Boise State Gymnasts Last In WAC Championship

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 career.

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 Rotation Order):

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, Craft—9.575.

O'Donnell—9.750, Todd—9.675, Brittany Dean—9.775, Amber Neroes—9.775, Tara Oberg—9.750, Aldrich—9.850.

O'Donnell—9.575, Courtney Achter—9.250, Pennington—9.600, Todd—9.175, Aldrich—9.450, Leizorek—9.800



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