Spartans Look To Build Upon Season-High Showing

San Jose, Calif. - After recording its highest team score of 2013 against Sacramento State on January 25, San Jose State heads to Denver on Saturday, February 2, for the Burnsley Invitational to compete against two nationally-ranked opponents.

Taking on #13-the University of Denver Pioneers, it is the Spartans' second Western Athletic Conference (WAC) meet of the season. San Jose State also faces Air Force and North Carolina State in the 5:00 p.m. (PST) event.


LIVE STATS: Live stats for the meet are available by going to http://www.denverpioneers.com/ and, on the day of the event, clicking the graph icon beside Gymnastics next to the event calendar.


LIVE VIDEO: A live feed of the meet is available on Pioneer Vision at http://www.denverpioneers.com. The feed is available for a small fee.


GYM TALK:  Be sure to check out the Spartan website every Wednesday for Gym Talk. Hosted by Justin Allegri, he is joined each week by Spartan head coach Wayne Wright and selected gymnasts who talk about the past week's performances and preview upcoming meets.


SAN JOSE STATE: San Jose State's performance in its third meet against Sacramento State in four weeks improved as the night went on in the non-conference meet, and the Spartans beat the Hornets, 193.575 - 193.050. It was San Jose State's highest team score of the season. 


HEAD COACH: San Jose State head coach Wayne Wright is in his 12th season at the helm of the Spartan women's gymnastics team. He has coached all six San Jose State regional qualifying teams and taken three individual competitors to the NCAA Championships.


2013 BARS TEAM EARNS SPOT IN SCHOOL RECORD BOOK: Against the Hornets on Friday, January 25, San Jose State earned a season-best 48.850 for the eighth-best bars score in school history. Led by senior Alyssa Telles-Nolan (9.825), each Spartan scored above a 9.700 (Cami Guyer and Marissa Unpingco, 9.775; Alyssa Kaschak, 9.750; Cassandra Harrison, 9.725; Bekah Gher, 9.700).


TELLES-NOLAN EARNS CAREER-BEST SCORES: Alyssa Telles-Nolan tied for second on bars and third on floor in a dual meet against Sacramento State on Friday, January 25. Her 9.825 on bars and 9.775 on floor were team-highs in the home meet, and were personal season-highs. 


DENVER PIONEERS: With a team score average of 195.569, the Pioneers are ranked No. 13 in the nation by GymInfo. Denver dropped two spots in the rankings after an upset by Arkansas. But in that meet, Melodie Pulgarin Linero won the beam and Nina McGee won the floor.

Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart is in her 15th season at the helm of the Denver Pioneers' gymnastics program.


AIR FORCE ACADEMY FALCONS: The Falcons netted a season-high 193.225 in a home quad meet on Saturday, January 26, for its highest team total in two seasons. Junior Linnaea Hance matched her career-best score on the floor exercise (9.800) to tie for first in the meet.


In his seventh season, Doug Day is the head coach of the Air Force women's gymnastics team.


NORTH CAROLINA STATE WOLFPACK:The #24-Wolfpack recorded a season-best score of 195.200 to defeat the West Virginia Mountaineers (195.150) on Friday, January 25, at a home dual meet. Rachel Fincham and Michelle Ouellette tied for first in the meet on bars with a 9.775 each.


Mark Stevenson is head coach of the Wolfpack, in his 33rd season.


FACEBOOK: Catch up with San Jose State women's gymnastics on Facebook. Like "SJSU Gymnastics" and get video and inside looks into the program.Performances will be posted to the page throughout the meet.


TWITTER: Follow San Jose State Athletics on Twitter @SJSUAthletics and follow @SJSUgymnastics for inside information on the gymnastics team. For select away meets, San Jose State's progress after rotations will be tweeted on the @SJSUAthletics handle.

 

TICKETS: Tickets are now on sale for all home meets this season at The Event Center box office. Seating is General Admission at The Event Center, located on the corner of San Carlos and Seventh Streets. Prices are $5 for Adults, $3 for Youth 12-and-under, and free for San Jose State students with a valid Tower ID. Groups of 20 or more can pay the Youth price of $3 if tickets are ordered by the last business day prior to the meet.


Tickets are available at the door. All doors to thefacility open 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to every home meet. The Event Center is located on the corner of Seventh and San Carlos Streets on the San Jose State campus. Fans can park on campus in the Fourth Street Garage. A parking permit can be purchased in the garage for $5.00 after 5:00 p.m.


SPARTAN GYMNAST NOTES:

Amy Bellingham earned a 9.475 score on vault in her first meet as a collegiate at the NorCal Quad and a 9.650 on beam against Sacramento State.


Kiley Field competes on beam and floor for San Jose State. She recorded a 9.625 on beam in her first meet of the season at the NorCal Quad and earned a season-high 9.725 against Sacramento State.


Bekah Gher competes on vault, bars and beam for the Spartans. She earned season-highs on vault (9.725) at Sacramento State and on bars versus Sacramento State (9.700), and her 2013-best on beam (9.800) came at the Arizona Quad. 


Hannah Gilbert competes on vault for the Spartans. Her best score of the year (9.725) came in her inaugural meet as a collegiate, at the NorCal Quad.


Julia Greer performs on vault, beam, and floor for San Jose State. She won the floor title at the NorCal Quad with a score of 9.825, her best of 2013. She also had season-highs at the NorCal Quad on vault (9.725) and beam (9.750).


Cami Guyer is the lone Spartan to compete in the all-around this season. At the NorCal Quad, she finished her first-career all-around with a second-place finish, where she scored season-highs on vault (9.800). She saw a .675 improvement to her all-around score at the Arizona Quad, where she earned a 2013-best score on bars (9.800). At Sacramento State, she earned a season-best 9.675 on floor and against Sacramento State, she scored her season-best 9.700.


Cassandra Harrison has competed on vault, bars, and floor this season. She earned a season-high 9.725 on bars and career-highs 9.800 on floor and 9.825 on vault at Sacramento State. Her career-high vault score is the fifth-best in San Jose State history.


Jasmine Holmes competes on vault and floor for the Spartans. She made her collegiate debut at the NorCal Quad with a 9.775 score on vault, the second-best score on the Spartans. Her 9.675 at the Arizona Quad on vault was also a second-best on her team, and she earned a 9.475 in her first-collegiate floor showing. 


Alyssa Kaschak performs on bars for the Spartans. She recorded a 9.750 on bars, a season-best, against Sacramento State. 


Victoria Lark competes on floor for San Jose State, recording a career-best 9.775 against Sacramento State.


Tauny Shearer is a beam performer for the Spartans. She earned a 9.750 on beam at the NorCal Quad and against Sacramento State.


Alyssa Telles-Nolan competes on bars and floor for the Spartans. Her best score in 2013 on bars (9.825) and floor (9.775) both came against Sacramento State.


Marissa Unpingco performs on bars and beam for San Jose State. She scored a career- and team-high 9.800 on bars at the Arizona Quad, and earned a career-best 9.725 on beam at Sacramento State.


UP NEXT: The Spartans travel to Seattle Pacific University for a dual meet on February 8 at 7:00 p.m. PST.