San Jose, Calif. - After its first win against Western Athletic Conference (WAC) rivals #23-Boise State in three years, the San Jose State University women's gymnastics team travels to Cedar City, Utah, for its final meet of the season. The Spartans face Ball State, Iowa and conference foes Southern Utah for the finale before the WAC Championships on Saturday, March 23, also in Cedar City.
LIVE STATS: Live stats for the meet will be available on http://SJSUspartans.com.
LIVE VIDEO: A live feed of the meet will be available through http://SJSUspartans.com.
GYM TALK: Be sure to check out the Spartan website every Wednesday for Gym Talk. Hosted by Justin
Allegri, he is joined each week by Spartan head coach Wayne Wright and select gymnasts to discuss the past week's performances and preview upcoming meets.
SAN JOSE STATE: San Jose State gymnastics (12-9, 2-2 WAC) 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.
RANKINGS: At the NCAA West Regional, six teams and five all-arounders not on eligible teams, as well as the top individual specialist on each apparatus, with the highest regional qualifying scores (RQS) compete. To have an RQS, a gymnast must have competed in six meets. According to GymInfo, the Spartans are ranked seventh (194.465) in the west region. Individually, Bekah Gher is ranked 13th on beam (9.810 RQS) and Julia Greer is the 16th-best floor competitor in the west region (9.840 RQS). Cassandra Harrison is 10th in the all-around (38.854 RQS) and 14th on floor (9.845 RQS).
HEAD COACH: San Jose State head coach Wayne Wright is in his 12th season at the helm of the Spartan women's gymnastics team. He has coached all six San Jose State regional qualifying teams and taken three individual competitors to the NCAA Championships.
HISTORY-MAKING YEAR: This season, the Spartans have earned four top-35 team scores, and cracked the top-20 team scores on vault and bars six times, beam five times and floor four times.
Individually, San Jose State has performed multiple top program scores. Cassandra Harrison earned four top-20 all-around, top-five vault and top-five floor scores, and one top-five beam score. Bekah Gher has two of San Jose State's 20-best all-around and five-best vault scores, and has three of the program's top-four beam scores. Julia Greer has two of the Spartans' top -four beam scores and one top-five floor score. Tauny Shearer and Alyssa Telles-Nolan each broke the top-five list on beam and bars, respectively, once.
SAN JOSE STATE CONTINUES TO CLIMB: The Spartans tied its 2013-best team score on beam (48.925) and earned its best floor team score of the season, and fourth-best in school history, with a 49.300 in its final home meet of the season on Friday, March 8, against Boise State, UC Davis and Seattle Pacific. San Jose State scored 48-plus in all of its events for the third-consecutive meet and earned its third-straight team score over 195.
GHER RISES ABOVE FORMER CLUB: Against her former school, Boise State, Bekah Gher placed first in the all-around for the second time this season against the WAC rivals, UC Davis and Seattle Pacific (3/8) after a second-place finish at UC Davis the week before (3/1). Her 39.275 in the all-around at UC Davis was a collegiate best, the Spartans' top score this year and the 10th-best score in program history.
HARRISON MAINTAINS HER ASCENT: Cassandra Harrison continued her ascent this season in San Jose State's home finale (3/8). After earning a 9.900 on floor in three-consecutive meets, she broke her streak with a 9.925, the fourth-highest score in program history, for the meet title against Boise State, UC Davis and Seattle Pacific. Against UC Davis last week (3/1), she finished second on floor after winning the apparatus title in back-to-back meets (against Utah State and Brown, 2/15, and at California with Brown, 2/18).
SOUTHERN UTAH THUNDERBIRDS: Southern Utah (4-8, 2-2 WAC) lost by just .450 points to Brigham Young last Friday, March 8, but still managed its fifth score above 195 this season (195.425) in the dual. Michaela Chernoch finished with the second-highest all-around score (39.200), her fourth 39-plus showing this season. Arlyn Amor won the bars title in that meet with a career-best 9.875. Scott Bauman is in his 21st season at the helm of the Thunderbirds' program.
IOWA GYMHAWKS: #25-Iowa (6-5, 2-5 Big Ten) earned a season-best 196.375 against Iowa State last Friday, March 8, despite having two falls. Career-highs for Sydney Hoerr in the all-around (39.400) and Emma Willis on vault (9.925) led the GymHawks to a season-best 49.375 on vault. Larissa Libby is in her ninth year as Iowa's head coach.
