Gym Talk - February 29

This Week:
Fri. March 2    UC Davis, Alaska Anchorage, Arizona    Davis, Calif.    7:00 p.m. PST

SPARTANS ON THE ROAD AGAIN:  San Jose State returns to the road for the next two weeks.   This week, the Spartans travel up Interstate 80 to compete at UC Davis.  The team will also face Arizona and Alaska Anchorage at the meet.

ABOUT UC DAVIS:  The Aggies enter the week with a 191.530 Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) and won last week at Seattle Pacific with a 192.900.  Head coach John Lavallee is in his sixth season at the school.  All-arounder Katie Yamamura scored a 39.050 last week as she won the vault and bars.

ABOUT ARIZONA:  The Wildcats rank 17th nationally with a 195.390 RQS and defeated Washington last week with a 195.675.  Head coach Bill Ryden is in his 13th year at the school.  Katie Matusik has a 9.840 RQS on the beam, while Aubree is seventh in the country on the floor with a 9.890 RQS.  

ABOUT ALASKA ANCHORAGE:  The Seawolves scored a season-best 189.300 against Air Force on February 12.  Head coach Paul Stoklos is in his 28th season and is the only head coach of the program.  Sophomore Melissa Doucette has a 9.702 RQS on vault.

LIVE SCORING:  Friday's meet will have live scoring available on www.ucdavisaggies.com and a link will be provided on SJSUSpartans.com under "Live Stats."

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.  

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 31st with a 194.320 RQS.  The floor team is tied for 17th with a 48.960 RQS..
     Individually, Thomasina Wallace is tied for 10th in the all-around with a 39.305 RQS, T16th on bars with a 9.860 RQS, T22nd on beam with a 9.840 RQS and a T20th on floor with a 9.850 RQS.

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.

VALLEAU TIES CAREER HIGH WITH FLOOR WIN: 
Katie Valleau won her first floor title of 2012 with a 9.900 against California and Maryland.  She tied her career high that she set in winning the floor title at the 2011 NCAA Corvallis Regional.

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.


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UP NEXT:  The Spartans travel to Seattle for a tri-meet with Washington and Central Michigan on March 9, beginning at 7 p.m.
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