Sat., March 19 MPSF Championships The Nest Sacramento, Calif. 6:00 p.m. PDT
Live scoring - http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=121842
Live video stream - http://bit.ly/1Rcxlio
The San José State women's gymnastics team looks for its first conference championship since 2004 this Saturday, March 19, at the 2016 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women's Gymnastics Championships held at Sacramento State
The meet will be held at The Nest on the Sacramento State campus and begins at 6 p.m. PDT. Live stats and live video of the meet are available with links on www.sjsuspartans.com. FloGymnastics will be broadcating live from the meet, and a membership is required to watch.
San José State is one of six teams competing for the MPSF Championship -- Air Force, Alaska Anchorage, UC Davis, Sacramento State, Seattle Pacific and the Spartans. The Spartans' competition order is bars-beam-bye-floor-vault-bye.
|1||Sacramento State||Alaska Anchorage||San José State||UC Davis||Air Force||Seattle Pacific|
|2||Seattle Pacific||Sacramento State||Alaska Anchorage||San José State||UC Davis||Air Force|
|3||Air Force||Seattle Pacific||Sacramento State||Alaska Anchorage||San José State||UC Davis|
|4||UC Davis||Air Force||Seattle Pacific||Sacramento State||Alaska Anchorage||San José State|
|5||San José State||UC Davis||Air Force||Seattle Pacific||Sacramento State||Alaska Anchorage|
|6||Alaska Anchorage||San José State||UC Davis||Air Force||Seattle Pacific||Sacramento State|
The Spartans enter the meet with a 194.650 regional qualifying score, third-best in the league behind UC Davis and Sacramento State who are tied at 194.790.
This season, San José State has recorded two of the program's top-15 scores in school history. The Spartans scored a 195.350 at a tri-meet at Boise State with Southern Utah last weekend. The team's second-highest score of the season came at The Nest with a 195.300 against the Hornets on February 19.
Spartan head coach Wayne Wright is in his 15th year at the helm of the program. He has coached all seven San José State regional qualifying teams and taken three individual competitors to the NCAA Championships.
Wright is assisted by associate head coach Shella Martinez who is in her 12th season with the Spartans. She is primarily responsible for the beam team and is the team's recruiting coordinator. Former Spartan Alise Blackwell joined the Spartan coaching staff in 2015 as an assistant coach and is the team's bars coach. 2014 MPSF Gymnast of the Year Julia Greer is in her second year as the director of operations.
DEFENDING MPSF CHAMPION
Senior Marissa Unpingco looks to defend her co-beam title from 2015. She tied for first with Dani Judal of UC Davis and M'rcy Matsunami of Alaska Anchorage at 9.875. All three gymnasts return to the championship meet to defend their title.
Unpingco has a 9.815 RQS on beam and has scored a 9.800 or better in five meets this year. She won the beam against Boise State on February 12 with a 9.850.
Senior Maddie Herr is the team's only all-around performer and Spartans' top performer on floor. Herr enters the weekend with a 38.885 RQS and has scored a 39.000 or better in the all-around in three meets including a career-best 39.350 last week at Boise State. She holds the top score a Spartan gymnast has received this year at 9.900, achieved on bars in a home meet with Boise State on February 12. Herr scored a 9.875 in the team's final home meet of the year and has a 9.850 on both beam and floor.
MPSF GYMNAST OF THE WEEK HONORS
Three San José State gymnasts were honored by the MPSF coaches throughout the 2016 season. Ellie Pascoe-Long was named the Newcomer of the Week after tying for fourth on the floor with a 9.850 and scoring a 9.725 on vault at the NorCal Classic. Rachel Heinl was named the Specialist of the Week after winning the bars with a 9.800 and scoring a 9.800 on vault in the team's final home meet of the season against UC Davis and Brown. Maddie Herr was named the Gymnast of the Week after posting the seventh-highest all-around score of 39.350 last week at Boise State.
January 12 - Ellie Pascoe-Long - Newcomer
March 8 - Rachel Heinl - Specialist
March 15 - Maddie Herr - Gymnast
The Spartans lineup consists of Hannah Gilbert, Kendal Watts, Heinl, Herr, Erica Matos and Josalyn Ray. The team recorded the sixth-highest score in school history with a 48.950 in the team's final home meet of the year. Matos won three vault titles this year and is the team's top vaulter with a 9.795 RQS. Herr has the team's top score of the season with a 9.875 in the team's final home meet of the year on March 6 to win the event. Ray won a vault title with a 9.800 at Seattle Pacific with Alaska Anchorage.
The bars lineup consists of Unpingco, Alyssa Kaschak, Haleigh Shepard, Heinl, Herr and Allison Bellingham. The team scored a season-best 49.000 in a home meet with Boise State on February 12, tying for the seventh-best score in school history. Herr holds the team's top score of the season with a 9.900 in the same Boise State meet. She won the bars at Seattle Pacific with Alaska Anchorage as she scored a 9.800. Rachel Heinl won a bars title with a 9.800 against Brown and UC Davis on March 6. Kaschak has the team's top RQS on the bars at 9.760.
The beam lineup features Kaschak, Watts, Herr, Alisa Bogdan, Unpingco and Bellingham. The beam team posted two top-10 scores in school history this season - 8th-best with a 48.925 at Seattle Pacific with Alaska Anchorage, and 10th-best with a 48.875 last week at Boise State with Southern Utah. Unpingco is the team's top performer with a 9.815 RQS. She won a beam title against Boise State with a 9.850. Herr won the beam at Sacramento State with a 9.850, while Allison Bellingham had the team's top score at Seattle Pacific with a 9.875 to win the event.
Finally, on floor, the lineup consists of Shepard, Bogdan, Ray, Matos, Herr and Pascoe-Long. Herr is the team's top performer with a 9.800 RQS. Matos won the only floor title for the Spartans with a 9.800 in the Spartan quad meet on January 29. Four Spartans have scored a 9.850 on floor this year - Herr, Matos, Pascoe-Long and Ray.
SPARTANS AT THE MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS
San José State won its only MPSF Championship in 2004 when the Spartans hosted the meet in Spartan Gym. Former Spartan Jennifer Greene posted the school's only perfect-10 in any event on the floor to win the title. The Spartans also set a school record with a 195.925 team score. Shirla Choy won the bars title with a school-record 9.950, while Amberly Klein won the beam with a 9.850.
Last year, the Spartans placed second at the championships in Anchorage with a 195.175. Former Spartan Cami Guyer won the vault (9.900), floor (9.875) and all-around (39.225). Current Spartan Marissa Unpingco tied for first on beam with a 9.875.
Overall, the team has competed in six MPSF Championships with one championship, three seconds and two thirds. Individually, Spartans have won titles on vault (Dani Albright 2003; Cami Guyer 2015), bars (Shirla Choy 2003 & 2004), beam (Amberly Klein 2003 & 2004; Marissa Unpingco 2015), floor (Shirla Choy 2002; Dani Albright 2003; Jennifer Green 2004; Cami Guyer 2015) and all-around (Shirla Choy 2003; Cami Guyer 2015).