SPARTANS TO MAKE HOME DEBUT: The San Jose State women’s gymnastics team competes in its first home meet of the season this Friday evening. The team hosts Cal State Fullerton in a Western Athletic Conference meet at Spartan Gym.
ABOUT CS FULLERTON: The Titans enter the meet with a 2-3 record. The team placed second last weekend at Sacramento State with a 191.375, with the Hornets winning the meet with a 192.425. The Spartans and Titan met earlier this year at Titan Gym. San Jose State finished second in the meet, with a 188.450, while CSF scored a 187.975. Head coach Richard Gishi is in his first season at the helm of the program after serving as an assistant coach for 10 years.
HEAD COACH: San Jose Sate head coach Wayne Wright returns for his fifth season at the helm of the program. He has helped the Spartan program make significant strides during his four-year tenure, breaking school records, winning conference championships and a team invitation to the NCAA West Regional.
Last year, Wright’s team had a 17-5 overall record and placed second at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships. Three of his gymnasts - Jennifer Greene, Greta Leach and Michelle Minotti, qualified for the NCAA West Regionals in the all-around.
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS: This Friday night’s meet against CS Fullerton will also feature Breast Cancer Awareness. The Spartan team will be wearing pink leotards, and coaches and support staff will be wearing pink ribbons. Breast cancer survivors will be recognized before the meet, while those loved ones lost to breast cancer will be honored with a moment of silence prior to the national anthem. Fans are also encouraged to wear pink shirts to show their support of Breast Cancer Awareness.
VIDEO CLIPS: Each week, performances by the San Jose State women’s gymnastics team will be featured on the San Jose State athletics web site at ww.sjsuspartans.com. Other video clips from past meets are also available to view.
WORLD WIDE WEB: Get all the latest up-to-date information on the San Jose State women’s gymnastics team by logging on to the Spartans’ web site at www.sjsuspartans.com.
NEW YEAR, NEW CONFERENCE: The San Jose State women’s gymnastics team joins the WAC this season after competing in the Mountain Pacific Sports the past few seasons. The WAC for women’s gymnastics consists of members Utah State, Boise State and San Jose State as well as affiliate members CS Fullerton, Sacramento State and Southern Utah. The conference championship meet will be held on Saturday, March 25, at Utah State.
MINOTTI SECOND IN ALL-AROUND AT THIRD MEET OF SEASON: Sophomore Michelle Minotti scored a 38.150 to finish second in the all-around and the San Jose State women's gymnastics team scored a 190.300 to finish third in a non-conference meet at Texas-Woman's University last Saturday evening. New Hampshire won the meet with a 194.400.
Minotti scored her season high in the all-around with the 38.150. She led the team on the bars with a season-high 9.700 and added a 9.625 on the vault. Minotti started the meet with a 9.325 on bars and a 9.500 on the floor.
Raylyn Cardeno placed third overall on the vault with a 9.775. Minotti was ninth, while Veronica Porte and Shina Cardeno tied for 10th with a 9.600. Renae Moneymaker scored a 9.500, while Alley Zezoney scored a 9.250.
Porte was the only other Spartan to finish in the top-five as she tied for fourth on the floor with a season-high 9.750. She placed third in the all-around with a 38.125, the first time she has surpassed the 38.000 mark this season.
CHANGES IN SCORING: One noticeable difference to collegiate women’s gymnastics fans will be the scores posted at meets. After last season, changes were made to the scoring system to lower start values and overall scores.
“Scores are going to be lower across the board this season,” said Wright. “With the changes, start values for routines are lower which in turn will lower team scores.”
CARDENO SCORES ON THE VAULT: Junior Raylyn Cardeno score the third best score in school history on the vault. She received a 9.825 at CS Fullerton on January 8. Dani Albright owns the school record of 9.875 which she set during the 2001 season.
TOP SPARTAN VAULT SCORES
1. 9.875 Dani Albright Feb. 16, 2001
2. 9.850 Dani Albright Feb. 2, 2002
9.850 Dani Albright March 8, 2002
9.850 Dani Albright March 16, 2002
9.850 Dani Albright Jan. 31, 2003
9.850 Dani Albright March 14, 2003
9.850 Shirla Choy March 21, 2003
8. 9.825 Raylyn Cardeno Jan. 8, 2006
9.825 Tara Law March 14, 1997
9.825 Bridgett Coates April 12, 1997
9.825 Dani Albright March 21, 2003
9.825 Dani Albright April 12, 2003
9.825 Jennifer Greene March 25, 2005
FRESHMEN MAKING IMPACT ON SPARTAN TEAM: Five freshman have made and immediate impact on the San Jose State this season. Veronica Porte and Renae Moneymaker each compete in the all-around. Porte is the team’s top performer on floor with a 9.750 at Texas-Woman’s. She scored a 38.125 in the all-around at Texas-Woman’s. Moneymaker averages a 9.558 on vault and had a 38.050 in the all-around at Stanford. Alise Blackwell competes for the team on the bars and had a 9.600 at Stanford. Michelle de Groof competes on the floor and received a 9.575 at Texas-Woman’s. Jennifer Pizano is a bars specialist and scored a 9.125 at Stanford.
MINOTTI TOP ALL-AROUND SPARTAN COMPETITOR: Sophomore Michelle Minotti finished second last weekend in the all-around with a 38.150. She scored a 9.700 on bars and a 9.625 on the vault.
Sophomore Leah Bigelow is the team’s top performer on beam. She scored a 9.750 at Stanford and a9.675 at Texas-Woman’s.
Junior Raylyn Cardeno has not scored lower than a 9.700 on the vault. She scored the team’s highest score of the season with a 9.825 at CS Fullerton. Cardeno also competes on the floor and scored a 9.575 last weekend.
Sophomore Shina Cardeno is a vault specialist. She scored a 9.675 at Stanford and a 9.600 at Texas-Woman’s.
Senior Tracie Kavalec has competed on the bars in all three meets this year. She scored a 9.550 at Texas-Woman’s and a 9.525 at CS Fullerton.
Senior Amberly Klein competes on the balance beam and floor exercise. On the beam, she scored a 9.675 at Stanford, while she received a 9.525 on floor at Texas-Woman’s.
Senior Adriane Mertens has competed on the beam in all three meets. Her best score came at Stanford with a 9.450.
Sophomore Michelle Minotti has competed in the all-around in all three meets. She scored a 9.800 in the vault at CS Fullerton, 9.700 on the bars at Texas-Woman’s, 9.625 on beam at Stanford and 9.500 on floor twice. Minotti’s top all-around score was a 38.150 at Texas-Woman’s.
Senior Alley Zezoney is a vault specialist for the Spartans. Her season high is 9.625 at CS Fullerton, and she scored a 9.500 at Stanford.
NEXT WEEK: The Spartans return to Spartan Gym next Friday, February 3, for a quadrangular meet. Competing with the Spartans will be Seattle Pacific, Alaska-Anchorage and Illinois-Chicago. The meet will begin at 7 p.m.