Wallace, Porte Advance to NCAA Championships In All-Around

Seattle, Wash.On a record tying-night for Thomasina Wallace and solid performances from Veronica Porte, both have qualified to compete at the 2009 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships in the all-around.  San Jose State finished tied for fifth with a 194.800 at the NCAA West Regional at the Bank of America Arena at the University of Washington.

Wallace tied the all-around school record with a 39.400, tying Shirla Choy who recorded the score at the 2003 MPSF Championships.  Wallace also tied Choy for the school record on bars with a 9.950 to win the event.  She is the first Spartan to ever win an event at a NCAA West Regional meet.

“This is just amazing for me,” said Wallace whose smile never left her face.  “I know that I did my best tonight and going to nationals will be fun, especially going with Veronica. 

“Tonight, I started out on beam and knew when I hit that routine that I was going to do well.  I knew that if I didn’t rush and be patient, good things could happen.  My bars routine was one of my best and it is very exciting to win the event and tie two school records.” 

Porte qualified for the all-around after finishing with a 39.000.  She had her best score on floor with a 9.825, followed by a 9.800 on vault and 9.675 on bars. 

“I couldn’t be happier than to end my career by going to nationals,” said Porte.  “I went out there tonight and did what I had to do to reach this outcome.”

For only the second time in school history, San Jose State will send competitors to the NCAA Championships.  The only other time came in 2001 when Dani Albright qualified after finishing fifth at regionals.  Albright placed 38th in the all-around at nationals.

San Jose State finished the meet with a 194.800, the best score at a regional meet for the Spartans in four tries.  Assistant coach Meghan Donahue was named the West Region Assistant Coach of the Year, while Stacy Martin was named the West Region Administrator of the Year.  Both were voted upon by the region’s coaches.

“I could not be more ecstatic for this team,” said head coach Wayne Wright.  “I knew we could do well at this meet.  We went 24-for-24, and everyone who competed were part of our success tonight. 

“I am extremely proud and happy for Thomi and Veronica. Both are the catalysts of our team.  I believed both of them could advance to nationals, and they had great performances tonight.  I am really happy that Veronica gets to end her career at nationals, and Thomi is setting a new standard for our program.”

In the first rotation on beam, Wallace led the Spartans with a season-best 9.850, followed by Porte with a 9.700.  Alise Blackwell added a 9.675, while Aubrey Lee received a 9.600.  Katie Merrritt and Kelli Fournier each scored a 9.500 as the Spartans finished with a 48.325.

After a bye in the second rotation, San Jose State performed on floor in the third rotation.  Wallace again led the team with a 9.850, while Porte followed with a 9.825.  Shanice Howard scored a 9.775, while Jessica Khoshnood led off the rotation with a 9.725.  Gabrielle Targosz and Katie Valleau each scored a 9.700.  The Spartans scored a 48.875 on floor and had a 97.200 after two competitive rotations.

The Spartans then rotated to vault in the fourth rotation and scored a 48.725.  Porte led the team with a 9.800 followed by Lily Swann at 9.775 and Blackwell and Wallace each at 9.75.  Merritt received a 9.650, while Renae Moneymaker rounded out the scoring with a 9.500.

San Jose State finished the night on bars and scored a 48.875.  Led by Wallace’s record-tying 9.925, Blackwell scored a 9.800 in her final routine as a Spartan, while Renae Moneymaker scored a 9.700 in her final routine for San Jose State.  Khoshnood added a 9.750, while Tiffany Louie and Porte each had a 9.675.

NCAA West Regional
Bank of America Arena
Seattle, Wash.

