Women's Gymnastics Second at 2008 WAC Championships

Boise, IdahoThe San Jose State women’s gymnastics team recorded its best finish at the Western Athletic Conference Championships in school history as the Spartans placed second Saturday night with a 194.725 at the 2008 WAC Championships hosted by Boise State.  The Broncos won the WAC title with a 194.975, just .200 better than the Spartans.

“This was a huge accomplishment for our team and program, especially after the other coaches picked us last in the preseason poll,” said San Jose State head coach Wayne Wright.  “I am so proud of this team for staying together and not giving up after our falls.  We fought hard on floor and exceptionally hard on vault.”

Six Spartans finished in the top-10 on the individual apparatus.  Veronica Porte had the highest Spartan finish of the night as she tied for second on vault with a 9.850.  Shanice Howard tied for sixth on vault with a 9.800.  Renae Moneymaker and Shina Cardeno tied with five others for 10th place on vault with a 9.775.  On bars, Moneymaker finished tied for fourth at 9.775, while Alise Blackwell tied for eighth at 9.750.  Porte scored a 9.800 on beam to finish tied for sixth.  On floor, Emily Stebbins was third with a 9.900, while Howard tied for sixth with a 9.850.

The Spartans started the meet on the bars and scored a 48.575.  Moneymaker led the team with a 9.775.   Blackwell followed with a 9.750, while Michelle Minotti scored a 9.725.  Porte added a 9.700.  Jessica Khoshnood and Katie Merritt each scored a 9.625.

The team then rotated to beam and had to count a fall in the team’s 48.125.  Porte scored the highest with a 9.800, followed by Stebbins with a 9.750.  Leah Bigelow had a 9.725, while Kelli Fournier had her highest score since early February with a 9.700.  Blackwell and Minotti each suffered falls and scored 9.150 and 9.125 respectively.

“I told the team after this rotation that we were still in the meet despite counting a fall,” said Wright.  “We had our best two events to come and knew we just had to finish the meet strong.”

San Jose State’s best score of the night came on floor where the team put together the seventh-best floor score in school history with a 49.100, tying for the best score on floor this year.  Stebbins scored a 9.900 for the second time this season, the only Spartan to score a 9.900 during 2008.  Howard was next with a 9.850, while Minotti scored a 9.800.  Gabrielle Targosz and Casey Jay each received a 9.775.  Porte touched the floor on her final pass and received a 9.275.

“I knew I had to do my best at this meet because everyone does their best at big meets,” said Stebbins.  “I had my best performances of the season the meet and could not have done any better.  I am really excited and very proud of all of my teammates for doing their best and finishing second.”

In the final rotation, the Spartans scored a 48.925 on vault, the third-best score in school history.  Porte led the team with a season-best 9.850.  Howard received a 9.800, followed by Shina Cardeno and Moneymaker each with a 9.775.  Minotti scored a 9.725, followed by Raylyn Cardeno with a 9.700.

“Despite having to count two falls, our team never gave up, partly because we knew our best events were still to come,” said Porte.  “I had good routines on bars and beam, but touched down on floor during my last pass.  After that, I did the best vault I have done in my life. 

San Jose State now awaits word on Monday, March 31, as to its status for the 2008 NCAA Regional Championships.  The announcement will be made at 2 p.m. PDT.

Team Standings  
Place  Team Score 
1  Boise State 194.925 
2  San Jose State 194.725 
3  Southern Utah University 194.575 
4  Sacramento State 194.275 
5  Utah State University 194.150 
6  Cal State Fullerton 192.650 

Boise State
Head Coach:  Tina Bird/Neil Resnick  
 Gymnast Vault  Bars  Beam  Floor  AllArr 
 Shaniece Craft 9.750         
 Mallory Dziawura   9.750       
 Amy Glass 9.775    9.775  9.800   
 Taylor Jacob   9.275  9.500  9.400   
 Kelsey Lang     9.050  9.825   
 Yvette Leizorek       9.775   
 Amber Neroes 9.775  9.775       
 Ruthie Pennington 9.700         
 Hannah Redmon 9.875  9.800  9.625  9.925  39.225 
 Sarah Smith     9.650  9.875   
 Cassie Tycast   9.725       
 Lindsay Ward 9.800  9.875  9.275     
 Team Totals 48.975  48.925  47.825  49.200  194.925 

