Gym Talk - February 8

This Week:
Fri. Feb. 10    Utah State    Logan, Utah    7:00 p.m. MDT

SPARTANS AT UTAH STATE FRIDAY NIGHT:
  San Jose State competes in its first of two road meets this Friday night at Utah State in a Western Athletic Conference meet.  The Spartans are coming off their best meet of the season with a 194.875 this past Sunday afternoon against Southern Utah.

ABOUT UTAH STATE:  The Aggies enter the week ranked 40th nationally with a 192.719 scoring average.  The team scored a season-high 194.050 earlier this season at home and lost to Arizona State last Friday night, 194.660-192.575.  Head coach Jeff Richards is in his third season at the school and was the 2011 NACGC North Central Region Co-Coach of the Year.  Rebecca Holliday tied for first on the bars against Arizona State with a 9.800, while teammate Sarah Landes scored a 39.000 in the all-around.

LIVE SCORING:  Friday’s meet will have live scoring available on www.UtahStateAggies.com.

LIVE VIDEO:  Fans can watch the meet online at www.UtahStateAggies.com by clicking on the “Watch Live” link.  Fans will need to pay a small fee to watch the meet.

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.  At away meets, tweets will occur after every Spartan rotation to keep fans in the know on what is happening at the meet.

GYM TALK:  Be sure to check out the Spartan website every Wednesday after 5 p.m., 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, preview upcoming meets and a feature segment.

WALLACE HONORED BY WAC:  For the second consecutive week and third time this season, Thomasina Wallace has been named the WAC Gymnast of the Week.   Wallace broke the San Jose State all-around record as she won the title against Southern Utah.  She broke the Spartan school record with a 39.425, breaking the old record of 39.400 she held with former Spartan Shirla Choy. Wallace won three of four events at the dual meet. She placed first on vault with a season-best 9.850, first on bars with a season-high 9.900 and first on beam with a season-best 9.850.

Her second honor came as Wallace won the all-around title with a 39.375 at Sacramento State. She scored a 9.875 on bars to win the event. She tied season bests on both beam (9.850) and floor (9.850).

Earlier this season, Wallace received the honor after winning the all-around at the NorCal Quad Meet with a 39.150, beating Stanford’s Ashley Morgan. Wallace also won on beam with a 9.825 and placed second on bars (9.850) and on floor (9.850). She rounded out the all-around with a 9.625 on vault. Wallace helped San Jose State to its best season-opening meet score in school history with a 194.300. 

TICKETS:  Tickets are now on sale for all home meets this season at Spartan Gym.  Seating is General Admission at Spartan Gym.  Prices are $5 for Adults, $3 for Youth 12-and-under, and $1 for Youth in club gear at the door.  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 the facility open 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to every home meet.  Spartan Gym is located in Yosh Uchida Hall, on the corner of Fourth 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.

MEDIA GUIDE:   The 2012 San Jose State women’s gymnastics media guide is available on www.sjsuspartans.com.  The book features information on all of the gymnasts as well as highlight videos for returning gymnasts.

HEAD COACH:  San Jose State head coach Wayne Wright is in his 11th season at the helm of the Spartan women’s gymnastics team. He has coached all five San Jose State regional qualifying teams and taken three individual competitors to the NCAA Championships.

NATIONAL RANKINGS:  San Jose State enters the week ranked 30th with a 193.810 avg.  The floor team is ranked 18th with a 48.865 avg.
     Individually, Thomasina Wallace is tied for 20th in the all-around with a 39.205 avg, tied for 12th on bars with a 9.860 avg and 17th on the beam with a 9.840 avg.

ALL-AROUND RECORD BROKEN:  Five meets into her senior year, Thomasina Wallace broke the San Jose State all-around school record with a 39.425 against Southern Utah.  She broke the record she held with Shirla Choy at 39.400.  Wallace won three of the four events en route to breaking the record - vault at 9.850, bars at 9.900 and beam at 9.825.