Team Scores
1.  Utah  197.675
2.  Illinois  196.700
3.  Boise State  195.300
4.  Auburn  195.250
5.  Washington 194.800
5.  San Jose State 194.800

San Jose State Individual Results
Vault

Alise Blackwell 9.750
Katie Merritt  9.650
Renae Moneymaker 9.500
Thomasina Wallace 9.750
Lily Swann  9.775
Veronica Porte 9.800

Bars
Jessica Khoshnood 9.750
Tiffany Louie  9.675
Renae Moneymaker 9.700
Veronica Porte 9.675
Alise Blackwell 9.800
Thomasina Wallace 9.950

Beam
Katie Merritt  9.500
Aubrey Lee  9.600
Alise Blackwell 9.675
Veronica Porte 9.700
Thomasina Wallace 9.850
Kelli Fournier  9.500

Floor
Jessica Khoshnood 9.725
Gabrielle Targosz 9.700
Katie Valleau  9.700
Shanice Howard 9.775
Thomasina Wallace 9.850
Veronica Porte 9.825

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Team Standings
Place  Team Score 
1  University of Utah 197.675 
2  University of Illinois 196.700 
3  Boise State University 195.300 
4  Auburn University 195.250 
5  Washington Huskies 194.800 
5  San Jose State University 194.800 

Washington Huskies
Head Coach:  Joanne Bowers
 Gymnast Vault  Bars  Beam  Floor  AllArr 
 Hatsune Akaogi 9.750 9.825 9.850 9.275 38.700
 Haley Bogart 9.775   9.800 9.825  
 Karen Cain 9.650 9.700   9.750  
 Amanda Cline 9.800 9.575 9.050 9.425 37.850
 Ruby Engreitz 9.725 9.700      
 Anna Epps     9.175    
 Kelly Gilbert     9.725    
 Ashley Houghting 9.825        
 Kristen Linton   9.875   9.800  
 Samantha Walior   9.800 9.825 9.850  
 Team Totals 48.875  48.900  48.375  48.650  194.800

Auburn University
Head Coach:  Jeff Thompson
 Gymnast Vault  Bars  Beam  Floor  AllArr 
 Lauren Brzostowski     9.675    
 Katie Hurley     9.725    
 Rachel Inniss       9.850  
 A.J. Mills 9.750 9.850 9.800 9.300 38.700
 Carmen Nelms   9.825   9.775  
 Lindsey Puckett 9.900 9.750 9.200 9.900 38.750
 Allyson Sandusky 9.750 9.875 9.775    
 Claire Seiffert 9.750     9.250  
 Kylie Shields 9.775 9.700 9.850    
 Krissy Voss 9.750 9.775   9.600  
 Team Totals 48.925  49.075  48.825  48.425  195.250

Boise State University
Head Coach:  Tina Bird, Neil Resnick
 Gymnast Vault  Bars  Beam  Floor  AllArr 
 Chelsee Apple 9.600        
 Shaniece Craft 9.825        
 Mallory Dziawura   9.725 9.800    
 Taylor Jacob   9.850 9.725    
 Lindsay Kazandjian     9.800 9.650  
 Kelsey Lang     9.825 9.575  
 Fiona Leslie       9.650  
 Yvette Leizorek 9.750     9.800  
 Amber Neroes 9.750 9.800 9.225    
 Ruthie Pennington 9.700        
 Ashli Rainboth   9.525      
 Hannah Redmon 9.800 9.850   9.875  
 Sarah Smith     9.750 9.725  
 Katie Tuller   9.750      
 Team Totals 48.825  48.975  48.900  48.700  195.300

San Jose State University
Head Coach:  Wayne Wright
 Gymnast Vault  Bars  Beam  Floor  AllArr 
 Alise Blackwell 9.750 9.800 9.675    
 Kelli Fournier     9.500    
 Shanice Howard       9.775  
 Jessica Khoshnood   9.750   9.725  
 Aubrey Lee     9.600    
 Tiffany Louie   9.675      
 Katie Merritt 9.650   9.500    
 Renae Moneymaker 9.500 9.700      
 Veronica Porte 9.800 9.675 9.700 9.825 39.000
 Gabrielle Targosz       9.700  
 Lily Swann 9.775        
 Katie Valleau       9.700  
 Thomasina Wallace 9.750 9.950 9.850 9.850 39.400
 Team Totals 48.725  48.875  48.325  48.875  194.800

