Bronco Gymnasts Win 2nd Straight WAC Title

Boise State's gymnastics team continues to improve. In rolling up the seventh highest team score in school history, the Lady Broncos captured their second consecutive WAC title last night in Sacramento.

Boise State's gymnastics team captured their second consecutive Western Athletic Conference championship tonight in Sacramento, California, and they did it in style.  The #23 Broncos posted the seventh-highest team score in school history (196.525) to finish 1.175 points ahead of their closest competitor. 

WAC Co-Head Coaches of the Year Tina Bird and Neil Resnick led their group to wins on vault, bars and beam on the way to the trophy tonight as the Broncos improved to 20-5 on the season.

Host Sacramento State finished second with a score of 195.350, Southern Utah was third (195.175), San Jose State took fourth (194.875), Cal State-Fullerton was fifth with a total of 192.975 and Utah State rounded out the field with a score of 192.425.  

"We are so very proud of this team and the rest of our team back home who pushed us along the way," exclaimed co-head coach Bird. "It all just came together tonight and the feeling is magical!"

 Boise State was spectacular on uneven bars (49.100) and beam (49.075), recording season-best performances on both.  The Broncos put together a 49.300 on vault, behind only their vault performance from last week on the all-time school list.  The Lady Broncos finished over 49 on all apparatuses, posting a 49.050 on floor.

"Last year we backed into a win at WAC Championships with a poor performance on the beam," said co-head coach Resnick. "This year we completely dominated that event, earning a season-high and sealing our second-consecutive WAC title."

 Shaniece Craft notched her second career WAC title on vault with a career-high 9.925.  That puts Craft in a tie for sixth in all-time vault wins with nine and ranks her seventh all-time for vault scores.  It also upheld the strong Bronco tradition in the event; the 13th consecutive vault title for Boise State. 

Kelsey Lang won the conference title on beam with a super 9.950, which tied the conference championship record.  That score ranks her fourth-best on the beam in school history and is the ninth straight conference beam title for the Broncos.   

 The Broncos began their first rotation on the floor.  Sophomores Hannah Redmon and Sarah Smith joined Craft and Lang on the All-WAC team with second place finishes (9.875).  Lang put together a solid routine of 9.825. 

Freshman Chelsee Apple finished right behind Craft on the vault (9.90) while Redmon vaulted to a 9.850 and Yvette Leizorek tied a career best with a 9.825. 

Redmon and sophomore Mallory Dziawura tied for second on the uneven bars with 9.875's.  Katie Tuller tied her career best of 9.825 when it mattered the most to aid the team victory for Boise State.

 Dziawura shattered her career best on beam with a 9.90 to tie for second and also earn a position on the All-WAC team.  Lindsay Kazandjian  had a solid 9.825.

In their final rotation, the Broncos knew they needed a steady performance to maintain their pace for a season-best score. A pair of sophomores did more than that with Dziawura competing in the No. 3 spot for the Broncos and posting a 9.90, shattering her career-best by .075. Dziawura set the bar high, however, Lang was able to surpass, improving her career-best by .050 to earn the event title. Dziawura earned sole possession of the second-place spot with her career-best score as well as her second First-Team All-WAC honor. Kazandjian earned her first career Second-Team All-WAC honor with her tie for fifth-place and a 9.825 score. Smith and Jacob tied for 18th-place with their 9.70 scores while Neroes earned a 9.650 to tie for 21st-place on beam.  

Sacramento State 's Amber Basgall won the WAC title on uneven bars with a 9.90, while Thomasina Wallace of San Jose State was the floor champion, also with a 9.90.  Southern Utah's talented Elise Wheeler won the all-around championships with a 39.325.  

Boise State improves their Regional Qualifying score from a 195.215 to a 195.590, which would have ranked them No. 17 in the most recent GymInfo.com poll released on Mar. 16. They now try to finally clear the wall that is making the NCAA National Championships.  To achieve that goal, Boise State will have to finish at least second in the Regional on April 4th.

The gymnastics championship also moved Boise State into a tie for second in the nation in conference championships with four.  Boise State won the WAC title in football and men's indoor track and also dominated the Pac-10 Conference Championship in wrestling.  BYU (men's cross country, men's indoor track, women's indoor track, women's soccer and women's swimming) leads with five.  Maryland (field hockey, men's soccer, wrestling and women's basketball),Texas (men's swimming, men's indoor track, women's volleyball and women's swimming), Utah (football, volleyball, men's basketball and women's basketball) and Connecticut (men's indoor track, women's indoor track, men's basketball and women's basketball) also have four to join the Broncos in a tie for #2 in the country. 

Minnesota (women's cross country and men's and women's indoor track), Notre Dame (men's swimming, women's swimming and women's soccer), (Florida State (women's cross country and men's and women's indoor track), Florida (football, women's volleyball and women's swimming) and Virginia (men's cross country, men's swimming and women's swimming) all have three.

The Lady Broncos also pushed Boise State back to the top of the race for the WAC Commissioner's Cup.  Boise State now has 57.25 points to 54.75 for Utah State.  Nevada is in third with 49.75, followed by Idaho (42.00), Fresno State (36.75), Hawai'i (35.75), Louisiana Tech (35.50), New Mexico State (35.25) and San Jose State with 32.00 points.

 

The Lady Broncos also pushed Boise State back to the top of the race for the WAC Commissioner's Cup.  Boise State now has 57.25 points to 54.75 for Utah State.  Nevada is in third with 49.75, followed by Idaho (42.00), Fresno State (36.75), Hawai'i (35.75), Louisiana Tech (35.50), New Mexico State (35.25) and San Jose State with 32.00 points.

 

First-Team All-WAC:

Chelsee Apple – Vault

Shaniece Craft – Vault

Mallory Dziawura – Bars, Beam

Kelsey Lang – Beam

Hannah Redmon – Bars, Floor

Sarah Smith – Floor

 

Second-Team All-WAC:

Lindsay Kazandjian – Beam

Hannah Redmon – Vault

Katie Tuller – Bars

 

WAC Co-Head Coaches of the Year:

Neil Resnick and Tina Bird

 

WAC Event Champions:

Shaniece Craft – Vault

Kelsey Lang - Beam

 


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