San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State University's women's gymnastics team had no falls for the first time this season and its consistency paid off, as the Spartans won its final home meet of the season, a quadrangle against UC Davis, Seattle Pacific and Western Athletic Conference (WAC) foes Boise State.
The Spartans' season-high team scores on beam (48.925) and floor (49.300) contributed to a 195.575, just .150 higher than second-place #23-Boise State's 195.425. UC Davis earned a 194.500, while Seattle Pacific scored a 191.725.
"Each week, we have been getting and better," said head coach Wayne Wright. "Tonight, we just stuck with our game plan and did our best gymnastics. We hit 24-out-of-24 routines, and even our exhibitions did well."
San Jose State began its night on vault, the only event that every team earned at least a 48.000 score or higher. Competing against her former squad, Boise State transfer Bekah Gher earned a 9.800, the Spartans' best performance on the apparatus.
On bars, every gymnast scored at least a 9.700 for the meet's highest team score on the apparatus, a 48.750. Cami Guyer and Gher each had team-leading 9.775 performances, which were the meet's third-best scores.
San Jose State's third rotation on beam saw the team matching its season-high team score, the sixth-best team score in school history. Led by Julia Greer's 9.825, which was the night's second-ranked score, the 48.925 team score was also assisted by Gher's third-place 9.800.
Feeding off of the energy from the Event Center crowd of 990, the Spartans closed the meet in decisive fashion. After three 9.900 scores in a row, Cassandra Harrison broke her streak of career-highs with a new career-high: a meet-best 9.925. It was San Jose State's best individual floor score of the year. Greer followed Harrison's score with a collegiate-best of her own: a 9.900.
In the all-around, Gher earned a 39.200, the meet's highest score. Harrison scored a 39.125, putting her in a two-way tie for second place.
Said Wright, "I was so proud of Bekah, especially against her former team, where she only competed in one event. Sometimes, it's not a good fit wherever you go but San Jose State has been a good fit for her."
Gher talked about facing her former team. "I was more nervous than I usually am coming in to this meet but I tried to do what I know how to do, and I did that.
"I wanted to show Boise State that I've improved and am doing more events. I am succeeding in that and am really excited."
San Jose State heads to Cedar City, Utah on Friday, March 15 at 6:00 p.m. to face WAC foes Southern Utah, Iowa and Ball State in its final meet before the WAC Championships, also at Southern Utah.
Said Wright, "I've been telling the team that our time is coming and tonight was it."