Women's Gymnastics Competes At WAC Championships Saturday Night

This Week:
Sat. March 21
WAC Championships
Sacramento, Calif.
6:00 p.m. PDT

SPARTANS TO COMPETE AT WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS:
The San Jose State women’s gymnastics team travels to Sacramento this Saturday night for the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Championships. The six-team meet begins at 6 p.m. at the Hornets Nest on the Sacramento State campus. The Spartans face Boise State, CS Fullerton, Sacramento State, Southern Utah and Utah State.

The Spartans will start the meet with a bye before performing on the bars then rotating to the beam before a bye in the fourth rotation. The team will then compete on its best events of the year, the floor and vault, to end the meet.

Rotation Vault Bye Bars Beam Bye Floor
Rotation 1 SUU SJSU Utah St. SAC CSF BSU
Rotation 2 BSU SUU SJSU Utah St. SAC CSF
Rotation 3 CSF BSU SUU SJSU Utah St. SAC
Rotation 4 SAC CSF BSU SUU SJSU Utah St.
Rotation 5 USU SAC CSF BSU SUU SJSU
Rotation 6 SJSU USU SAC CSF BSU SUU

TICKETS: A limited number of tickets are available for Saturday night’s meet. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Sacramento State Ticket Office at (916) 278-2222.

PARKING: For the meet, guests may park in Lots A, B & 1 which are located north of the Hornets Nest. Disabled parking is also available in the designated spots on Moraga Way. All other lots on campus require a daily pass which can be purchased for $6.

HEAD COACH: San Jose State head coach Wayne Wright is in his eighth season at the helm of the Spartan women’s gymnastics team.

LIVE STATS: The WAC Championships will have live statistics available through the Sacramento State web site at www.hornetsports.com. A link to those stats will also be available on the Spartan web site at www.sjsuspartans.com.

AUDIO BROADCAST: A live audio feed of the meet will be available through Sacramento State's student radio station at www.kssu.com.

SPARTANS AT THE WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS: San Jose State had its best finish in three years in 2008. The Spartans finished second to Boise State and just .200 away from the Broncos. Veronica Porte tied for second on the vault with a 9.850, while Emily Stebbins was third on the floor with a 9.900. Renae Moneymaker tied for fourth on bars with a 9.775.

In the other two years, the Spartans finished fourth in 2007 and fifth in 2006.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: San Jose State enters the week ranked 34th with a 194.630 regional qualifying score (RQS). On bars, the team is tied for 25th with a 48.795 RQS, while the floor team is 23rd with a 48.975 RQS.

Individually, Thomasina Wallace is 10th on the bars with a 9.885 RQS.

WALLACE TWO OF THREE TOP ALL-AROUND SCORES:
In just her first season of competition in a Spartan uniform, Thomasina Wallace is tied already for two of the top-three all-around scores in San Jose State history. Wallace tied for second place with a 39.375 at Southern Utah, and scored the third-highest score with a 39.350 at UC Davis with Stanford.

PORTE TIES VAULT SCHOOL RECORD:
Veronica Porte tied the San Jose State vault record with a 9.925 at the BYU quadrangular meet in February. She tied Shina Cardeno who performed the vault in 2006.

Porte was the big winner on the evening, winning three events and the all-around. Porte won the vault with her record-breaking 9.925, beam with a 9.800, floor with a 9.825 and the all-around with a career-best 39.275.

NEW VAULT TEAM RECORD:
For the third time in four seasons, San Jose State set a new vault team school record. The Spartans had a 49.100 at the BYU quadrangular on February 20. Five of the top-10 vault scores in school history have been recorded this season.

Top-10 Vault Scores
Score Opponents Date

49.100 at BYU, Boise St., Utah St. Feb. 20, 2009
49.025 Southern Utah Feb. 16, 2008
48.950 UC Davis February 24, 2006
48.925 at WAC Champ. March 29, 2008
48.925 at Southern Utah March 6,2009
48.900 Boise St., Seattle Pacific Jan. 23, 2009
48.875 Seattle Pacific, Illinois-Chicago Feb. 3, 2006
48.850 at California March 17, 2006
48.825 at Seattle Pacific Jan. 31, 2009
48.800 at UC Davis, Stanford, Sac. St. Mar. 23, 2008
48.750 at Sacramento St. Mar. 18, 2007
48.750 UC Davis February 22, 2008
48.750 Sacramento State Feb. 6, 2009

THREE OF TOP-10 TEAM SCORES:
This season, San Jose State has scored three of the top-10 team scores in school history. The Spartans posted the second-highest score at Seattle Pacific with a 195.400. At Southern Utah, San Jose State scored a 195.250 for the fifth-highest score. The team also totaled the eighth-best score with a 194.800 at the BYU quadrangular.

