Gym Talk - February 22

This Week:
Fri. Feb. 24    California, Maryland    Spartan Gym    7:00 p.m. PST

SPARTANS HOME SWEET HOME:  After spending the past two weeks on the road, San Jose State returns to the comfy confines of Spartan Gym this Friday for a meet with California and Maryland.  

ABOUT CALIFORNIA:  The Golden Bears enter this week ranked 44th in the rankings with a 192.718 scoring average.  The team scored a 192.350 at Oregon State last weekend and had a 194.725 against Stanford on February 12.  Mariesah Pierce is the team's top all-arounder 38.464 average.  

ABOUT MARYLAND:  The Terps begin the week ranked 31st in the rankings with a 193.832 average.  The team scored a season-high 194.550 in a quad meet last week.  The floor team scored a 491.25 at the meet, tying for 20th-best in school history.  Ally Krikorian is the team's top all-arounder with a 38.700 average.  

LIVE SCORING: 
Friday's meet will have live scoring available on www.sjsuspartans.com, on the front page of the site.  The page will go live approximately 30 minutes before the meet begins. Fans need to refresh the page often to get the latest scores at the meet.

FACEBOOK:  Catch up with San Jose State women's gymnastics on Facebook.  Like "SJSU Gymnastics" and get video and inside looks into the program.  

TWITTER:  Follow San Jose State Athletics on Twitter @SJSUAthletics.  At away meets, tweets will occur after every Spartan rotation to keep fans in the know on what is happening at the meet.

GYM TALK:  Be sure to check out the Spartan website every Wednesday after 5 p.m., 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, preview upcoming meets and a feature segment.

WAC HONORS PILING UP FOR WALLACE:  Four times this season including three consecutive weeks, Thomasina Wallace was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Gymnast of the Week.  

Wallace last award came after breaking the Spartan all-around record for the second time in six days.  She recorded a 39.525 in a WAC meet at Utah State and won or tied for first on every event.

She received the honor after breaking the all-around record with a 39.425 against Southern Utah.  Wallace won three of four events at the dual meet as she placed first on vault with a 9.850, first on bars with a season-high 9.900 and first on beam with a 9.850.

Her third honor came as Wallace won the all-around title with a 39.375 at Sacramento State. She scored a 9.875 on bars to win the event.

Earlier this season, Wallace received the honor after winning the all-around at the NorCal Quad Meet with a 39.150, beating Stanford's Ashley Morgan. Wallace also won on beam with a 9.825 and placed second on bars (9.850) and on floor (9.850).  Wallace helped San Jose State to its best season-opening meet score in school history with a 194.300.  

TICKETS:  Tickets are General Admission at Spartan Gym.  Prices are $5 for Adults, $3 for Youth 12-and-under, and $1 for Youth in club gear at the door.  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 the facility open 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to every home meet.  Spartan Gym is located in Yosh Uchida Hall, on the corner of Fourth 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.

MEDIA GUIDE:   The 2012 San Jose State women's gymnastics media guide is available on www.sjsuspartans.com.  The book features information on all of the gymnasts as well as highlight videos for returning gymnasts.

HEAD COACH:  San Jose State head coach Wayne Wright is in his 11th season at the helm of the Spartan women's gymnastics team. He has coached all five San Jose State regional qualifying teams and taken three individual competitors to the NCAA Championships.

NATIONAL RANKINGS:  San Jose State enters the week ranked 28th with a 193.979 avg.  The floor team is ranked 21st with a 48.836 avg.
     Individually, Thomasina Wallace is 23rd in the all-around with a 39.250 avg, 15th on bars with a 9.861 avg and tied for 22nd on the beam with a 9.825 avg.

ALL-AROUND RECORD BROKEN, THEN BROKEN AGAIN: After tying the San Jose State all-around record her freshman year, Thomasina Wallace waited until her senior year to break the all-around record, then did it twice in six days.  Wallace started the season tied for the record with former Spartan Shirla Choy at 39.400.  She then went out against Southern Utah and scored a 39.425 to break the record on Sunday, February 5.  The Spartans then traveled to Utah State and just six days later, she broke her own record with a 39.525.  At that meet, she won or tied for first on every event and tied a career high with a 9.900 on vault.

