Gymnasts Knock Off UC Davis For Perfect Home Season

San Jose, Calif.-----San Jose State led from start to finish in a 194.300 to 192.300 victory over UC Davis in a non-conference women’s gymnastics meet.

The Spartans’ team score was their second highest team score of the season and comes six nights after their season high of 195.325.

“It’s really important. In order to be in the top-36 and qualify for regionals, you want some really good high scores under your belt. Coming off of a high score last week, it was important to keep the momentum going and get a little bit of a cushion so we’re not right at the brink,” said San Jose State coach Wayne Wright about his team that hit 23 of its 24 routines.

Four Spartans either won or tied for first in the five contested events. Veronica Porte captured the all-around with a 38.850. Shanice Howard had the meet’s top score, a 9.875, to win the floor exercise. Leah Bigelow won the beam with a 9.775.

“We came off of last week (195.325 win), used that to our advantage, came back to practice, continued to work hard, came back and did exactly what we did last week,” said Porte, who had three 9.750 scores in her all-around total.

“It’s nice to get the 194, because now we can count it which will help us towards our RQS (regional qualifying score) to qualify for regionals.”

UC Davis’ Lida Gehlen took the uneven bars with a 9.800.

Raylyn Cardeno of San Jose State and Stacey Nicolini of UC Davis shared first place in the vault at 9.800.

San Jose State upped its dual meet record to 9-1 and completed an undefeated home dual meet season. UC Davis, which lost to the Spartans for the second time this season, is 7-4.

Though the Spartans have five meets remaining, they completed the home portion of the schedule undefeated against five opponents. Five seniors, Shina Cardeno, Casey Jay, Leah Bigelow, Emily Stebbins and Michelle Minotti, were recognized following the completion of the meet.

“It’s their last home meet in Spartan Gym. We still have a lot of meets to go and a lot to accomplish. That’s where our focus is,” said the Spartans’ coach. “Before we left the locker room, I said, Let’s dedicate this meet to the seniors.’ This was their meet.”

“All the seniors hit in their last meet at home. They were beautiful. They all stepped up and showed everybody what they can do,” concluded Porte.

San Jose State returns to action on February 29 at Arizona State. Stanford and Wisconsin-Oshkosh also are entered in the meet.

Final Score - San Jose State, 194.300. UC Davis, 192.300.

Vault 1. Tie, R. Cardeno (SJSU), Nicolini (UCD), 9.800. 3, tie, Minotti (SJSU), Kulovitz (UCD), Bobinski (UCD), 9.775.

Uneven bars 1, Gehlen (UCD), 9.800. 2, tie, Minotti (SJSU), Blackwell (SJSU), 9.725.

Beam 1, Bigelow (SJSU), 9.775. 2, Porte (SJSU), 9.750. 3, Minotti (SJSU), 9.725.

Floor 1, Howard (SJSU), 9.875. 2, Stebbins (SJSU), 9.800. 3, Jay (SJSU), 9.750.

All around 1, Porte (SJSU), 38.850. 2, Ho (UCD), 37.750.

San Jose State now has a 9-1 dual meet record.

UC Davis is 7-4.