Women's Gymnastics Competes At WAC Championships Saturday Night

This Week:
Sat. March 29

WAC Championships
Boise, Idaho
6:00 p.m.MDT

SPARTANS TO COMPETE AT WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS: The San Jose State women’s gymnastics team will compete at the 2008 Western Athletic Conference Championships hosted by Boise State this Saturday evening. This is the fifth WAC Championship meet. Utah won three championships in 1991, 1992 and 1993, and Sacramento State won the last two meets. Teams competing include the Spartans, 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

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

WAC.TV: The WAC, in conjunction with its Web site partner JumpTV Sports, will stream all four events simultaneously of the 2008 WAC Gymnastics Championships this Saturday. Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WAC.tv.

Viewers will be able to select which event they want to watch as there will be streams available for the vault, uneven parallel bars, balance beam and floor exercise. The meet can be viewed for a subscription price of $10.95 that will include access to all four streams (only one viewable at a time) and on-demand viewing of any of the events beginning the next day.

HOWARD LEADS SPARTANS AT UC DAVIS QUADRANGULAR: Shanice Howard recorded the top performances for the San Jose State women’s gymnastics team Sunday night at the UC Davis quadrangular where the Spartans finished with a 193.900. Stanford won the meet with a 197.000.

Howard finished fifth on the vault with a career-best 9.850. She, along with teammate Emily Stebbins, scored a 9.850 on floor to finish tied for sixth place.

WORLD WIDE WEB: Get all the latest up-to-date information on the San Jose State women’s gymnastics team by logging on to the Spartans’ web site at www.sjsuspartans.com.

SECOND-HIGHEST TEAM SCORE:
The Spartans scored it second-highest team total with a 195.325 in a home victory over Southern Utah on February 16. The Spartans also set the vault team record with a 49.025 at the meet and added a 49.000 on floor.

CARDENO TOPS ON VAULT: Raylyn Cardeno is the Spartans top performer on vault this season. She was won or tied on the apparatus in five meets. She scored a career-best 9.875 against Southern Utah and has scored a 9.800 or better in eight meets.

PORTE TOP ALL-AROUND PERFORMER:
Veronica Porte is the Spartans top all-around performer this season. She has won six all-around titles including the UNO’s Flip for a Cure meet hosted by Arizona State with a 39.050. Porte has recorded four scores higher than 39.000 including a 39.150 in two meets.

NEW VAULT TEAM RECORD: With a 49.025 on vault against Southern Utah on February 16, San Jose State set a school record for the vault team score. It is the only team that a Spartan vault team has scored a 49.000 or better. The score broke the old record of 48.950 set on February 24, 2006.

The Spartans also have two more of the top-10 vault scores in school history this season. The team scored the fifth-highest score with a 48.800 at UC Davis with Sacramento State and Stanford on March 23, and a48.750 against UC Davis on February 22.
Top-10 Vault Scores
Score Opponents Date
49.025 Southern Utah February 16, 2008

48.950 UC Davis February 24, 2006
48.875 Seattle Pacific, Ill.-Chicago Feb. 3, 2006
48.850 at California March 17, 2006
48.800 at UC Davis, Sac. St., Stanford March 23, 2008
48.750 UC Davis February 22, 2008
48.750 at Sacramento State March 18, 2007
48.725 California March 21, 2003
48.700 Stanford March 7, 2003
48.675 at MPSF Championships March 26, 2005

FLOOR SCORE ENTERS TOP-10: At the California quadrangular meet, the floor team scored a season-best 49.100, the seventh highest floor score in school history. The last floor team to score a 49.000 or better was the 2005 team that scored a 49.050 at UC Davis with Alaska- Anchorage on February 27, 2005.
Top-10 Floor Scores
Score Opponents Date

49.550 MPSF Championships March 20, 2004
49.375 at CS Fullerton, Sac. State Feb. 9, 2003
49.350 at MPSF Championships March 29, 2003
49.175 Seattle Pacific February 14, 2004
49.150 at UC Davis March 2, 2003
49.125 UC Davis February 7, 2003
49.100 at Cal, CS Full., Sac. State Mar. 16, 2008
49.100 at Western Ind. Champ. Mar. 24, 2001
49.075 CS Fullerton, Sacramento St. Mar. 8, 2002
49.050 at UC Davis, Ala.-Anchorage Feb. 27, 2005

STEBBINS HAS ONLY SPARTAN 9.900 THIS YEAR:
Emily Stebbins recorded San Jose State’s first 9.900 score of the season. She received her score on the floor at the California quadrangular where she tied for first place. She became the seventh gymnast in school history to score a 9.900 on floor.

