San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University gymnastics team heads to Cedar City, Utah, for the second time in seven days as the Southern Utah University Thunderbirds host the 2013 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championships. The six-team meet, held at Centrum Arena, begins at 6:00 p.m. MDT. The Spartans begin the meet on floor, then move to vault, have a bye, perform on bars and have its final rotation on beam.
LIVE STATS: Live stats for the meet will be available on http://SJSUspartans.com.
LIVE VIDEO: A live feed of the meet will be available free of charge through http://suutbirds.com, with a separate stream for each event at the meet.
SAN JOSE STATE: San Jose State gymnastics (13-11, 2-3 WAC) earned a 194.250 and finished third in its final regular season meet of 2013, a WAC meet against hosts Southern Utah, Iowa and Ball State on Friday, March 15. Southern Utah won the meet with a season-high 195.475. Iowa finished second with a 195.025 and Ball State rounded out the quadrangle, scoring a 193.575.
RANKINGS: At the NCAA West Regional, six teams and five all-arounders not on eligible teams, as well as the top individual specialist on each apparatus, with the highest regional qualifying scores (RQS) compete. To have an RQS, a gymnast must have competed in six meets. According to GymInfo, in the West Region, Bekah Gher is ranked 12th in the all-around (38.920 RQS), 16th on beam (9.810 RQS), and Julia Greer is the 19th-best floor (9.840 RQS) and 23rd-best beam (9.790 RQS) competitor in the region. Cassandra Harrison is 11th in the all-around (38.970 RQS) and 18th on floor (9.845 RQS).
HEAD COACH: San Jose State head coach Wayne Wright is in his 12th season at the helm of the Spartan women’s gymnastics team. He has coached all six San Jose State regional qualifying teams and taken three individual competitors to the NCAA Championships.
HISTORY-MAKING YEAR: This season, the Spartans have earned four top-35 team scores, and cracked the top-20 team scores on vault and bars seven times, beam five times and floor four times.
Individually, San Jose State has performed multiple top program scores. Cassandra Harrison earned four top-20 all-around, top-five vault and top-five floor scores, and one top-five beam score. Bekah Gher has two of San Jose State’s 20-best all-around and five-best vault scores, and has three of the program’s top-four beam scores. Julia Greer has two of the Spartans’ top -four beam scores, and one top-five floor score. Tauny Shearer and Alyssa Telles-Nolan each broke the top-five list on beam and bars, respectively, once.
SAN JOSE STATE REMAINS CONSISTENT: The Spartans tied its 2013-best team score on beam (48.925) and earned its best floor team score of the season, and fourth-best in school history, with a 49.300 in its final home meet of the season on Friday, March 8, against Boise State, UC Davis and Seattle Pacific. San Jose State scored 48-plus in all of its events for the third-consecutive meet and earned its third-straight team score over 195.
GHER RISES ABOVE FORMER CLUB: Against her former school, Boise State, Bekah Gher placed first in the all-around for the second time this season against the WAC rivals, UC Davis and Seattle Pacific (3/8) after a second-place finish at UC Davis the week before (3/1). Her 39.275 in the all-around at UC Davis was a collegiate best, the Spartans' top score this year and the 10th-best score in program history.
HARRISON MAINTAINS HER ASCENT: Cassandra Harrison continued her ascent this season in San Jose State’s home finale (3/8). After earning a 9.900 on floor in three-consecutive meets, she broke her streak with a 9.925, the fourth-highest score in program history, for the meet title against Boise State, UC Davis and Seattle Pacific. Against UC Davis (3/1), she finished second on floor after winning the apparatus title in back-to-back meets (against Utah State and Brown, 2/15, and at California with Brown, 2/18).
FACEBOOK: Catch up with San Jose 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 throughout the meet.
TWITTER: Follow San Jose State Athletics on Twitter @SJSUAthletics and follow @SJSUgymnastics for inside information on the gymnastics team. At the WAC Championships, San Jose State’s progress after rotations will be tweeted on the @SJSUAthletics handle, along with photos of the team at the meet.
TICKETS: Ticket prices for the WAC Gymnastics Championships at Cedar City’s Centrum Arena are $10 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3 to 11) and $5 for students of participating institutions with a valid student ID. To purchase tickets, contact the Centrum Arena ticket box office at (435) 586-7872 or go online at www.tbirdtickets.com.
