Gymnasts Sweep All-Around With Victory Over CS Fullerton

San JoseLed by Michelle Minotti’s 38.875, the San Jose State women’s gymnastics team swept the top-three all-around positions en route to a victory over Western Athletic Conference foe Cal State Fullerton, 193.125-191.875.

Minotti’s all-around score was her best score of the season. She finished tied for first in bars with a 9.800 and first on the floor with a 9.775. Minotti also scored a 9.675 on vault and a 9.625 on beam.

“This was a great meet,” said Minotti. “As a team, we are improving every meet. It was nice to compete at home in front of our crowd. I was happy with my performances tonight.”

Spartan Veronica Porte scored a 38.575 for second place in the all-around, while teammate Renae Moneymaker scored a 38.275 for third place. Porte was solid all night with a season-high 9.775 on the bars and a 9.550 on the beam. Moneymaker, performing a new vault for the first time, tied for first with a 9.700. She tied her season high on the bars with a 9.600 and hit a season high on the floor with a 9.625.

“I was really nervous about competing this vault,” said Moneymaker. “I was really excited afterwards because I knew the team needed me to hit my vault.”

The Spartans’ team score of 193.125 was a season-high for the team and ranks as one of the top-35 overall scores in school history. The team scored season highs on the bars (48.750), beam (48.250) and floor (48.225). On bars, five of the six Spartans scored season or career highs Minotti, career high 9.800; Alise Blackwell 9.800, Moneymaker, tied season high 9.600; Porte, career high 9.775; and Nancy Ann VanEck, 9.775.

Other outstanding Spartan performances include Adriane Mertens who won the beam with a season high 9.750. Alley Zezoney led off the meet for the Spartans with a career high 9.675 on the vault. Amberly Klein scored a season high 9.700 on the beam.

“I am very proud of this team,” said San Jose State head coach Wayne Wright. “This was an awesome meet. A lot of different people stepped up tonight when needed. Our bars team was awesome with Nancy Ann competing for the first time this season. Alise had a flawless routine on bars and came up big on the floor for the first time this season.”

For Cal State Fullerton, Amanda Van Horn tied for first on the vault with a 9.700. Brooke Weigandt tied for first on the bars with a 9.800. Nicole Lim finished second on the beam with a 9.700 and the floor with a 9.725.

San Jose State hosts a quadrangular meet next Friday night, February 3. The Spartans will compete against Seattle Pacific, Alaska-Anchorage and Illinois-Chicago. The meet begins at 7 p.m., at Spartan Gym.

AGATE WAC Meet

San Jose State 193.125 CS Fullerton 191.875

Vault 1. Renae Moneymaker (SJS) 9.700 Amanda Van Horn (CSF) 9.700 3. Michelle Minotti (SJS) 9.675 Alley Zezoney (SJS) 9.675 Other Spartan Results 5. Veronica Porte 9.600 10. Raylyn Cardeno 9.250 12. Shina Cardeno 9.175

Bars 1. Michelle Minotti (SJS) 9.800 Alise Blackwell (SJS) 9.800 Brooke Weigandt (CSF) 9.800 4. Veronica Porte (SJS) 9.775 Nancy Ann VanEck 9.775 Other Spartan Results 7. Renae Moneymaker 9.600

Beam 1. Adriane Mertens (SJS) 9.750 2. Nicole Lim (CSF) 9.700 Amberly Klein (SJS) 9.700 4. Jessica Tait (CSF) 9.675 5. Michelle Minotti (SJS) 9.625 Leah Bigelow (SJS) 9.625 7. Brittany Hoffman (CSF) 9.575 8. Veronica Porte (SJS) 9.550

Floor 1. Michelle Minotti (SJS) 9.775 2. Nicole Lim (CSF) 9.725 3. Mellissa Schaefer (CSF) 9.675 4. Veronica Porte (SJS) 9.650 5. Renae Moneymaker (SJS) 9.625 Other Spartan Results T6. Amberly Klein 9.600 9. Alise Blackwell 9.575

All-Around 1. Michelle Minotti (SJS) 38.875 2. Veronica Porte (SJS) 38.575 3. Renae Moneymaker (SJS) 38.275 4. Brittany Hoffman (CSF) 38.200 5. Brittany Evans (CSF) 37.300 6. Erica Ficarrotta (CSF) 36.975

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