March 11, 2014
The San Jose State University women's gymnastics will honor its seniors on Friday, March 14, at 7:00 p.m. (PT), hosting Sacramento State in the Spartans’ final regular season meet.
LIVE COVERAGE: Live stats and video with commentary will be available for the Sacramento State meet. Both links are available on SJSUSpartans.com.
TICKETS: Tickets for the Sacramento State meet at The Event Center (at the corner of 7th and San Salvador streets) on San José State's campus are available for purchase at the Spartan Athletics Ticket Office at 1393 S. 7th Street in San Jose, or at the Event Center box office. Tickets for adults (over 12 years of age) are $5 and tickets for children 12 years or younger in club or Spartan Gymnastics gear are $1. San José State students get free admission with a Tower ID, and can bring one guest free of charge.
SAN JOSÉ STATE: At Utah State, Spartan gymnasts placed in the top-2 in every event, helping the team to its fourth-straight score over-195.000. Additionally, the team went 48.875 showing on beam, the 10th highest score in program history. Against the Aggies, each of the team’s three seniors earned second-place finishes: Bekah Gher was second on vault, Gher and MPSF Specialist of the Week Julia Greer finished second on beam alongside Cami Guyer, Greer earned second place on floor and Cassandra Harrison and Gher had respective second and third place finishes in the all-around.
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 177-137-1 record.
SACRAMENTO STATE: The Hornets are coming off of a season-high 195.275 in a home meet win over UC Davis and Alaska-Anchorage on March 7. The team also earned a season-best 49.000 on bars. Kalliah McCartney captured three individual event titles, including vault (9.825), bars (9.875) and beam (9.800). Sacramento State’s most decorated gymnast this season, she has won five vault, three beam and two all-around titles. Kim Hughes is in his 33rd season as Sacramento 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. 29, with a 195.345 RQS. San José State’s floor team is 24th, the beam team is ranked 31st, the bars team is No. 34 and the vault team is ranked 39th.
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: 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, who has earned a 9.825-or-higher on floor in every meet this season, 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. The San Diego native has captured four beam and floor titles. The four-time MPSF Specialist of the Week, an MPSF-best, 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 leads the MPSF with four weekly honors, winning MPSF Specialist of the Week for the weeks of Dec. 30, Jan. 6 and Feb. 24 after two first-place finishes at the NorCal Meet, No. 25 Arizona State and against Southern Utah. She won the award again after placing second on floor and beam at Utah 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.