Senior Night This Friday At Gymnastics

This Week:
Fri. March 16    Sacramento State, UC Davis    Spartan Gym    7:00 p.m. PDT

SPARTANS HOME FOR FINAL MEET:  San Jose State returns to Spartan Gym this Friday night for the team's final home meet of the season.  This week, the Spartans compete against Sacramento State and UC Davis for the third time this season.

SENIOR NIGHT:  Five Spartan seniors are competing in their final home meet this Friday night.  After their final routines, Aubrey Lee, Casey McCord, Katie Valleau, Thomasina Wallace and Samantha Wong will be honored.  

ABOUT SACRAMENTO STATE:  The Hornets are currently ranked 42nd nationally with a 193.890 Regional Qualifying Score (RQS).  The team won a quad meet on Sunday with a 194.400, the second-highest score of the season.  Head coach Kim Hughes is in his 31st season at the school.  Kalliah McCartney has a 38.985 RQS and finished second in the all-around on Sunday with a 39.150.

ABOUT UC DAVIS:  The Aggies enter the week ranked 54th with a 192.180 RQS.  The Aggies scored a season-high 194.025 at the quad meet hosted by Sacramento State on Sunday.  Head coach John Lavallee is in his sixth season at the school.  Katie Yamamura has a 38.925 RQS in the all-around and won the all-around with a school record 39.225 this past Sunday.

LIVE SCORING:  Friday's meet will have live scoring available on www.sjsuspartans.com, on the front page of the site.  The page will go live approximately 30 minutes before the meet begins. Fans need to refresh the page often to get the latest scores at the meet.

FACEBOOK:  Catch up with San Jose State women's gymnastics on Facebook.  Like "SJSU Gymnastics" and get video and inside looks into the program.

NATIONAL RANKINGS:  San Jose State enters the week ranked 34th with a 194.525 RQS.  The floor team is tied for 19th with a 49.000 RQS.
     Individually, Thomasina Wallace is eighth in the all-around with a 39.395 RQS, T14th on bars with a 9.880 RQS and T24th on beam with a 9.855 RQS.

TWITTER:  Follow San Jose State Athletics on Twitter @SJSUAthletics.  At away meets, tweets will occur after every Spartan rotation to keep fans in the know on what is happening at the meet.

GYM TALK:  Be sure to check out the Spartan website every Wednesday after 5 p.m., for Gym Talk.  Hosted by Justin Allegri, he is joined each week by Spartan head coach Wayne Wright and selected gymnasts who talk about the past week's performances, preview upcoming meets and a feature segment.

WAC HONORS PILING UP FOR WALLACE:  Thomasina Wallace has now piled up six Western Athletic Conference Gymnast of the Week honors after being selected this week for breaking the San Jose State all-around record at Washington.  

Wallace scored a 39.575 at Washington, breaking her old record of 39.525.  She also tied the bars and beam records at the meet.

Five other times this season, Wallace was named the WAC Gymnast of the Week, including three consecutive weeks.

Jan. 17 - Won all-around at Stanford
Jan. 31 - Won all-around at Sacramento State
Feb. 7 - Broke all-around record with 39.425 and won vault, bars and beam against Southern Utah.
Feb. 14 - Broke all-around record with 39.525 and won or tied for first on every event at Utah State.
March 6 - Won all-around, bars and floor at UC Davis Quad meet.
March 14 - Broke all-around record at 39.575 at Washington/Central Michigan meet.

TICKETS:  Tickets are General Admission at Spartan Gym.  Prices are $5 for Adults, $3 for Youth 12-and-under, and $1 for Youth in club gear at the door.  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.  Spartan Gym is located in Yosh Uchida Hall, on the corner of Fourth 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.

MEDIA GUIDE:   The 2012 San Jose State women's gymnastics media guide is available on www.sjsuspartans.com.  The book features information on all of the gymnasts as well as highlight videos for returning gymnasts.

HEAD COACH:  San Jose State head coach Wayne Wright is in his 11th season at the helm of the Spartan women's gymnastics team. He has coached all five San Jose State regional qualifying teams and taken three individual competitors to the NCAA Championships.

WALLACE NOW OWNS ALL-AROUND RECORD:
Thomasina Wallace has cemented her name at the top of the San Jose State All-Around Record list, now holding or tying for the top-five scores in school history.  After tying Shirla Choy at 39.400 her freshman year, Wallace has broken the record three times this season.  The latest came at the Washington/Central Michigan meet where she scored a 39.575.  At the meet, she won the bars, tying the school record with a 9.950, beam, tying the school record with a 9.900, and floor with a 9.875.
    In the fifth meet of the season, Wallace broke her original record by scoring a 39.425 against Southern Utah.  Six days later, she broke her record again with a 39.525 at Utah State.  At that meet, she won or tied for first on every event and tied her career-best with a 9.900 on vault.
Top-5 All-Around Scores
39.575    Thomasina Wallace    Mar. 9, 2012
39.525    Thomasina Wallace    Feb. 10, 2012
39.425    Thomasina Wallace    Feb. 5, 2012

39.400    Shirla Choy    March 29, 2003
39.400    Thomasina Wallace    April 4, 2009
39.375    Dani Albright    Feb. 16, 2001
39.375    Dani Albright    March 2, 2002
39.375    Dani Albright    March 29, 2003
39.375    Thomasina Wallace    Mar. 6, 2009
39.375    Thomasina Wallace    Jan. 27, 2012

TYING RECORD NOTHING NEW:  Thomasina Wallace is making sure her named is etched at the top of the San Jose State record books.  At the Washington/ Central Michigan meet, Wallace tied two school records she had already put her name on earlier in her career.  She started the night by tying the beam record in the first rotation with a 9.900.  Wallace has scored a 9.900 on the beam two other times as well as four other gymnasts.

     Wallace finished the meet on bars where she tied her other school record with a 9.950, one she shares with former Spartan Shirla Choy.

McCORD WINS FIRST VAULT TITLE:  Casey McCord won her first collegiate event title as she won the vault with a career-high 9.800 at the UC David Quad meet.  It was just the fourth meet that McCord had vaulted in this season.

VALLEAU TIES CAREER HIGH WITH FLOOR WIN:  Katie Valleau won her first floor title of 2012 with a 9.900 against California and Maryland.  She tied her career high that she set in winning the floor title at the 2011 NCAA Corvallis Regional.

GREER WINS FLOOR TITLE:  Julia Greer tied her career best with a 9.850 on floor to win the event in a meet against Southern Utah.  She was the first Spartan this season to win the floor.

McCORD COMPETES IN ALL-AROUND FOR FIRST TIME:  Due to unforeseen circumstances at Boise State, Casey McCord competed in the all-around for the first time in her Spartan career.  She scored a 38.550 including a 9.750 on vault and floor, a 9.625 on bars and a 9.425 on beam.

ALL-AROUND TITLES:  With her record-breaking scores and ranking eighth nationally,  has won the all-around title at nine of the 10 Spartan meets this season.  The only title she did not win was at UCLA.


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