Jan. 21, 2014
San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University women's gymnastics team travels to UC Davis on Sunday, Jan. 26, for a 1:00 p.m. meet against the Aggies, No. 12 Stanford and Utah State.
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SAN JOSÉ STATE: The Spartans (3-6) return to Northern California following a quality showing at Washington. The second consecutive meet that San José State surpassed the 194.000 mark, the Spartans recorded the fifth-best vault score in program history (48.900) and four gymnasts placed in the top-3 against two preseason nationally-ranked clubs. Julia Greer finished in the top-2 on floor for the third-straight meet against clubs nationally-ranked during the 2014 preseason, scoring 9.850 in each of those meets. Cami Guyer's 39.150 in the all-around, a career-high, gave her second place and was the third-straight meet she placed in the top-3 in the event. Bekah Gher earned the second-highest vault score in program history, a 9.900, and won the event.
HEAD COACH: The San José State University women's gymnastics team head coach is Wayne Wright in his 13th season. The 2012 NCAA West Regional Coach of the Year has brought six teams to an NCAA Regional since 2003 and at least two gymnasts have competed as individuals each season in that time. Overall, Wright has a 174-131-1 record.
STANFORD: The Cardinal (7-0) earned a 195.925 team total to finish ahead of No. 19 Arizona and Sacramento State on Saturday. No. 12 Stanford out-scored opponents in two of four events, with four gymnasts claiming six individual wins. Kristina Vaculik won the bars and floor, scoring 9.925 on both events, and won the all-around with a personal-best 39.425. One of the most consistent gymnast this season, Vaculik has scored 9.800 or higher in nine of 10 events in 2014. In her 13th season is head coach Kristen Smyth.
UC DAVIS: At Washington with the Spartans and Arizona State, the Aggies (2-6) were forced to count a fall on each of bars, beam and floor for a 191.950 team total. Despite the disappointing total, Lisa Wiktorski, Anna Shumaker and Tiana Montell were bright spots for the Aggies. Wiktorski tied her career-high with a 9.850 to place third on bars, Shumaker went 4-for-4 at the meet, scoring a 38.750 in the all-around, and Montell hit each of her three routines for the third-straight week. John Lavalee is in his eighth season as the head coach of UC Davis.
UTAH STATE: The Aggies (2-0) topped the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, 194.150 - 193.975, on Jan. 17, putting several gymnasts in the top-3. Katie Brown and Miranda Kerr tied for second-place on the vault with their 9.825 scores. McKinzey Martinez finished second on bars with a 9.850, while freshman Charly Belliston tied for second on beam with her 9.800 performance. In her first season, Utah State's head coach is Nadalie Walsh.
GUYER MAKING A STATEMENT: Just three weeks into the 2014 season, Cami Guyer has evolved into one of the Spartans' most consistent gymnasts. Competing in the all-around, she has placed in the top-3 at every meet this season. After placing third in the all-around and setting a career-best 9.750 mark on floor at No. 25 Arizona State (1/11), Guyer maintained an upward trajectory against two nationally-ranked teams at Washington (1/18). She earned or tied career-highs on vault (9.800), bars (9.825), and floor (9.800) and scored a season-best 9.725 on beam to finish second in the all-around with a career-high 39.150 just 45 minutes from her hometown of Fall City, Wash.
ALL GREER DOES IS WIN, WIN, WIN: Senior captain Julia Greer continued to lead by example at Washington (1/18). She has finished in the top-2 on floor in every meet this season, scoring a 9.850 in every meet. The two-time MPSF Specialist of the Week won the beam and floor titles at No. 25 Arizona State (1/11) and the NorCal Meet (1/5). The wins at No. 25 Arizona State were the eighth and ninth of her career (fourth on beam and fifth on floor).
GHER COMPETING IN HIGH GEAR: At Washington, senior captain Bekah Gher continued to excel. She won the vault for the first time in her career with a career-best 9.900 score, the second-highest score in program history, and placed third in the all-around with a 39.000. At No. 25 Arizona State on Jan. 11, she won the all-around with a 38.850, the first all-around win of her career.
CAREER-HIGHS ABOUND IN 2014: Just three meets into the 2014 season, several Spartans have already set new career-highs. Career-best scores for junior Cami Guyer at Washington came on vault (9.800), bars (9.825), floor (9.800) and in the all-around (39.150). Kiley Field's 9.725 on floor at No. 25 Arizona State and Washington was a career-best. Freshmen Kiana Gordon has opened her first season with a 9.825 on vault (Washington, 1/18) and a 9.300 on beam (NorCal Meet, 1/5), and Rachel Heinl scored a career-best 9.775 on bars at Washington.