University of Illinois
Head Coach:  Bob Starkell
 Gymnast Vault  Bars  Beam  Floor  AllArr 
 Marijka Botterman 9.850 9.900   9.850  
 Allison Buckley 9.900 9.725 9.950 9.850 39.425
 Nicole Cowart 9.800 9.850 9.675 9.825 39.150
 Julie Crall     9.175    
 Melissa Fernandez 9.800 9.825 9.875    
 Kelsey Joannides 9.825 9.775 9.875 9.825 39.300
 Lashlee Morris     9.825    
 Sarah Schmidt 9.575 9.750   9.875  
 Lindsey Smith       9.775  
 Team Totals 49.175  49.100  49.200  49.225  196.700

University of Utah
Head Coach:  Greg Marsden
 Gymnast Vault  Bars  Beam  Floor  AllArr 
 Kristina Baskett 9.950 9.925 9.825 9.950 39.650
 Daria Bijak 9.875 9.850 9.925 9.900 39.550
 Jamie Deetscreek 9.850 9.850 9.950 9.825 39.475
 Annie DiLuzio 9.900     9.950  
 Jacquelyn Johnson   9.825      
 Gael Mackie 9.825 9.800 9.850    
 Stephanie McAllister   9.800 9.800 9.850  
 Kyndal Robarts 9.875   9.875 9.900  
 Team Totals 49.450  49.250  49.425  49.550  197.675

Vault Results
Place  Gymnast  Team Score 
1  Kristina Baskett  University of Utah 9.950 
2  Annie DiLuzio  University of Utah 9.900 
2  Lindsey Puckett  Auburn University 9.900 
2  Allison Buckley  University of Illinois 9.900 
5  Daria Bijak  University of Utah 9.875 
5  Kyndal Robarts  University of Utah 9.875 
7  Jamie Deetscreek  University of Utah 9.850 
7  Marijka Botterman  University of Illinois 9.850 
9  Ashley Houghting  Washington Huskies 9.825 
9  Gael Mackie  University of Utah 9.825 
9  Shaniece Craft  Boise State University 9.825 
9  Kelsey Joannides  University of Illinois 9.825 
13  Amanda Cline  Washington Huskies 9.800 
13  Maddie Steinauer  Cal State Fullerton 9.800 
13  Veronica Porte  San Jose State University 9.800 
13  Hannah Redmon  Boise State University 9.800 
13  Melissa Fernandez  University of Illinois 9.800 
13  Nicole Cowart  University of Illinois 9.800 
19  Haley Bogart  Washington Huskies 9.775 
19  Kylie Shields  Auburn University 9.775 
19  Lily Swann  San Jose State University 9.775 
22  Hatsune Akaogi  Washington Huskies 9.750 
22  Allyson Sandusky  Auburn University 9.750 
22  Krissy Voss  Auburn University 9.750 
22  Claire Seiffert  Auburn University 9.750 
22  A.J. Mills  Auburn University 9.750 
22  Alise Blackwell  San Jose State University 9.750 
22  Thomasina Wallace  San Jose State University 9.750 
22  Sophia Hocini  University of California - Berkeley 9.750 
22  Yvette Leizorek  Boise State University 9.750 
22  Amber Neroes  Boise State University 9.750 
32  Ruby Engreitz  Washington Huskies 9.725 
32  Marina Borisova  Sacramento State 9.725 
34  Alaina Baker  Cal State Fullerton 9.700 
34  Ruthie Pennington  Boise State University 9.700 
36  Karen Cain  Washington Huskies 9.650 
36  Katie Merritt  San Jose State University 9.650 
38  Chelsee Apple  Boise State University 9.600 
39  Eryn Stubblefield  Sacramento State 9.575 
39  Leah Wilson  University of Alaska Anchorage 9.575 
39  Sarah Schmidt  University of Illinois 9.575 
42  Renae Moneymaker  San Jose State University 9.500 