Top 10 Team Totals All-Time
Score Opponents Date

195.925 MPSF Championships March 20, 2004
195.400 at Seattle Pacific January 31, 2009
195.325 Southern Utah February 16, 2008
195.300 at Sacramento State March 18, 2007
195.250 at Southern Utah March 6, 2009
195.100 UC Davis February 7, 2003
194.900 Seattle Pacific March 9, 2001
194.800 at BYU, Boise St., Utah St. February 20, 2009
194.825 at Cal, UC Davis, CS Full. March 9, 2008
194.725 WAC Championships March 29, 2008

194.000 SCORE STREAK: The Spartans enter the championships with a unique streak for San Jose State. The Spartans have scored a 194.000 or better in seven consecutive meets. The streak is the longest in school history and the most times in one year that San Jose State has scored a 194.000 or better. Last year, the team had a streak of five consecutive meets.

TWO 9.900+ SCORES ON VAULT IN SAME MEET: At the BYU quadrangular meet in February, two Spartans received a 9.900 or higher on the vault. Veronica Ramos tied the Spartan school record with a 9.925, while Alise Blackwell scored a career-best 9.900. This was the first time in school history that two Spartans scored a 9.900 or better in the same meet on vault. It was also just the seventh time in school history on any apparatus that two Spartan teammates scored a 9.900 or higher on the same event. In fact, three Spartans scored a 9.900 or better on the floor at the 2004 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships.

WALLACE RECEIVES WAC HONORS: Four times this season, Thomasina Wallace has been named the WAC Gymnast of the Week. Wallace’s first honor came after she won the all-around title at Seattle Pacific with a 39.200. She also won the individual title on bars with a 9.875, and added a 9.800 on vault, a 9.775 on floor and a 9.750 on beam.

Her second honor came after winning the all-around at Sacramento State with a 39.225. Wallace won on bars with a 9.900 to tie her season high on the apparatus, the floor with a season-best 9.875 and placed second on vault with a 9.775.

The third honor came after a 39.350 to win the all-around in a meet at UC Davis with #3 Stanford. She tied for first on floor with a season-best 9.900, tied for second on bars with a 9.875, third on beam with a 9.775 (season-high) and tied for fourth on vault with a 9.800.

Her fourth honor came after a 39.375 all-around win at Southern Utah. The mark ties for the second-highest all-around score in SJSU history. Wallace tied for first on vault (8.850), won the bars title (9.875) and finished second on floor with a 9.825. Wallace also received her season-best on beam with a 9.825 to finish third.

SPARTAN NOTES:

Alise Blackwell has competed in all 10 meets this season on the vault and bars and nine meets on the beam. She won the bars against Sacramento State with a 9.750, and the beam at Seattle Pacific with a 9.850. With a 9.730 average on vault, Blackwell recorded a career-best 9.900 at the BYU quadrangular and added a 9.825 at Southern Utah. On bars, she averages a 9.718 and had a 9.825 in three meets - versus Boise State and Seattle Pacific, at BYU quadrangular and in her last home meet against Utah State. With a 9.689 beam average, Blackwell scored a 9.850 at Seattle Pacific and had a 9.725 in two other meets.

Kelli Fournier has competed on the beam in seven meets. She scored a season-best 9.675 at Seattle Pacific and added a 9.425 versus Sacramento State.

Shanice Howard competes on the vault and floor for the Spartans. In 10 meets on the vault, Howard has a 9.638 average. She had a 9.750 at Seattle Pacific and against Sacramento State. On the floor, Howard has a 9.722 average in eight meets. She received a 9.800 or better in three meets - at CS Fullerton, at Seattle Pacific and against Utah State.

Jessica Khoshnood competes on the bars and floor for San Jose State. She compiled a 9.565 average in 10 meets. She has scored a 9.700 or better in eight meets including a 9.800 at Seattle Pacific. Khoshnood has performed on the floor in the past seven meets. She has a 9.732 average and scored a 9.700 or better in six of the meets. Khoshnood had a 9.755 at Seattle Pacific and against Utah State.

