Gymnastics Third At WAC Championships

San Jose, Calif.-The Spartan women's gymnastics team showcased their talents Saturday night at the 2011 Western Athletic Conference in The Event Center in front of 1,537 fans.  San Jose State finished third in the team standings with a 193.925 as Boise State won the title with a 195.700.

Seven Spartan received honors on Saturday, led by Julia Greer who was named the 2011 WAC Freshman of the Year as selected by the conference's head coaches.  Greer competed on the bars and floor for the Spartans this year.  Saturday night, she scored a 9.725 on beam and a 9.775 on beam.

"I am really excited about this great honor," said Greer.  "I really worked on my routines this year and am happy to be rewarded."

Receiving first team All-WAC honors were Thomasina Wallace on bars and floor with a 9.825 on each event.  Katie Valleau received honors on the floor with a 9.825, while Lily Swann was third in the all-around with a 38.800.

Spartans receiving second team honors were Cassandra Harrison on vault with a 9.825, Shanice Howard on vault with a 9.800, Swann on bars with a 9.800, Katie Merritt on bars with a 9.775, and Wallace in the all-around at 38.675.

The Spartans started the meet on beam with a 47.650, having to count a fall.  The team then rotated to floor and scored their best team score of the night with a 48.850.  On vault, the Spartans scored a 48.775 and finished on bars with a 48.650.

"I am really proud of our team tonight and the way we performed," said Spartan head coach Wayne Wright.  "We hung in the meet and finished it strong.  I am really happy about the way Shanice Howard performed on the vault and for Julia Greer winning Freshman of the Year.  Tonight was a total team effort, and I am happy for everybody."

San Jose State now awaits word on a bid to the 2011 NCAA Regionals held on Saturday, April 2.  The official announcement will be made on Monday, March 21.

Freshman of the Year:  Julia Greer, San Jose State

Gymnast of the Year:  Amy Glass, Boise State

Coach of the Year:  Jill Hicks, Cal State Fullerton

Team Standings

1.  Boise State  195.700

2.  Southern Utah         194.825

3.  San Jose State         193.925

4.  Sacramento State    193.550

5.  Utah State   191.850

6.  Cal State Fullerton   191.650

 

Individual Champions

All-Around: Alaina Baker, Can State Fullerton, 39.125

Vault: Amy Glass, Boise State, 9.900

Uneven Bars: Hannah Redmon, Boise State/Alyssa Click, Southern Utah, 9.850

Balance Beam: Brooke Cersosimo, Southern Utah, 9.925

Floor Exercise: Alaina Baker, Cal State Fullerton, 9.900

 

First Team All-WAC Honors

Vault

Amy Glass, Boise State, 9.900

Hannah Redmon, Boise State, 9.875

Hailey Gaspar, Boise State, 9.850

 

Bars

Hannah Redmon, Boise State, 9.850

Alyssa Click, Southern Utah, 9.850

Thomasina Wallace, San Jose State, 9.825

Michaela Chernoch, Southern Utah, 9.825

 

Beam

Brooke Cersosimo, Southern Utah, 9.925

Ari Lamb, Southern Utah, 9.900

Lissa Zamolo, Sacramento State, 9.900

 

Floor

Alaina Baker, Cal State Fullerton, 9.900

Shelly Cooper, Cal State Fullerton, 9.825

Hannah Redmon, Boise State, 9.825

Thomasina Wallace, San Jose State, 9.825

Shannon Coughlin, Southern Utah, 9.825

Hailey Gaspar, Boise State, 9.825

Katie Valleau, San Jose State, 9.825

 

All-Around

Alaina Baker, Cal State Fullerton, 39.125

Ari Lamb, Southern Utah, 39.100

Lily Swann, San Jose State, 38.800

 

Second Team All-WAC Honors

Vault

Shelly Cooper, Cal State Fullerton, 9.825

Cassandra Harrison, San Jose State, 9.825

Brittany Potvin-Green, Boise State, 9.800

Shanice Howard, San Jose State, 9.800

 

Bars

Lily Swann, San Jose State, 9.800

Ari Lamb, Southern Utah, 9.775

Katie Merritt, San Jose State, 9.775

Nicole Meiller, Sacramento State, 9.775

Lauren Jeffrey, Southern Utah, 9.775

 

Beam

Alyssa Click, Southern Utah, 9.875

Caitlin Kennedy, Southern Utah, 9.875

Kelsey Lang, Boise State, 9.875

 

All-Around

Shelly Cooper, Cal State Fullerton, 38.775

Hannah Redmon, Boise State, 38.725

Thomasina Wallace, San Jose State, 38.675