Gymnastics Returns Home Following Historic Meet

Feb. 25, 2014

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San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University women's gymnastics returns to The Event Center for a 7:00 p.m. dual against Southern Utah on Friday, February 28.

LIVE COVERAGE:  Live stats and video will be available for the home dual against Southern Utah, accessible on http://sjsuspartans.com.

TICKETS: Tickets for the Southern Utah meet at The Event Center (at the corner of 7th and San Salvador streets) on San José State's campus are available for purchase at the Spartan Athletics Ticket Office at 1393 S. 7th Street in San Jose, or at the Event Center box office. Tickets for adults (over 12 years of age) are $5 and tickets for children 12 years or younger in club or Spartan Gymnastics gear are $1. San José State students get free admission with a Tower ID, and can bring one guest free of charge.

SAN JOSÉ STATE: The Spartans (6-10) made history at Boise State on February 21 after earning a 195.550, marking the first time in San José State history the team earned three scores above-195.000 in a season. The Spartans have gone 24-for-24 the past two meets, led by their seniors. Against the Broncos, Bekah Gher placed second in the all-around with a 39.200 and on vault with a 9.825, earned a team-best 9.825 on bars and matched a season-high 9.775 on floor. Julia Greer won her third beam title of the season with a 9.850 and earned her seventh-straight floor score of 9.825-or-higher with her second place 9.825. Cassandra Harrison finished third on floor with a 9.850.

HEAD COACH: The San José State University women’s gymnastics team head coach is Wayne Wright in his 13th season. The 2012 NCAA West Regional Coach of the Year has brought six teams to an NCAA Regional since 2003 and at least two gymnasts have competed as individuals each season in that time. Overall, Wright has a 177-135-1 record.

SOUTHERN UTAH: Against Brigham Young on February 25, the Thunderbirds recorded 49.125 scores on bars and floor, leading them to a 195.600-195.525 win over the Cougars. The 49.125 on bars was the fifth-highest mark in school history, led by Memory Shettles’ and Alyssa Click’s meet-best 9.850 scores. Stacie Webb won the vault title with a career-best 9.850, and Shettles and Carly Sigler earned 9.875 scores to win the floor. Scott Bauman is in his 23rd season as head coach of the Thunderbirds.

SPARTAN NOTES

HISTORY MADE IN IDAHO: At the Boise State dual meet, the Spartans rewrote the record book, becoming the first team in program history to earn three team scores above-195.000 with its 195.550. One week earlier, the Spartans scored a 195.725 at Sacramento State and on January 26 at UC Davis, San José State finished with a 195.400. The Spartans also earned the seventh-best bars score in school history, a 48.900, in the meet.

SPARTANS CONSISTENCY SHOWS IN RANKINGS: The 2014 Spartans’ consistently high rankings have shown themselves in the most recent Troester.com/gym national rankings. The team is ranked No. 27, its highest ranking since 2009, with an average team score of 194.704. San José State’s the beam team is ranked No. 26, the floor team is 28th, the bars team is No. 30 and the vault team is ranked 37th.

RECORD MEET IN THE STATE CAPITOL: At the Sacramento State meet, the 2014 Spartans earned their place in the record books. The team’s 195.725 was the third-best score in program history, and their vault (48.950) and bars (49.100) scores were the fourth-highest earned by a San José State team. The team’s performance was also one of the best in the MPSF. The 48.950 on vault was third-best in conference history, the 195.725 was fourth-highest and the bars score of 49.100 was No. 5.

HARRISON REGAINS 2013 FORM: Seven meets into the 2014 season, senior Cassandra Harrison has shown the brilliance she displayed last season as one of two Spartan gymnasts to qualify for the NCAA Corvallis Regional. The MPSF Gymnast of the Week for Feb. 10-16, at Sacramento State, she placed second in the all-around with a 39.300, the ninth-best score in team history and a career-best, and earned the highest floor score in the MPSF this season (9.900). 

SENIORS SHOWING THEIR STUFF: The Spartans’ three seniors continue to bring their gymnastics to the next level as the season progresses. At Boise State, Julia Greer won her third beam title of the season (9.850) and earned her seventh-straight floor score of 9.825-or-higher. Cassandra Harrison placed third on floor with her 9.850 score after she finished second in the all-around (39.300) and on floor (9.900) at Sacramento State. Bekah Gher placed second in the all-around (39.200) and on vault (9.825). All three seniors have been recognized for their impressive showings, with each earning MPSF weekly honors at least once this season.

ALL GREER DOES IS WIN, WIN, WIN: Senior captain Julia Greer won her third beam title of the season at Boise State with a 9.850 score. She also continued her high floor scores, earning her seventh-straight score equal to or higher than a 9.825. She finished in the top-2 on floor in the first five meets of the season, and has scored at least a 9.825 in every meet. The two-time MPSF Specialist of the Week won the beam and floor titles at No. 25 Arizona State and the NorCal Meet. She won the floor at the UC Davis Quad, where she also placed third on beam with a career-best 9.900, and finished second on floor against UC Davis and at Washington.

GUYER MAKING A STATEMENT: This season, Cami Guyer has evolved into one of the Spartans' most consistent gymnasts. Competing in the all-around, she placed in the top-3 at the Spartans’ first four meets of the season. After placing third in the all-around and setting a career-best 9.750 mark on floor at No. 25 Arizona State, Guyer continued to improve her scores against two preseason nationally-ranked teams at Washington. She earned or tied career-highs on vault (9.800), bars (9.825), and floor (9.800) to finish second in the all-around with a career-high 39.150 just 45 minutes from her hometown of Fall City, Wash. At the UC Davis Quad, she finished third in theall-around after scoring a season-best 9.750 on beam.

MPSF HONORS PILING UP FOR SPARTANS: Four Spartan gymnasts have earned MPSF weekly accolades. Senior Julia Greer was honored as the MPSF Specialist of the Week for the weeks of Dec. 30 and Jan. 6 for her two first-place finishes at both the NorCal Meet and at No. 25 Arizona State. Senior Bekah Gher was the MPSF Gymnast of the Week on Jan. 14 after winning the all-around at No. 25 Arizona State and on Feb. 24 for placing second in the all-around and on vault at Boise State. After placing second in the all-around at Washington with a career-best 39.150, Cami Guyer earned MPSF Gymnast of the Week honors for Jan. 13. For the first time in her career, Cassandra Harrison received weekly conference honors, named the MPSF Gymnast of the Week for Feb. 17 after finishing second in the all-around at Sacramento State with a career-high 39.300.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES ACCESS

FACEBOOK: Catch up with San José State women’s gymnastics on Facebook. Like “SJSU Gymnastics” and get video and inside looks into the program. Performances will be posted to the page following the meet.

TWITTER: Follow San José State Athletics on Twitter @SJSUAthletics and follow @SJSUgymnastics for inside information on the gymnastics team. At the Southern Utah home dual, San José State’s progress after each rotation will be tweeted on @SJSUAthletics and live tweeting with photos and video will occur on @SJSUGymnastics.

GYM TALK: Visit www.sjsuspartans.com every Tuesday to watch Gym Talk, a weekly feature hosted by a San José State gymnast that discusses the previous week’s meet and previews the upcoming meet. Viewers will also get a behind-the-scenes look of Spartan gymnastics.