GREER WINS FLOOR TITLE:  Julia Greer tied her career best with a 9.850 on floor to win the event in a meet against Southern Utah.  She was the first Spartan this season to win the floor.

McCORD COMPETES IN ALL-AROUND FOR FIRST TIME:  Due to unforeseen circumstances at Boise State, Casey McCord competed in the all-around for the first time in her Spartan career.  She scored a 38.550 including a 9.750 on vault and floor, a 9.625 on bars and a 9.425 on beam.

10th-HIGHEST TEAM SCORE:  San Jose State recorded the 10-best team score in school history with a 194.950 at Utah State on February 10.
Top-10 Team Scores
Score    Opponents    Date

195.925    MPSF Championships    March 20, 2004
195.550    Boise St., UC Davis, Seattle Pacific    Feb. 11, 2011
195.425    at Southern Utah    Feb. 18, 2011
195.400    at Seattle Pacific    Jan. 31, 2009
195.325    Southern Utah    Feb. 16, 2008
195.300    at Sacramento State    March 18, 2007
195.250    at Southern Utah    March 6, 2009
195.100    UC Davis    Feb. 7, 2003
195.075    Stanford, California    March 5, 2010
194.950    at Utah State    Feb. 10, 2012

TWO TOP-FIVE BARS TEAM SCORES:  The Spartan bars team has scored two top-five scores in school history this month.  They scored a 49.100 against Southern Utah for the fourth-best score in school history and just the fourth 49.000+ score in Spartan history.  Contributing to the score were Thomasina Wallace (9.900), Alyssa Telles-Nolan (9.825), Cassandra Harrison (9.825), Dannon Gregory (9.775) and Casey McCord (9.775).
 
At Utah State, the team scored a 48.925 to tie for the fifth-best score in school history.  Contributing again were Wallace (9.875), Gregory (9.775), Telles-Nolan (9.775), Harrison (9.750) and McCord (9.750)
Top 5 Bars Team Scores
49.325    MPSF Championships    March 20, 2004
49.275    UC Davis    February 7, 2003
49.150    Sac. St., UC Davis    Feb. 20, 2004
49.100    Southern Utah    Feb. 5, 2012
48.925    Southern Utah    Feb. 16, 2008
48.925    Boise St., Seattle Pacific    Jan. 23, 2009
48.925    at Utah State    Feb. 10, 2012

BEAM TEAM SEASON-BEST IS 9TH HIGHEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY:  The beam team scored a season-best 48.850 at Utah State.  The score ties for the ninth-best in school history.  The beam team that contributed that night included:  Thomasina Wallace (9.875), Cassandra Harrison (9.850), Julia Greer (9.775), Dannon Gregory (9.750) and Cami Guyer (9.600).

Top 20 Beam Team Scores
49.275    at Southern Utah    Feb. 18, 2011
49.050    at MPSF Champ.    Mar. 29, 2003
49.025    Western Independent Champ.    Mar. 27, 1999
49.025    Stanford, California    March 19, 2005
49.000    at Arizona St.    March 14, 2003
48.950    at UC Davis    March 6, 2004
48.925    at Utah State    March 12, 2010
48.925    Boise St., UC Davis, Seattle Pacific    Feb. 11, 2011
48.900    MPSF Champ.    March 20, 2004
48.875    CS Fullerton    January 27, 2001
48.875    at Sacramento St.    Mar. 18, 2007
48.875    at Seattle Pacific    Jan. 31, 2009
48.850    Seattle Pacific    February 3, 2001
48.850    at Utah State    Feb. 10, 2012
48.800    at Air Force, TX-Woman's,
    WI-Eau Claire, Utah State    Jan. 17, 2004

SPARTAN GYMNAST NOTES
Kiley Field competes on the bars and beam.  She scored a 9.650 on bars at the NorCal Quad meet.  On beam, Field had a 9.725 against Seattle Pacific and a 9.700 at UCLA.

