Women's Gymnastics To Compete at 2008 NCAA West Regional

For the third time in school history, the San Jose State women’s gymnastics team has qualified to compete at the 2008 NCAA West Regional meet on Saturday, April 12. The team will travel to Oregon State for the competition.

The Spartans are one of 36 teams competing at six regionals based on their regional qualifying score from regular-season competition. San Jose Sate qualified with a 194.435 RQS.

“I am extremely excited for the team and the program to go to regionals,” said San Jose State head coach Wayne Wright. “One of our goals this season was to make regionals and now we have accomplished that goal. This has been a very good season in which we competed well and was a total team effort.”

Six teams, five all-around competitors and one event specialist per event qualified for the six regionals. Teams competing at the West Regional include #5 Michigan, #8 Oregon State, #17 Michigan State, #31 Washington, #32 San Jose State and #35 Sacramento 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 2008 NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga., on April 24-26.

“We are going to be competing against very good competition and teams we have not seen before including Michigan and Michigan State which are great programs. I think this will be a very competitive meet between all six schools in the field. This is good experience for our team and program,” said Wright.

The Spartans begin the meet with a bye in the first rotation followed by the floor and vault before a bye in the fourth rotation and finish on the bars and beam.

This is the third time San Jose State has participated as a team at the NCAA West Regional meet. The Spartans competed at Stanford in 2006 where the team finished fourth with a 192.375. In the team’s first appearance at regionals in 2003 at Washington, the team finished tied for fifth with a 192.875.

San Jose State just finished one of its best seasons in school history. The Spartans had its best finish ever at the Western Athletic Conference Championships with a second-place finish this past Saturday night in Boise with a 194.725. The Spartans were just .200 behind champion Boise State. The Spartans posted its second-highest team total with a 195.325 against Southern Utah in a home victory in February. In that meet, San Jose State set the school record on vault with a 49.025.

Six Spartans finished in the top-10 on the individual apparatus at the WAC meet. 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.

For their performances, Porte was a first team honoree on vault and a second team honoree on beam. Stebbins was first team on floor. Howard was a second team honoree on vault and floor, while Moneymaker earned second team honors on bars.

Tickets for the regional championships meet can be purchased by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS, in person at the OSU Ticket Office located in Room 107 at legendary Gill Coliseum, or by going to the Oregon State web site at www.osubeavers.com.

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