Women's Gymnastics Competes at Seattle Pacific

This Week:
Fri. Feb. 16 Seattle Pacific
Seattle, Wash. 7:00 p.m.

SPARTANS TRAVEL TO SEATTLE FOR FRIDAY’S MEET: The San Jose State women’s gymnastics team travels to Seattle Pacific for a meet Friday evening. It is the second meeting between the two teams this season.

ABOUT SEATTLE PACIFIC: The Falcons enter the week with a 1-5 record this season. The team hosted Sacramento State last Friday and scored a 191.550. Head coach Laurel Tindall is in her 32nd year at the school with a 350-357-1 record. Debra Huss is the team’s top all-arounder with a season-best 38.900 score. She also has the best beam score at 9.800 and floor score at 9.850.

The two teams competed against each other in San Jose on January 26. The Spartans scored a 193.025, while the Falcons scored a 189.875.

HEAD COACH: San Jose State head coach Wayne Wright is in his sixth season at the helm of the Spartan women’s gymnastics team. The program has made significant strides during Wright’s tenure, breaking school records, winning conference championships and team invitations to the NCAA West Regional.

Wright helped lead the 2006 Spartan team to its second team appearance at the NCAA West Regional where San Jose State finished fourth, the best for a Spartan team. The Spartans broke the school vault team and individual records during the year. Wright also helped the Spartans transition to competing in the Western Athletic Conference. Three gymnasts received All-WAC honors - Renae Moneymaker, Veronica Porte and Kelsey Spellacy.

SPARTANS SCORE SEASON-BESTS AT STANFORD: San Jose State scored its third consecutive 193.000 or better score at Stanford with a 193.175. The team posted its best scores of the season on the vault at 48.450 and on the balance beam at 48.725.

On the vault, three Spartans scored career-bests. Alise Blackwell led the team with a 9.800, while Danielle Johnson added a 9.600. Jessica Khoshnood scored a career-best 9.575. Raylyn Cardeno had a 9.775, while Veronica Porte received a 9.700.

On beam, Michelle Minotti returned to the Spartan line-up after missing the last three meets. Minotti recorded the highest score for the team in the meet with a 9.850, taking fifth place overall in the event. Greta Leach scored a 9.825, while Leah Bigelow received a 9.800.

In the all-around, Blackwell tied her career high with a 38.850 good for seventh place. Porte finished the met with a 38.575.

10TH BEST BEAM SCORE: With a 48.725 on beam at Stanford on February 9, San Jose State tied for the 10th highest beam score in school history. The Spartans have not had a higher beam score since the 2005 season when the team scored a 49.025 against Stanford and California on March 19 of that season.

Top-10 Beam Scores
Score Opponents Date

49.050 at MPSF Championships March 29, 2003
49.025 Stanford, California March 19, 2005
49.025 Western Independent Champ. March 27, 1999
49.000 at Arizona State March 14, 2003
48.950 at UC Davis March 6, 2004
48.900 MPSF Championships March 20, 2004
48.875 CS Fullerton Jan. 27, 2001
48.850 Seattle Pacific Feb. 3, 2001
48.800 at Air Force, TX-Woman’s, WI-Eau Claire, Utah St. Jan. 17, 2004
48.725 at Stanford, Iowa St., Oregon St. Feb. 9, 2007
48.725 Seattle Pacific Feb. 14, 2004

CARDENO TOPS ON VAULT: Raylyn Cardeno has received the Spartans’ top vault score this season. She tied her career-high as she won the vault with a 9.850 at Illinois-Chicago on February 3. She has received a 9.800 or better in two meets this year - the other at CS Fullerton with a 9.800.

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BLACKWELL MAKING IMPACT ALL-AROUND: After a freshman season where she competed in only three events, Alise Blackwell competes in the all-around for the Spartans this season. She scored a career-best 38.850 in the past two meets this year - at Stanford and at Illinois-Chicago. Blackwell also scored a career-best 9.800 on vault at Stanford and a 9.775 on beam at Illinois-Chicago. Earlier this season, he won the all-around at UC Davis with a 38.050. On January 26, she scored a 38.625 in the all-around, 9.625 on the vault, 9.675 on bars, and 9.750 on the floor.

MINOTTI RETURNS:
After missing the past three meets due to an illness, Michelle Minotti returned to the Spartan lineup at Stanford. She competed only on the beam and tied her career-best with a 9.850.

SPARTANS SECOND IN HOME-OPENER: San Jose State scored a 193.025 en route to a second place finish in a quadrangular meet at Spartan Gym on January 26. Utah State won the meet with a 194.225, while Boise State was third at 190.700, followed by Seattle Pacific at 189.875.

Individually, Veronica Porte led San Jose State with a career-best 39.050 in the all-around, good for a second place finish. She also scored career-bests on the beam with a 9.750 and floor at 9.875. Porte added a 9.675 on the vault and a 9.750 on bars.

Others contributing for San Jose State included Raylyn Cardeno with a team-best 9.775 on the vault. Jennifer Pizano led the team on bars with a career-best 9.775. Leah Bigelow scored a 9.725 on beam, while Alise Blackwell received a 9.750 on the floor.

