SPARTANS TO HOST TRI-MEET ON FRIDAY The San Jose State women’s gymnastics team hosts a tri-meet this Friday, February 3, at Spartan Gym. Participating will be Seattle Pacific, Illinois-Chicago and the Spartans.
ABOUT SEATTLE PACIFIC: The Falcons finished third last week at a tri-meet hosted by Washington. SPU scored a 190.225. Head coach Laurel Tidal is in her 31st year at the helm of the program and was the 2005 MPSF Coach of the Year. Seattle Pacific is led by junior all-arounder Debra Huss, who is from Orangevale, Calif.
ABOUT ILLINOIS-CHICAGO: The Flames finished second of three teams last Saturday night it a 193.025. Th team defeated Michigan State in its home opener but fell to Denver. Co-head coaches Peter and Mary Jansson are in their 16th year at the helm of the program. Junior Rachel Zelinski was the team’s top all-around performer with a 9.800 on beam and a 9.750 on the floor.
HEAD COACH: San Jose State head coach Wayne Wright is in his fifth season at the helm of the program. He 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.
XBOX LIVE WAC GYMNAST OF THE WEEK: Michelle Minotti has been named the Xbox Live Western Athletic Conference Gymnast of the Week for the week of Jan. 30. This is the team’s first WAC Gymnast of the Week honor.
Minotti, a sophomore from Rohnert, Calif., won the all-around with a score of 38.875 against WAC foe Cal State Fullerton. Minotti tied for first on the bars with a career-best 9.800. She was also first on floor with a season-high 9.775. Minotti tied for third on vault with a 9.675 and scored a season-high 9.625 on beam. She helped lead the Spartans to a 193.125-191.875 win over the Titans. San Jose State’s score of 193.125 was one of the top-35 in school history.