A game effort by the young Boise State gymnastics team fell short at the WAC Championships today in Utah, with the Broncos finishing in last place. The Broncos had some bright spots, but finished with a disappointing team score in the floor exercises to take away any chance of finishing in the league's upper half.
The Boise State gymnastics team recorded their second-highest score of the season but
finished in last place at the Western Athletic Conference Gymnastics
Championships in Cedar City, Utah today.
Led by senior
Kristin Aldrich and freshman Yvette Leizorek, the Broncos scored 193.3. Affiliate member Sacramento State repeated their WAC title of a
year ago, edging both Southern Utah and Utah State. The Hornets put together a
195.275 team score, just five-hundredth's of a point better than Southern Utah, with the
Aggies finishing just a-tenth of a point back in third place. San Jose State (193.750) was fourth with another affiliate member, Cal State-Fullerton
(193.625) in fifth. The meet was
retiring Coach Sam Sandmire's final conference competition of her stellar
Aldrich earned all-WAC honors on beam
and second-team on vault while Leizorek was voted second-team by the league's
coaches on both bars and floor.
The Broncos began the night on vault with a score of
48.9 and led the competition at that point.
Aldrich performed a 9.825, a mark that would hold up for fifth place
individually. Sophomore Shaniece Craft
and freshman DeAvera Todd each posted 9.8's.
Unfortunately, the lead evaporated after the bars, when Boise State scored 47.725 and fell to last place.
Leizorek's score of 9.775 was good for sixth individually in the event.
Boise State fought back in the beam, hitting a 48.9 in the event, tying the
second-best beam score in school history at a conference meet. Aldrich posted a 9.85 that was good for third
place individually. Aldrich, who won the
conference championship in 2005 on the apparatus, tied the 10th-best
beam score in Bronco history at a conference meet. Sophomore Brittany Dean set a career high
with a 9.775, matched by fellow sophomore Amber Neroes. Senior Tara Oberg hit a 9.75.
Although Leizorek posted a 9.8 in floor exercises
(tied for fourth in the WAC), the Broncos
fell to the bottom as a team. Selections
for the NCAA Regional Gymnastics Championship will be made Monday. Sandmire's Boise State teams have been invited to Regionals in every year of her previous
19. However, the two teams Boise State was trying to catch (fifth-place San Jose State and sixth-place Sacramento State) both finished ahead of the Broncos today. Six teams are invited to each Regional competition.
Here are the complete Boise State Results (In
Raquel Turnbow—9.625, Ruthie Pennington—9.700, Yvette Leizorek—9.775, Shaniece
Craft—9.800, Kristin Aldrich—9.825, DeAvera Todd—9.800.
Katie Tuller—8.475, Katelyn O'Donnell—9.675, Leizorek—9.775, Alia Loan—9.550, Todd—9.150,
O'Donnell—9.750, Todd—9.675, Brittany Dean—9.775, Amber Neroes—9.775, Tara
O'Donnell—9.575, Courtney Achter—9.250, Pennington—9.600, Todd—9.175,