Cal State Fullerton
Head Coach:  Jill Hicks  
 Gymnast Vault  Bars  Beam  Floor  AllArr 
 Alaina Baker 9.775  9.650  9.600  9.875  38.900 
 Shelly Cooper 9.800  9.700  8.800  9.525  37.825 
 Karina Flynn     9.600     
 Taylor Miller   9.150       
 Maddie Steinauer 9.825    9.175     
 Britni Echeverria   9.750       
 Kori Underhill     9.275  9.250   
 Jessica Merriam       9.700   
 Katie Turcotte 9.650      9.175   
 Shannon Kawada   9.600    9.725   
 Jessica Tait   9.600  9.800     
 Alana Mouery 9.675         
 Amanda VanHorn 9.750         
 Team Totals 48.825  48.300  47.450  48.075  192.650 

Sacramento State
Head Coach:  Kim Hughes  
 Gymnast Vault  Bars  Beam  Floor  AllArr 
 Amber Basgall   9.600    9.825   
 Marina Borisova 9.725  9.700  9.700  9.725  38.850 
 Alycia Chan 9.825    9.575  9.850   
 Lauren Dyson   9.700       
 Melissa Genovese 9.600  9.700  9.850  9.825  38.975 
 Nicole Giao 9.625      9.225   
 Elizabeth Norvell     9.650     
 Eryn Stubblefield 9.675  8.750  9.600  9.675  37.700 
 Traci Takeda 9.650    9.675     
 Alexis Tsurumoto   9.700       
 Team Totals 48.500  48.400  48.475  48.900  194.275 

San Jose State
Head Coach:  Wayne Wright  
 Gymnast Vault  Bars  Beam  Floor  AllArr 
 Leah Bigelow     9.725     
 Alise Blackwell   9.750  9.150     
 Raylyn Cardeno 9.700         
 Shina Cardeno 9.775         
 Casey Jay       9.775   
 Kelli Fournier     9.700     
 Shanice Howard 9.800      9.850   
 Jessica Khoshnood   9.625       
 Katie Merritt   9.625       
 Michelle Minotti 9.725  9.725  9.125  9.800  38.375 
 Renae Moneymaker 9.775  9.775       
 Veronica Porte 9.850  9.700  9.800  9.275  38.625 
 Emily Stebbins     9.750  9.900   
 Gabrielle Targosz       9.775   
 Team Totals 48.925  48.575  48.125  49.100  194.725 

Southern Utah University
Head Coach:  Scott Bauman  
 Gymnast Vault  Bars  Beam  Floor  AllArr 
 Erin Morgan   9.775       
 Tehani Douglas   9.700    8.800   
 Katie Hicks 9.625    9.225  9.175   
 Kellie Dangerfield 9.650  9.800  9.875  9.550  38.875 
 Elise Wheeler 9.750  9.625  9.750  9.825  38.950 
 Melissa Johnson 9.750         
 Jenna Vogt 9.700  9.725  9.775  9.800  39.000 
 Shannon Coughlin 9.850    9.825  9.850   
 Ari Lamb   9.625  9.825     
 Team Totals 48.700  48.625  49.050  48.200  194.575 

Utah State University
Head Coach:  Ray Corn  
 Gymnast Vault  Bars  Beam  Floor  AllArr 
 Lyndsie Boone 9.675    9.725  9.800   
 Heather Heinrich 9.775  8.950  9.825  9.350  37.900 
 Nikki Felley 9.750  9.675  9.800  9.700  38.925 
 Jasmine Minion 9.800    9.550  9.800   
 Ana Whitfield       9.675   
 Megan Tschida   9.150  8.150  9.925   
 Katie Omann 9.775  9.650  9.650     
 Nicole Simoneau   9.775       
 Jackie Dillon 9.675         
 Chelsea Marquardt   9.675       
 Team Totals 48.775  47.925  48.550  48.900  194.150 

