Women's Gymnastics Qualifies for NCAA West Regional

For only the second time in school history, the San Jose State women’s gymnastics team has qualified for the NCAA West Regional to be hosted by Stanford University on Saturday, April 8. The meet begins at 6:00 p.m., at Maples Pavilion.

Thirty-six teams team will compete at six regionals based on their regional qualifying score from regular-season competition. San Jose State qualified for the meet with a 193.305 regional qualifying score. The team will start the meet with a bye, then bars and beam before another bye and finish with floor and vault.

“We are very excited to be returning to the regional meet,” said San Jose State head coach Wayne Wright. “This is a great accomplishment for our team and the school and shows the progress the program has made over the past few years.”

Six teams, five all-around competitors and one event specialist per event will compete at the West Regional. The teams competing at the West Regional are #5 Alabama, #8 Stanford, #16 Oregon State, #26 Boise State, #31 Sacramento State and #35 San Jose State. The top two teams and the top-two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) receive an automatic berth to the 2006 NCAA Championships in Corvallis, Ore., on April 20-22.

“There are a lot of good teams at this regional,” stated Wright. “We are going into this meet with the mind set of hitting 24-of-24 routines. Finishing the meet on the vault is an advantage for us since vault is our best event this season.”

This season, the team set the school record on the vault and recorded the top-3 vault scores in school history. Sophomore Shina Cardeno broke a five-year old school record on vault with a 9.950. Michelle Minotti, Renae Moneymaker and Veronica Porte have all been steady all-around competitors for the Spartans. This past weekend, the team finished fifth at the Western Athletic Conference Championships. Three gymnasts received all-conference honors Moneymaker, first team on the vault; Kelsey Spellacy, first team on the bars; and Porte, second team in the all-around.

The Spartans only other time to compete as a team at the West Regional was in 2003. That year, the team finished tied for fifth with a 192.875. Last, three Spartans competed in the all-around Jennifer Greene, Michelle Minotti and Greta Leach. In 2004, the team sent four individuals Greta Leach, Jennifer Greene and Shirla Choy in the all-around and Amberly Klein on the beam.

“The seniors on our team were part of the 2003 regional team and understand what is going to happen at the meet,” said Wright. “Their experiences along with the experience the past weekend from the WAC meet should prepare and help us compete at this meet.”

Tickets for the meet are on sale through the Stanford Ticket office at 1-800-Stanford. Prices are $10 for reserved seats, $8 for adult general admission and $6 for student/child/senior general admission. Groups of 20 or more can purchase general admission tickets for just $3 each.

“I hope that the Spartan fans will come support our gymnasts at Stanford,” said Wright. “This is a big meet for us, and we would like to have as many San Jose State fans attend the meet as possible.”

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