Lincoln, Neb.--For the second time in three weeks, the San José State women's gymnastics team posted its best score of the season and the 14th-best in school history as the Spartans recorded a 195.150 at the Masters Classic hosted by the University of Nebraska.
Host Nebraska won the meet with a 197.100 team score, followed by Illinois at 196.425, and then the Spartans at 195.150.
San José State got season-best performances from the vault and bars teams and three solid all-around performances by Cami Guyer, Maddie Herr and Kaitlin Won. Guyer and Herr each scored a 39.125, while Won added a season-high 39.100.
The Spartans started the three-team meet on bars and scored a 48.575. Herr led the team with a 9.800, tying her season-best score. Guyer and Won each had a 9.725, followed by Allison Bellingham at 9.675, Gabrielle Kambur at 9.650 and Marissa Unpingco at 9.575.
The floor team also scored a 48.575 in the second rotation. Guyer and Alyssa Montalban led the Spartans at 9.750, followed by Won at 9.725, Mackenzie Douglas and Herr at 9.675 and Kiley Field at 9.650.
The final two rotations found the Spartans performing their bests of the year on the two apparatus. In the third rotation, the vault team scored a 49.000, only the third time in school history that a vault team has scored 49.000 or better. Rachel Heinl tied her career best as she and Guyer led the team at 9.825. Won added a season-best 9.800, while Hannah Gilbert and Herr each scored a 9.775, and Montalban had a 9.550.
"We focused on one event at a time today," said Heinl. "We started a little shaky to start but knew we had to stay focused."
In the final rotation, the bars team also scored a season-best 49.000, the seventh-best score in school history and the eighth time a bars team has scored a 49.000 or better. Herr led the team with a 9.875 and became the 10th gymnast in school history to score a 9.875 on bars. The feat has only been done 23 times by a Spartan gymnast.
Won scored a career-best 9.850, followed by Guyer at 9.82, Heinl at 9.800, Alyssa Kaschak at 9.650 and Unpingco at 9.625.
"We went out there and competed like we practice everyday," said Guyer. "The atmosphere in the gym today was awesome, and we fed off that energy. Our goal is to make it to regionals, and we knew what we had to do today. Going on bars in the last rotation, we had nothing to lose and went out there and did our job."
"We stuck to our plan today of taking the meet one event at a time," said Spartan head coach Wayne Wright. "Starting on beam, we did not let it to get us know we still had three events to go. The vault team did a great job, and the bars teams was awesome as well."
San José State competes in its final home meet of the 2015 season next Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m., against Utah State, Sacramento State and Seattle Pacific. The meet begins at 2 p.m., inside The Event Center. The 2015 senior class of Kiley Field, Cami Guyer, Gabrielle Kambur and Alyssa Montalban will also be honored during the meet.
1. Nebraska 197.100
2. Illinois 196.425
3. San José State 195.150
1. Jessie Deziel, Nebraska 9.925
1. Jessie Deziel, Nebraska 9.925
1. Giana O'Connor, Illinois 9.925
1. Jennifer Lauer, Nebraska 9.900
1. Gianna O'Connor, Illinois 9.900
1. Hollie Blanske, Nebraska 9.925
1. Giana O'Connor, Illinois 39.625
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