Julia Greer competes on the vault, beam and floor.  On vault, she had a 9.725 at Utah State and a 9.700 twice - at Sacramento State and against Southern Utah.  She has scored a 9.625 or higher in every meet.  On beam, Greer scored a 9.775 at UCLA, Sacramento State and Utah State.  She has scored a 9.700 or better on floor in every meet this year and won the floor title with a 9.850 against Southern Utah to tie her career high.  She started the season with a 9.825 at the NorCal Quad.

Dannon Gregory has competed on the bars in every meet and added the beam the past three meets.  On bars, she scored a season-best 9.775 against Southern Utah and at Utah State and has had a 9.625 or higher in every meet.  On beam, Gregory had a 9.750 at Utah State, a 9.575 at Boise State and a 9.550 against Southern Utah.

Cami Guyer made her Spartan debut at Sacramento State with a 9.775 on vault.  She has competed the past three meets on the beam with a 9.600 at Utah State and a 9.575 against Boise State.

Cassandra Harrison has competed in the all-around in six of the seven meets this season.  She scored a season-best her 39.075 against Southern Utah and added a 38.675 at UCLA.  On vault, she had a 9.750 twice and a 9.725 at UCLA.  On bars, her best score was a 9.825 against Southern Utah and a 9.750 at Utah State.  Harrison scored a career-best 9.850 on beam at Utah State.  On floor, she scored a 9.775 at the NorCal Quad meet and a 9.750 against Southern Utah.

Aubrey Lee competed on the vault, beam and floor.  She scored a 9.625 or better on vault including a 9.650 against Seattle Pacific and at Utah State.  On beam, she had a 9.550 in the first two meets of the year.  On floor, scored a 9.700 or better in four meets including a 9.750 at Utah State and a 9.725 in the first two this season.

Casey McCord has competed on the bars in all seven meets and vaulted for the first time at Sacramento State where she scored a 9.600.  On bars, McCord scored a career-best 9.775 against Southern Utah, a 9.750 twice and a 9.725 at the NorCal Quad meet.  She competed in the all-around at Boise State where she scored a 38.550 that included a 9.425 on beam and a 9.750 on floor.

Alyssa Montalban competes on the vault and floor for the Spartans.  On vault, she has scored a 9.775 at Sacramento State and a 9.700 at UCLA.  On floor, Montalban scored a season-best 9.825 at Sacramento State, a 9.800 at Boise State and added a 9.775 at the NorCal Quad Meet and against Southern Utah.

Tauny Shearer is a beam specialist on this year's team.  She scored a season-best 9.600 against Seattle Pacific.

Alyssa Telles-Nolan is a bars specialist for the Spartans.  She scored a career-best 9.850 at Sacramento State and added a 9.825 against Southern Utah and a 9.800 at UCLA.  Telles-Nolan has scored a 9.700 or better in every meet.

Katie Valleau competes on the vault and floor.  On vault, she opened the season with a 9.725 at the NorCal Quad and added a 9.675 at Utah State.  On floor, Valleau has scored a 9.825 or better in six meets including a 9.850 against Seattle Pacific, at Sacramento State and at Boise State.

Thomasina Wallace is the WAC's top all-arounder with a 39.250 average.  She has scored a 39.150 or better in six meets including breaking the school record with a 39.525 at Utah State.  She added a 39.425 against Southern Utah and a 39.375 at Sacramento State.  Wallace won the all-around at six of the seven meets this season.  On vault, Wallace tied her career best with a 9.900 at Utah State and added a 9.850 against Seattle Pacific and Southern Utah.  On bars, she has scored a 9.825 or better in all seven meets including a 9.900 against Southern Utah and a 9.875 at Sacramento State and at Utah State.  On beam, Wallace has scored a 9.825 or better in six meets including a 9.875 at Utah State.  Wallace scored a 9.875 on floor at Utah State and at Boise State and a 9.850 in two other meets.

UP NEXT:  The Spartans travel up Interstate 80 for a meet at UC Davis on Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m.

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