Cedar City, Utah - In its final regular season meet of 2013, the San Jose State University women's gymnastics team earned a 194.250 and finished third in a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) meet against hosts Southern Utah, Iowa and Ball State on Friday, March 15.
Southern Utah won the meet with a 195.475. Iowa finished second with a 195.025 and Ball State rounded out the quadrangle with a 193.575.
"Little things hurt us tonight," Head Coach Wayne Wright said. "The opportunity was there but we need to regain our confidence, remember that we are a good team, especially away from home, and focus on what we have trained to do."
San Jose State's opening rotation on bars saw its third-highest team score of the season, a 48.825. Bekah Gher led the team on the apparatus, matching her career-high with a 9.825. Cami Guyer and Alyssa Telles-Nolan earned twin 9.800 scores.
The Spartans faltered in its second rotation, on beam. Julia Greer had San Jose State's highest score, a 9.725. It was the second time this season that the Spartans' highest individual beam score was a 9.725 or lower.
San Jose State continued to slide in its third rotation on floor. The 48.500 team score was the lowest team floor score since January 18 at Sacramento State. Greer earned her second team-high score of the night, with a team-best 9.800.
In its closing rotation, the Spartans matched its team score on the apparatus from its meet last Friday, March 8, against Boise State, UC Davis and Seattle Pacific, a 48.600. Harrison had the team's best performance, a 9.800.
Competing in the all-around, Gher earned a 38.850 and Harrison scored a 38.800.
"Personally, I feel like I could have done better but it was a mad house in there," Greer said of Southern Utah. "I am glad we got to compete here before the WAC Championships because we have so many freshmen on the team. We needed to feel it out so that we can learn how to keep our composure and not let our nerves get to us."
San Jose State returns to Cedar City, Utah, next Saturday, March 23, for the WAC Championships.
Said Wright, "It was good to come here and know what to expect before the championships so we know what we need to do better next week and be prepared."