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Boise State Repeats as WAC Gymnastics Champions
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Sacramento, Calif. -
 Winning three of the four event rotations, Boise State defended its title at the Western Athletic Conference Gymnastics Championship on Saturday at the Hornet Gym in Sacramento, Calif. The Broncos defeated host Sacramento State, 196.525 to 195.350. Southern Utah placed third (195.175), followed by San Jose State in fourth (194.875). Cal State Fullerton finished fifth (192.975) and Utah State took sixth (192.425).

Boise State coaches Neil Resnick and Tina Bird were named WAC Co-Coaches of the Year for the second-straight season. Southern Utah junior Elise Wheeler earned WAC Gymnast of the Year, and San Jose State’s Thomasina Wallace took WAC Freshman of the Year honors.

Wheeler claimed the all-around title with a score of 39.325. Wallace earned the individual title on floor, scoring a 9.900. Boise State senior Shaniece Craft won the vault championship with a score of 9.925, and teammate Kelsey Lang scored a 9.950 to earn the title on beam. Sacramento State senior Amber Basgall took home the uneven bars title with a score of 9.900.

After the first rotation, defending champion Boise State jumped out to a quick lead with a 49.050 score on the floor exercise, led by a pair of 9.875 scores by sophomores Hannah Redmon and Sarah Smith. Southern Utah remained close behind after a 48.950 vault team score, which included junior Lindsey Schultz’s 9.900 score on the apparatus.

In the second rotation, Boise State’s Shaniece Craft landed a season-high 9.925 on vault to lead the Broncos to a meet-high 49.300 team score in that event. San Jose State bars standout Thomasina Wallace scored a 9.875 on the unparallel bars, while Cal State Fullerton’s Alaina Baker turned in a 9.875 performance on floor exercise, tying her season high in that event. Utah State’s Nicole Simoneau scored a 9.825 on beam for the Aggies.

The third rotation saw host Sacramento State’s two-time WAC floor champion Marina Borisova score a season-high 9.875 in that event. San Jose State freshman Aubrey Lee scored 9.850 on beam, while Southern Utah junior Elise Wheeler landed a 9.825 on bars. Cal State Fullerton’s sophomore duo of Alaina Baker and Maddie Steinauer both received 9.800 scores on the vault.

Alycia Chan of Sacramento State led all scorers in the fourth rotation with a 9.900 on the vault. Boise State’s Mallory Dziawura and Hannah Redmon each scored 9.875 on the uneven bars to anchor a meet-high 49.100 team score in the event. Elise Wheeler of Southern Utah earned a score of 9.850 on the balance beam, and Utah State’s Nikki Felley scored 9.775 on her floor routine.

In the fifth rotation, Boise State’s Kelsey Lane dazzled the crowd with a season-high 9.950 performance on the beam, leading the Broncos to a meet-high 49.075 team beam score. Thomasina Wallace of San Jose State followed with a score of 9.900 on the floor exercise, tying her season high in that event, and contributing to a meet-high team score of 49.275. Cal State Fullerton’s Shannon Kawada scored a 9.750 on bars, and Utah State junior Heather Heinrich finished the vault with a score of 9.750.

While Boise State and Utah State had byes in the final rotation, Sacramento State’s Amber Basgall nabbed the championship on bars, scoring a personal-best 9.900. San Jose State’s Lily Swann and Veronica Porte each scored 9.850 on vault, and Cal State Fullerton’s Jessica Tait received a score of 9.775 on the beam. Southern Utah’s Elise Wheeler solidified her all-around championship with a 9.825 score on the floor, tallying 39.325 to earn the title.

Results:
1. Boise State 196.525
2. Sacramento State 195.350
3. Southern Utah 195.175
4. San Jose State 194.875
5. Cal State Fullerton 192.975
6. Utah State 192.425

Individual Champions:
All-Around:
Elise Wheeler, Jr., Southern Utah, 39.325
Vault: Shaniece Craft, Sr., Boise State, 9.925
Uneven Bars: Amber Basgall, Sr., Sacramento State, 9.900
Balance Beam: Kelsey Lang, So., Boise State, 9.950
Floor Exercise: Thomasina Wallace, Fr., San Jose State, 9.900

2009 Honors:
Gymnast of the Year:
Elise Wheeler, Jr., Southern Utah
Freshman of the Year: Thomasina Wallace, San Jose State
Co-Coaches of the Year: Neil Resnick and Tina Bird, Boise State

First Team All-WAC Honors
Vault
Shaniece Craft, Boise State, 9.925
Chelsey Apple, Boise State, 9.900
Alycia Chan, Sacramento State, 9.900
Lindsey Schultz, Southern Utah, 9.900

Bars
Amber Basgall, Sacramento State, 9.900
Mallory Dziawura, Boise State, 9.875
Hannah Redmon, Boise State, 9.875
Thomasina Wallace, San Jose State, 9.875

Beam
Kelsey Lang, Boise State, 9.950
Mallory Dziawura, Boise State, 9.900
Aubree Lee, San Jose State, 9.850
Elise Wheeler, Southern Utah, 9.850

Floor
Thomasina Wallace, San Jose State, 9.900
Hannah Redmon, Boise State, 9.875
Sarah Smith, Boise State, 9.875
Alaina Baker, Cal State Fullerton, 9.875
Marina Borisova, Sacramento State, 9.875
Shanice Howard, San Jose State, 9.875
Veronica Porte, San Jose State, 9.875

