ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The San Jose State women’s gymnastics team takes a trip to the state capital to face Sacramento State this Friday night, February 17, in a Western Athletic Conference meet. The meet begins at 7 p.m., at Hornet Gym. It is the second meeting between the two teams as both teams competed at Stanford on January 15.
ABOUT SACRAMENTO STATE The Hornets are currently 4-7 on the season with a 2-0 WAC mark. The team placed second last weekend with a 192.500 at California. Head coach Kim Hughes is in his 26th year at the helm of the Sacramento State program. Alexis Tsurmoto is tied for the top performance on the bars in the WAC this year with a 9.875.
HEAD COACH: San Jose State head coach Wayne Wright is in his fifth season at the helm of the program. He helped the Spartan program make significant strides during his four-year tenure, breaking school records, winning conference championships and a team invitation to the NCAA West Regional.
Last year, Wright’s team had a 17-5 overall record and placed second at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships. Three of his gymnasts - Jennifer Greene, Greta Leach and Michelle Minotti, qualified for the NCAA West Regionals in the all-around.
SPARTANS REACH HIGHEST REGULAR SEASON RANKING: The San Jose State University women’s gymnastics team ranks #34 in the nation and #5 in the West Region as announced Monday, February 13.
“It’s good to know that we’re now able to compete against some of the best teams in the country,” said head coach Wayne Wright said, “although we are not that concerned with the rankings and we just go out to do the best we can each week.”
Both rankings are the highest national and regional rankings achieved in San Jose State’s gymnastics program history. The Spartans have a team high score of 193.125, which they scored in their defeat of CS Fullerton on January 27. Earlier this season, they defeated #30 Utah State 188.450 to 187.925 in Fullerton, Calif. on January 8. More recently, on February 3, they defeated #27 Illinois-Chicago 192.950 to 190.225.
With the #5 ranking in the West Region, the Spartans are on pace to qualify as a team for the NCAA Regional Championships for the first time since 2003 and the second time in program history.
West Region Rankings
Team Avg - High
1 UCLA 195.182 - 196.500
2 Stanford 195.135 - 196.325
3 Oregon State 193.925 - 195.400
4 Washington 191.789 - 193.325
5 San Jose State 191.325 - 193.125
6 California 191.008 - 192.150
7 Sacramento State 191.000 - 192.500
8 Boise State 190.985 - 194.225
9 Cal State Fullerton 190.319 - 191.875
10 Seattle Pacific 190.095 - 191.850
11 UC Davis 188.640 - 190.775
12 Alaska 187.565 - 189.825