PORTE’S CAREER NIGHT: Veronica Porte had the meet of her career against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific on January 26. That night, she finished second in the all-around with a 39.050, the first time in her career that she scored over a 39.000. Porte scored a 9.750 on beam and a 9.875 on floor for her other two career-highs.

PIZANO SCORES BIG: Jennifer Pizano led the Spartan bar team against Utah State, Boise State and Seattle Pacific on January 26. She scored a career-high 9.775 and finished tied for second on the apparatus. Pizano also competed on the beam for the first time in her career and received a 9.500 in her first routine.

SPARTANS OPEN 2007 SEASON WITH WIN: San Jose State started the 2007 season with a 189.450-187.875 victory at UC Davis on January 12. Alise Blackwell led the Spartans as she won the all-around with a 38.050. Veronica Porte scored a 37.275 in the all-around. Michelle Minotti was the team’s top performer on the vault with a 9.750 and the bars with a 9.675. Blackwell posted a team-best 9.625 on the beam. Porte led the Spartan floor team with a 9.500.

SPARTAN NOTES:
Leah Bigelow is a beam specialist for the Spartans. She has competed in all five meets this season and scored a season-best 9.800 at Stanford. Bigelow scored a 9.725 against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific and averages 9.580 on the beam.

Alise Blackwell has competed in the all-around in all five meets. She won the all-around at UC Davis with a 38.050, placed second at Illinois-Chicago with a career-best 38.850, seventh at Stanford as she tied her career-best 38.850 and scored a 38.625 against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific. Blackwell scored a career-best 9.800 at Stanford and a 9.775 at Illinois-Chicago.

Raylyn Cardeno is one of Spartans’ top vaulter this season and also performs on floor. She tied her career-best with a 9.850 at Illinois-Chicago. Cardeno also scored a 9.800 at CS Fullerton and a 9.775 in two meets. On the floor, Cardeno tied her career-best with a 9.650 at UIC.

Kelli Fournier has competed on the beam in five meets and scored a season-best 9.475 at Stanford.

Danielle Johnson is a vault specialist for the Spartans. She received a career-best 9.600 at Stanford and scored a 9.550 in three other meets this year.

Jessica Khoshnood competes on the vault, bars and floor for San Jose State. On the vault, she scored a season-best 9.575 at Stanford. On the bars, Khoshnood scored a season-best 9.750 at Illinois-Chicago and added a 9.625 at Stanford. Khoshnood scored a best 9.650 on floor at Stanford and added 9.625 at Illinois-Chicago.

Greta Leach performs on the beam and floor for San Jose State. She has competed in all five meets on the beam and the past four meets on the floor. Leach scored a 9.825 on the beam the past two meets - at Stanford and at Illinois-Chicago. Her best floor score was a 9.550 against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific.

Tiffany Louie competes on the vault, bars and floor for the Spartans. She scored a season-best 9.675 on the vault at UC Davis. On bars, Louie led the team with a 9.825 at Illinois-Chicago. Against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific, she scored a 9.525 on the bars and 9.575 on the floor. Louie competed in the all-around at CS Fullerton and scored a 37.150.

Liz Major is a bars specialist for the Spartans. She is averaging a 9.515 in five meets. Major has a scored a 9.700 or better in two meets - 9.725 at Illinois-Chicago and a 9.700 against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific.

Michelle Minotti has competed in just two meets this season because of an illness. She tied her career-high on beam with a 9.850 at Stanford. At UC Davis, she scored a 9.750 on vault and a 9.675 on bars.

Jennifer Pizano has competed on the bars in four meets and on beam in two meets. On the bars, she scored a career and team-best 9.775 against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific. On the beam, Pizano scored a career-best 9.675 at Illinois-Chicago.

Veronica Porte is one of the Spartans all-around performers with a 38.195 average. She scored her career-best 39.050 in the all-around against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific. In that meet, Porte also scored a career-best 9.875 on the floor, 9.675 on vault, 9.750 on bars and 9.750 on the beam. Porte scored a career-high 9.800 on beam at Illinois-Chicago. On vault, she scored a season-best 9.700 at Stanford.

Gabrielle Targosz competed on the floor at the UC Davis meet where she received a 9.450.

ALL-WAC HONORS: Three Spartans were named to All-Western Athletic Conference teams last season. Renae Moneymaker was a first team selection on vault, while Veronica Porte was a second team selection in the all-around. Graduated senior Kelsey Spellacy was a first team selection on the bars.

ACADEMIC ALL-WAC HONORS:
Five Spartans received Academic All-WAC honors last spring. Those receiving the award are Leah Bigelow, Alise Blackwell, Michelle Minotti, Renae Moneymaker and Veronica Porte.

SJSU SCHOLAR ATHLETES: Nine current San Jose State women’s gymnasts were named Scholar Athletes after earning a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2005 fall semester and 2006 spring semester. Those accomplishing that feat are Leah Bigelow, Alise Blackwell, Casey Jay, Greta Leach, Liz Major, Michelle Minotti, Renae Moneymaker, Jennifer Pizano, Veronica Porte.

NEXT WEEK:
The Spartans return home to host Sacramento State and UC Davis on Friday, February 23. The meet begins at 7 p.m., in Spartan Gym.