Women's Gymnastics Senior Class To Be Honored At Friday's Meet

This Week:
Fri. March 2 Cal State Fullerton
Spartan Gym 7:00 p.m.

SPARTANS HOST TITANS IN FINAL HOME MEET:
The San Jose State women’s gymnastics team hosts its final home meet of the season this Friday, March 2, against Cal State Fullerton. Friday’s meet is the Spartans final home meet of the season. The team will compete in three more regular season meets before traveling the the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Championships on March 31.

SENIORS TO BE HONORED:
This year’s senior class of Raylyn Cardeno, Danielle Johnson, Greta Leach and Liz Major will be honored prior to Friday night’s meet against CS Fullerton.

ABOUT CAL STATE FULLERTON:
The Titans enter the meet with a 7-5 overall record. The team placed fourth this past Sunday at the John Wooden Challenge where they scored a 191.925. Head coach Jill Hicks is in her first season at the school. Freshman Shannon Kawada has the Titans’ highest vault score this season with a 9.850, while freshman Britni Echeverria has the team’s best bars score at 9.800.

This is the second of three meetings between the two teams this season. Fullerton won the earlier meeting on its home floor, 190.425-189-.175 on January 19. The two teams will also compete at the WAC Championships, March 31, at Southern Utah.

HEAD COACH: San Jose State head coach Wayne Wright is in his sixth season at the helm of the Spartan women’s gymnastics team. The program has made significant strides during Wright’s tenure, breaking school records, winning conference championships and team invitations to the NCAA West Regional.

Wright helped lead the 2006 Spartan team to its second team appearance at the NCAA West Regional where San Jose State finished fourth, the best for a Spartan team. The Spartans broke the school vault team and individual records during the year.

PORTE’S CAREER NIGHT IN SPARTAN HOME MEET: Sophomore Veronica Porte had a career night as the San Jose State took second place at its home “Pretty In Pink” meet on February 23. Porte set career-bests on the vault, on the beam and on the floor and helped the Spartans to record a team score of 193.050. Sacramento State won the meet with a 193.700, while UC Davis scored a 191.450.

Porte received a career-best 9.90 on the floor, tying for first place. Her score ties for the 12th-best floor score in program history. She also posted a career-best on the balance beam with a score of 9.825 to take first place in the event. Her final career-best came on the vault where she recorded a score of 9.775, good for third place.

Also recording career-highs were Alise Blackwell and Gabby Targosz. Blackwell set a personal-best of 9.850 on the floor. Targosz posted her career-best on the floor with a 9.700.

BEST INDIVIDUAL FLOOR SCORE IN 2 YEARS: With her 9.900 on floor on February 23, Veronica Porte recorded the 17th 9.900 in school history. It was also the first time in almost two years that a Spartan gymnast had received a 9.900 or better on floor.

SEASON-HIGH TEAM SCORE AT SEATTLE PACIFIC: San Jose State won three of the four apparatus titles and the all-around title as the team scored a season-best 193.625, which tied for the 20th best score in school history, to defeat host Seattle Pacific who scored a 190.275.

Veronica Porte led the Spartans as she won the all-around and the vault. She scored a 9.750 on the vault and added a 9.700 on bars, a 9.600 on beam and a 9.850 on floor. Others winning individual titles included Alise Blackwell who scored a season-best 9.750 on bars. Michelle Minotti scored a 9.750 on beam for the win.

On vault, San Jose State continued to show its meet-to-meet improvement. The team recorded its highest score of the season with a 48.525. After Porte’s 9.750, Raylyn Cardeno and Minotti each scored a 9.725. Tiffany Louie received a season-best 9.700, while Danielle Johnson scored career-best 9.625. Khoshnood tied her career-high with a 9.575. After the second rotation, San Jose State led 96.850-95.275.

In the third rotation, the Spartans used a 48.125 on floor to pull away from Seattle Pacific who had a tough rotation on beam with a 46.300. Individually, Porte scored a 9.850, followed by Khoshnood with a career-best 9.700. Cardeno led off the floor team tying a career-best 9.650.

San Jose State finished the meet with a strong performance on beam as the team received a 48.650. Five of the six Spartans scored a 9.700 or better led by Minotti’s 9.750. Leah Bigelow, Kelli Fournier, Khoshnood and Greta Leach each scored a 9.725, while Porte scored a 9.600.

HOME SWEET HOME FOR PORTE: Sophomore Veronica Porte has enjoyed performing at home this season. Every career-best she has set this year has come at home. Against Sacramento State and UC Davis on February 23, Porte scored a 9.775 on vault and, a 9.825 on beam and a 9.900 on floor. Against Utah State, Boise State and Seattle Pacific on January 26, she scored the team’s best all-around score of the season with a 39.050.