BALL STATE CARDINALS: Ball State (6-8, 3-3 MAC) finished second in a tri-meet against Illinois and Illinois-Chicago on Sunday, March 10, earning its second-highest team floor score of the season. Denasiha Christian led her team on the apparatus, earning a career-best 9.875, while Angie Hosbach's 9.850 on bars was also career-high. In her sixth season is Head Coach Nadalie Walsh.
FACEBOOK: Catch up with San Jose 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 throughout the meet.
TWITTER: Follow San Jose State Athletics on Twitter @SJSUAthletics and follow @SJSUgymnastics for inside information on the gymnastics team. For select away meets, San Jose State's progress after rotations will be tweeted on the @SJSUAthletics handle.
TICKETS: Tickets are on sale for all home meets at The Event Center box office. Seating is General Admission at The Event Center, located on the corner of San Carlos and Seventh Streets. Prices are $5 for Adults, $3 for Youth 12-and-under, and free for San Jose State students with a valid Tower ID. Groups of 20 or more can pay the Youth price of $3 if tickets are ordered by the last business day prior to the meet.
Tickets are available at the door. All doors to the facility open 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to every home meet. The Event Center is located on the corner of Seventh and San Carlos Streets on the San Jose State campus. Fans can park on campus in the Fourth Street Garage. A parking permit can be purchased in the garage for $5.00 after 5:00 p.m.
SPARTAN GYMNAST NOTES:
Amy Bellingham competes on beam and vault for the Spartans. Her 2013-bests on vault came at UC Davis (3/1) (9.700) and on beam, a 9.700 at the Denver Quad (2/2).
Kiley Field competes on beam and floor for San Jose State. She recorded a 9.625 on beam at the NorCal Quad (1/4) and earned a season-high 9.825 against Boise State, UC Davis and Seattle Pacific (3/8).
Bekah Gher competes in the all-around for the Spartans. She earned season-bests on vault (9.825), bars (9.825) and the all-around (39.275) at UC Davis (3/1). Her beam season-high, a 9.850, was against Utah State and Brown (2/15) and her best floor score of 2013 was against Boise State, UC Davis and Seattle Pacific (3/8).
Hannah Gilbert competes on vault for San Jose State. Her best score of the year (9.800) came at UC Davis (3/1).
Julia Greer performs on vault, beam, and floor for San Jose State. She earned a career-high 9.900 on floor against Boise State, UC Davis and Seattle Pacific (3/8). At the Denver Quad (2/2) she earned a season-high on vault (9.750) and won the beam at UC Davis (3/1) with a season-high 9.850.
Cami Guyer competes in every event for the Spartans. At the NorCal Quad (1/4), she scored a season-high on vault (9.800). She earned a 2013-best score on bars (9.800, tied at UC Davis, 3/1) and the all-around (38.675) at the Arizona Quad (1/12). At Sacramento State (1/18), she earned a season-best 9.675 on floor and against UC Davis (3/1), she scored her season-best 9.800 on beam.
Cassandra Harrison competes in the all-around for the Spartans. She had a career-high all-around (39.200), and a season-high 9.825 on beam, against Utah State and Brown (2/15). She recorded a career-high 9.925 on floor against Boise State, UC Davis and Seattle Pacific (3/8). She tied her career-high vault score at Sacramento State (1/18) (9.825), and had a season-high 9.775 on bars at UC Davis (3/1).
Jasmine Holmes competes on vault and floor for the Spartans. She earned a season-best 9.775 on vault three times (NorCal Quad, 1/4; Denver Quad, 2/2; Seattle Pacific, 2/8). Her 2013-best on floor was against Utah State and Brown (2/15), a 9.775.
Alyssa Kaschak performs on bars for the Spartans. She recorded a 9.775 on bars, a season-best, at UC Davis (3/1).
Victoria Lark competes on floor for San Jose State, recording a career-best 9.800 against Utah State and Brown (2/15).
Tauny Shearer is a beam and floor performer for the Spartans. She earned a career-high 9.775 on beam at California (2/18) and a 9.050 on floor against Sacramento State (1/25).
Alyssa Telles-Nolan competes on vault, bars and floor for the Spartans. She has a career-high 9.525 on vault at California (2/18). Her best score in 2013 on bars (9.850) and floor (9.800) came at UC Davis (3/1).
Marissa Unpingco performs on bars and beam for San Jose State. She scored a career- and team-high 9.800 on bars at the Arizona Quad (1/12), and earned a career-best 9.800 on beam against Utah State and Brown (2/15).
UP NEXT: The Spartans returns to Cedar City, Utah for the WAC Championships, also at Southern Utah, on March 23.