Uneven Parallel Bars Results
Place  Gymnast  Team Score 
1  Thomasina Wallace  San Jose State University 9.950 
2  Kristina Baskett  University of Utah 9.925 
3  Marijka Botterman  University of Illinois 9.900 
4  Kristen Linton  Washington Huskies 9.875 
4  Allyson Sandusky  Auburn University 9.875 
6  Jamie Deetscreek  University of Utah 9.850 
6  Daria Bijak  University of Utah 9.850 
6  A.J. Mills  Auburn University 9.850 
6  Hannah Redmon  Boise State University 9.850 
6  Taylor Jacob  Boise State University 9.850 
6  Nicole Cowart  University of Illinois 9.850 
12  Hatsune Akaogi  Washington Huskies 9.825 
12  Jacquelyn Johnson  University of Utah 9.825 
12  Carmen Nelms  Auburn University 9.825 
12  Melissa Fernandez  University of Illinois 9.825 
16  Samantha Walior  Washington Huskies 9.800 
16  Stephanie McAllister  University of Utah 9.800 
16  Gael Mackie  University of Utah 9.800 
16  Alise Blackwell  San Jose State University 9.800 
16  Amber Neroes  Boise State University 9.800 
21  Krissy Voss  Auburn University 9.775 
21  Kelsey Joannides  University of Illinois 9.775 
23  Lindsey Puckett  Auburn University 9.750 
23  Jessica Khoshnood  San Jose State University 9.750 
23  Katie Tuller  Boise State University 9.750 
23  Sarah Schmidt  University of Illinois 9.750 
27  Mallory Dziawura  Boise State University 9.725 
27  Allison Buckley  University of Illinois 9.725 
29  Karen Cain  Washington Huskies 9.700 
29  Ruby Engreitz  Washington Huskies 9.700 
29  Kylie Shields  Auburn University 9.700 
29  Renae Moneymaker  San Jose State University 9.700 
33  Tiffany Louie  San Jose State University 9.675 
33  Veronica Porte  San Jose State University 9.675 
35  Bridgette Glass  University of California - Berkeley 9.650 
35  Sophia Hocini  University of California - Berkeley 9.650 
37  Alaina Baker  Cal State Fullerton 9.625 
38  Amanda Cline  Washington Huskies 9.575 
39  Ashli Rainboth  Boise State University 9.525 
40  Eryn Stubblefield  Sacramento State 9.500 
40  Leah Wilson  University of Alaska Anchorage 9.500 
42  Marina Borisova  Sacramento State 9.250 

