Fri., February 24 UC Davis, Sacramento State, Seattle Pacific Davis, Calif. 7:00 p.m. PT
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The San José State women’s gymnastics team travels up Interstate 80 on Friday to compete at UC Davis with the Aggies, Sacramento State and Seattle Pacific. The Spartans recorded their second-highest team score last Saturday night with a 194.975 at Air Force.
National Rankings Ranking RQS AVG
UC Davis 33rd 194.655 194.441
Sacramento State 44th 194.065 194.132
San José State 47th 193.825 193.846
Seattle Pacific 63rd 190.635 190.700
This will be the third meeting between the Spartans and Aggies, fourth time against Sacramento State and the first versus Seattle Pacific. All four teams will compete in San Jose on March 18 for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship at The Event Center.
Spartan head coach Wayne Wright is in his 16th year at the helm of the program. He has coached all seven San José State regional qualifying teams and taken three individual competitors to the NCAA Championships.
Wright is assisted by associate head coach Shella Martinez who is in her 13th season with the Spartans. She is primarily responsible for the beam team and is the team’s recruiting coordinator. Former Spartan Alise Blackwell joined the Spartan coaching staff in 2015 as an assistant coach and is the team’s bars coach.
MPSF WEEKLY HONORS
Taylor Chan continued to accumulate MPSF Freshman of the Week honors as she received her fourth honor this week after winning the floor last weekend at Air Force with a career-best 9.875. She has won the honor three other times - Jan. 17 & 31, and February 14
In all, the Spartans have won seven MPSF of the Week honors. Last week, Chan was the MPSF Freshman of the Week after she won the floor with a season-high 9.875, and tied for first on beam. Stephanie Relova was the MPSF Specialist of the Week for the first time in her career. She tied for first with Chan on the beam with a career-best 9.850, her first collegiate beam title. Relova also finished fourth on the bars with a 9.725.
On February 7, Kaitlin Won was the Gymnast of the Week, while Kaprece Nadonza was the Specialist of the Week. Won claimed the all-around title with a career-best 39.225 against UC Davis on February 3. Won also tied for first on the floor with a career-best 9.850. She led the Spartan vault team with a second-place 9.800, and finished third on the bars at 9.800 and beam at 9.775. Nadonza capturing her first event title of her collegiate career with a career-best 9.850 on bars to win the event. This is her first MPSF honor of her career.
TOP-20 TEAM SCORE
Against Sacramento State on February 10, the Spartans scored a 195.200, the 16th-best team score in school history, and this is the first team to receive that specific score.
RELOVA WINS FIRST BEAM TITLE
Sophomore Stephanie Relova, in her first year competing after missing last season with a knee injury, scored a season-best 9.850 on beam against Sacramento State (February 10) to tie teammate Taylor Chan and win the beam title. It is the first event title for Relova in her career.
BEAM TEAM WITH TWO TOP-SIX SCORES
After starting the 2017 season slowly, the Spartan beam has come out strong the past two meets with two top-10 beam scores in school history. Last week at Air Force, the team posted the highest team score of the night with a 48.975, tying for the sixth-best beam score in school history. Chelsey Andrada won her first collegiate event title with a career-best 9.825. Alisa Bogdan, Kaitlin Won and Taylor Chan tied for third place at 9.800, while Stephanie Relova received a 9.750, and Michelle Shalit had a 9.625.
Against Sacramento State on February 10, the beam team had a season-high 49.025, tying for the fourth-highest beam score in school history. Taylor Chan and Stephanie Relova led the way as they each scored a 9.850. Chelsey Andrada had a season-high 9.800, followed by Kaitlin Won at 9.775, Alisa Bogdan at 9.750.
ANDRADA WINS FIRST BEAM TITLE
Freshman Chelsey Andrada won her first collegiate beam title at Air Force on February 18, with a career-best 9.825. She is the second freshman to win a beam title this season (Taylor Chan on February 10).
NADONZA WINS FIRST BARS TITLE OF CAREER
Sophomore Kaprece Nadonza, in just her fifth career bars routine, scored a career-best 9.850 on bars and won her first career event title against UC Davis on February 3.
BARS TEAM TIES 6TH-HIGHEST SJSU SCORE
The Spartan bars team tied the sixth-best score in school history in a meet at California with Washington on January 21. The team posted a 49.025. Rachel Heinl, Stephanie Relova and Kaitlin Won each scored a 9.825 to lead the team. Kaprece Nadonza added a season-best 9.800, followed by Kendal Watts also with a season-best 9.750 and Haleigh Shepard at 9.675.
VAULT, FLOOR TEAMS POST TOP-15 SCORES
The Spartan vault and floor teams posted team scores at the Metroplex Challenge that landed in the top-15 in San José State history. The vault team scored a season-high 48.750 to tied for the 14th-best score, led by Taylor Chan and Josalyn Ray who each had a 9.775.
The floor team recorded a season-high 49.050, tying for the 13th-best floor score in school history. Contributing on the floor were Chan at 9.850, Kaitlin Won and Erica Matos at 9.825, Chelsey Andrada with a season-best 9.775, Ellie Pascoe-Long at 9.775 and Ray with a season-best 9.750.
CHAN, WON TOP FLOOR SCORES
Taylor Chan and Kaitlin Won sit 1-2 in the MPSF floor standings. Chan is tops in the league with a 9.840 RQS and 9.836 average, while Won is closely behind at 9.815 RQS and 9.782 average. Chan won the floor against Sacramento State and at Air Force with a season-best 9.875, the top floor score this year for the Spartans. Won won the floor against UC Davis with a 9.850.
Kaitlin Won is the team’s only all-around performer this year. She has a 38.855 RQS and a 38.864 average in the all-around and recorded a career-best 39.225 against UC Davis on February 3. She scored a 39.075 at California in January and against Sacramento State on February 10.
MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS MARCH 18
San José State will host the MPSF Championships on Saturday, March 18, at The Event Center beginning at 6 p.m. Teams competing include Air Force, Alaska Anchorage, UC Davis, Sacramento State, Seattle Pacific and the Spartans.
Tickets are on sale for the championships at the Spartan Ticket Office. Prices are $10 for adults, $8 for youth 18-and-under, $6 for groups of 10 more bought prior to the meet through the Spartan Ticket Office and $5 for SJSU students with a Tower Card the day of the meet.
Call the Spartan Ticket Office at (408) 924-SJTX (7589) for more information.
The Spartans host one more regular-season meet on Sunday, March 5 against Utah State, beginning at 2 p.m. The three Spartan seniors, Rachel Heinl, Erica Matos and Haleigh Shepard, will be honored after the meet.