Women's Gymnastics Finishes Second In Home Opener

San Jose, Calif. – The San Jose State Spartans hosted Seattle Pacific, Boise State and Utah State in their first home meet of the season on Friday evening. Sophomore Veronica Porte led the Spartans to second place as she finished in the top-3 in three out of the four events, recording an all-around score of 39.050, good for second place. San Jose State finished with a team score of 193.025, just 1.200 points behind first place finishers, Utah State. Boise State took third place with a 190.700, while Seattle Pacific was fourth with a score of 189.875.

"I was really pleased with how we competed tonight," said San Jose State head coach Wayne Wright. "We trained really hard during the week. It was a good experience for everybody. Our focus was on process. We said whatever happens, happens. Let's not worry about who wins and who loses. Just do your best. There was no pressure, and everybody hit. I was real proud of Veronica (Porte). We added some difficulty to her (floor) routine (this week), and she did a phenomenal job. We were at home, in front of a great crowd, and we really had fun tonight."

Porte posted two season-bests and a career-best in the meet. Her season-bests came in the vault and the floor exercise. On the vault she posted a 9.675, while on the floor she earned a 9.875. She scored a career-best 9.750 on the balance beam.

In the first rotation, the Spartans competed on the vault. Senior Raylyn Cardeno led the way for San Jose State with a 9.775. On the bars, San Jose State set five new season-best scores. Sophomore Jennifer Pizano led with a 9.775, 0.250 higher than her previous best. Pizano’s performance was a boost for the Spartan lineup as she only competed in three meets last season. Porte followed with a 9.750, senior Liz Major with a 9.700, sophomore Alise Blackwell with a 9.675 and freshman Tiffany Louise with a 9.525.

Porte scored her career-best 9.750 on the balance beam. The sophomore beat her previous best set at the WAC Championships in 2006 by 0.050. Junior Leah Bigelow followed closely behind with a 9.725, a season-best for her. Also recording season-bests were senior Greta Leach with a 9.650, and Kelli Fournier with a 9.000.

In the floor exercises, Porte’s 9.875 gave her a second place finish in the event. Also competing well for the Spartans was Blackwell, who finished with a 9.750 in the event. Blackwell continues to emerge as a leader for San Jose, finding personal success at every meet so far this season.

With the second place finish, the Spartans improve their record to 3-3 on the season and 1-2 in WAC competition. San Jose State's next meet will be at Illinois-Chicago on Saturday, February 3, at 7:00 p.m., CST.

San Jose State vs. Boise State, Seattle Pacific, Utah State
January 26, 2007

Team Results
1) Utah State 194.225
2) San Jose State 193.025
3) Boise State 190.700
4) Seattle Pacific 189.875

Vault Results
1) Katy Schilla (USU) 9.875
2) Heather Heinrich (USU) 9.825
3) DeAvera Todd (BSU) 9.800
Raylyn Cardeno (SJSU) 9.775
Veronica Porte (SJSU) 9.675
Alise Blackwell (SJSU) 9.625
Danielle Johnson (SJSU) 9.550
Tiffany Louie (SJSU) 9.450
Jessica Khoshnood (SJSU) 9.425

Uneven Parallel Bars Results
1) Jessica Parenti-Otte (USU) 9.825
2) Jennifer Pizano (SJSU) 9.775
2) Yvette Leizoek (BSU) 9.775
Veronica Porte (SJSU) 9.750
Liz Major (SJSU) 9.700
Alise Blackwell (SJSU) 9.675
Tiffany Louie (SJSU) 9.525
Jessica Khoshnood (SJSU) 9.100

Balance Beam Results
1) Jessica Parenti-Otte (USU) 9.850
2) Kristin Alderich (BSU) 9.775
3) Veronica Porte (SJSU) 9.750
Leah Bigelow (SJSU) 9.725
Greta Leach (SJSU) 9.650
Alise Blackwell (SJSU) 9.575
Jennifer Pizano (SJSU) 9.500
Kelli Fournier (SJSU) 9.000

Floor Exercise Results
1) Nicki Felley (USU) 9.900
2) Veronica Porte (SJSU) 9.875
3) Jessica Parenti-Otte (USU) 9.850
Alise Blackwell (SJSU) 9.750
Raylyn Cardeno (SJSU) 9.575
Tiffany Louie (SJSU) 9.575
Jessica Khoshnood (SJSU) 9.550
Greta Leach (SJSU) 9.550

All-Around Results
1) Jessica Parenti-Otte (USU) 39.300
2) Veronica Porte (SJSU) 39.050
3) Alise Blackwell (SJSU) 38.625
4) Devin Markle (USU) 38.575
5) Debra Huss (SPU) 38.525
6) Meagan Lewis (USU) 38.425