All-Around
Elise Wheeler, Southern Utah, 39.325
Eryn Stubblefield, Sacramento State, 39.050
Jenna Vogt, Southern Utah, 38.975

Second Team All-WAC Honors
Vault

Hannah Redmon, Boise State, 9.850
Amber Basgill, Sacramento State, 9.850
Veronica Porte, San Jose State, 9.850
Lily Swann, San Jose State, 9.850

Bars
Nicole Simoneau, Utah State, 9.850
Katie Tuller, Boise State, 9.825
Alise Blackwell, San Jose State, 9.825
Elise Wheeler, Southern Utah, 9.825

Beam
Lindsay Kazandjian, Boise State, 9.825
Eryn Stubblefield, Sacramento State, 9.825
Traci Takeda, Sacramento State, 9.825
Nicole Simoneau, Utah State, 9.825

All-Around
Thomasina Wallace, San Jose State, 38.750
Nikki Felley, Utah State, 38.700
Veronica Porte, San Jose State, 38.625

GENERAL INFORMATION

Location:  Hornet Gym, Sacramento, Calif.

Date:  March 21, 2009

Time:  6:00 p.m. PT

Host:  Sacramento State

Tickets:  Reserved Seating, $12;  Bleacher Seating, $8

Parking:  Fan parking is available free of charge in Lots A, B and 1 which are located north of the Hornets Nest. Disabled parking is also available in the designated spots on Moraga Way. All other lots on campus require a daily pass which can be purchased for $5.

Concessions:  Food and drink will be available for purchase inside Taco Bell Arena.

Live Stats: Live stats during the championship will be available at http://www.hornetsports.com/livestats/wgym/livestats.htm

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

Boise State Broncos (15-5, 9-1 WAC)
The Broncos earned their season-high of 196.225 as a total team score. This marks the ninth-best score in Boise State history. Boise State also set a new school record as a team on vault with a 49.325 this past week. They are now 15-4 overall on the season.

Cal State Fullerton Titans (7-10, 3-3 WAC)
The team score for the Titans is tied for the 16th-best score in school history and the highest for a Titans squad since they scored a 194.825 last season in a home meet against Boise State on Feb. 17... Fullerton set a season high on floor with a 48.800 and topped the 49 mark for the third time this season on vault with a 49.050... the 48.550 on bars was the second-highest mark of the year for CSF while the 48.100 on beam marked the third time that CSF has topped 48 points this season.

Sacramento State Hornets (10-8, 1-5 WAC)
Sacramento State’s top two scores on the season have come in its past two meets ... sophomore Alycia Chan tied Borisova for top honors on floor with a 9.900 ... the team will host the WAC Championships on Saturday. The Hornets have won two of the previous three WAC titles since joining the conference.

San Jose State Spartans (16-1, 7-1 WAC)
The Spartans did not compete last week ... the team wrapped up its regular season the week before with a dual wins over Southern Utah and Utah State.

Southern Utah Thunderbirds  (9-5, 3-3 WAC)
Southern Utah’s Elise Wheeler received the final WAC Gymnast of the Week award this past week after breaking the school record in the all-around with a 39.525 as she finished first in the event at Boise State on Saturday night ... it was the third time this year that the junior has scored in the top five all-time in the all-around ... Southern Utah wrapped up its regular season with a dual win over Utah State.

Utah State Aggies (1-14, 0-9 WAC)
Four different Aggie gymnasts won individual titles to push Utah State gymnastics to not just its season-high score of 193.825, but the Aggies’ first win of the season with a 193.825-191.975 blasting of BYU Friday night ... sophomore Lyndsie Boone won the all-around with a 38.600, .1 shy of her season-best, while classmates Jackie Dillon and Nicole Simoneau nabbed wins on vault and bars, respectively ... Dillon tied BYU’s Danielle Goldman for the vault title with 9.775’s.

WAC NOTES
SOUTHERN UTAH’S WHEELER AND BOISE STATE’S REDMON NAMED WAC GYMNASTS OF THE WEEK
Southern Utah’s Elise Wheeler and Boise State’s Hannah Redmon have been named the Western Athletic Conference Gymnast of the Week and Specialist of the Week, respectively, for the week of March 9-15.

Wheeler, a junior from San Diego, Calif. (Madison HS) broke the school record in the all-around with a 39.525 as she finished first in the event at Boise State. It was the third time this year that the junior has recorded one of the top five all-time marks in SUU history.

Redmon, a sophomore from Sparks, Nev. (Reed HS) recorded a career-high 9.950 on vault, marking the fourth-best score in Boise State history. With her win on vault, Redmon has now earned her ninth career title on the event, which ranks fifth all-time in wins at BSU on the apparatus. Redmon also earned a 9.925 to tie her career high on floor and earned a 9.850 on bars to win her first career title on the event.

Other Gymnast of the Week nominees included: Cal State Fullerton sophomore Alaina Baker; Sacramento State senior Marina Borisova; and Utah State sophomore Lyndsie Boone.

Other Specialist of the Week nominees included: Cal State Fullerton junior Katie Turcotte; Sacramento State senior Amber Basgall; Southern Utah junior Lindsey Schultz; and Utah State sophomore Nicole Simoneau.

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