Aubrey Lee is a beam specialist for the Spartans. In 10 meets this season, she has a 9.610 average and scored a 9.775 or better in three meets. Lee received a 9.800 at Seattle Pacific and a 9.775 at Sacramento State and at Southern Utah. Lee also performed on the floor in the first meet of the year at CS Fullerton where she scored a 9.050.

Tiffany Louie competes on the bars and floor. She competed on the bars in seven meets including the past six. She had a 9.646 average and scored a 9.700 in or better in four meets including a 9.775 at Sacramento State. Louie performed on the floor twice this season and had a 9.775 at the meet with UC Davis and Stanford.

Katie Merritt competes on the vault, bars and beam. In 10 meets on the vault, she has a 9.683 average and scored a 9.700 or better in six meets including a 9.750 against Brigham Young and UC Davis. On bars, Merritt averages a 9.547 in eight meets. She had a 9.725 against Sacramento State and at UC Davis with Stanford. Merritt competed on beam in nine meets and has a 9.433 average. She scored a 9.775 at Southern Utah.

Renae Moneymaker has competed on the bars and beam this season. In five meets on bars, she has a 9.675 average and scored a career-best 9.825 against Boise State and Seattle Pacific. Moneymaker performed in two meets on beam.

Veronica Porte is one of the top all-around performers for San Jose State. She is averaging 38.908 and has a 39.090 RQS in the all-around. Porte won the all-around four times - at CS Fullerton (39.100), against Boise State and Seattle Pacific (39.050), at the BYU quadrangular (39.275) and against Utah State (38.625). On vault, Porte tied the school record with a 9.925 at the BYU quadrangular. She is averaging a 9.760 and scored a 9.700 in nine of the 10 meets this season. On bars, Porte has scored a 9.700 or higher in seven meets and had a 9.775 at Seattle Pacific and at UC Davis with Stanford. On beam, Porte won at the BYU quadrangular with a 9.800 and added a 9.800 at Seattle Pacific. She scored a 9.700 or higher in six meets. One of the team’s top floor performers, Porte averages a 9.850, has not received a score lower than 9.825 and won the event four times. She had a 9.875 in three meets - versus BYU and UC Davis, against Boise State and Seattle Pacific and at Southern Utah.

Lily Swann is one of the top vault performers for San Jose State. She is averaging 9.758 in 10 meets and won the event five times. She had a season-best 9.850 in three meets - versus Boise State and Seattle Pacific, against Sacramento State and at UC Davis with Stanford. Swann has scored a 9.800 or better in eight meets. For the past three meets, Swann has competed on the beam. She scored a season-high 9.725 at at Southern Utah. Swann also competed on the floor in the first three meets of the season.

Gabrielle Targosz competes on the floor for the Spartans. She has performed in nine meets and averages a 9.711. Targosz received a 9.800 at Seattle Pacific and versus Utah State and has scored a 9.725 or better in seven meets.

Katie Valleau competes on the floor for San Jose State. She has performed in all 10 meets and has a 9.680 average. Valleau scored a 9.800 at Seattle Pacific and against Utah State. She has received a 9.700 or higher in six meets.

Thomasina Wallace is one of the top all-around performers for San Jose State this season. She currently ranks 10th in the country on the bars with a 9.885 RQS. She averages a team-best 9.828 and scored a 9.900 or better in three meets. She tied for the second-best bars score with a 9.925 at the BYU quadrangular. She has scored a 9.725 or better in every meet but one.

In the all-around, Wallace averages 38.993 and has five wins this season. Wallace is tied for the second-highest all-around score in school history with a 39.375 at Southern Utah. She also tied for the third-highest score with a 39.350 at UC Davis with Stanford.

On the vault, Wallace averages a 9.718 and had a 9.900 against Boise State and Seattle Pacific. She scored a 9.800 or better in five meets.

Wallace has a 9.640 average on beam and scored a 9.825 at Southern Utah.

One of the top floor performers, Wallace has a 9.808 average and scored a 9.775 or higher in nine of the 10 meets. She scored a 9.900 twice this year - at UC Davis with Stanford and against Southern Utah.

NEXT WEEK: The Spartans await word from the NCAA to see if they made the regional championship meet and where they will be competing. The announcement will be made on Monday, March 23, at 2 p.m. PDT. The regional championships will be held on Saturday, April 4, at six regional sites.