San Jose, Calif. – The San Jose State University gymnastics team hosted Cal State Fullerton on Friday, March 2, defeating the Titans 193.250-192.800. In the meet, freshman Jessica Khoshnood scored a career-best on the balance beam and senior Liz Major posted a season-high on the uneven bars. Major, along with Raylyn Cardeno, Danielle Johnson and Greta Leach were honored for senior day at the start of the meet. The seniors competed in their final home meet of the season and finished with a win.
“Winning is always great,” said head coach Wayne Wright. “We performed well tonight. We went 23-24 and I am very pleased.”
Sophomore Veronica Porte took first place in three events during the meet. She tied her season-best in the All-Around and took first with a score of 39.050. On the floor, Porte posted a 9.850 and on the bars she finished with a first place 9.775.
“I’m especially excited for [Veronica],” said Wright. “She is the backbone of the team and has been carrying us week after week.”
Also posting a first place finish for the Spartans was Michelle Minotti. Minotti took first on the vault with a score of 9.750. Porte finished in second place with a 9.725 and Cardeno took third in the event with a 9.700.
The Spartans opened on the vault and posted a team score of 48.175. Competing in the event along with Minotti, Porte and Cardeno were Johnson (9.150), freshman Tiffany Louie (9.475) and sophomore Alise Blackwell (9.525).
In the second rotation, San Jose State competed on the bars, scoring a 48.400. Following behind Porte and Major were Khoshnood (9.675), Blackwell (9.625), Jennifer Pizano (9.625), and Louie (9.450).
San Jose State competed on the balance beam during the third rotation posting a 48.075. Khoshnood’s score was the best for the Spartans on the day. Porte was a close second with a score of 9.700. Minotti had the third-best score with a 9.650, followed by Kelli Fournier (9.500), Leah Bigelow (9.475) and Blackwell (9.125).
The Spartans had their best score of the night on the floor with 48.600. Porte’s 9.850 was the best score of the night. Blackwell finished with a 9.800, Khoshnood with a 9.675, Gabby Targosz with a 9.650 and both Cardeno and Louie with a 9.625.
San Jose State will be back in action on March 9 at Southern Utah. The meet is slated for 7:00 p.m.