Gymnastics Readies For NCAA Regional

This Week:
Sat. April 2    NCAA Corvallis Regional         Corvallis, Ore.        4:00 p.m. PDT

SPARTANS TO COMPETE AT THE CORVALLIS REGIONAL:  For the fifth time in school history, the San Jose State women’s gymnastics team competes at the NCAA West Regional on Saturday, April 2, at the Gill Coliseum on the Oregon State  University campus in Corvallis, Ore..  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 Oregon State, Iowa, Nebraska, Southern Utah, San Jose State and Michigan 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 2011 NCAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 15-17.

    This is the fifth time San Jose State has participated as a team at the NCAA West Regional meet. San Jose State begins the meet with a bye, then bars, beam, bye, floor and vault.  


Rotation Vault Bye Bars Beam Bye Floor
Rotation 1
MSU SJSU SUU NEB IOWA
OSU
Rotation 2
OSU MSU SJSU SUU NEB IOWA
Rotation 3
IOWA
OSU MSU SJSU SUU NEB
Rotation 4
NEB IOWA
OSU MSU SJSU SUU
Rotation 5
SUU NEB IOWA
OSU MSU SJSU
Rotation 6
SJSU SUU NEB IOWA
OSU MSU


LIVE SCORING:  The NCAA West Regional will have live scoring on the Oregon State web site, www.osubeavers.com, and a link is provided on www.sjsuspartans.com under “Live Stats.”

LIVE WEBCAST:  A free webcast of the regional will be available on the Oregon State web site at www.osubeavers.com.  Former Oregon State gymnast Heather (Bennett) Faucera will call the action of all six teams.

HEAD COACH:  San Jose State head coach Wayne Wright is in his 10th season at the helm of the Spartan women’s gymnastics team. He has coached all five San Jose State regional qualifying teams.

REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP MEET RESULTS:  San Jose State has competed in four previous NCAA West Regionals.  The team’s best finish was fourth place at the 2006 regional at Stanford.  The Spartans’ best score came at the 2009 regional at Washington with a 194.800.

NCAA West Regional Results
Team Results
2009    NCAA West Regional at Washington

    1.  Utah    197.675
    2.  Illinois    196.700
    3.  Boise State    195.400
    4.  Auburn    195.250
    5.  San Jose State    194.800
         Washington    194.800

2008    NCAA West Regional at Oregon State
    1.  Oregon State    197.100
    2.  Michigan    196.375
    3.  Michigan State    195.125
    4.  Washington    194.075
    5.  San Jose State    193.850
    6.  Sacramento State    193.575

2006    NCAA West Regional at Stanford
    1.  Alabama    196.475
    2.  Oregon State    195.800
    3.  Stanford    195.275
    4.  San Jose State    192.375
    5.  Sacramento State    192.050
    6.  Boise State    189.850

2003    NCAA West Regional at Washington
    1.  Nebraska    196.650
    2.  LSU    195.700
    3.  Washington    195.675
    4.  Cal State Fullerton    193.175
    5.  San Jose State    192.875
            Boise State    192.875

REGIONAL CHAMPIONS:Thomasina Wallace is the only Spartan in school history to win a regional championship title.  She won the bars title at the 2009 regional with a 9.950, tying the San Jose State school record at the same time.

SPARTANS AT THE WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS: San Jose State finished third at the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Championships with a 193.925, as the Spartans hosted the meet at The Event Center.

NATIONAL RANKINGS:  San Jose State enters the regional ranked 34th with a 194.525 RQS.  On the four apparatus, the Spartans are 34th on vault, 33rd on bars, 39th on balance beam and 31st on floor.

WAC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:  For the second time in three seasons, a Spartan gymnast was honored for her first year of collegiate performances.  This year, Julia Greer was named the WAC Freshman of the Year, by a vote of the conference’s head coaches.

    Greer competed on the beam and floor for the Spartans this year. She won the beam at two meets this season, twice against Sacramento State.  She scored a season-best 9.875 at Southern on the beam.  Greer scored a 9.775 on floor at Southern Utah and at the WAC Championships.

ALL-WAC HONORS:  Six Spartans received All-WAC honors for their performances at the 2011 WAC Championships.  Lily Swann and Thomasina Wallace were the only multiple winners for the Spartans.  Below is a complete list of Spartan honorees.

