Women's Gymnastics Defeats BYU, UC Davis

San JoseThree different San Jose State women’s gymnasts won three individual titles Friday night in the Spartans home opener for the 2009 season. Those three titles helped the Spartans win the tri-meet with a 192.350, followed by Brigham Young and UC Davis tied with 190.650.

In her Spartan Gym debut, Thomasina Wallace came out and won the all-around with a 38.800. Wallace won the bars with a 9.900 and in the process became just the third person in school history to score a 9.900 on the bars. She also finished second on the floor with a 9.850 and added a 9.575 on vault and a 9.475 on beam.

Veronica Porte finished second in the all-around with a 38.475. After a fall on beam caused a cut on her leg, she went to floor and scored a 9.875 to win the event. Porte was second on the vault with a 9.775, and added a 9.675 on bars and a 9.150 on beam.

Lily Swann won the vault with a career-best 9.800 on vault and added a 9.125 on floor.

On the vault, the Spartans started the meet strong with its best team score with a 48.600. Katie Merritt was second on the team with a career-best 9.750, while Alise Blackwell and Shanice Howard each contributed a 9.650.

San Jose State had a strong second rotation on the bars with a 48.550. Blackwell scored a season-best 9.775, while Renae Moneymaker added a 9.650. Merritt had a 9.550, while Jessica Khoshnood received a 9.325.

The Spartans had to count a fall on beam with a 47.200. Merritt had a team and career best 9.675, while Blackwell added a 9.550. Aubrey Lee, in her Spartan Gym debut, received a 9.350. Moneymaker also suffered a fall and scored an 8.800.

In the final rotation, San Jose State scored a 48.000 to seal the victory. Howard scored a 9.650, while Gabrielle Targosz received a 9.375. In her first performance in Spartan Gym, Katie Valleau scored a 9.250.

“Overall, I am pleased that we won the meet,” said San Jose State head coach Wayne Wright. “It was nice to see Thomi with a good first home meet and a nice vault by Lily. Veronica showed her competitiveness tonight after falling on beam and then picking herself up and winning the floor.

“This was a good first home meet, but there are still plenty of things we can improve on in practice. Those changes will start tomorrow when we meet in the gym.”

San Jose State continues at home next week with another tri-meet. The Spartans will host Boise State and Seattle Pacific on Friday, January 23, at 7 p.m., in Spartan Gym.

Team Standings

1. San Jose State 192.350
2. Brigham Young 190.650
UC Davis 190.650

1. Lily Swann (SJSU) 9.800
2. Veronica Porte (SJSU) 9.775
3. Katie Merritt (SJSU) 9.750
Krysten Koval (BYU) 9.750

1. Thomasina Wallace (SJSU) 9.900
2. Alise Blackwell (SJSU) 9.775
3. Veronica Porte (SJSU) 9.675
Melissa Hough (BYU) 9.675
Madeleine Johnson (BYU) 9.675
Lida Gehlen (UCD) 9.675

1. Krysten Koval (BYU) 9.800
2. Tanya Ho (UCD) 9.675
Katie Merritt (SJSU) 9.675

1. Veronica Porte (SJSU) 9.875
2. Thomasina Wallace (SJSU) 9.850
3. Danielle Goldman (BYU) 9.750

1. Thomasina Wallace (SJSU) 38.800
2. Veronica Porte (SJSU) 38.475
3. Tanya Ho (UCD) 37.925
4. Danielle Goldman (BYU) 37.825

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