Women's Gymnastics to Compete at NCAA West Regional on Saturday

This Week: Sat., April 8 NCAA West Regional hosted by Stanford Maples Pavilion 6:00 p.m. PDT

SPARTANS TO COMPETE AT NCAA WEST REGIONAL: For only the second time in school history, the San Jose State women’s gymnastics team will compete at the 2006 NCAA West Regional hosted by Stanford. Six teams, five all-around competitors and one event specialist per event will compete at the West Regional. The teams competing at the West Regional are #5 Alabama, #8 Stanford, #16 Oregon State, #26 Boise State, #31 Sacramento State and #35 San Jose 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 2006 NCAA Championships in Corvallis, Ore., on April 20-22. Thirty-six teams team will compete at six regionals based on their regional qualifying score from regular-season competition. San Jose State qualified for the meet with a 193.305 regional qualifying score.

The Spartans will start the meet with a bye before competing on the bars then rotate to the beam before another bye in the fourth rotation. The team will then compete on the floor and vault to end the meet.

Rotation

Vault

Bye

Bars

Beam

Bye

Floor

Rotation 1

Stanford

San Jose State

Boise State

Sacramento State

Oregon State

Alabama

Rotation 2

Alabama

Stanford

San Jose State

Boise State

Sacramento State

Oregon State

Rotation 3

Oregon State

Alabama

Stanford

San Jose State

Boise State

Sacramento State

Rotation 4

Sacramento State

Oregon State

Alabama

Stanford

San Jose State

Boise State

Rotation 5

Boise State

Sacramento State

Oregon State

Alabama

Stanford

San Jose State

Rotation 6

San Jose State

Boise State

Sacramento State

Oregon State

Alabama

Stanford

TICKETS FOR REGIONAL: Tickets for the meet are on sale through the Stanford Ticket office at 1-800-Stanford. Prices are $10 for reserved seats, $8 for adult general admission and $6 for student/child/senior general admission. Groups of 20 or more can purchase (in advance) general admission tickets for just $3 each.

SPARTANS IN THE POSTSEASON: By qualifying for the NCAA West Regional, San Jose State will compete at the meet for only the second time in school history. The only other time the team qualified for the NCAA West Regional was the 2003 season. That year, the team finished tied for fifth with a 192.875. This year’s entire senior class competed in the meet - Tracie Kavalec (bars), Kelsey Spellacy (bars and vault), Adriane Mertens (beam, floor, vault), Amberly Klein (beam and floor) and Alley Zezoney (vault). Head coach Wayne Wright has coached both teams to regional bids.

Individually, the Spartans has sent at least one athlete to the West Regional 13 of the last 15 years (no one in 2000). Last year, current Spartans Michelle Minotti and Greta Leach along with former Spartan Jennifer Greene competed in the all-around for San Jose State.

In the 25 years of the NCAA Championships, only one San Jose State women’s gymnast has competed at the national meet. In 2001, Dani Albright advanced to the NCAA Championships in the all-around after finishing fifth at the regional meet with a 38.775. She finished 38th at the national meet with a 38.425.

HEAD COACH: San Jose State head coach Wayne Wright is in his fifth season at the helm of the program. He helped the Spartan program make significant strides during his four-year tenure, breaking school records, winning conference championships and receiving the only two team invitations to the NCAA West Regional.

SPARTANS SIXTH IN REGION, 35th NATIONALLY: San Jose State is ranked sixth in the West Region and 35th nationally with a 193.305 regional qualifying score. The top-18 teams in the country based on RQS were seeded and paired in to the six regions (three per region). The remaining three teams were filled from within the region. San Jose State has only participated at the West Regional one other time in school history (2003).

West Region Rankings

Team RQS High
1.  Stanford 196.290 197.100
2.  UCLA 196.230 196.800
3.  Oregon State 195.530 196.550
4.  Boise State 194.295 194.775
5.  Sacramento State 194.030 195.325
6.  San Jose State 193.305 193.625
7.  Washington 193.170 193.675
8.  CS Fullerton 192.235 193.025
9.  California 192.170 194.275

SPARTANS REACH HIGHEST REGULAR SEASON RANKING: For the first time in school history, the San Jose State women’s gymnastics team cracked the top-30 team ranking in the nation and the top-four in the West Region for the week of February 20. The Spartans were 28th in the nation, the highest ranking in school history.

SPARTANS FIFTH AT WAC CHAMPIONSHIP: The San Jose State women’s gymnastics team finished fifth with a 192.800 at the 2006 Western Athletic Conference Championships on March 25.

The Spartans had three gymnasts finish in the top-six of their respected events.  Renae Moneymaker scored a 9.825 on the vault for first team all-conference honors.  Kelsey Spellacy scored a 9.800 on the bars for first team all-conference honors.  Veronica Porte was the Spartans’ top all-around performer with a 38.825 for second team all-conference honors.