Vault Results
Place  Gymnast  Team Score 
1  Hannah Redmon  Boise State 9.875 
2  Veronica Porte  San Jose State 9.850 
2  Shannon Coughlin  Southern Utah University 9.850 
4  Maddie Steinauer  Cal State Fullerton 9.825 
4  Alycia Chan  Sacramento State 9.825 
6  Lindsay Ward  Boise State 9.800 
6  Shelly Cooper  Cal State Fullerton 9.800 
6  Shanice Howard  San Jose State 9.800 
6  Jasmine Minion  Utah State University 9.800 
10  Amber Neroes  Boise State 9.775 
10  Amy Glass  Boise State 9.775 
10  Alaina Baker  Cal State Fullerton 9.775 
10  Renae Moneymaker  San Jose State 9.775 
10  Shina Cardeno  San Jose State 9.775 
10  Katie Omann  Utah State University 9.775 
10  Heather Heinrich  Utah State University 9.775 
17  Shaniece Craft  Boise State 9.750 
17  Amanda VanHorn  Cal State Fullerton 9.750 
17  Melissa Johnson  Southern Utah University 9.750 
17  Elise Wheeler  Southern Utah University 9.750 
17  Nikki Felley  Utah State University 9.750 
22  Marina Borisova  Sacramento State 9.725 
22  Michelle Minotti  San Jose State 9.725 
24  Ruthie Pennington  Boise State 9.700 
24  Raylyn Cardeno  San Jose State 9.700 
24  Jenna Vogt  Southern Utah University 9.700 
27  Alana Mouery  Cal State Fullerton 9.675 
27  Eryn Stubblefield  Sacramento State 9.675 
27  Lyndsie Boone  Utah State University 9.675 
27  Jackie Dillon  Utah State University 9.675 
31  Katie Turcotte  Cal State Fullerton 9.650 
31  Traci Takeda  Sacramento State 9.650 
31  Kellie Dangerfield  Southern Utah University 9.650 
34  Nicole Giao  Sacramento State 9.625 
34  Katie Hicks  Southern Utah University 9.625 
36  Melissa Genovese  Sacramento State 9.600 

Uneven Parallel Bars Results  
Place  Gymnast  Team Score 
1  Lindsay Ward  Boise State 9.875 
2  Hannah Redmon  Boise State 9.800 
2  Kellie Dangerfield  Southern Utah University 9.800 
4  Amber Neroes  Boise State 9.775 
4  Renae Moneymaker  San Jose State 9.775 
4  Erin Morgan  Southern Utah University 9.775 
4  Nicole Simoneau  Utah State University 9.775 
8  Mallory Dziawura  Boise State 9.750 
8  Britni Echeverria  Cal State Fullerton 9.750 
8  Alise Blackwell  San Jose State 9.750 
11  Cassie Tycast  Boise State 9.725 
11  Michelle Minotti  San Jose State 9.725 
11  Jenna Vogt  Southern Utah University 9.725 
14  Shelly Cooper  Cal State Fullerton 9.700 
14  Melissa Genovese  Sacramento State 9.700 
14  Lauren Dyson  Sacramento State 9.700 
14  Marina Borisova  Sacramento State 9.700 
14  Alexis Tsurumoto  Sacramento State 9.700 
14  Veronica Porte  San Jose State 9.700 
14  Tehani Douglas  Southern Utah University 9.700 
21  Nikki Felley  Utah State University 9.675 
21  Chelsea Marquardt  Utah State University 9.675 
23  Alaina Baker  Cal State Fullerton 9.650 
23  Katie Omann  Utah State University 9.650 
25  Jessica Khoshnood  San Jose State 9.625 
25  Katie Merritt  San Jose State 9.625 
25  Ari Lamb  Southern Utah University 9.625 
25  Elise Wheeler  Southern Utah University 9.625 
29  Shannon Kawada  Cal State Fullerton 9.600 
29  Jessica Tait  Cal State Fullerton 9.600 
29  Amber Basgall  Sacramento State 9.600 
32  Taylor Jacob  Boise State 9.275 
33  Taylor Miller  Cal State Fullerton 9.150 
33  Megan Tschida  Utah State University 9.150 
35  Heather Heinrich  Utah State University 8.950 
36  Eryn Stubblefield  Sacramento State 8.750 

