Women's Gymnastics To Compete at WAC Championships Saturday

This Week:
Sat. March 31 WAC Championships
Cedar City, Utah 6:00 p.m.MDT

SPARTANS TO COMPETE AT WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS: The San Jose State women’s gymnastics team will compete at the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Championships hosted by Southern Utah this Saturday evening. This is the fourth WAC Championship meet. Utah won three championships in 1991, 1992 and 1993, and Sacramento State won last year’s meet. Teams competing include the Spartans, Boise State, CS Fullerton, Sacramento State, Southern Utah and Utah State.

The Spartans will start the meet on the bars then rotate to the beam before a bye in the third rotation. Th team will then compete on the floor and vault before ending the meet with a bye.

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

HEAD COACH: San Jose State head coach Wayne Wright is in his sixth season at the helm of the Spartan women’s gymnastics team. The program has made significant strides during Wright’s tenure, breaking school records, winning conference championships and team invitations to the NCAA West Regional.

Wright helped lead the 2006 Spartan team to its second team appearance at the NCAA West Regional where San Jose State finished fourth, the best for a Spartan team. The Spartans broke the school vault team and individual records during the year.

SPARTANS FIFTH IN REGION, 38th NATIONALLY: This week, the Spartans are ranked fifth in the West Region and 38th nationally with a 193.560 regional qualifying score. The top-18 teams in the country based on RQS will be seeded and paired in to the six regions (three per region). The remaining three teams will be filled from within the region. San Jose State has participated at the West Regional twice in school history (2003, 2006).
West Region Rankings
Team RQS- High

1 Stanford 196.680 - 197.275
2 UCLA 196.420 - 197.150
3 Oregon State 196.415 - 197.100
4 Washington 194.345 - 195.800
5 San Jose State 193.560 - 195.300
6 Sacramento State 193.545 - 195.150
7 California 193.535 - 196.500
8 Boise State 192.535 - 193.975
9 UC Davis 192.275 - 193.150

TWO OF TOP-SIX SCORES ALL-TIME IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS: San Jose State enters the WAC Championship meet on a roll after posting two of the top-six all-time team scores the past two meets. Last week, the Spartans scored a 194.500 which ties for the sixth-best score. On March 18, San Jose State scored the second-best mark of all-time with a 195.300 at Sacramento State. The best score is 195.925 which the Spartans scored to win the MPSF Championship meet on March 20, 2004.

Top-6 Spartan Team Scores
Score Opponents Date

195.925 MPSF Championships March 20, 2004
195.300 at Sacramento State March 18, 2007
195.100 UC Davis February 7, 2003
194.900 Seattle Pacific March 9, 2001
194.575 at UC Davis March 2, 2003
194.500 at UC Davis, California, Sacramento State March 23, 2007
194.500 MPSF Championships March 29, 2003

SPARTANS HAVE ALL-STAR MEET AT SACRAMENTO STATE: With the top team scores of the season on all four events and a school record tied on the beam, the San Jose State women’s gymnastics team scored the second-highest team score in school history with a 195.300 in a meet at Sacramento State on March 18. The Spartans won the meet as the Hornets scored a 194.900.

San Jose State scored a 195.000 or better for the first time since the 2004 season and has only reached that mark three times in school history.

Individually, Michelle Minotti tied the Spartan beam record with a 9.900 to win the event. She tied the school record set by Tanika Byrd on March 3, 2000, and Jennifer Greene (twice).

The Spartans started the meet on the bars and scored a season-best 48.900, which is also the fourth-best score in school history. Minotti led the team with a career-best 9.850 to finish second. Veronica Porte also scored a career-high with a 9.825 to tie for third place.

For the second rotation, San Jose State moved to the vault and scored a season-high 48.750. Raylyn Cardeno won the event with a career-best 9.850, which also ties for the third-highest score in school history. Minotti placed second with a season-best 9.800, while Porte tied for fourth at 9.750.

San Jose State moved to floor for the third rotation and scored a season-best 48.775. Alise Blackwell led the team with a career-best 9.875 to tie for second place. Porte tied for fourth place with a 9.850.

The Spartans finished the meet on beam and scored a season-high 48.875, good to tie for the sixth-best score in school history. Minotti won the event with a 9.900 to tie the Spartan school record. Jessica Khoshnood tied for second with a career-best 9.850.

In the all-around, both Spartan performers scored career bests and better that a 39.000. Porte scored a 39.125, only the third time this season she has scored a 39.000 or better. Blackwell scored her first 39.000 or better score in her career with a 39.050.

