Gymnastics At NCAA Salt Lake Regional Saturday

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This Week:
Sat. April 7    NCAA Regional    Salt Lake City, Utah    6:00 p.m. MDT

SPARTANS HEADED TO NCAA SALT LAKE REGIONAL:  San Jose State makes it third trip to the state of Utah this season as the team competes at the NCAA Salt Lake Regional hosted by the University of Utah this Saturday evening.  San Jose State is the sixth seed heading into the meet.  The field in seed order is Nebraska, Utah, Minnesota, Iowa State, Arizona State and the Spartans.  San Jose State begins the meets on floor, followed by vault, bye, bars, beam bye.

    The top-two teams at the regional will advance to the 2012 NCAA Championships April 20-22, in Duluth, Ga.  The top-two all-arounders, not on advancing teams, will compete at the championships along with any event winners not on advancing teams.

  Vault Bye Bars Beam Bye Floor
Rotation 1 Iowa State
Minnesota Nebraska Arizona State
Utah San Jose State
Rotation 2
San Jose State Iowa State Minnesota Nebraska Arizona State Utah
Rotation 3
Utah San Jose State Iowa State Minnesota Nebraska Arizona State
Rotation 4
Arizona State Utah San Jose State Iowa State Minnesota Nebraska
Rotation 5
Nebraska Arizona State Utah San Jose State Iowa State Minnesota
Rotation 6
Minnesota Nebraska Arizona State Utah San Jose State Iowa State


LIVE SCORING:   Saturday’s meet will have live scoring available on UtahUtes.com with links also provided on SJSUSpartans.com.

LIVE VIDEO:   The meet will also have live video available for free on UtahUtes.com, with links also provided on SJSUSpartans.com.

PRACTICE TIMES:  Practices on Friday, April 7, are free and open to the public.  The Spartans will practice in the second session of the day, beginning at 4 p.m.
1:15-3:00 p.m. - Utah, Nebraska, Iowa State
4:00-5:45 p.m. - San Jose State, Minnesota, Arizona State

TICKETS:   Tickets are available through the Utah Ticket Office at (801) 581-UTIX (8849) or online at UtahUtes.com.  Prices range from $4 to $16.

FACEBOOK:   Catch up with San Jose State women’s gymnastics on Facebook.  Like “SJSU Gymnastics” and get video and inside looks into the program.   Be sure to check the page throughout the weekend for photos and videos.

TWITTER:   Follow San Jose State Athletics on Twitter @SJSUAthletics.  Be sure to check out this week’s feed as we provide pictures from the trip to the regional including practice on Friday and during the competition on Saturday.

SPARTANS AT REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS:   San Jose State is making its sixth appearance at an NCAA Regional.  The Spartans have tied for fourth twice (2011, 2006) and had its best score of 194.800 in 2009 at Washington.  Last year, the team finished fourth with a 194.425 at the NCAA Corvallis Regional, just .100 behind Michigan State. A complete listing of past regional results can be found on pages 6-7 of the release.

NCAA REGIONAL TITLE WINNERS:   Two current Spartans have won the only two regional event titles in San Jose State history.  Thomasina Wallace won the bars her freshman year at the 2009 NCAA West Regional with a 9.950.  Last year, Katie Valleau tied for first on the floor with a 9.900 at the NCAA Corvallis Regional. 

NATIONAL RANKINGS:   San Jose State ranks 35th nationally with a 194.790 RQS.
Vault - 44th    48.695 RQS
Bars - 40th    48.750 RQS
Beam - 36th    48.590 RQS
Floor - 18th    49.080 RQS
    

Individually, two Spartans are ranked among the top-100 in their events.
Thomasina Wallace
All-Around    7th    39.455 RQS
Vault    T72nd    9.845 RQS
Bars    T9th    9.895 RQS
Beam    T27th    9.860 RQS
Floor    T33rd    9.870 RQS

Katie Valleau
Floor    T47th    9.860 RQS

SPARTANS AT THE WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS:  San Jose State finished fourth with a 194.800 at the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Championships last month in Logan, Utah.  Thomasina Wallace won the all-around with a 39.400 and tied for second on the floor with teammate Katie Valleau at 9.875.  Wallace added a 9.825 on vault and beam.

WAC GYMNAST OF THE YEAR: By a vote of the conference’s head coaches, Thomasina Wallace was named the WAC Gymnast of the Year at the championship meet.  Wallace won the all-around at 11 of the 12 meets she competed this season including at the WAC Championship meet.  She is the first gymnast in school history to receive this honor.