4TH-BEST BARS TEAM SCORE:  The Spartan bars team scored a 49.100 against Southern Utah for the fourth-best score in school history.  It is also just the fourth 49.000+ score in Spartan history.  Contributing to the score were Thomasina Wallace (9.900), Alyssa Telles-Nolan (9.825), Cassandra Harrison (9.825), Dannon Gregory (9.775) and Casey McCord (9.775).
Top 5 Bars Team Scores
49.325    MPSF Championships    March 20, 2004
49.275    UC Davis    February 7, 2003
49.150    Sac. St., UC Davis    Feb. 20, 2004
49.100    Southern Utah    Feb. 5, 2012
48.925    Southern Utah    Feb. 16, 2008
48.925    Boise St., Seattle Pacific    Jan. 23, 2009

GREER WINS FLOOR TITLE:  Julia Greer tied her career best with a 9.850 on floor to win the event in a meet against Southern Utah.  She is the first Spartan this season to win the floor.

SPARTAN GYMNAST NOTES
Kiley Field competes on the bars and beam.  She scored a 9.650 on bars at the NorCal Quad meet.  On beam, Field had a 9.725 against Seattle Pacific and a 9.700 at UCLA.
Julia Greer competes on the vault, beam and floor.  On vault, she had a 9.700 twice - at Sacramento State and against Southern Utah.  She has scored a 9.625 or higher in every meet.  On beam, Greer scored a 9.775 at UCLA and Sacramento State.  She has scored a 9.700 or better on floor in every meet this year and won the floor title with a 9.850 against Southern Utah to tie her career high.  She started the season with a 9.825 at the NorCal Quad.

Dannon Gregory has competed on the bars in every meet and added the beam against Southern Utah.  On bars, she scored a season-best 9.775 against Southern Utah and has had a 9.625 or higher in every meet.  On beam, Gregory had a 9.550 against Southern Utah.

Cami Guyer made her Spartan debut at Sacramento State with a 9.775 on vault.  She then competed on the beam against Southern Utah with a 9.375.

Cassandra Harrison has competed in the all-around in four of the five meets this season.  She scored a season-best her 39.075 against Southern Utah and added a 38.675 at UCLA.  In the meet against Southern Utah, Harrison had a season-best 9.750 on vault and career-bests of 9.825 on bars and 9.750 on beam.  On floor, she has scored a 9.675 or higher in every meet including a 9.775 at the NorCal Quad.

Aubrey Lee competes on the vault, beam and floor.  She has scored a 9.625 or better on vault including a 9.650 against Seattle Pacific.  On beam, she had a 9.550 in the first two meets of the year.  On floor, Lee has scored a 9.700 or better in three meets including a 9.725 in the first two this season.

Casey McCord has competed on the bars in all five meets and vaulted for the first time at Sacramento State where she scored a 9.600.  On bars, McCord scored a career-best 9.775 against Southern Utah after scoring a 9.750 at Sacramento State and a 9.725 at the NorCal Quad.

Alyssa Montalban competes on the vault and floor for the Spartans.  She has scored a 9.625 or better on vault including a 9.775 at Sacramento State.  On floor, Montalban scored a season-best 9.825 at Sacramento State and added a 9.775 at the NorCal Quad Meet and against Southern Utah.

Tauny Shearer is a beam specialist on this year’s team.  She scored a season-best 9.600 against Seattle Pacific.

Alyssa Telles-Nolan is a bars specialist for the Spartans.  She scored a career-best 9.850 at Sacramento State and added a 9.825 against Southern Utah and a 9.800 at UCLA.  Telles-Nolan has scored a 9.700 or better in every meet.

Katie Valleau competes on the vault and floor.  On vault, she opened the season with a 9.725 at the NorCal Quad.  On floor, Valleau has scored a 9.825 or better in four meets including a 9.850 against Seattle Pacific and at Sacramento State.

Thomasina Wallace is the WAC’s top all-arounder with a 39.205 average.  She has scored a 39.150 or better in four meets including breaking the school record with a 39.425 against Southern Utah and added a 39.375 at Sacramento State.  She won the all-around at four of the five meets this season.  On vault, Wallace scored a 9.850 against Seattle Pacific and Southern Utah and a 9.800 at Sacramento State.  On bars, she has scored a 9.825 or better in all five meets including a 9.900 against Southern Utah and a 9.875 at Sacramento State.  On beam, Wallace has scored a 9.825 in two meets and a 9.850 in the other three.  Wallace scored a 9.850 on floor twice - at NorCal Quad and at Sacramento State.

UP NEXT:  The Spartans continue on the road, this time traveling to Boise State for a meet on Friday, February 17, at 7 p.m. MST.

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