San Jose State women's gymnastics competes in two Western Athletic Conference meets this weekend, the final tune-ups before the WAC Championships on Saturday, March 21, at the Hornets Nest in Sacramento.
The Spartans begin competition this Friday night at Southern Utah. The meet begins at 7 p.m. MST. San Jose State enters the meet ranked 31st in the country, while the Thunderbirds are 26th. The meet will also feature the top-three all-around performers in the conference SJSU’s Veronica Porte and Thomasina Wallace and SUU’s Elise Wheeler.
A free, live video stream of the meet will be available through www.suutbirds.com. However, the feed will primarily feature Southern Utah gymnasts with occasional footage of San Jose State when rotations allow. Live stats are also available on the web site.
After turning the clocks ahead Saturday night one hour, San Jose State returns to Spartan Gym Sunday afternoon for a 2 p.m. meet against Utah State. The Spartans three seniors Alise Blackwell, Renae Moneymaker and Veronica Porte will be honored prior to the meet. Live stats for the meet will be available on www.sjsuspartans.com.
Blackwell is a three-time Academic All-WAC selection and is a four-year performer for San Jose State. She qualified as an all-around performer to the 2007 NCAA West Regional Championships and competed with the team the other two years. She finished 14th in the all-around at the meet. This season, Blackwell recorded her best individual score with a 9.900 on vault at the BYU Quadrangular meet.
Moneymaker is a three-year performer for San Jose State. She is a two-time All-WAC selection during her career first team on the vault her freshman year and second team on the bars her junior year. Moneymaker received Academic All-WAC honors. Her best scores were a 9.825 on vault her freshman season and a 9.825 on bars this year in a home meet with Boise State and Seattle Pacific. Moneymaker competed with the Spartan team at the 2006 and 2008 NCAA West Regional Championships.
Porte has competed in every meet during her four-year career. She has missed just one event (floor at UC Davis last March because of the flu) in that time, going 207 of 208 events in this time period. Porte has won numerous All-WAC honors second team in the all-around her freshman year, first team in the all-around and second team on vault and beam her sophomore year, first team on vault and second team on beam her junior year. She tied the vault school record with a 9.925 at the BYU Quadrangular this season. Porte is tied for the sixth-best all-around score in school history with a 39.275. She competed in the all-around at the 2007 NCAA West Regional Championships and with the team in 2006 and 2008.
This week, the Spartans are ranked 31st in the country with a 194.290 regional qualifying score. The bar team is 23rd at 48.705, while the floor team is 23rd at 48.815.
Spartan Gym is located in the Yosh Uchida Hall complex, on the corner of Fourth and San Carlos Streets on the San Jose State campus.