ALL-WAC HONORS:  Two Spartans received All-WAC honors at the championship meet last month. Thomasina Wallace was a first team honoree on bars, floor and all-around and a second team honoree on vault.  Katie Valleau was a first team selection on the floor.

HEAD COACH:  San Jose State head coach Wayne Wright is in his 11th season at the helm of the Spartan women’s gymnastics team. He has coached all six San Jose State regional qualifying teams and taken three individuals to the NCAA Championships.

ALL-AROUND TITLES:  With her record-breaking scores and ranking seventh nationally,  Thomasina Wallace has won the all-around title at 11 of the 12 Spartan meets this season.  The only title she did not win was at UCLA.

WAC REGULAR SEASON CHAMPS:  With a 3-0 WAC mark, San Jose State claimed the 2012 WAC regular season title.  The Spartans defeated Southern Utah, Utah State and Sacramento State during the season to win the title.

WAC HONORS PILING UP FOR WALLACE:  Thomasina Wallace received seven Western Athletic Conference Gymnast of the Week honors this season. 
Jan. 17 - Won all-around at Stanford
Jan. 31 - Won all-around at Sacramento State
Feb. 7 - Broke all-around record with 39.425 and won vault, bars and beam against Southern Utah.
Feb. 14 - Broke all-around record with 39.525 and won or tied for first on every event at Utah State.
March 6 - Won all-around, bars and floor at UC Davis Quad meet.
March 14 - Broke all-around record at 39.575 at Washington/Central Michigan meet.
March 20 - Won 10th all-around title with a 39.550, second highest score in school history.  Won the floor with a career-high 9.950.

GYM TALK:  Be sure to check out the Spartan website every Wednesday after 5 p.m., for Gym Talk.  Hosted by Justin Allegri, he is joined by Spartan head coach Wayne Wright and selected gymnasts who talk about the past week’s performances, preview upcoming meets and a feature segment.

WALLACE OWNS ALL-AROUND RECORD:
Thomasina Wallace has cemented her name at the top of the San Jose State All-Around Record list, now holding or tying for the top-six scores in school history.  After tying Shirla Choy at 39.400 her freshman year, Wallace has broken the record four times this season.  The latest came at the Washington/Central Michigan meet where she scored a 39.575.  At the meet, she won the bars, tying the school record with a 9.950, beam, tying the school record with a 9.900, and floor with a 9.875.
    In the fifth meet of the season, Wallace broke her original record by scoring a 39.425 against Southern Utah.  Six days later, she broke her record again with a 39.525 at Utah State.  At that meet, she won or tied for first on every event and tied her career-best with a 9.900 on vault.
Top-6 All-Around Scores
39.575    Thomasina Wallace    March 9, 2012
39.550    Thomasina Wallace    March 16, 2012
39.525    Thomasina Wallace    Feb. 10, 2012
39.425    Thomasina Wallace    Feb. 5, 2012

39.400    Shirla Choy    March 29, 2003
39.400    Thomasina Wallace    April 4, 2009
39.400    Thomasina Wallace    March 24, 2012
39.375    Dani Albright    Feb. 16, 2001
39.375    Dani Albright    March 2, 2002
39.375    Dani Albright    March 29, 2003
39.375    Thomasina Wallace    Mar. 6, 2009
39.375    Thomasina Wallace    Jan. 27, 2012

TYING RECORD NOTHING NEW:  Thomasina Wallace is making sure her named is etched at the top of the San Jose State record books.  At the Washington/ Central Michigan meet, Wallace tied two school records she had already put her name on earlier in her career.  She started the night by tying the beam record in the first rotation with a 9.900.  Wallace has scored a 9.900 on the beam two other times as well as four other gymnasts.
     Wallace finished the meet on bars where she tied her other school record with a 9.950, one she shares with former Spartan Shirla Choy.

McCORD WINS FIRST VAULT TITLE:  Casey McCord won her first collegiate event title as she won the vault with a career-high 9.800 at the UC David Quad meet.  It was just the fourth meet that McCord had vaulted in this season.

VALLEAU TIES CAREER HIGH WITH FLOOR WIN:  Katie Valleau won her first floor title of 2012 with a 9.900 against California and Maryland.  She tied her career high that she set in winning the floor title at the 2011 NCAA Corvallis Regional.

GREER WINS FLOOR TITLE:  Julia Greer tied her career best with a 9.850 on floor to win the event in a meet against Southern Utah.  She was the first Spartan this season to win the floor.