194.000 STREAK ENDED: The Spartans streak of 194.000 or better ended Sunday night at UC Davis as the team scored a 193.900. San Jose State will look to start a new streak this weekend. The team had recorded a 194.000 or higher the previous five meets. The streak began with the season’s highest score of 195.325 against Southern Utah.

BLACKWELL TOPS ON BARS: Alise Blackwell leads the Spartan bar team with a 9.711 average and a 9.800 RQS. She has won the bars at three meets and scored a career high 9.875 against Southern Utah. She has scored a 9.800 or better in six meets.

HOWARD HONORED BY THE WAC: Shanice Howard was named the WAC Specialist of the Week for her performances against UC Davis on February 22. Howard won the floor with a season-best 9.875, the highest score by any competitor of the evening. She added a 9.700 on vault.

FIVE OF TOP-20 TEAM SCORES: This season, San Jose State has added five team scores to the top-20 in school history. The team scored the second-best score at 195.325 versus Southern Utah and the sixth-best at 194.825 at the California quadrangular. The Spartans also added the 11th (194.300), 15th (194.200) and 17th (194.125) to the list.

BLACKWELL RECEIVES WAC HONOR:
Alise Blackwell was named the Western Athletic Conference Gymnast of the Week for the week of January 7-13. She won two events and the all-around to lead San Jose State to a 191.505-189.825 victory over Cal State Fullerton on January 11. In her first meet of the season, Blackwell won the bars with a 9.800, the floor with a 9.850, and the all-around title with a score of 38.850. She scored a 9.650 on the vault and a 9.550 on the beam.

SPARTAN NOTES:

Leah Bigelow is a beam specialist for the Spartans. She has competed in all 11 meets this season and scored a season-best 9.850 at Utah State where she won the event. Bigelow also won the beam at Sacramento State with a 9.725 and against UC Davis with a 9.775. She has scored a 9.800 in two meets - at Boise State and at California quadrangular. Bigelow has recorded a 9.775 or better in four of the past five meets.

Alise Blackwell has competed in all 11 meets this season. She is the Spartans’ top bar performer with a 9.711 average. She has won the bars three times - vs. CS Fullerton with a 9.800, at UC Davis with a 9.750 and against Sacramento State and Wis.-Stout with a 9.800. Blackwell scored a career best 9.875 against Southern Utah. She competed on the vault in the first five meets and had a 9.700 at UC Davis in January. On beam, Blackwell scored a 9.700 in two meets. She performed on the floor in the first five meets and had a 9.850 against CS Fullerton to win the event. Blackwell competed in the all-around in three meets and won the all-around against CS Fullerton with a 38.850.

Raylyn Cardeno is the Spartans’ top vaulter this season and performs on floor. She has won or tied for first on the vault at five meets. Cardeno scored a career-high 9.875 against Southern Utah and has received a 9.800 or better in eight meets. She averages 9.713. On floor, Cardeno competed in six meets and received a 9.700 against Sacramento State and Wisconsin-Stout.

Shina Cardeno has vaulted in four meets this year. She scored a season-best 9.775 at the UC Davis quadrangular this past Sunday and added a 9.725 at the UC Davis quadrangular in January Cardeno scored a 9.700 at the California quadrangular.

Kelli Fournier has competed on the beam in nine meets. She scored a season-best 9.750 against Sacramento State and Wisconsin Stout. Fournier won the beam against CS Fullerton with a 9.675.

Shanice Howard competes on the vault and floor for the Spartans. On vault, Howard scored a season-best 9.850 this past Sunday at the UC Davis quadrangular meet. She added a 9.825 against Southern Utah and had a 9.800 in two other meets and averages a 9.720. On floor, Howard tied for first against Southern Utah with a 9.850, and won the floor against UC Davis with a season-best 9.875. Howard received a 9.850 at the UC Davis quadrangular this past Sunday. She has scored a 9.700 or better in every meet but one. She has a 9.777 average.

Casey Jay has performed on the floor in seven meets. She scored a season-best 9.800 at the California quadrangular and scored a 9.750 against UC Davis in February and at the UC Davis quadrangular this past Sunday. Jay averages a 9.697.

