March 18, 2014
San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University women's gymnastics heads to the MPSF Championships in Davis, Calif., on Saturday, March 22, at 6:00 p.m. The Spartans start the meet with a bye, then rotate to bars, beam, have a second bye, floor and finish the meet on vault.
LIVE COVERAGE: Live stats are available for the MPSF Championships through UCDavisAggies.com. The link is: http://icaweb.ucdavis.edu/livestats/gym/022814.htm
TICKETS: Tickets for the MPSF Championships are available through the Aggies’ website at: http://tickets.ucdavis.edu/. General admission tickets are $10, youth, seniors and groups of 10-or-more can purchase $8 tickets.
SAN JOSÉ STATE: The Spartans enter the MPSF Championships with the conference’s highest team score (195.510) and floor (49.040) RQS, with Julia Greer posting the MPSF’s top RQS on beam (9.845). The team is coming off of a season-high 195.800, the third-best score in program history, thanks in part to another season high, a 49.350 on floor. Bekah Gher won the all-around (39.125), Marissa Unpingco earned a career-high 9.875 to win the bars, and Julia Greer won both the beam (9.850) and floor (9.925) for the fourth time this season.
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 178-137-1 record.
AIR FORCE: The Falcons enter the MPSF Championships coming off of a season-best 195.300 team score, earned in a dual against Arizona, the second-straight meet Air Force surpassed the 195.000 mark (which they hadn’t done since 2004 prior to March 14). The team earned season-highs on vault, bars and beam, with Linnaea Hance winning the floor (shared with MPSF Newcomer of the Week Kara Witgen) and all-around titles. Doug Day is in his eighth season as the Falcons’ head coach.
ALASKA-ANCHORAGE: The Seawolves have been plagued by injuries this season, forced to compete with five gymnasts on vault, bars and floor in a tri-meet at Sacramento State on March 7. Despite that, the team matched a season-high 47.850 on vault, due in part to a season-high 9.700 by Morgan Cook on the apparatus. She posted team-highs on vault and beam (9.625), while the team’s top floor performer (9.688 average score). In his 30th season at the helm of the Seawolves’ program is Paul Stoklos.
SACRAMENTO STATE: The Hornets are coming off of a defeat against the Spartans on March 14, scoring a 193.475. Kaliah McCartney led her team with a 9.850 on vault for the meet title, her 14th individual event title of the season. Sacramento State earned season-high team (195.275) and bars (49.000) scores two weeks earlier, with its team score taking the seven spot in program history. Kim Hughes is in his 31st season as Sacramento State’s head coach.
SEATTLE PACIFIC: The 2014 Falcons have set a new program standard, becoming the first team in Seattle Pacific history to earn a 190.000-or-higher in every regular season meet. Earning a program-best 194.575 on Feb. 28, the team earned a season-best 48.850 on bars and a 48.900 on floor, the second-highest score this season, in their season finale. Maria Hundley has been stellar for the Falcons this season, winning seven event titles and earning her team’s top score in 19 of 30 rotations. In her 39th season as Seattle Pacific’s head coach is Laurel Tindall.
UC DAVIS: The Aggies have had a season for the record books, which included posting the highest team score in MPSF history just two weeks earlier (196.425). In a dual meet at California on March 15. UC Davis went 194.950, the second-highest team score earned on the road, scoring a 49.025 on bars, the fifth 49.000+ bars score in program history. Stephanie Stamates won her sixth floor title of the season with a career-best 9.900, helping UC Davis to a 48.850. John Lavallee is in his eighth season as the Aggies’ head coach.
PREPPING FOR THE POSTSEASON: With the NCAA postseason looming, the No. 30 Spartans are anxiously awaiting a Regional bid, after earning one of the top-36 regional qualifying scores in the country (the team is mathematically locked to finish in the top-36, according to RoadtoNationals.com). This will be the Spartans’ first NCAA postseason appearance as a team since 2012, and its seventh since 2003.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Event Center has been more than kind to the Spartans this season. After earning the third-highest team score in program history in the team’s second home meet of the season against Southern Utah on Feb. 28, San José State earned .025 point higher against Sacramento State in the team’s regular season finale. The Spartans also earned a season-high 49.350 on floor, the third-best mark in program history, against the Hornets.
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. 30, with a 195.510 RQS. San José State’s floor team is 27th, the beam team is ranked 28th, the bars team is No. 36 and the vault team is ranked 38th.
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 Sacramento State, Julia Greer won both the beam and floor titles for the fourth time this season and earned a career-high 9.925 on floor for her 10th-straight floor score of 9.825 or higher. Against Southern Utah, 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, and won the all-around against Sacramento State. 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 Sacramento State, a feat she has accomplished four times this season. She also earned a career-high 9.925 in the home dual. The five-time MPSF Specialist of the Week won the beam and floor titles against Southern Utah and 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 has earned an MPSF-best five weekly honors, named the MPSF Specialist of the Week for the weeks of Dec. 30 and Jan. 6 for her two first-place finishes at both the NorCal Meet and at No. 25 Arizona State, and garnered three-straight weekly honors to end the regular season. 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 the MPSF Championships, 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.