Women's Gymnastics Travels To Chicago For Dual Meet

This Week:
Sat. Feb. 3 Illinois-Chicago
Chicago, Ill. 7:00 p.m. CST

SPARTANS TRAVEL TO CHICAGO FOR MEET: The San Jose State women’s gymnastics team travels to the Windy City for a non-conference meet this Saturday evening at Illinois-Chicago. The Spartans enter the meet with a 3-3 overall record after finishing second last week in a quadrangular meet at Spartan Gym. The team scored a season-best 193.025 that evening.

ABOUT ILLINOIS-CHICAGO: The Flames enter the meet with a 1-7 record this season. The team scored a season-best 190.125 last Saturday night at Michigan State. Peter and Mary Jansson are in their 16th season at the helm of the program. Sophomore Annie Kachman scored a season-best 38.675 last weekend.

The Spartans and Flames competed in a triangular meet during the 2006 season at Spartan Gym. San Jose State scored a 192.950, while Illinois-Chicago recorded a 189.675.

HEAD COACH:
San Jose State head coach Wayne Wright is in his sixth season at the helm of the Spartan women’s gymnastics team. The program has made significant strides during Wright’s tenure, breaking school records, winning conference championships and team invitations to the NCAA West Regional.

Wright helped lead the 2006 Spartan team to its second team appearance at the NCAA West Regional where San Jose State finished fourth, the best for a Spartan team. The Spartans broke the school vault team and individual records during the year. Wright also helped the Spartans transition to competing in the Western Athletic Conference. Three gymnasts received All-WAC honors - Renae Moneymaker, Veronica Porte and Kelsey Spellacy.

SPARTANS SECOND IN HOME-OPENER:
San Jose State scored a season-best 193.025 en route to a second place finish in a quadrangular meet at Spartan Gym on January 26. Utah State won the meet with a 194.225, while Boise State was third at 190.700, followed by Seattle Pacific at 189.875.

Individually, Veronica Porte led San Jose State with a career-best 39.050 in the all-around, good for a second place finish. She also scored career-bests on the beam with a 9.750 and floor at 9.875. Porte added a 9.675 on the vault and a 9.750 on bars.

Others contributing for San Jose State included Raylyn Cardeno with a team-best 9.775 on the vault. Jennifer Pizano led the team on bars with a career-best 9.775. Leah Bigelow scored a 9.725 on beam, while Alise Blackwell received a 9.750 on the floor.

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PORTE’S CAREER NIGHT: Veronica Porte had the meet of her career against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific on January 26. That night, she finished second in the all-around with a 39.050, the first time in her career that she scored over a 39.000. Porte scored a 9.750 on beam and a 9.875 on floor for her other two career-highs.

CARDENO RECORDS TOP SCORE ON VAULT: Raylyn Cardeno recorded the Spartans’ top score on the vault this season at the CS Fullerton meet on January 19, with a 9.800. Cardeno scored a 9.800 or better on the vault four times last season.

BLACKWELL EMERGING AS LEADER:
In three meets this season, Alise Blackwell has been one of the top Spartan gymnasts. On January 26, she scored a career-best 38.625 in the all-around, 9.625 on the vault, 9.675 on bars, and 9.750 on the floor. Blackwell led the Spartans on the bars (9.625) and floor (9.575) at the Fullerton meet. Against UC Davis, she won the all-around with a 38.050 and recorded the team’s best beam score with a 9.625.

PIZANO SCORES BIG: Jennifer Pizano led the Spartan bar team against Utah State, Boise State and Seattle Pacific on January 26. She scored a career-high 9.775 and finished tied for second on the apparatus. Pizano also competed on the beam for the first time in her career and received a 9.500 in her first routine.

SPARTANS OPEN 2007 SEASON WITH WIN: San Jose State started the 2007 season with a 189.450-187.875 victory at UC Davis on January 12. Alise Blackwell led the Spartans as she won the all-around with a 38.050. Veronica Porte scored a 37.275 in the all-around. Michelle Minotti was the team’s top performer on the vault with a 9.750 and the bars with a 9.675. Blackwell posted a team-best 9.625 on the beam. Porte led the Spartan floor team with a 9.500.

