behind in third, followed by Utah State (.85 off the pace), San Jose State (1.15 points behind the champions) and Cal State-Fullerton (just 1.35 points out of first).
Boise State freshman Shaniece Craft was the lone WAC champion for the Broncos, hitting an excellent 9.875 to win the vault. The Bronco vault team was solid, posting a team score of 49.0. Katie Dinsmore scored a 9.825, while seniors Kea Cuaresma and Kristin Aldrich each hit 9.8's.
Taylor Jacob hit a 9.85 on bars to lead the team and earn All-WAC honors with Cuaresma scoring a 9.775. The Broncos' team score of 48.05 was very disappointing; that event and a duplicate score on floor exercises doomed Boise State's WAC title hopes. Jacob also was named All-WAC on beam.
"Big props to Shaniece for winning vault as a freshman." Boise State coach Sam Sandmire said, "It was not a perfect meet for us but we fought to the very end and it was very close."
The Broncos will find out what their seeding at the NCAA West Region Championships will be this coming week. Boise State was headed for a fourth seed heading into this weekend but will have to wait to see if their performance in Logan knocked them down a notch. The West Region Championship will be held at Stanford April 8. The top two teams and the top two all-around gymnasts from each of the six regional championships move on to the NCAA National Championships.
Below are the results from today's WAC Championships.
2006 Western Athletic Conference Championships
(Top 3 –First Team All-Conference, 4th - 6th - Second Team)
Team: 1. Sacramento State 193.95; 2. Boise State 193.775; 3. Southern Utah 193.6, 4. Utah State 193.1; 5. San Jose State 192.8; 6. Cal State Fullerton 192.6.
All-Around: 1. Leah Sakhitab, Southern Utah, 39.05; 2. (tie) Jessica Parenti, Utah State, Marina Borisova, Sac State, 38.875; 5. Kea Cuaresma, Boise State, 38.8.
Vault: 1. Shaniece Craft, Boise State, 9.875; 2. Jessica Parenti, Utah State, 9.85; 3. (tie) Brooke Morari, Sac State, Katie Dinsmore, Boise State, Renae Moneymaker, San Jose State, 9.825.
Bars: 1. Jessica Parenti, Utah State, 2. Taylor Jacob, Boise State, 9.85; 3. (tie) Alex Martin, Utah State, Leah Sakhitab, Southern Utah, Ashley Sharpe, Southern Utah, Kelsey Spellacy, San Jose State, 9.8.
Beam: 1. Leah Sakhitab, Southern Utah, 9.875; 2. (tie) Taylor Jacob, Boise State, Kristin Aldrich, Boise State, Nicole Lim, Cal State Fullerton, 9.825.
Floor: 1. Marina Borisova, Sac State, 9.825; 2. (tie) Tiffany Bass, Sac State, Sheena Shaw, Southern Utah, 9.8; 4. Lindsay Ward, Boise State, Katie Dinsmore, Boise State, Kea Cuaresma, Boise State, 9.75.