Davis, Calif. - San Jose State gymnastics earned the third-best team score in school history, a 195.700, and won a tightly-contested non-conference dual at UC Davis on Friday, March 1.
San Jose State kicked off the dual on bars in convincing fashion with the fifth-best team score in school history, a 49.025. The Spartans' best bars performer this year, averaging a 9.678 in nine meets, Alyssa Telles-Nolan led the team with a 9.850, tying her career-high and earning second place in the meet. Alyssa Kaschak (9.775) and Bekah Gher (9.825) had career-high performances, while Cami Guyer's 9.800 tied her career-best.
Three gymnasts earned or tied career-highs in the Spartans next rotation, on vault. The meet's top vault performer, Gher's 9.825 tied her best score on the vault as a collegiate. Amy Bellingham, who went first on the apparatus, scored a career-best 9.725. Hannah Gilbert followed suit with another career-high, a 9.800. After UC Davis earned the second-best team score on bars in school history (49.050), the Spartans led the Aggies by just .350 point.
San Jose State continued its run of strong floor performances in its third rotation of the night. For the third meet in a row, the Spartans were led by Cassandra Harrison's 9.900, who shared second place with Aggie Stephanie Stamates. Kiley Field, who had not competed for nearly a month, tied a career-best 9.725 and matching 9.800 scores for Gher and Telles-Nolan were collegiate-bests for both. The Spartans earned a 49.000 team score, marking the second time this season the team earned a 49.000 or higher on the apparatus. After the third rotation, the Spartans increased its lead, 146.825-146.125.
The Spartans did not let their momentum slip on its final rotation, on beam. Greer's 9.850, a 2013-best, gave her the meet's title. Gher placed second with a 9.825, while Guyer recorded her best score as a collegiate, a 9.800. The 48.875 team score was ninth-highest in San Jose State history.
UC Davis's final rotation on floor closed the gap between the Aggies' and Spartans' team scores, as two Aggie gymnasts earned a 9.900 or higher.
But in the end, the Spartans' consistency on every apparatus (the team had just one fall on during the meet) edged the Aggies, 195.700-195.475. The 195.700 was the third-best team score in school history, while UC Davis's 195.475 was a program-high.
In the all-around, placing second and third respectively, Gher's 39.275, a collegiate best, was the Spartans' top score this year and the 10th-best score in program history, as she earned at least a 9.800 in every event. Harrison earned a 39.125, giving her third place.
San Jose State hosts its final meet of the season on Friday, March 8, when it will honor its three seniors. The Spartans face UC Davis for the second-consecutive week, Seattle Pacific and Western Athletic Conference rivals Boise State at 7:00 p.m.