MINOTTI TIES BEAM RECORD: Junior Michelle Minotti tied the San Jose State beam record with a 9.900 at Sacramento State on March 18. She tied the school record set by Tanika Byrd on March 3, 2000, and Jennifer Greene (twice).

CARDENO, PORTE LEAD SPARTANS AT SOUTHERN UTAH: Veronica Porte won the all-around title for the third time in four weeks, and Raylyn Cardeno captured the vault highlighting the Spartans’ meet at Southern Utah.
Porte posted an all-around total of 38.900. The sophomore from Martinez, Calif., finished first in the balance beam with a 9.800 and tied for second in the uneven bars at 9.750. Cardeno was the Spartans’ other individual event winner with her score of 9.800 on the vault.

PORTE’S CAREER NIGHT IN SPARTAN HOME MEET: Sophomore Veronica Porte had a career night as the San Jose State took second place at its home “Pretty In Pink” meet on February 23. Porte set career-bests on the vault, on the beam and on the floor and helped the Spartans to record a team score of 193.050. Sacramento State won the meet with a 193.700, while UC Davis scored a 191.450.

Porte received a career-best 9.90 on the floor, tying for first place. Her score ties for the 12th-best floor score in program history. She also posted a career-best on the balance beam with a score of 9.825 to take first place in the event. Her final career-best came on the vault where she recorded a score of 9.775, good for third place.

BEST INDIVIDUAL FLOOR SCORE IN TWO YEARS: With her 9.900 on floor on February 23, Veronica Porte recorded the 17th 9.900 in school history. It was also the first time in almost two years that a Spartan gymnast had received a 9.900 or better on floor.

HOME SWEET HOME FOR PORTE: Sophomore Veronica Porte has enjoyed performing at home this season. Four of her five career-bests were set this year at home. Against Sacramento State and UC Davis on February 23, Porte scored a 9.775 on vault and, a 9.825 on beam and a 9.900 on floor. Against Utah State, Boise State and Seattle Pacific on January 26, she scored the team’s best all-around score of the season with a 39.050.

HOMECOMING IN SEATTLE: Jessica Khoshnood and Kelli Fournier performed in front of family and friends at the Seattle Pacific meet on February 16. Both are from Bellevue, Wash., and competed for Gymnastics East. Khoshnood competed in the all-around for the first time this season and scored a 38.650, while Fournier scored a career-best 9.725 on beam.

SAME DAY, SAME SCORE, 365 DAYS APART: In a weird twists of fate, the third Friday in February has produced the same team score for the Spartans the past two seasons. This year, on Friday, February 16, San Jose State scored a 193.625 at Seattle Pacific. Exactly one year ago to the day, the Spartans scored a 193.625 at Sacramento State on Friday, February 17. It is the only two times in school history that a Spartan team has recorded a 193.625, which is also the 20th best score in school history.

CARDENO TOPS ON VAULT: Raylyn Cardeno has received the Spartans’ top vault score this season. She tied her career-high as she won the vault twice with a 9.850 - at Illinois-Chicago on February 3 and at Sacramento State on March 18. She has received a 9.800 or better in four meets this year.

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.

MINOTTI RETURNS: After missing three meets due to an illness, Michelle Minotti returned to the Spartan lineup at Stanford. She competed only on the beam and tied her then-career-best with a 9.850.

PIZANO SCORES BIG: Jennifer Pizano led the Spartan bar team against Utah State, Boise State and Seattle Pacific on January 26. She scored a career-high 9.775 and finished tied for second on the apparatus. Pizano also competed on the beam for the first time in her career and received a 9.500 in her first routine.

SPARTANS OPEN 2007 SEASON WITH WIN: San Jose State started the 2007 season with a 189.450-187.875 victory at UC Davis on January 12. Alise Blackwell led the Spartans as she won the all-around with a 38.050. Veronica Porte scored a 37.275 in the all-around. Michelle Minotti was the team’s top performer on the vault with a 9.750 and the bars with a 9.675. Blackwell posted a team-best 9.625 on the beam. Porte led the Spartan floor team with a 9.500.

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 9.800 at Stanford. Bigelow scored a 9.775 versus Sacramento State and UC Davis, a 9.750 at UC Davis with California and Sacramento State and a 9.725 against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific and at Seattle Pacific. She averages a 9.634 this season on the beam.

