San Jose, Calif. -The Spartans return home for the first time in three weeks for its annual Pink Meet in support of breast cancer awareness. The team faces Western Athletic Conference (WAC) rivals Utah State, and Brown on Friday, February 15, at 7:00 p.m.
San Jose State then travels up the East Bay on Monday, February 18, where it will compete against California and Brown for a 7:00 p.m. tri-meet. It will be the second meet against the Brown Bears in four days.
LIVE STATS: Live stats for both meets can be accessed once the meet begins by going to http://www.sjsuspartans.com and refreshing the main page.
LIVE VIDEO: A live feed of the Pink Meet is available at http://www.sjsuspartans.com/liveEvents/liveEvents.dbml. Commentary will be provided by former San Jose State student-athlete Angela Santoro. The feed is available for a small fee.
GYM TALK: Be sure to check out the Spartan website every Wednesday 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 and preview upcoming meets.
SAN JOSE STATE: 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 at a non-conference dual meet on Friday, February 8.
HEAD COACH: San Jose State head coach Wayne Wright is in his 12th season at the helm of the Spartan women's gymnastics team. He has coached all six San Jose State regional qualifying teams and taken three individual competitors to the NCAA Championships.
SPARTANS OPEN MEET STRONG: San Jose State opened its dual against Seattle Pacific on bars, and the five 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.
GHER DELIVERS IN FIRST COLLEGIATE ALL-AROUND: In the first all-around showing of her collegiate career, Gher took the event against Seattle Pacific after she earned a 38.950. Her score was the highest earned by any Spartan this season. She earned a season-high 9.825 beam performance and 9.700 on floor, the first time she performed as a collegiate.
UTAH STATE AGGIES: Against Air Force, the Aggies recorded its second-best team score of the season (193.575). Sarah Landes won the all-around competition with a score of 39.150, her third all-around win in as many weeks. For the third week in a row, Kinzey Martinez claimed an event win against the Falcons, finishing first on bars with a 9.775.
Jeff Richards is in his 5th season at the helm of the Utah State Aggies' gymnastics program.
BROWN UNIVERSITY BEARS: At a quad meet hosted by Rutgers (N.J.) University, the Bears broke the school's vault record (48.625). Emily Lutfey was named ECAC Gymnast of the Week for the week ending on Feb. 3., after producing the top score on the beam for the Bears' at Rutgers, a career-high 9.775. Diana Walters and Michelle Shnayder earned the top two spots in the all-around competition.
In her 11th season, Sara Carver-Milne is the Bears' head coach.
CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS: Cal (6-4, 1-4 Pac-12) enjoyed a great start to its season, ranked as high as 17. But the team's national ranking took a tumble after a dual against No. 7 Utah (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) 197.050-192.750. Junior Alicia Asturiaswas Cal's impressive individual winner for the night, earning second place titles in vault (9.9), bars (9.85) and the all-around (39.3).
San Jose State graduate Justin Howell is his first season as the Golden Bears' head coach.
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 and follow @SJSUgymnastics for inside information on the gymnastics team. For select away meets, San Jose State's progress after rotations will be tweeted on the @SJSUAthletics handle.
TICKETS: Tickets are now on sale for all home meets this season at The Event Center box office. Seating is General Admission at The Event Center, located on the corner of San Carlos and Seventh Streets. Prices are $5 for Adults, $3 for Youth 12-and-under, and free for San Jose State students with a valid Tower ID. 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 thefacility open 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to every home meet. The Event Center is located on the corner of Seventh 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 after 5:00 p.m.
SPARTAN GYMNAST NOTES:
Amy Bellingham competes on beam and vault for the Spartans. Her 2013-bests on vault came in the Denver Quad (9.625) and on beam was a 9.700 against Sacramento State and at the Denver Quad.
Kiley Field competes on beam and floor for San Jose State. She recorded a 9.625 on beam in her first meet of the season at the NorCal Quad and earned a season-high 9.725 against Sacramento State.
Bekah Gher competes on vault, bars and beam for the Spartans. She earned season-highs on vault (9.825) at the Denver Quad and on bars versus Sacramento State (9.700), and her 2013-best on beam (9.800) came at the Arizona Quad.
Hannah Gilbert competes on vault for the Spartans. Her best score of the year (9.725) came in her inaugural meet as a collegiate, at the NorCal Quad.
Julia Greer performs on vault, beam, and floor for San Jose State. She won the floor title at the NorCal Quad with a score of 9.825, her best of 2013, which she tied at the Denver Quad. At the Denver Quad, she earned season-highs on vault (9.750) and beam (9.800).
Cami Guyer competes in every event for the Spartans. At the NorCal Quad, she finished her first-career all-around with a second-place finish, where she scored season-highs on vault (9.800). She saw a .675 improvement to her all-around score at the Arizona Quad, where she earned a 2013-best score on bars (9.800). At Sacramento State, she earned a season-best 9.675 on floor and against Sacramento State, she scored her season-best 9.700.
Cassandra Harrison has competed in every event this season. She earned a season-high 9.725 on bars and career-highs 9.800 on floor and 9.825 on vault at Sacramento State. Her career-high vault score is the fifth-best in San Jose State history. Her 2013-high on beam (9.700) and the all-around (38.700) came at the Denver Quad.
Jasmine Holmes competes on vault and floor for the Spartans. She earned a season-best 9.775 on vault at NorCal Quad and Denver Quad. Her 2013-best on floor was also at the Denver Quad, a 9.650.
Alyssa Kaschak performs on bars for the Spartans. She recorded a 9.750 on bars, a season-best, against Sacramento State.
Victoria Lark competes on floor for San Jose State, recording a career-best 9.775 against Sacramento State.
Tauny Shearer is a beam performer for the Spartans. She earned a 9.750 on beam at the NorCal Quad and against Sacramento State.
Alyssa Telles-Nolan competes on bars and floor for the Spartans. Her best score in 2013 on bars (9.825) and floor (9.775) both came against Sacramento State.
Marissa Unpingco performs on bars and beam for San Jose State. She scored a career- and team-high 9.800 on bars at the Arizona Quad, and earned a career-best 9.725 on beam at Sacramento State.
UP NEXT: The Spartans head to Davis on March 1 for a dual meet against the Aggies at 7:00 p.m.