Cassandra Harrison
Second Team - Vault

Shanice Howard
Second Team - Vault

Katie Merritt
Second Team - Bars

Lily Swann
First Team - All-Around
Second Team - Bars

Thomasina Wallace
First Team - Bars, Floor
Second Team - All-Around

Katie Valleau
First Team - Floor

TWO SPARTANS TIE BEAM RECORD:  Aubrey Lee and Thomasina Wallace each tied the San Jose State beam record at different meets this season.  Lee tied the record with a 9.900 at Southern Utah and helped lead the beam team to a new school record.  Wallace had a 9.900 in a home meet with Bose State, Seattle Pacific and UC Davis. They are tied with three other former Spartans who received a 9.900.

OLDEST TEAM EVENT RECORD BROKEN: The Spartan beam team shattered the oldest school record on the books with a 49.275 in a meet at Southern Utah in February.  The Spartans bested the old record by .225 (49.050 in March 2003) in the final rotation of the meet.  Aubrey Lee anchored the team with a career-best 9.900, tying four other Spartans including teammate Thomasina Wallace for the school record.  Wallace and Julia Greer each scored a 9.875 (a season-best for Greer), while Lily Swann received a season-high 9.825. Holly Partridge had her career-best with a 9.800, while Katie Merritt added a 9.450 to round out the scoring.

Top-10 Beam Scores
Score    Opponents    Date
49.275    at Southern Utah    Feb. 18, 2011
49.050    at MPSF Champ.    Mar. 29, 2003
49.025    Western Independent Champ.    March 27, 1999
49.025    Stanford, California    Mar. 19, 2005
49.000    at Arizona St.    March 14, 2003
48.950    at UC Davis    March 6, 2004
48.925    at Utah State    March 12, 2010
48.925    Boise St., UC Davis, Seattle Pacific    Feb. 11, 2011
48.900    MPSF Champ.    March 20, 2004
48.875    CS Fullerton    January 27, 2001
48.875    at Sacramento St.    Mar. 18, 2007
48.875    at Seattle Pacific    Jan. 31, 2009
48.850    Seattle Pacific    February 3, 2001
48.800    at Air Force, TX-Woman’s,
    WI-Eau Claire, Utah St.    Jan. 17, 2004

SECOND, THIRD HIGHEST TEAM SCORES:  In back-to-back weeks, the Spartans scored the second and third highest team scores in school history.  The team started with a 195.550 in a home quadrangular meet that included Boise State.  The next week, San Jose State traveled to Southern Utah and scored a 195.425.

Top 10 Team Totals All-Time
Score    Opponents    Date

195.925    MPSF Championships    March 20, 2004
195.550    Boise St., UC Davis, Seattle Pacific    February 11, 2011
195.425    at Southern Utah    February 18, 2011

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
195.075    Stanford, California    March 5, 2010
194.900    Seattle Pacific    March 9, 2001

WALLACE HONORED BY WAC:  Four times this season, Thomasina Wallace received weekly honors by the WAC.  Three times, she was named the WAC Gymnast of the Week and once was the Specialist of the Week.  Her first honor was when she was selected as the specialist after winning the floor with a career-best 9.925 against Utah State and Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  It was the first time since 2004 that a Spartan gymnast scored a 9.925 or higher on floor.

She then shared Gymnast of the Week honors the next week as she won or tied for first and won the all-around in a home meet with Sacramento State.

Wallace then won the honors after the home quadrangular meet and the meet at Southern Utah.  At the quad meet, she won the all-around title with a 39.325 and tied for first on bars (9.900) and beam (9.900).  At Southern Utah, Wallace won the all-around with a 39.250 and the vault with a 9.825.

SPARTAN GYMNAST NOTES
Julia Greer is the 2011 WAC Freshman of the Year.  She competes on the beam and floor for the Spartans and won the beam titles in two dual meets against Sacramento State.  Her best beam routine came against Southern Utah where she got a 9.875.  Greer scored a season-best 9.775 on floor at Southern Utah and at the WAC Championships.

