March 4, 2014
San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University women's gymnastics travels to Utah State on March 7 for a 7:00 p.m. (MT) dual against the Aggies.
LIVE COVERAGE: Live stats and video will be available for the Utah State dual through http://utahstateaggies.com. Live stats are available at: http://www.utahstateaggies.com/livestats/w-gym/20140307.htm and live video is available here: http://www.utahstateaggies.com/videos/
TICKETS: Tickets for the Utah State meet are available through the Aggies’ website at: http://www.utahstateaggies.com/tickets/ust-tickets.html
SAN JOSÉ STATE: The Spartans continued to rewrite the record books against Southern Utah at home on Feb. 28 after earning a season-high 195.775, toppling the 195.725 earned at Sacramento State on Feb. 14, previously the third-highest score in program history. The team also earned 2014-bests on bars (49.100) and floor (49.200). Seven career-high scores were either earned or matched, and four Spartans captured individual event titles. For the third time this season, Julia Greer collected the beam and floor titles, tying a career-best 9.900 on floor. Cassandra Harrison’s 9.900 score matched that on the apparatus.
HEAD COACH: The San José State University women’s gymnastics team head coach is Wayne Wright in his 13th season. The 2012 NCAA West Regional Coach of the Year has brought six teams to an NCAA Regional since 2003 and at least two gymnasts have competed as individuals each season in that time. Overall, Wright has a 177-136-1 record.
UTAH STATE: The Aggies beat Sacramento State on Feb. 28 with a 195.100, the team’s second score over-195.000 this season and earned a 2014-best 48.750 on beam. Sarah Landes won the all-around with a season-high 39.250 and a share of the bars title, scoring a 9.825. Bailey McIntire took her second-straight floor title, matching a career-high 9.900. The freshman currently leads the Aggies with six event titles. Nadalie Walsh is in her first season as Utah State’s head coach.
HOME SWEET HOME: In the Spartans’ second home dual of the season, against Southern Utah on Feb. 28, the 2014 squad rewrote the record book. They became the first team in program history to earn four scores of 195.000-or-higher in a season with their 195.775, the third highest score in San José State history. The previous week at the Boise State dual meet, the Spartans scored a 195.550 and one week earlier, the Spartans scored a 195.725 at Sacramento State. On Jan. 26 at UC Davis, San José State finished with a 195.400.
SPARTANS CONSISTENCY SHOWS IN RANKINGS: The 2014 Spartans’ consistently high rankings have shown themselves in the most recent Troester.com/gym national rankings. The team is ranked No. 27, its highest ranking since 2009, with a 195.250 RQS. San José State’s floor team is 24th, the beam team is ranked No. 29, the bars team is No. 31 and the vault team is ranked 36th.
RECORD MEET IN THE STATE CAPITOL: At the Sacramento State meet, the 2014 Spartans earned their place in the record books. Following the meet, the team’s 195.725 was the third-best score in program history, and their vault (48.950) and bars (49.100) scores were the fourth-highest earned by a San José State team. The team’s performance was also one of the best in the MPSF. The 48.950 on vault was third-best in conference history, the 195.725 was fourth-highest and the bars score of 49.100 was No. 5.
HARRISON REGAINS 2013 FORM: Eight meets into the 2014 season, senior Cassandra Harrison has shown the brilliance she displayed last season as one of two Spartan gymnasts to qualify for the NCAA Corvallis Regional. The MPSF Gymnast of the Week for Feb. 10-16, at Sacramento State, she placed second in the all-around with a 39.300, the ninth-best score in team history and a career-best. She won a share on the floor title against Southern Utah with her second 9.900 of the season, which she matched at Sacramento State.
SENIORS SHOWING THEIR STUFF: The Spartans’ three seniors continue to bring their gymnastics to the next level as the season progresses. Against Southern Utah, Julia Greer won both the beam and floor titles for the third time this season and matched a career-high 9.900 on floor for her eighth-straight floor score of 9.825 or higher. She shared the meet title with Cassandra Harrison, who earned her second 9.900 of the season. Bekah Gher won a share of the vault title in the home dual against the Thunderbirds with her 9.800 score. All three seniors have been recognized for their impressive showings, with each earning MPSF weekly honors at least once this season.
ALL GREER DOES IS WIN, WIN, WIN: Senior captain Julia Greer won both the beam and floor titles against Southern Utah, a feat she has accomplished three times this season. She also matched a career-high 9.900 in the home dual, her eighth-straight score equal to or higher than a 9.825. The San Diego native has captured four beam and floor titles. The two-time MPSF Specialist of the Week won the beam and floor titles at No. 25 Arizona State and the NorCal Meet. She won the floor at the UC Davis Quad, where she also placed third on beam with a career-best 9.900, and won the beam at Boise State.
GUYER MAKING A STATEMENT: This season, Cami Guyer has evolved into one of the Spartans' most consistent gymnasts. Competing in the all-around, she placed in the top-3 at five of the Spartans’ meets this the season. After placing third in the all-around at No. 25 Arizona State, Guyer continued to improve her scores against two preseason nationally-ranked teams at Washington. She earned a career-high 9.800 on vault and finished second in the all-around with a 39.150 just 45 minutes from her hometown of Fall City, Wash. Against Southern Utah, she matched or earned career-bests on bars (9.875), floor (9.825) and in the all-around (39.225) for a second-place all-around spot.
MPSF HONORS PILING UP FOR SPARTANS: Four Spartan gymnasts have earned MPSF weekly accolades. Senior Julia Greer was honored as the MPSF Specialist of the Week for the weeks of Dec. 30 and Jan. 6 for her two first-place finishes at both the NorCal Meet and at No. 25 Arizona State. Senior Bekah Gher was the MPSF Gymnast of the Week on Jan. 14 after winning the all-around at No. 25 Arizona State and on Feb. 24 for placing second in the all-around and on vault at Boise State. After placing second in the all-around at Washington with a career-best 39.150, Cami Guyer earned MPSF Gymnast of the Week honors for Jan. 13. For the first time in her career, Cassandra Harrison received weekly conference honors, named the MPSF Gymnast of the Week for Feb. 17 after finishing second in the all-around at Sacramento State with a career-high 39.300.
FACEBOOK: Catch up with San José State women’s gymnastics on Facebook. Like “SJSU Gymnastics” and get video and inside looks into the program. Performances will be posted to the page following the meet.
TWITTER: Follow San José State Athletics on Twitter @SJSUAthletics and follow @SJSUgymnastics for inside information on the gymnastics team. At Utah State, San José State’s progress after each rotation will be tweeted on @SJSUAthletics, and each score will be posted on @SJSUGymnastics.
GYM TALK: Visit www.sjsuspartans.com every Tuesday to watch Gym Talk, a weekly feature hosted by a San José State gymnast that discusses the previous week’s meet and previews the upcoming meet. Viewers will also get a behind-the-scenes look of Spartan gymnastics.