San José, Calif.--For just the second time in school history, the San José State women's gymnastics team claimed the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women's Gymnastics Team Championship!
The Spartans won the team title with a school-record tying 195.925 Saturday evening at The Event Center. The team tied the record set by the 2004 team, which coincidentally was set when the Spartans won the 2004 MPSF Championship.
Headed into the final rotation the top-three teams were separated by just .100 of a point. UC Davis led 194.825, followed by Sacramento State at 146.800 and San José State at 146.725. The Hornets finished first with a 48.375 on vault, followed by the Spartans with the third-highest (tied) bars score in school history at 49.200 and UC Davis on floor with a 48.900.
Individually, two Spartans were named MPSF Event Champions. Haleigh Shepard won the vault with a career-best 9.825. She is just the third Spartan in school history to win a vault title - Dani Albright, 2003; Cami Guyer, 2015.
Taylor Chan tied for first on floor with a 9.875, her sixth consecutive week to tie or win a floor title. She tied with Alexis Brown from UC Davis. Chan is the fifth Spartan to win an MPSF floor title (Shirla Choy, 2002; Albright, 2003; Jennifer Greene, 2004; Guyer, 2015) and sixth overall to win the floor (Thomasina Wallace, WAC, 2009).
The Spartan bar team was led by Kaprece Nadonza who scored a career-best 9.900 to finish second. Kaitlin Won tied for third as she tied her career-best 9.875. Kendal Watts tied for fifth with a career-high 9.850. Rachel Heinl tied for eighth at 9.800, while Shepard led off the bars team with a 9.775. Stephanie Relova rounded out the scoring with a 9.750.
San José State started the meet on beam with a strong 49.100, the second-best beam score in school history. Won led off the beam team with a career-best 9.850 to tied for seventh place. Chelsey Andrada went next with a 9.750, followed by Relova with a 9.825, and Alisa Bogdan at 9.775. Chan then scored a career-best 9.900 to finish tied for third. Michelle Shalit rounded out the beam team with a 9.300.
Shepard helped lead the vault team to a 48.800. Chan, Matos and Heinl each scored a 9.750, followed by Ray at 9.725 and Nadonza at 9.700.
Regional selections will be announced on Monday, March 20.
1. San José State 195.925
2. UC Davis 195.725
3. Sacramento State 195.175
4. Air Force 194.075
5. Seattle Pacific 192.775
5. Alaska Anchorage 191.750
1. Haleigh Shepard, San José State 9.825
1. Caitlin Soliwoda, Sacramento State 9.925
1. Katie Nogaki, UC Davis 9.925
1. Sophia Hyderally, Alaska Anchorage 9.925
1. Taylor Chan, San José State 9.875
1. Alexis Brown, UC Davis 9.875
1. Alexis Brown, UC Davis 39.375
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