Cassandra Harrison competes on the vault and bars for the Spartans.  She is a second-team All-WAC honoree on vault after scoring a season-high 9.825 at the conference championships.  She won the event with a 9.775 at a meet in Sacramento State.  On bars, Harrison had a season-high 9.700 in a meet at California in January.  She also competed on the floor in two meets and scored a 9.725 at Sacramento State.

Shanice Howard competes on the vault and bars.  She is a second-team All-WAC honoree on vault after scored a 9.800 (her season-high) at the championship meet.  On bars, Howard scored a career-best 9.725 at Cal State Fullerton and had a 9.700 in a meet against Utah State and Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Aubrey Lee competes on the vault, beam and floor.  She tied the Spartan beam record with a 9.900 at Southern Utah in February as she won the event.  She had a 9.700 or better in five meets.  On vault, she scored a career-best 9.725 at the WAC Championships.  On floor, Lee has scored a 9.700 or better in seven meets including a career-best 9.850 in a home meet against Boise State, UC Davis and Seattle Pacific.

Casey McCord is a floor specialist this season as she has competed in every meet this season.  She had a 9.800 against Utah State and Wisconsin-Eau Claire and scored a 9.700 or better in five meets.

Kate Merritt competes on the vault, bars and beam teams.  She is a second team All-WAC honoree on bars after scored a 9.775 at the championships to tie for sixth place.  Merritt has scored a 9.700 or better on bars in five meets.  On vault, she won the title in the first meet of the year at UC Davis with a 9.750 and had a 9.800 at Southern Utah.  She has scored a 9.700 or better in eight meets.  On beam, Merritt scored a 9.700 at Cal State Fullerton.

Holly Partridge is a beam specialist on this year’s team.  She scored a career-best 9.800 at Southern Utah and had a 9.700 in a home quadrangular meet in February.

Lily Swann is one of two all-arounders for San Jose State.  She was a first team All-WAC honoree in the all-around and a second team All-WAC honoree on the bars.  In the all-around, she finished third at the championship meet with a 38.800.  She scored a career-best 39.175 in a quadrangular home meet in February.  Swann had a 39.000 or better in four meets and won the all-around title at Cal State Fullerton. 

On the vault, Swann won the event at three meets and had a season-high 9.850 in a home meet against Sacramento State.  She scored a 9.800 or better in four meets.  On the bars, she won the event in a meet with Utah State and Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a 9.775.  She tied her career-high with a 9.800 at the WAC Championships to finish fifth.  On beam, Swann had a career-best 9.825 at Southern Utah and won the event at Cal State Fullerton at 9.750.  On floor, Swann scored a career-best 9.875 in the quadrangular home meet and had a 9.800 or better in four meets.

Alyssa Telles-Nolan is a bars specialist for the Spartans.  She scored a career-best 9.800 in a quadrangular meet that included Boise State at home.  She won the bars title with a 9.775 in a home meet with Utah State and Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  Telles-Nolan scored a 9.700 or better in nine meets.

Katie Valleau is a floor specialist and competed on the vault in seven meets.  On the vault, she scored a 9.650 at Southern Utah.  On floor, Valleau did not receive a score lower than 9.750 in 10 meets.  She had a 9.875 in three meets and a 9.850 in two meets.  She is a first team All-WAC honoree on floor after tying for second with a 9.825.  Valleau won the event at California and at a home meet against Sacramento State.

Thomasina Wallace is an all-arounder for the Spartans and was a first team All-WAC honoree on bars and a second team honoree in the all-around.  On vault, she won the event at three meets and tied her career best with a 9.900 against Sacramento State.  She scored a 9.800 or better in five meets.  On bars, Wallace won the event at six meets and scored a 9.900 in a quadrangular meet that included Boise State.  She scored a 9.800 or higher in nine meets including a 9.825 at the WAC Championships to tie for third.  On beam, Wallace tied the school record with a 9.900 in the home quadrangular meet and won the event at two other meets.  She scored a 9.700 or better in seven meets.  On the floor, Wallace recorded her career-high 9.925 in a meet with Utah State and Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  She had a 9.800 or higher in eight meets.

Wallace won the all-around at five meets and scored a 39.000 or higher at five meets.  She scored a season-best 39.325 in the quadrangular meet with Boise State.    She also had a 39.250 at Southern Utah and at a home meet with Sacramento State.