Stanford, Calif. - The San Jose State University gymnastics team competed against national powers Iowa State, Oregon State and Stanford at the Stanford Invitational on February 9 and finished with a team score of 193.175. The team posted its best scores of the season on the vault (48.450) and on the balance beam (48.725).
The Cardinal took first place in the meet with a 197.275. Iowa State followed with a 196.075 and Oregon State finished with a 194.100.
Michelle Minotti returned to the Spartan line-up after missing the last two meets. On the balance beam, Minotti recorded the highest score for the team in the meet with a 9.850, taking fifth place overall in the event. Minotti’s score, in combination with a 9.80 by senior Greta Leach and a 9.800 by Leah Bigelow, helped the Spartans to their most-successful showing in the event so far this season.
The team demonstrated the same success on the vault with an impressive performance by Alise Blackwell. Blackwell competed in the event with her highest degree of difficulty to date. She earned a 9.800, a career-best. Raylyn Cardeno also posted a high-mark of 9.775 in the event to lead the Spartans to their top score of the season in the vault.
This was the first time the Spartans were back in the Maples Pavilion since their fourth-place finish at the 2006 NCAA Regional Championships.
“This is where is started for us last year,” said head coach Wayne Wright. “We’re restarting. It makes us want to get out there and start it again.”
The Spartans started the meet on the floor exercise, posting a team score of 47.975. Veronica Porte had the team's best floor score with a 9.725. Jessica Khoshnood posted her career-best score of 9.650 in the event. On the bars, Blackwell had the highest team score with a 9.700, leading the Spartans to a 48.025 event score.
In the all-around, Blackwell finished with a 38.850, good for fourth place, and Porte finished with a 38.550.
San Jose State is back in action again on February 16 at Seattle Pacific. The meet is slated for 7:00 p.m.