Jessica Khoshnood is a bar specialist for San Jose State and has competed in all 11 meets. She tied her career-best with a 9.800 against Southern Utah. Khoshnood has scored a 9.700 or better in five meets including a 9.775 against Sacramento State and Wisconsin-Stout.

Greta Leach competed on the beam in the first meet of the season and scored a 9.000.

Tiffany Louie competes on floor. She won the floor at the UC Davis quadrangular in February with a career-best 9.750. She added a 9.725 in a home meet against UC Davis and a 9.700 versus Southern Utah. Louie also competed on the bars in the first meet of the season and had a 9.050.

Katie Merritt is a bars specialist for the Spartans. She has competed in all 11 meets and scored a season-best 9.725 this past Sunday at the UC Davis quadrangular. She received a 9.700 against Southern Utah.

Michelle Minotti has competed on the vault and bars in every meet, the beam in nine meets and the floor in the last two meets. On the vault, she received a 9.775 against UC Davis. On bars, Minotti scored a 9.775 at the UC Davis quadrangular this past Sunday, a 9.725 versus UC Davis and a 9.700 at the UNO’s Flip for a Cure meet hosted by Arizona State. One of three Spartans to hold the beam record, her highest beam score of 2008 is 9.825 at Utah State. On floor, she scored a 9.800 at UC Davis Sunday night. She had a 9.675 on floor and a 38.225 in the all-around at the California quadrangular.

Renae Moneymaker competes on the vault, bars and beam. On vault, she scored a 9.775 against Southern Utah and added a 9.700 in two other meets. On bars, she had a 9.800 versus Southern Utah and at Sacramento State. She scored a 9.775 at the California quadrangular and a 9.750 in two other meets. Moneymaker competed in four meets on the beam and had a 9.750 against Southern Utah.

Veronica Porte is the top all-around performer for San Jose State. She is averaging 38.803. Porte has won the all-around in six meets including a 39.150 at the California quadrangular. She won the all-around at the UNO’s Flip for a Cure meet hosted by Arizona State with a 39.050. Porte has scored a 39.000 or better in four meets. On the vault, she scored a 9.825 at the California quadrangular to tie for first and had a 9.800 against Southern Utah. On bars, Porte scored a 9.775 at Boise State and at the UNO’s Flip for a Cure meet hosted by Arizona State. She has four other 9.700 or better scores. On beam, she scored a 9.850 in two meets and added a 9.800 in two other meets. She won the beam at UC Davis with a 9.675. Porte has won or tied for first on the floor in two meets including a season-best 9.850 versus Southern Utah and had a 9.850 at the California quadrangular. She is averaging a 9.775 on floor and a 9.795 RQS.

Emily Stebbins has competed on the beam and floor in every meet this year. She won the floor at the California quadrangular with a 9.900, the seventh gymnast in school history to record that score. She has a 9.732 average on the floor and received a 9.850 at the UC Davis quadrangular on Sunday and a 9.825 against Southern Utah and a 9.800 versus UC Davis in February. On the beam, Stebbins scored a 9.825 versus Southern Utah to win the event and scored a 9.700 or better in four other meets.

Lily Swann has competed in seven meets this year. Her first action of the season came on the bars in a home meet against Sacramento State and Wisconsin-Stout. She scored a 9.325 that meet. Swann has competed on the vault in five meets with a season-best 9.750 against Southern Utah. Twice, she has performed on the beam and received a 9.450 at the UNO’s Flip For a Cure meet at Arizona State. Swan competed on the floor at two meets - 9.625 at UC Davis quadrangular on Sunday and a 9.600 at Utah State.

Gabrielle Targosz competed on the floor in five meets. She tied her career best with a 9.775 against Southern Utah. Targosz scored a 9.750 at the UC Davis quadrangular on Sunday at a 9.700 at the UNO’s Flip For a Cure meet.

ACADEMIC ALL-WAC HONORS
: Eight current Spartans received Academic All-WAC honors last spring. Those receiving the award are Leah Bigelow, Alise Blackwell, Kelli Fournier, Jessica Khoshnood, Greta Leach, Tiffany Louie, Michelle Minotti, and Gabrielle Targosz..

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 31, at 2 p.m. PDT. The regional championships will be held on Saturday, April 12, at six regional sites.