Alise Blackwell has competed in the all-around in nine meets, on bars only at Seattle Pacific and on the vault, bars and floor against Sacramento State and UC Davis. She scored a 39.000 or better in one meet - 39.050 at Sacramento State. Blackwell won the all-around at UC Davis with a 38.050 and placed second at Illinois-Chicago with a career-best 38.850. At Seattle Pacific, Blackwell won the bars with a career-best 9.750. On vault, Blackwell scored a career-best 9.800 at Stanford. She scored a career-best 9.825 on the bars at UC Davis last week and scored a 9.775 at Southern Utah. On the beam, Blackwell scored a 9.775 at Illinois-Chicago. She scored a career-best 9.875 at Sacramento State on the floor and added a 9.850 against Sacramento State and UC Davis on February 23.

Raylyn Cardeno is one of Spartans’ top vaulter this season and performs on floor. She tied her career-best with a 9.850 at Illinois-Chicago and at Sacramento State. Cardeno scored a 9.800 at CS Fullerton and at Southern Utah and a 9.775 in three meets. On the floor, Cardeno tied her career-best with a 9.650 at Seattle Pacific and at Illinois-Chicago and had a 9.625 against Sacramento State and UC Davis and in a home meet against CS Fullerton.

Kelli Fournier has competed on the beam in all 11 meets. She scored a season-best 9.725 at Seattle Pacific and had a 9.550 against Sacramento State and UC Davis.

Danielle Johnson is a vault specialist for the Spartans. She scored a career-best 9.625 three times this season - at Seattle Pacific, against Sacramento State and UC Davis and at Sacramento State. She received a 9.600 at Stanford.

Jessica Khoshnood competes primarily on bar, beam and floor for the Spartans but has also competed on the vault. On the vault, she scored a season-best 9.575 at Stanford and at Seattle Pacific. On the bars, Khoshnood scored a season-best 9.500 at UC Davis last week and added a 9.775 at Southern Utah and a 9.750 twice. Khoshnood scored a 9.850 on beam at Sacramento State and added a 9.750 versus CS Fullerton at at UC Davis last week. On floor, she scored a 9.800 at UC Davis last week and added a 9.700 at Seattle Pacific. She tallied a 38.650 in the all-around at Seattle Pacific in her only all-around competition.

Greta Leach performs on the beam and floor for San Jose State. She has competed in seven meets on the beam and in five meets on the floor. Leach scored a 9.825 on the beam in two meets - at Stanford and at Illinois-Chicago. Her best floor score was a 9.550 at Seattle Pacific and against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific.

Tiffany Louie competes on the vault, bars and floor for the Spartans. On the vault, she scored a season-best 9.750 at UC Davis last week and added a 9.700 at Seattle Pacific. On bars, Louie led the team with a 9.825 at Illinois-Chicago. She scored a 9.625 on floor against CS Fullerton and at UC Davis last week. Louie competed in the all-around at CS Fullerton where she scored a 37.150.

Liz Major is a bars specialist for the Spartans. She is averaging a 9.555 in 11 meets. Major has a scored a 9.700 or better in three meets - 9.725 at Illinois-Chicago and a 9.700 against CS Fullerton and versus Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific.

Michelle Minotti has competed in eight meets this season. She tied the Spartan record on beam with a 9.900 at Sacramento State on March 18. She scored a 9.850 at Stanford and a 9.825 at UC Davis last week. On vault, Minotti scored a 9.800 at Sacramento State and has scored a 9.700 or better in five other meets. On bars, she scored a 9.850 at Sacramento State, a 9.775 at UC Davis last week and a 9.750 at Southern Utah.

Jennifer Pizano has competed on the bars in 10 meets and on beam in two meets. On the bars, she scored a career and team-best 9.775 against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific. On the beam, Pizano scored a career-best 9.675 at Illinois-Chicago.

Veronica Porte is one of the Spartans all-around performers with a 38.584 average. She scored her career-best 39.125 at Sacramento State and has three other 39.000 or better scores - 39.050 against Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific, 39.050 against CS Fullerton and 39.000 at UC Davis last week. She scored a season-best 9.775 on the vault against Sacramento State and UC Davis and has scored a 9.700 or better in five other meets. On bars, Porte scored a 9.825 at Sacramento State and a 9.775 against CS Fullerton. On beam, she received a 9.825 against Sacramento State and UC Davis and a 9.800 at Illinois-Chicago and at Southern Utah. Porte scored a career-best 9.900 on floor against Sacramento State and UC Davis and scored a 9.800 or better in five other meets.

Gabrielle Targosz competed on the floor in seven meets. She scored a season-best 9.775 at Sacramento State and added a 9.700 at home against Sacramento State and UC Davis.