Howard Named WAC Specialist Of The Week

DENVER San Jose State women’s gymnast Shanice Howard has been named the Western Athletic Conference Specialist of the Week for her performances against UC Davis last Friday evening.

Howard, a freshman from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., won the floor with a season-best 9.875. Her score was the highest by any competitor of the evening. She added a 9.700 on vault and helped the Spartans to an undefeated home record this season (5-0).

San Jose State is now 9-1 on the season after defeating UC Davis, 194.300-192.300, last Friday evening. The Spartans travel to Arizona State this Friday night for UNO’s Flip for the Cure meet. The team will compete against the Sun Devils, Stanford and Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Boise State’s Hannah Redmon has been named the WAC Gymnast of the Week after winning both the vault and floor exercise this past week, earning her fourth win on vault and fifth win on floor this season. She posted a score of 9.825 on vault and 9.875 on floor in a dual win over Sacramento State. Redmon also won her second all-around title of the season, posting a score of 39.00, just .125 off her career best.

Other Gymnast of the Week nominees included: Sacramento State junior Marina Borisova scored a 38.875 in the all-around last week ... San Jose State junior Veronica Porte won the all-around with a 38.850 in a dual meet against UC Davis ... Southern Utah junior Katie Hicks scored a 9.600 or higher in three events at nationally-ranked Utah.

Other Specialist of the Week nominees included: Boise State sophomore Taylor Jacob tied for first on bars with a 9.850 in a dual with Sacramento State ... Sacramento State senior Melissa Genovese scored a 9.825 to tie for first on beam at Boise State ... Southern Utah sophomore Elise Wheeler scored a 9.800 on vault and a 9.825 on floor at Utah ... Utah State freshman Nicole Simoneau tied for fourth on bars with a 9.825 at nationally-ranked Utah, finishing as the only non-Utah gymnast in the top six spots and good for USU’s best place in the meet.

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