FIRST-TIME PERFORMERS FOR SAN JOSE STATE:
Five Spartan gymnasts competed for the first time at UC Davis. Danielle Johnson competed for the first time in her collegiate career as she vaulted for a 9.550. Tiffany Louie competed on the vault, 9.675; bars, 8.275; and floor, 9.350. Jessica Khoshnood scored a 9.450 on bars and an 8.875 on floor. Kelli Fournier had a 9.100 on beam, while Gabrielle Targosz scored a 9.450 on floor.

GYMNASTS MAKE FIRST APPEARANCE IN OVER A YEAR: Greta Leach and Liz Major each made their 2007 debut at UC Davis after year-long absences from the gym due to injuries. Leach competed on the beam and scored a 9.600, while Major scored a 9.500 on the bars.

SPARTAN NOTES:
Leah Bigelow is a beam specialist for the Spartans. She has competed in all three meets this season and scored a season-best 9.725 against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific.

Alise Blackwell has competed in the all-around in all three meets this year. She won the all-around at UC Davis with a 38.050 and scored a career-best 38.625 against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific. Blackwell has scored career-bests of 9.625 on the vault twice and 9.625 on the beam at UC Davis.

Raylyn Cardeno performs on the vault and floor for San Jose State. She scored a 9.800 at CS Fullerton and a 9.775 in the team’s first home meet. On the floor, Cardeno scored a season-best 9.575 against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific.

Kelli Fournier has competed on the beam for the Spartans in three meets. She scored a 9.100 at UC Davis.

Danielle Johnson is a vault specialist for the Spartans. She has scored a 9.550 in two of the three meets this year.

Jessica Khoshnood competes on the vault, bars and floor for San Jose State. On the vault, she scored a 9.425 against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific. On the bars, Khoshnood scored a 9.475 at CS Fullerton, while on the floor, she received a 9.550 against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific.

Greta Leach performs on the beam and floor for San Jose State. She has competed in all three meets on the beam and the past two meets on the floor. Leach scored a 9.650 on the beam and a 9.550 on the floor against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific.

Tiffany Louie primarily competes on the vault, bars and floor for the Spartans. She scored a season-best 9.675 on the vault at UC Davis. Against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific, she scored a 9.525 on the bars and 9.575 on the floor. Louie competed in the all-around at CS Fullerton where she scored a 37.150.

Liz Major is a bars specialist for the Spartans. She is averaging a 9.558 in the three meets and scored a season-best 9.700 against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific.

Michelle Minotti competed in only the first meet of the year due to an illness. At UC Davis, she scored a 9.750 on vault and a 9.675 on bars.

Jennifer Pizano has competed on the bars in two meets. She scored a career and team best 9.775 against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific. In that meet, she also competed on the beam and scored a 9.500.

Veronica Porte is the Spartans top all-around performer with a 38.158 average. She scored her career-best 39.050 in the all-around against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific. In that meet, Porte also scored career-bests of 9.875 on the floor and 9.750 on the beam and season-bests 9.675 on vault and 9.750 on bars.

Gabrielle Targosz competed on the floor at the UC Davis meet where she received a 9.450.

ALL-WAC HONORS: Three Spartans were named to All-Western Athletic Conference teams last season. Renae Moneymaker was a first team selection on vault, while Veronica Porte was a second team selection in the all-around. Graduated senior Kelsey Spellacy was a first team selection on the bars.

ACADEMIC ALL-WAC HONORS: Five Spartans received Academic All-WAC honors last spring. Those receiving the award are Leah Bigelow, Alise Blackwell, Michelle Minotti, Renae Moneymaker and Veronica Porte.

SJSU SCHOLAR ATHLETES: Nine current San Jose State women’s gymnasts were named Scholar Athletes after earning a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2005 fall semester and 2006 spring semester. Those accomplishing that feat are Leah Bigelow, Alise Blackwell, Casey Jay, Greta Leach, Liz Major, Michelle Minotti, Renae Moneymaker, Jennifer Pizano, Veronica Porte.

NEXT WEEK:
The Spartans travel to Palo Alto for a quadrangular meet at Stanford. San Jose State competes against #5 Stanford, #11 Iowa State and #16 Oregon State. The meet begins at 7:30 p.m., at Maples Pavilion.