Balance Beam Results  
Place  Gymnast  Team Score 
1  Kellie Dangerfield  Southern Utah University 9.875 
2  Melissa Genovese  Sacramento State 9.850 
3  Shannon Coughlin  Southern Utah University 9.825 
3  Ari Lamb  Southern Utah University 9.825 
3  Heather Heinrich  Utah State University 9.825 
6  Jessica Tait  Cal State Fullerton 9.800 
6  Veronica Porte  San Jose State 9.800 
6  Nikki Felley  Utah State University 9.800 
9  Amy Glass  Boise State 9.775 
9  Jenna Vogt  Southern Utah University 9.775 
11  Emily Stebbins  San Jose State 9.750 
11  Elise Wheeler  Southern Utah University 9.750 
13  Leah Bigelow  San Jose State 9.725 
13  Lyndsie Boone  Utah State University 9.725 
15  Marina Borisova  Sacramento State 9.700 
15  Kelli Fournier  San Jose State 9.700 
17  Traci Takeda  Sacramento State 9.675 
18  Sarah Smith  Boise State 9.650 
18  Elizabeth Norvell  Sacramento State 9.650 
18  Katie Omann  Utah State University 9.650 
21  Hannah Redmon  Boise State 9.625 
22  Alaina Baker  Cal State Fullerton 9.600 
22  Karina Flynn  Cal State Fullerton 9.600 
22  Eryn Stubblefield  Sacramento State 9.600 
25  Alycia Chan  Sacramento State 9.575 
26  Jasmine Minion  Utah State University 9.550 
27  Taylor Jacob  Boise State 9.500 
28  Lindsay Ward  Boise State 9.275 
28  Kori Underhill  Cal State Fullerton 9.275 
30  Katie Hicks  Southern Utah University 9.225 
31  Maddie Steinauer  Cal State Fullerton 9.175 
32  Alise Blackwell  San Jose State 9.150 
33  Michelle Minotti  San Jose State 9.125 
34  Kelsey Lang  Boise State 9.050 
35  Shelly Cooper  Cal State Fullerton 8.800 
36  Megan Tschida  Utah State University 8.150 

Floor Exercise Results  
Place  Gymnast  Team Score 
1  Hannah Redmon  Boise State 9.925 
1  Megan Tschida  Utah State University 9.925 
3  Emily Stebbins  San Jose State 9.900 
4  Sarah Smith  Boise State 9.875 
4  Alaina Baker  Cal State Fullerton 9.875 
6  Alycia Chan  Sacramento State 9.850 
6  Shanice Howard  San Jose State 9.850 
6  Shannon Coughlin  Southern Utah University 9.850 
9  Kelsey Lang  Boise State 9.825 
9  Amber Basgall  Sacramento State 9.825 
9  Melissa Genovese  Sacramento State 9.825 
9  Elise Wheeler  Southern Utah University 9.825 
13  Amy Glass  Boise State 9.800 
13  Michelle Minotti  San Jose State 9.800 
13  Jenna Vogt  Southern Utah University 9.800 
13  Lyndsie Boone  Utah State University 9.800 
13  Jasmine Minion  Utah State University 9.800 
18  Yvette Leizorek  Boise State 9.775 
18  Gabrielle Targosz  San Jose State 9.775 
18  Casey Jay  San Jose State 9.775 
21  Shannon Kawada  Cal State Fullerton 9.725 
21  Marina Borisova  Sacramento State 9.725 
23  Jessica Merriam  Cal State Fullerton 9.700 
23  Nikki Felley  Utah State University 9.700 
25  Eryn Stubblefield  Sacramento State 9.675 
25  Ana Whitfield  Utah State University 9.675 
27  Kellie Dangerfield  Southern Utah University 9.550 
28  Shelly Cooper  Cal State Fullerton 9.525 
29  Taylor Jacob  Boise State 9.400 
30  Heather Heinrich  Utah State University 9.350 
31  Veronica Porte  San Jose State 9.275 
32  Kori Underhill  Cal State Fullerton 9.250 
33  Nicole Giao  Sacramento State 9.225 
34  Katie Turcotte  Cal State Fullerton 9.175 
34  Katie Hicks  Southern Utah University 9.175 
36  Tehani Douglas  Southern Utah University 8.800 

All Around Results
Place  Gymnast  Team Score 
1  Hannah Redmon  Boise State 39.225 
2  Jenna Vogt  Southern Utah University 39.000 
3  Melissa Genovese  Sacramento State 38.975 
4  Elise Wheeler  Southern Utah University 38.950 
5  Nikki Felley  Utah State University 38.925 
6  Alaina Baker  Cal State Fullerton 38.900 
7  Kellie Dangerfield  Southern Utah University 38.875 
8  Marina Borisova  Sacramento State 38.850 
9  Veronica Porte  San Jose State 38.625 
10  Michelle Minotti  San Jose State 38.375 
11  Heather Heinrich  Utah State University 37.900 
12  Shelly Cooper  Cal State Fullerton 37.825 
13  Eryn Stubblefield  Sacramento State 37.700