HOMECOMING IN SEATTLE: Jessica Khoshnood and Kelli Fournier performed in front of family and friends at the Seattle Pacific meet on February 16. Both are from Bellevue, Wash., and competed for Gymnastics East. Khoshnood competed in the all-around for the first time this season and scored a 38.650, while Fournier scored a career-best 9.725 on beam.

SAME DAY, SAME SCORE, 365 DAYS APART:
In a weird twists of fate, the third Friday in February has produced the same team score for the Spartans the past two seasons. This year, on Friday, February 16, San Jose State scored a 193.625 at Seattle Pacific. Exactly one year ago to the day, the Spartans scored a 193.625 at Sacramento State on Friday, February 17. It is the only two times in school history that a Spartan team has recorded a 193.625, which is also the 20th best score in school history.

10TH BEST BEAM SCORE: With a 48.725 on beam at Stanford on February 9, San Jose State tied for the 10th highest beam score in school history. The Spartans have not had a higher beam score since the 2005 season when the team scored a 49.025 against Stanford and California on March 19.
Top-10 Beam Scores
Score Opponents Date
49.050 at MPSF Championships March 29, 2003
49.025 Stanford, California March 19, 2005
49.025 Western Independent Champ. March 27, 1999
49.000 at Arizona State March 14, 2003
48.950 at UC Davis March 6, 2004
48.900 MPSF Championships March 20, 2004
48.875 CS Fullerton Jan. 27, 2001
48.850 Seattle Pacific Feb. 3, 2001
48.800 at Air Force, TX-Woman’s,
WI-Eau Claire, Utah St. Jan. 17, 2004
48.725 at Stanford, Iowa St., Oregon St. Feb. 9, 2007
48.725 Seattle Pacific Feb. 14, 2004

CARDENO TOPS ON VAULT: Raylyn Cardeno has received the Spartans’ top vault score this season. She tied her career-high as she won the vault with a 9.850 at Illinois-Chicago on February 3. She has received a 9.800 or better in two meets this year - the other at CS Fullerton with a 9.800.

WORLD WIDE WEB: Get all the latest up-to-date information on the San Jose State women’s gymnastics team by logging on to the Spartans’ web site at www.sjsuspartans.com.

BLACKWELL MAKING IMPACT ALL-AROUND: After a freshman season where she competed in only three events, Alise Blackwell has competed in the all-around in five meets for the Spartans. She scored a career-best 38.850 in two meets this year - at Stanford and at Illinois-Chicago. Blackwell also scored a career-best 9.800 on vault at Stanford and a 9.775 on beam at Illinois-Chicago. Earlier this season, he won the all-around at UC Davis with a 38.050. On January 26, she scored a 38.625 in the all-around.

MINOTTI RETURNS: After missing three meets due to an illness, Michelle Minotti returned to the Spartan lineup at Stanford. She competed only on the beam and tied her career-best with a 9.850. At Seattle Pacific, Minotti won the beam with a 9.750, and tied for second on the vault with a 9.725. Against Sacramento State and UC Davis, she scored a 9.750 on vault.

SPARTANS SECOND IN HOME-OPENER: San Jose State scored a 193.025 en route to a second place finish in a quadrangular meet at Spartan Gym on January 26. Utah State won the meet with a 194.225, while Boise State was third at 190.700, followed by Seattle Pacific at 189.875.

Individually, Veronica Porte led San Jose State with a career-best 39.050 in the all-around, good for a second place finish. She also scored a 9.875 on floor at 9.875. Porte added a 9.675 on the vault and a 9.750 on bars and beam.

Others contributing for San Jose State included Raylyn Cardeno with a team-best 9.775 on the vault. Jennifer Pizano led the team on bars with a career-best 9.775. Leah Bigelow scored a 9.725 on beam, while Alise Blackwell received a 9.750 on the floor.

PIZANO SCORES BIG: Jennifer Pizano led the Spartan bar team against Utah State, Boise State and Seattle Pacific on January 26. She scored a career-high 9.775 and finished tied for second on the apparatus. Pizano also competed on the beam for the first time in her career and received a 9.500 in her first routine.

SPARTANS OPEN 2007 SEASON WITH WIN: San Jose State started the 2007 season with a 189.450-187.875 victory at UC Davis on January 12. Alise Blackwell led the Spartans as she won the all-around with a 38.050. Veronica Porte scored a 37.275 in the all-around. Michelle Minotti was the team’s top performer on the vault with a 9.750 and the bars with a 9.675. Blackwell posted a team-best 9.625 on the beam. Porte led the Spartan floor team with a 9.500.

SPARTAN NOTES:
Leah Bigelow is a beam specialist for the Spartans. She has competed in all seven meets this season and scored a season-best 9.800 at Stanford. Bigelow scored a 9.775 versus Sacramento State and UC Davis and a 9.725 against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific and at Seattle Pacific. She averages a 9.629 this season on the beam.