MPSF HONORS ALREADY COMING FOR SPARTANS: At least one Spartan gymnast has garnered MPSF honors each week of the 2014 season. Senior Julia Greer was honored as the MPSF Specialist of the Week for the weeks of Dec. 30 and Jan. 6 for her first-place finishes at both the NorCal Meet and at No. 25 Arizona State. Senior Bekah Gher was the MPSF Gymnast of the Week for Jan. 6 after winning the all-around at No. 25 Arizona State. After placing second in the all-around at Washington with a career-best 39.150, Cami Guyer earned MPSF Gymnast of the Week honors for Jan. 13.
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GYM TALK: Visit www.sjsuspartans.com every Tuesday to watch Gym Talk, a weekly feature hosted by a San José State gymnast that discusses the previous week's meet and previews the upcoming meet. Viewers will also get a behind-the-scenes look of Spartan gymnastics.
NOTES FROM THE GYM:
Amy Bellingham, a sophomore, competes on beam for the Spartans. At No. 25 Arizona State (1/11), she earned a 9.625 on the apparatus.
Kiley Field, a junior, competes on the beam and floor for the Spartans. At the NorCal Meet (1/5), she scored a 9.650 on beam, her highest score since 2012, and at Washington (1/18) and No. 25 Arizona State (1/11), she earned a season-best 9.725 on floor.
Bekah Gher, a senior team captain, competes in the all-around for San Jose State. At Washington (1/18), she won the vault with a career-high 9.900 score, the second-best score in program history. The MPSF Gymnast of the Week for Jan. 6-12, she won the all-around at No. 25 Arizona State (1/11) with her 38.850, after scoring a season-high 9.750 on beam and a 9.650 on floo0. The all-around win was the first of her career. Her season-high in the all-around is 39.000 at Washington (1/18) and her season-high on bars was a 9.775 at the NorCal Meet (1/5).
Hannah Gilbert, a sophomore, competes on vault for the Spartans. At No. 25 Arizona State (1/11), she scored a season-high 9.725 on the apparatus.
Kiana Gordon, a freshman, competes on vault and beam for San José State. She scored a 9.300 on beam at the NorCal Meet (1/5) and a season-best 9.825 on vault at Washington (1/18).
Julia Greer, a senior team captain, competes on vault, beam and floor for San José State. A two-time MPSF Specialist of the Week (weeks of Dec. 30 and Jan. 6), she won the beam and floor at the NorCal Meet (1/5) and No. 25 Arizona State (1/11). She placed second on floor with her third-straight season-best 9.850 at Washington (1/18). Her season-high on vault is a 9.700 (at Washington) and a 9.850 on beam (at NorCal Meet).
Cami Guyer, a junior, competes in the all-around for the Spartans. In the all-around, she has placed in the top-3 at every meet this season: second at Washington (1/18) with a career-best 39.150, third at the NorCal Meet (1/5) and third at No. 25 Arizona State (1/11). She earned or tied career-highs on vault (9.800), bars (9.825), and floor (9.800) at Washington. Her season-best 9.725 on beam came at Washington.
Cassandra Harrison, a senior team captain, competes on vault, bars and floor for San José State. At No. 25 Arizona State (1/11), she scored season-highs on vault (9.750) and floor (9.750). Her 9.800 on bars at Washington (1/18) was a season-best.
Rachel Heinl, a freshman, competes on bars for the Spartans. Her season-high is a 9.775, earned at Washington (1/18).
Jasmine Holmes, a sophomore, competes on floor for the Spartans. She scored a 9.275 at the NorCal Meet (1/5).
Alyssa Kaschak, a sophomore, competes on bars and beam for San José State. At the NorCal Meet (1/5), she scored season-highs on beam (9.750), her first collegiate showing on the apparatus, and on bars (9.650).
Alyssa Montalban, a junior, competes on vault and floor for the Spartans. Her season-highs in both events came at Washington (1/18): she scored 9.675 on vault and a 9.750 on floor.
Marissa Unpingco, a sophomore, competes on bars and beam for the Spartans. She matched her career-high on bars at the NorCal Meet by scoring a 9.800, the team's best score on the apparatus, which she also scored at No. 25 Arizona State (1/11), another team-high. At Washington, she earned a 9.675 on beam.