Balance Beam Results
Place  Gymnast  Team Score 
1  Jamie Deetscreek  University of Utah 9.950 
1  Allison Buckley  University of Illinois 9.950 
3  Daria Bijak  University of Utah 9.925 
4  Kyndal Robarts  University of Utah 9.875 
4  Kelsey Joannides  University of Illinois 9.875 
4  Melissa Fernandez  University of Illinois 9.875 
7  Hatsune Akaogi  Washington Huskies 9.850 
7  Gael Mackie  University of Utah 9.850 
7  Kylie Shields  Auburn University 9.850 
7  Thomasina Wallace  San Jose State University 9.850 
11  Samantha Walior  Washington Huskies 9.825 
11  Kristina Baskett  University of Utah 9.825 
11  Kelsey Lang  Boise State University 9.825 
11  Lashlee Morris  University of Illinois 9.825 
15  Haley Bogart  Washington Huskies 9.800 
15  Stephanie McAllister  University of Utah 9.800 
15  A.J. Mills  Auburn University 9.800 
15  Mallory Dziawura  Boise State University 9.800 
15  Lindsay Kazandjian  Boise State University 9.800 
20  Allyson Sandusky  Auburn University 9.775 
20  Eryn Stubblefield  Sacramento State 9.775 
22  Sarah Smith  Boise State University 9.750 
23  Kelly Gilbert  Washington Huskies 9.725 
23  Katie Hurley  Auburn University 9.725 
23  Taylor Jacob  Boise State University 9.725 
26  Alaina Baker  Cal State Fullerton 9.700 
26  Veronica Porte  San Jose State University 9.700 
26  Leah Wilson  University of Alaska Anchorage 9.700 
29  Lauren Brzostowski  Auburn University 9.675 
29  Alise Blackwell  San Jose State University 9.675 
29  Nicole Cowart  University of Illinois 9.675 
32  Aubrey Lee  San Jose State University 9.600 
33  Sophia Hocini  University of California - Berkeley 9.575 
34  Marina Borisova  Sacramento State 9.550 
35  Katie Merritt  San Jose State University 9.500 
35  Kelli Fournier  San Jose State University 9.500 
37  Traci Takeda  Sacramento State 9.350 
38  Amber Neroes  Boise State University 9.225 
39  Lindsey Puckett  Auburn University 9.200 
40  Anna Epps  Washington Huskies 9.175 
40  Julie Crall  University of Illinois 9.175 
42  Amanda Cline  Washington Huskies 9.050 

Floor Exercise Results
Place  Gymnast  Team Score 
1  Kristina Baskett  University of Utah 9.950 
1  Annie DiLuzio  University of Utah 9.950 
3  Kyndal Robarts  University of Utah 9.900 
3  Daria Bijak  University of Utah 9.900 
3  Lindsey Puckett  Auburn University 9.900 
6  Hannah Redmon  Boise State University 9.875 
6  Sarah Schmidt  University of Illinois 9.875 
8  Samantha Walior  Washington Huskies 9.850 
8  Stephanie McAllister  University of Utah 9.850 
8  Rachel Inniss  Auburn University 9.850 
8  Thomasina Wallace  San Jose State University 9.850 
8  Marijka Botterman  University of Illinois 9.850 
8  Allison Buckley  University of Illinois 9.850 
14  Haley Bogart  Washington Huskies 9.825 
14  Jamie Deetscreek  University of Utah 9.825 
14  Alaina Baker  Cal State Fullerton 9.825 
14  Marina Borisova  Sacramento State 9.825 
14  Veronica Porte  San Jose State University 9.825 
14  Nicole Cowart  University of Illinois 9.825 
14  Kelsey Joannides  University of Illinois 9.825 
21  Kristen Linton  Washington Huskies 9.800 
21  Yvette Leizorek  Boise State University 9.800 
23  Carmen Nelms  Auburn University 9.775 
23  Shanice Howard  San Jose State University 9.775 
23  Sophia Hocini  University of California - Berkeley 9.775 
23  Lindsey Smith  University of Illinois 9.775 
27  Karen Cain  Washington Huskies 9.750 
27  Avery Gee  University of California - Berkeley 9.750 
29  Jessica Khoshnood  San Jose State University 9.725 
29  Sarah Smith  Boise State University 9.725 
31  Gabrielle Targosz  San Jose State University 9.700 
31  Katie Valleau  San Jose State University 9.700 
33  Fiona Leslie  Boise State University 9.650 
33  Lindsay Kazandjian  Boise State University 9.650 
35  Krissy Voss  Auburn University 9.600 
36  Kelsey Lang  Boise State University 9.575 
37  Amanda Cline  Washington Huskies 9.425 
38  A.J. Mills  Auburn University 9.300 
39  Hatsune Akaogi  Washington Huskies 9.275 
40  Claire Seiffert  Auburn University 9.250 
41  Leah Wilson  University of Alaska Anchorage 9.100 
42  Eryn Stubblefield  Sacramento State
 

 

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