Women's Gymnastics Hosts Sacramento State For Annual Pink Meet

Feb. 8, 2017

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Fri., February 10 Sacramento State The Event Center 7:00 p.m.

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PINK MEET - This week's meet is designated as the team's annual Pink Meet, designed to raise awareness for breast cancer research. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the meet.

The San José State women's gymnastics team continues at home this week as the team hosts Sacramento State this Friday night, February 10. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. for those who want to watch warm ups.  After exhibitions by San Mateo Gymnastics and California Sports Center Race Street, the teams will march out at 7 p.m. After the final rotation, California Sports Center Cambrianna and USA Sports Performance will each perform an exhibition, followed by the reading of the top-three results in each event and team standings and a dance off with the gymnasts.

Tickets for the meet are available at the door or by calling the Spartan Ticket Office at (408) 924-SJTX (7589). Tickets are -- adults $7, youth 12-and-under $5, and youth in club gear at $3.

National Rankings - Team Scores

Sacramento State 44th 193.895

San José State 48th 193.335

This will be the third of five meetings between the Spartans and Hornets. The two teams competed at the NorCal Classic where Sacramento State scored a 194.475, and the Spartans had a 192.600.  The teams then competed against each other just four days later in Sacramento where the Hornets won, 194.400-192.725. The two teams will compete against each other later this month in a quad meet at UC Davis. Both teams will also compete at the 2017 MPSF Championships hosted by San José State this year at The Event Center.

Hornet Caitlin Soliwoda is the conference's top all-arounder with a 38.810 average and is second on the beam in the MPSF with a 9.760 average. She scored a careerbest 39.150 in the all-around last week against Alaska Anchorage.

HEAD COACH

Spartan head coach Wayne Wright is in his 16th year at the helm of the program.  He has coached all seven San José State regional qualifying teams and taken three individual competitors to the NCAA Championships.

Wright is assisted by associate head coach Shella Martinez who is in her 13th season with the Spartans.  She is primarily responsible for the beam team and is the team's recruiting coordinator.  Former Spartan Alise Blackwell joined the Spartan coaching staff in 2015 as an assistant coach and is the team's bars coach.

MPSF WEEKLY HONORS

This week, Kaitlin Won and Kaprece Nadonza were honored by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for their performances last Friday night against UC Davis.

Won was named the MPSF Gymnast of the Week after winning the all-around title with a career-best 39.225. Her all-around score is the best in the conference this season. Won also tied for first on the floor with a career-best 9.850. She led the Spartan vault team with a second-place 9.800, and finished third on the bars at 9.800 and beam at 9.775.

Nadonza was named the MPSF Specialist of the Week after capturing her first event title of her collegiate career against UC Davis. She scored a career-best 9.850 on bars to win the event. This is her first MPSF honor of her career.

Taylor Chan has been named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women's Gymnastics Freshman of the Week twice this season - January 17 and 31. She won the floor title at the Metroplex Challenege and tied for first on vault at Sacramento State the two weeks she was honored.

NADONZA WINS FIRST BARS TITLE OF CAREER

Sophomore Kaprece Nadonza, in just her fifth career bars routine, scored a career-best 9.850 on bars and won her first career event title against UC Davis on February 3. She

BARS TEAM TIES 6TH-HIGHEST SJSU SCORE

The Spartan bars team tied the sixth-best score in school history in a meet at California with Washington on Saturday, January 21. The team posted a 49.025. Rachel Heinl, Stephanie Relova and Kaitlin Won each scored a 9.825 to lead the team. Kaprece Nadonza added a season-best 9.800, followed by Kendal Watts also with a season-best 9.750 and Haleigh Shepard at 9.675.

VAULT, FLOOR TEAMS POST TOP-15 SCORES

The Spartan vault and floor teams posted team scores at the Metroplex Challenge that landed in the top-15 in San José State history. The vault team scored a season-high 48.750 to tied for the 14th-best score, led by Taylor Chan and Josalyn Ray who each had a 9.775.

The floor team recorded a season-high 49.050, tying for the 13th-best floor score in school history. Contributing on the floor were Chan at 9.850, Kaitlin Won and Erica Matos at 9.825, Chelsey Andrada with a season-best 9.775, Ellie Pascoe-Long at 9.775 and Ray with a season-best 9.750.

HEINL TOP BARS PERFORMER

Senior Rachel Heinl is the MPSF's top bars performer with a 9.810 average.  She has received a 9.800 or better in four of the five meets this season including a season-best 9.850 at the NorCal Classic. She has had a 9.825 in a meet at Cal and at the Metroplex Challenge.

CHAN, WON TOP FLOOR SCORES

Kaitlin Won and Taylor Chan are the top-two floor performers in the MPSF. Won tops all MPSF gymnasts with a 9.825 average, while Chan is just behind at 9.820.  Won finished first on the floor last week with a 9.850 and has not scored lower than a 9.800 all season.  Chan has received a 9.800 or better in four of the five meets this year and won the floor title at the Metroplex Challenge with a 9.850.

ALL-AROUNDER

Kaitlin Won is the team's only all-around performer this season. She has a 38.805 average in the all-around and scored a career-best 39.225 against UC Davis last week. She scored a 39.075 at California in January.

MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS MARCH 18

San José State will host the MPSF Championships on Saturday, March 18, at The Event Center beginning at 6 p.m. Teams competing include Air Force, Alaska Anchorage, UC Davis, Sacramento State, Seattle Pacific and the Spartans.

Tickets are on sale for the championships at the Spartan Ticket Office. Prices are $10 for adults, $8 for youth 18-and-under, $6 for groups of 10 more bought prior to the meet through the Spartan Ticket Office and $5 for SJSU students with a Tower Card the day of the meet.

Call the Spartan Ticket Office at (408) 924-SJTX (7589) for more information.

UP NEXT

The Spartans go on the road for the next two weeks, competing at Air Force on Saturday, February 18, at 6 p.m. MDT. The team then travels up Interstate 80 to UC Davs for a quadrangular meet on Friday, February 24. The Spartans will face the Aggies, Sacramento State and Seattle Pacific that night beginning at 7 p.m.