Women's Gymnastics Competes At NCAA Regional Saturday Night

This Week:
Sat. April 4

NCAA West Regional
Seattle, Wash.
6:00 p.m. PDT

SPARTANS COMPETE AT NCAA WEST REGIONAL: For the second consecutive season and fourth time in school history, the San Jose State women’s gymnastics team competes at the NCAA West Regional on Saturday, April 4, at the Bank of America Arena on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. The Spartans qualified for the regional with a 194.775 regional qualifying score (RQS).

Six teams, five all-around competitors and one event specialist per event qualified for the six regionals. Teams competing at the West Regional include Utah, Illinois, Auburn, Boise State, Washington and the Spartans. The top two teams and the top-two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) receive an automatic berth to the 2009 NCAA Championships in Lincoln, Neb., on April 16-18.

This is the fourth time San Jose State has participated as a team at the NCAA West Regional meet. The Spartans competed last year at Oregon State and finished fifth with a 193.850. In 2006 at Stanford, 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 begins the meet on the beam, followed by a bye, then floor and vault, another bye and finish on the bars.

Rotation Vault Bye Bars Beam Bye Floor
Rotation 1 UW BSU AUB SJSU UTAH ILL
Rotation 2 ILL UW BSU AUB SJSU UTAH
Rotation 3 UTAH ILL UW BSU AUB SJSU
Rotation 4 SJSU UTA ILL UW BSU AUB
Rotation 5 AUB SJSU UTAH ILL UW BSU
Rotation 6 BSU AUB SJSU UTAH ILL UW

TICKETS: Tickets for the regional are on sale on GoHuskies.com or by phone through the University of Washington Ticket Office at 206-543-2200. Reserved seats are $10, adult general admission tickets are $8 and youth/senior general admission tickets are only $6.

LIVE STATS: The NCAA West Regional will have live stats on the Washington web site at www.gohuskies.com.

LIVE VIDEO: A free live video feed of the regional will be available on the Washington web site at www.gohuskies.com. They will attempt to show as many routines as possible on the feed.

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

SPARTANS AT THE WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS:
San Jose State finished fourth at the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Championships with a 194.875, the best for the Spartans in four WAC Championship meets.

Thomasina Wallace won the floor with a 9.900, tied for second on bars with a 9.875 and was fourth in the all-around with a 38.750.

Other Spartans to receive WAC honors included Aubrey Lee finished third on the beam with a 9.850. Veronica Porte and Shanice Howard tied for second on the floor with 9.875 scores. Lily Swann and Porte led the team on vault with 9.850 scores. Alise Blackwell tied for sixth on the bars at 9.825. Porte finished sixth in the all-around with a 38.625.

San Jose State recorded the fourth-highest floor score in school history with a 49.275. The team had a 48.900 on vault, tying for the fifth-best in school history.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: San Jose State enters the regional ranked 34th with a 194.775 RQS. On floor, the team is 23rd with a 49.025 RQS.

Individually, Thomasina Wallace is 13th on the bars with a 9.885 RQS.

WAC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Thomasina Wallace was named the WAC Freshman of the Year, by a vote of the conference’s head coaches.

She is the WAC Champion on floor with a 9.900 at the conference meet. Wallace has recorded a 9.900 or better on the vault, bars and floor.

ALL-WAC HONORS: A team-high six Spartans received All-WAC honors for their performances at the 2009 WAC Championships. Veronica Porte and Thomasina Wallace were the only multiple winners for the Spartans. Below is a complete list of Spartan honorees.

Alise Blackwell
Second Team - Bars

Shanice Howard
First Team - Floor

Aubrey Lee
First Team - Beam

Veronica Porte
First Team - Floor
Second Team - All-Around, Vault

Lily Swann
Second Team - Vault

Thomasina Wallace
WAC Freshman of the Year
WAC Champion - Floor
First Team - Floor, Bars
Second Team - All-Around

WALLACE WINS FLOOR AT WAC: For the first time in school history, a Spartan was crowned an individual champion at the WAC Championships. Thomasina Wallace won the floor with a 9.900

PORTE TIES VAULT SCHOOL RECORD: Veronica Porte tied the San Jose State vault record with a 9.925 at the BYU quadrangular meet in February. She tied Shina Cardeno who performed the vault in 2006.