McCORD COMPETES IN ALL-AROUND FOR FIRST TIME:  Due to unforeseen circumstances at Boise State, Casey McCord competed in the all-around for the first time in her Spartan career.  She scored a 38.550 including a 9.750 on vault and floor, a 9.625 on bars and a 9.425 on beam.

SECOND-HIGHEST TEAM SCORE:  San Jose State came within .075 of tying the school record against Sacramento State and UC Davis on March 16.  The Spartans scored a 195.850, just .075 shy of the 195.925 scored by the 2004 team when they won the MPSF Championship..
Top-4 Team Scores
Score    Opponents    Date

195.925    MPSF Championships    March 20, 2004
195.850    Sac. State, UC Davis    Mar. 16, 2012
195.550    Boise St., UC Davis, Seattle Pacific    Feb. 11, 2011
195.425    at Southern Utah    Feb. 18, 2011

8TH-BEST VAULT SCORE:  With a  48.825 against California and Maryland, the Spartans scored the eighth-highest vault score in school history.  Vaulting that night were Thomasina Wallace (9.850), Casey McCord (9.775), Cassandra Harrison (9.750), Julia Greer (9.725), Katie Valleau (9.725) and Alyssa Montalban (9.650).

TWO TOP-FIVE BARS TEAM SCORES:  The Spartan bars team has scored two top-five scores in school history this month.  They scored a 49.100 against Southern Utah for the fourth-best score in school history and just the fourth 49.000+ score in Spartan history.  Contributing to the score were Thomasina Wallace (9.900), Alyssa Telles-Nolan (9.825), Cassandra Harrison (9.825), Dannon Gregory (9.775) and Casey McCord (9.775).
    At Utah State, the team scored a 48.925 to tie for the fifth-best score in school history.  Contributing again were Wallace (9.875), Gregory (9.775), Telles-Nolan (9.775), Harrison (9.750) and McCord (9.750)
Top 5 Bars Team Scores
49.325    MPSF Championships    March 20, 2004
49.275    UC Davis    February 7, 2003
49.150    Sac. St., UC Davis    Feb. 20, 2004
49.100    Southern Utah    Feb. 5, 2012
48.925    Southern Utah    Feb. 16, 2008
48.925    Boise St., Seattle Pacific    Jan. 23, 2009
48.925    at Utah State    Feb. 10, 2012

BEAM TEAM RECORDS THREE TOP-11 SCORES IN SCHOOL HISTORY:  The beam team received the second-highest score in school history with a 49.075 against Sacramento State and UC Davis.  Thomasina Wallace led the team with a 9.875, followed by Cassandra Harrison at 9.850, Katie Valleau at 9.800, Julia Greer and Cami Guyer each at 9.775 and Dannon Gregory at 9.725.
     The team scored a 48.850 at Utah State, tying for 10th-best.  The beam team included:  Wallace (9.875), Harrison (9.850), Greer (9.775), Gregory (9.750) and Guyer (9.600).
    The beam team scored the 11th-highest total at the UC Davis Quad with a 48.825, led by Wallace at 9.850, Harrison at 9.775, Guyer at 9.750, Valleau at 9.725, Greer at 9.725 and Gregory at 9.625.
Top 11 Beam Team Scores
49.275    at Southern Utah    Feb. 18, 2011
49.075    Sacramento St., UC Davis    Mar. 16, 2012
49.050    at MPSF Champ.    Mar. 29, 2003
49.025    Western Independent Champ.    Mar. 27, 1999
49.025    Stanford, California    March 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
48.850    at Utah State    Feb. 10, 2012
48.825    at UC Davis Quad meet    March 2, 2012


FLOOR TEAM CRACKS TOP-10:  The 19th-ranked Spartan floor team scored the sixth-best total in school history with a 49.225 against Sacramento State and UC Davis.  Thomasina Wallace led the team with a career-best 9.950, followed by Katie Valleau at 9.875, Alyssa Montalban with a career-high 9.825, Julia Greer at 9.800, Cassandra Harrison at 9.775 and Casey McCord at 9.700.
Top Six Floor Team Scores
49.550    MPSF Champ.    Mar. 20, 2004
49.375    at CS Full.,Sac. St.    Feb. 9, 2003
49.350    at MPSF Champ.    Mar. 29, 2003
49.300    Stanford, Cal    March 5, 2010
49.275    at WAC Champ.    Mar. 21, 2009
49.225    Sac. St., UC Davis    Mar. 16, 2012