Seattle, Wash. - San Jose State gymnasts comprised the top-three scores in three events and earned the highest team score of the season, a 193.625, as the Spartans bested Seattle Pacific, who earned a 191.450, at a dual meet on Friday, February 8.
“We had some new people in the lineup,” head coach Wayne Wright said, “and it was a great effort by them and the whole team.”
San Jose State opened the dual on bars in convincing style. The five bars performers earned a 9.675 or higher to deliver the team's second-best score of the season in the event. Cami Guyer earned San Jose State's high on bars (9.775), while Alyssa Telles-Nolan and Marissa Unpingco performed a pair of 9.750 routines.
The vault team also saw 2013's second-highest team score. Cassandra Harrison matched her season-high (9.825) for the meet's best score on the apparatus. San Jose State's best vault performer of the season (average score of 9.690 in five meets), Jasmine Holmes recorded her third 9.775 of the year.
The upperclassmen led San Jose State on floor, the team's third rotation. Julia Greer, the Spartans' floor performer of the season, averaging a 9.758 in six meets, matched the highest-scoring routine of her career (9.850). Alyssa Telles-Nolan tied her season-best score of 9.775 and, in her first-collegiate showing on floor, Bekah Gher earned a 9.700.
San Jose State closed the dual on beam Tauny Shearer's career-high 9.825 mirrored Gher's season-high beam performance. Greer rounded the meet's top-three on the apparatus with a 9.775.
In the first all-around showing of her collegiate career, Gher took the event at the meet after she earned a 38.950. Her score was the highest earned by any Spartan this season.
Said Gher of her first all-around, “I have been trying to stay confident and relaxed and this weekend, I was. I did what I knew how to do, and it was a lot of fun and very exciting.”
“I am proud of everyone on the team and how they have improved,” Wright said. “But we know we are better than how we have performed, and higher scores are going to come our way.”
San Jose State returns home on Friday, February 15, for a tri-meet against WAC rivals Utah State and Brown University at 7:00 p.m.