Sacramento State won the meet with a 193.950, followed by Boise State with a 193.775.  Southern Utah was third with a 193.600, while host Utah State was fourth with a 193.100.  CS Fullerton scored a 192.600 for sixth place.

San Jose State started the meet on the bars and got strong performances from Spellacy (9.800), Moneymaker (9.725) and Porte (9.725).  Alise Blackwell scored a 9.700, while Tracie Kavalec had a 9.525.  The Spartans scored a 48.475, its best team score on any event.

The Spartans then rotated to the balance beam.  Adriane Mertens led the team with a 9.725, but San Jose State had to count a fall in its team score and scored only a 47.825 on the apparatus. Michelle Minotti and Porte each had a 9.700, and Leah Bigelow received a 9.600.

After a bye, the team rotated to the floor where they scored a 48.250. Moneymaker led the Spartans with a 9.725.  Porte received a 9.675, while Amberly Klein scored a 9.650.  Blackwell had a 9.625, while Raylyn Cardeno and Minotti each scored a 9.575.

San Jose State then competed on the vault for its final event of the day. Again, the team scored a 48.250. Moneymaker led the team with a 9.825, while Minotti scored a 9.775.  Alley Zezoney scored a 9.750, while Porte scored a 9.25.  Unfortunately, the team also had to count a fall on vault as Shina Cardeno scored a 9.175, and Raylyn Cardeno received a 9.100.

In the all-around, Porte was fourth with a 38.825, while Moneymaker tied for ninth with a 38.375.  Minotti was 15th as she scored a 37.950.  

ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS: Three San Jose State gymnasts received All-WAC honors after the conference meet. Renae Moneymaker was a first team selection on vault, while Kelsey Spellacy received first team honors on the bars. Veronica Porte was a second team honoree in the all-around.

VIDEO CLIPS: Each week, performances by the San Jose State women’s gymnastics team will be featured on the San Jose State athletics web site at ww.sjsuspartans.com. Video clips from past meets are also available to view.

WORLD WIDE WEB: Get all the latest up-to-date information on the San Jose State women’s gymnastics team by logging on to the Spartans’ web site at www.sjsuspartans.com.

NEW YEAR, NEW CONFERENCE: The San Jose State women’s gymnastics team joins the WAC this season after competing in the Mountain Pacific Sports the past few seasons. The WAC for women’s gymnastics consists of members Utah State, Boise State and San Jose State as well as affiliate members CS Fullerton, Sacramento State and Southern Utah.

TOP-35 TEAM SCORES: This season, the Spartans have four team scores that rank in the top-35 in school history. The team scored a 193.625 at Sacramento State on February 17, for the 20th best score. San Jose State scored a 193.550 against Sacramento State on March 10, to tie for the 22nd best score. The Spartans had a 193.350 last week at California for the 31st best score, while the team received a 193.275 against UC Davis on February 24, for the 34th best team score in school history. An updated listed can be found on page eight of this release.

NEW VAULT TEAM SCORE RECORD: With a 48.950 on vault against UC Davis on February 24, the Spartans broke the old record of 48.875 set earlier this season against Seattle Pacific and Illinois-Chicago.

Shina Cardeno led the team with a school record 9.925. She broke the five-year-old record of 9.875 set by Dani Albright on February 16, 2001. Two other Spartans had career bests on the vault that night Alley Zezoney with a 9.800 and Raylyn Cardeno with a 9.850.

SPELLACY RETURNS AFTER BROKEN NECK IN PRESEASON WORKOUTS: Senior Kelsey Spellacy returned to competition on February 24, after spending December, January and part of February recovering from a broken neck suffered in preseason workouts. She made an immediate impact on the Spartan bar team as she scored a 9.800 at the WAC Championships and in her final home meet on March 10. She has also scored a 9.750 twice this season. Spellacy earned first team All-WAC honors for her performance at the championships.

TOP THREE VAULT TEAM SCORES RECORDED DURING 2006 SEASON: The top three vault team scores in school history have been recorded this season. The Spartans broke the school record first on February 3, with a 48.87 against Seattle Pacific and Illinois-Chicago. The team then broke that school record with a 48.950 against UC Davis on February 24. On March 17, San Jose State scored a 48.850 at California for the third-best score in school history. The previous school record was 48.725, set against California on March 21, 2003.

SPARTANS TOP ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT IN ACADEMICS: The women’s gymnastics team received the 2004-05 Order of Sparta Team Academic Excellence Award for the highest team grade-point average in the 2004 fall and 2005 spring semesters. The gymnasts posted a cumulative gpa of 3.190 (on a 4.00 scale) in the fall and 3.322 in the spring semesters.

Three gymnasts were honored with the Arm & Pat Hanzad Award for maintaining a grade-point average of 3.00 or better during their entire years of athletics eligibility - Amberly Klein, Adriane Mertens and Erin Thomas. The team had 12 people named Scholar Athletes including eight current members - Leah Bigelow, Casey Jay, Tracie Kavalec, Klein, Greta Leach, Liz Major, Mertens and Michelle Minotti.

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