Two Gymnasts Selected to the NCAA West Region Competition

San Jose, Calif.—Two San Jose State women’s gymnasts qualified to compete in the all-around at the 2007 NCAA West Region on Saturday, April 14. Sophomores Veronica Porte and Alise Blackwell qualified to compete at the meet hosted by the University of California, Berkeley.

Porte was the top all-around qualifier in the West region. She was the Spartans’ top all-around competitor this season. Porte finished third in the all-around last weekend at the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Championships with a career-best 39.175. For her effort, she was named a first team All-WAC selection in the all-around. Porte also received a career-high 9.825 on vault to tie for fifth place and tied a career-best 9.825 on beam to tie for eighth. With those two results, she was named a second team All-WAC honoree on both apparatus.

Blackwell competed in the all-around in 10 meets this season. She scored a 38.900 at the WAC Championships to finish in eighth place. Blackwell scored a career-best 39.050 in the all-around at Sacramento State on March 18, where she also scored a career-high 9.875 on floor.

Pending their performances at the NCAA West Regional meet, the Spartans may be eligible to qualify for the NCAA Championships. The top-two teams at the NCAA West Regional meet will advance to the NCAA Championships. Once the top-two teams are chosen, the top-two all-arounders, that are not on the advancing teams, qualify to the NCAA Championships. Additionally, the top performer per event, that is not on an advancing team, will qualify for the NCAA Championships.

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