Feb. 11, 2014
TICKETS: Ticket prices for the Sacramento State meet at the Hornets Nest are $8 for adults, $5 for youth ages 13-18 and free for children under 12 and seniors over 65 years of age. To purchase tickets online, go to https://tkt.xosn.com/HomePage.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=29300. Tickets can also be purchased with cash or check at the Hornets Nest ticket booth on meet day.
SAN JOSÉ STATE: The Spartans (5-8) maintained their upward trajectory with a win at home against UC Davis, besting the Aggies, 194.950-194.225. The team’s consistent scores have earned them top-30 rankings in three areas: 26th on beam with an average 48.540 score, 28th on floor (48.730 average) and the 28th-best average team score (194.500 average). In the UC Davis home dual, Bekah Gher captured three of the team’s four individual titles: vault, beam and all-around. Julia Greer, who has earned a 9.850 or higher on floor at every meet this season, placed second in the event. In her first all-around showing of the season, Cassandra Harrison finished second with a 38.950.
HEAD COACH: The San José State University women’s gymnastics team head coach is Wayne Wright in his 13th season. The 2012 NCAA West Regional Coach of the Year has brought six teams to an NCAA Regional since 2003 and at least two gymnasts have competed as individuals each season in that time. Overall, Wright has a 176-133-1 record.
CALIFORNIA: The No. 24 Golden Bears (3-5, 0-4 Pac-12) are coming off of an unintended bye week, after inclement weather cancelled their meet at Oregon State on Feb. 8. On Jan. 31, the team finished in the top-3 in every event but fell to No. 9 UCLA, 196.575-195.550, in a home dual. Alicia Asturias took the meet’s uneven bars title, while freshman Jessica Howe earned first place on beam for the third-consecutive meet, earning a career-best 9.900. Head coach Justin Howell is in his second season as California’s head coach.
SACRAMENTO STATE: At Seattle Pacific on Feb. 7, the Hornets (4-7) took five individual event titles in a 192.675-192.450 win over the Falcons. After its first two rotations, Sacramento State held a 1.175-point lead, but three falls on floor narrowed the Hornets’ advantage. However, the team improved its lead on beam while competing on beam, due in part to a meet-best 9.800 by Kailey Hansen. Additionally, Kaliah McCartney won the vault with a 9.875 and the all-around as the meet’s lone competitor, and a 9.750 by Katie Osaki gave her first on the apparatus. In his 31st season, Sacramento State's head coach is Kim Hughes.
SENIORS SHOWING THEIR STUFF: The Spartans’ three seniors brought their gymnastics to the next level against UC Davis. Bekah Gher won three individual event titles in the home dual: vault (9.850), beam with a season-best 9.850 and the all-around (39.150). In her first all-around showing of 2014, Cassandra Harrison earned a 38.950 for third place. Meanwhile, Julia Greer earned her fifth-straight floor score of 9.850 or higher, finishing second in the event.
ALL GREER DOES IS WIN, WIN, WIN: Senior captain Julia Greer has finished in the top-2 on floor in every meet this season, scoring at least a 9.850 in every meet. The two-time MPSF Specialist of the Week won the beam and floor titles at No. 25 Arizona State and the NorCal Meet. She won the floor at the UC Davis Quad, where she also placed third on beam with a career-best 9.900, and finished second on floor against UC Davis and at Washington.
GUYER MAKING A STATEMENT: This season, Cami Guyer has evolved into one of the Spartans' most consistent gymnasts. Competing in the all-around, she placed in the top-3 at the Spartans’ first four meets of the season. After placing third in the all-around and setting a career-best 9.750 mark on floor at No. 25 Arizona State, Guyer continued to improve her scores against two preseason nationally-ranked teams at Washington (1/18). She earned or tied career-highs on vault (9.800), bars (9.825), and floor (9.800) to finish second in the all-around with a career-high 39.150 just 45 minutes from her hometown of Fall City, Wash. At the UC Davis Quad, she finished third in the all-around after scoring a season-best 9.750 on beam.
MPSF HONORS PILING UP FOR SPARTANS: At least one Spartan gymnast garnered MPSF honors the first three weeks of the 2014 season. Senior Julia Greer was honored as the MPSF Specialist of the Week for the weeks of Dec. 30 and Jan. 6 for her two first-place finishes at both the NorCal Meet and at No. 25 Arizona State. Senior Bekah Gher was the MPSF Gymnast of the Week for Jan. 6 after winning the all-around at No. 25 Arizona State. After placing second in the all-around at Washington with a career-best 39.150, Cami Guyer earned MPSF Gymnast of the Week honors for Jan. 13.
FACEBOOK: Catch up with San José 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 following the meet.
TWITTER: Follow San José State Athletics on Twitter @SJSUAthletics and follow @SJSUgymnastics for inside information on the gymnastics team. At the UC Davis dual meet, San José State’s progress after each rotation will be tweeted on @SJSUAthletics, along with photos and videos of the team at the meet.
GYM TALK: Visit www.sjsuspartans.com every Tuesday to watch Gym Talk, a weekly feature hosted by a San José State gymnast that discusses the previous week’s meet and previews the upcoming meet. Viewers will also get a behind-the-scenes look of Spartan gymnastics.