Alise Blackwell has competed in the all-around in five meets, on bars only at Seattle Pacific and on the vault, bars and floor against Sacramento State and UC Davis. She won the all-around at UC Davis with a 38.050, placed second at Illinois-Chicago with a career-best 38.850, seventh at Stanford as she tied her career-best 38.850 and scored a 38.625 against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific. At Seattle Pacific, Blackwell won the bars with a career-best 9.750. On vault, Blackwell scored a career-best 9.800 at Stanford. At Illinois-Chicago, she scored a career-best 9.775 on beam. Blackwell received a career-best 9.850 on floor against Sacramento State and UC Davis.

Raylyn Cardeno is one of Spartans’ top vaulter this season and performs on floor. She tied her career-best with a 9.850 at Illinois-Chicago. Cardeno also scored a 9.800 at CS Fullerton and a 9.775 in two meets. On the floor, Cardeno tied her career-best with a 9.650 at Seattle Pacific and at Illinois-Chicago and had a 9.625 against Sacramento State and UC Davis.

Kelli Fournier has competed on the beam in all seven meets. She scored a season-best 9.725 at Seattle Pacific and had a 9.550 against Sacramento State and UC Davis.

Danielle Johnson is a vault specialist for the Spartans. She scored a career-best 9.625 twice this season - at Seattle Pacific and against Sacramento State and UC Davis. She received a 9.600 at Stanford.

Jessica Khoshnood competes primarily on the vault, bars and floor for the Spartans but has also competed on the beam. On the vault, she scored a season-best 9.575 at Stanford and at Seattle Pacific. On the bars, Khoshnood scored a season-best 9.750 at Illinois-Chicago and added a 9.650 in two meets. Khoshnood scored a best 9.700 at Seattle Pacific on floor. Performing on beam, she scored a 9.725 in the past two meets. She tallied a 38.650 in the all-around at Seattle Pacific in her only all-around competition.

Greta Leach performs on the beam and floor for San Jose State. She has competed in all seven meets on the beam and in five meets on the floor. Leach scored a 9.825 on the beam in two meets - at Stanford and at Illinois-Chicago. Her best floor score was a 9.550 at Seattle Pacific and against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific.

Tiffany Louie competes on the vault, bars and floor for the Spartans. On the vault, she scored a season-best 9.700 at Seattle Pacific and had a 9.675 at UC Davis. On bars, Louie led the team with a 9.825 at Illinois-Chicago. She scored a 9.600 on floor against Sacramento State and UC Davis. Louie competed in the all-around at CS Fullerton where she scored a 37.150.

Liz Major is a bars specialist for the Spartans. She is averaging a 9.542 in six meets. Major has a scored a 9.700 or better in two meets - 9.725 at Illinois-Chicago and a 9.700 against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific.

Michelle Minotti has competed in four meets this season. She won the beam with a 9.750 at Seattle Pacific and tied for second on the vault with a 9.725 in the meet. She scored a season-best 9.750 on vault against Sacramento State and UC Davis. Minotti tied her career-high on beam with a 9.850 at Stanford. At UC Davis, she scored a 9.750 on vault and a 9.675 on bars.

Jennifer Pizano has competed on the bars in six meets and on beam in two meets. On the bars, she scored a career and team-best 9.775 against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific. On the beam, Pizano scored a career-best 9.675 at Illinois-Chicago.

Veronica Porte is one of the Spartans all-around performers with a 38.336 average. She scored her career-best 39.050 in the all-around against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific. In that meet, Porte scored a 9.875 on the floor and added a season-best 9.750 on bars. Against Sacramento State and UC Davis, she received career-highs of 9.775 on vault, 9.825 on beam and 9.900 on floor. Porte won the all-around at Seattle Pacific with a 38.900 where she scored a 9.750 on vault and a 9.850 on floor.

Gabrielle Targosz competed on the floor in three meets. She scored a season-best 9.700 against Sacramento State and UC Davis. She received a 9.450 at UC Davis and scored a 9.375 at Seattle Pacific.

ALL-WAC HONORS: Three Spartans were named to All-Western Athletic Conference teams last season. Renae Moneymaker was a first team selection on vault, while Veronica Porte was a second team selection in the all-around. Graduated senior Kelsey Spellacy was a first team selection on the bars.

ACADEMIC ALL-WAC HONORS: Five Spartans received Academic All-WAC honors last spring. Those receiving the award are Leah Bigelow, Alise Blackwell, Michelle Minotti, Renae Moneymaker and Veronica Porte.

SJSU SCHOLAR ATHLETES: Nine current San Jose State women’s gymnasts were named Scholar Athletes after earning a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2005 fall semester and 2006 spring semester. Those accomplishing that feat are Leah Bigelow, Alise Blackwell, Casey Jay, Greta Leach, Liz Major, Michelle Minotti, Renae Moneymaker, Jennifer Pizano, Veronica Porte.

NEXT WEEK: The Spartans travel to Cedar City, Utah, for a dual meet against Southern Utah. The meet begins at 7 p.m. MST.