Porte was the big winner on the evening, winning three events and the all-around. Porte won the vault with her record-breaking 9.925, beam with a 9.800, floor with a 9.825 and the all-around with a career-best 39.275.

WALLACE TWO OF THREE TOP ALL-AROUND SCORES: In just her first season of competition in a Spartan uniform, Thomasina Wallace is tied already for two of the top-three all-around scores in San Jose State history. Wallace tied for second place with a 39.375 at Southern Utah, and scored the third-highest score with a 39.350 at UC Davis with Stanford.

NEW VAULT TEAM RECORD:
For the third time in four seasons, San Jose State set a new vault team school record. The Spartans had a 49.100 at the BYU quadrangular on February 20. Five of the top-10 vault scores in school history have been recorded this season.

Top-10 Vault Scores
Score Opponents Date
49.100 at BYU, Boise St., Utah St. Feb. 20, 2009

49.025 Southern Utah Feb. 16, 2008
48.950 UC Davis February 24, 2006
48.925 at WAC Champ. March 29, 2008
48.925 at Southern Utah March 6,2009
48.900 at WAC Championships March 21, 2009
48.900 Boise St., Seattle Pacific Jan. 23, 2009

48.875 Seattle Pacific, Illinois-Chicago Feb. 3, 2006
48.850 at California March 17, 2006
48.825 at Seattle Pacific Jan. 31, 2009
48.800 at UC Davis, Stanford, Sac. St. Mar. 23, 2008
48.750 at Sacramento St. Mar. 18, 2007
48.750 UC Davis February 22, 2008
48.750 Sacramento State Feb. 6, 2009

FOUR OF TOP-10 TEAM SCORES: This season, San Jose State has scored four of the top-10 team scores in school history. The Spartans posted the second-highest score at Seattle Pacific with a 195.400. At Southern Utah, San Jose State scored a 195.250 for the fifth-highest score. The team also totaled the eighth-best score with a 194.875 at the WAC Championships and the 10th-best score with a 194.800 at the BYU quad.

Top 10 Team Totals All-Time
Score Opponents Date

195.925 MPSF Championships March 20, 2004
195.400 at Seattle Pacific January 31, 2009
195.325 Southern Utah February 16, 2008
195.300 at Sacramento State March 18, 2007
195.250 at Southern Utah March 6, 2009
195.100 UC Davis February 7, 2003
194.900 Seattle Pacific March 9, 2001
194.875 WAC Championships March 21, 2009
194.825 at Cal, UC Davis, CS Full. March 9, 2008
194.800 at BYU, Boise St., Utah St. February 20, 2009

194.000 SCORE STREAK: The Spartans enter the regional meet with a unique streak for San Jose State. The Spartans have scored a 194.000 or better in eight consecutive meets. The streak is the longest in school history and the most times in one year that San Jose State has scored a 194.000 or better. Last year, the team had a streak of five consecutive meets.

TWO 9.900+ SCORES ON VAULT IN SAME MEET: At the BYU quadrangular meet in February, two Spartans received a 9.900 or higher on the vault. Veronica Porte tied the Spartan school record with a 9.925, while Alise Blackwell scored a career-best 9.900. This was the first time in school history that two Spartans scored a 9.900 or better in the same meet on vault. It was also just the seventh time in school history on any apparatus that two Spartan teammates scored a 9.900 or higher on the same event. In fact, three Spartans scored a 9.900 or better on the floor at the 2004 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships.

WALLACE RECEIVES WAC HONORS: Four times this season, Thomasina Wallace was named the WAC Gymnast of the Week. Her first honor came after she won the all-around title at Seattle Pacific with a 39.200. She also won the individual title on bars with a 9.875.

Her second honor came after winning the all-around at Sacramento State with a 39.225. Wallace won on bars with a 9.900 to tie her season high on the apparatus and the floor with a season-best 9.875.

The third honor came after a 39.350 to win the all-around in a meet at UC Davis with #3 Stanford. She tied for first on floor with a season-best 9.900, tied for second on bars with a 9.875, third on beam with a 9.775 and tied for fourth on vault with a 9.800.

Her fourth honor came after a 39.375 all-around win at Southern Utah. The mark ties for the second-highest all-around score in SJSU history. Wallace tied for first on vault (8.850), won the bars title (9.875) and finished second on floor with a 9.825. Wallace also received her season-best on beam with a 9.825 to finish third.