SPARTAN GYMNAST NOTES:
Amy Bellingham competes on beam and vault for the Spartans. Her career-bests on vault came at UC Davis (3/1) (9.700), and on beam, at the Denver Quad (2/2) (9.700).
Kiley Field competes on beam and floor for San Jose State. She recorded a 2013-best 9.625 on beam at the NorCal Quad (1/4) and earned a career-high 9.825 against Boise State, UC Davis and Seattle Pacific (3/8).
Bekah Gher competes in the all-around for the Spartans. She earned career-bests on vault (9.825), bars (9.825, tied at Southern Utah, 3/15) and the all-around (39.275) at UC Davis (3/1). Her beam season-high, a 9.850, was against Utah State and Brown (2/15) and the best floor score of her career, a 9.825, came against Boise State, UC Davis and Seattle Pacific (3/8). Gher won the all-around two times, at Seattle Pacific (38.950), and against Boise State, UC Davis and Seattle Pacific (39.200). She won the vault at UC Davis and the beam twice: against Seattle Pacific (2/5) (9.825) and Utah State and Brown.
Hannah Gilbert competes on vault for the Spartans. Her best-career score (9.800) came at UC Davis (3/1).
Julia Greer performs on vault, beam, and floor for San Jose State. She earned a career-high 9.900 on floor against Boise State, UC Davis and Seattle Pacific (2/8). At the Denver Quad (2/2) she earned a season-high on vault (9.750). Greer won the beam at UC Davis (3/1) with a season-high 9.850 and won the floor twice: at the NorCal Quad (1/4) (9.825) and at Seattle Pacific (2/8).
Cami Guyer competes in every event for the Spartans. At the NorCal Quad (1/4), she scored a season-high on vault (9.800). Her 2013-best in the all-around (38.675) came at the Arizona Quad (1/12). At Sacramento State (1/18), she earned a season-best 9.675 on floor and against UC Davis (3/1), she scored her season-best 9.800 on beam. She earned a 2013-high 9.800 score on bars in three meets, and won the bars at Seattle Pacific (2/8) (9.775).
Cassandra Harrison competes in the all-around for the Spartans. She had a career-high all-around (39.200), and a season-high 9.825 on beam, against Utah State and Brown (2/15). She recorded a career-high 9.925 on floor against Boise State, UC Davis and Seattle Pacific (3/8). She tied her career-high vault score (9.825) at Sacramento State (1/18) and Seattle Pacific (2/8), and had a season-high 9.775 on bars at UC Davis (3/1). She won the all-around against Utah State and Brown, the vault against Seattle Pacific, and the floor three times: against Utah State and Brown (9.900), at California (9.900), and against Boise State, UC Davis and Seattle Pacific (9.925).
Jasmine Holmes competes on vault and floor for the Spartans. She earned a season-best 9.775 on vault three times (NorCal Quad, 1/4; Denver Quad, 2/2; Seattle Pacific, 2/8). Her 2013-best on floor was against Utah State and Brown (2/15), a 9.775.
Gabrielle Kambur is a beam performer for San Jose State. She scored a career-high 9.025 at Seattle Pacific. (2/8)
Alyssa Kaschak performs on bars for the Spartans. She recorded a 9.775 on bars, a season-best, at UC Davis (3/1).
Victoria Lark competes on floor for San Jose State, recording a career-best 9.800 against Utah State and Brown (2/15).
Tauny Shearer is a beam and floor performer for the Spartans. She earned a career-high 9.825 on beam at Seattle Pacific (2/8), which was the meet’s top score, and a 9.050 on floor against Sacramento State (1/25).
Alyssa Telles-Nolan competes on vault, bars and floor for the Spartans. She has a career-high 9.525 on vault at California (2/18). Her best score in 2013 on bars (9.850) and floor (9.800) came at UC Davis (3/1).
Marissa Unpingco performs on bars and beam for San Jose State. She scored a career- and team-high 9.800 on bars at the Arizona Quad (1/12), and earned a career-best 9.800 on beam against Utah State and Brown (2/15).