Salt Lake City-For all of their hard work during the 2012 season, San Jose State women's gymnast Thomasina Wallace and head coach Wayne Wright were honored by their peers as they were named the West Regional Gymnast and Coach of the Year. The announcement was made as part of the NCAA Salt Lake City Regional held Saturday night.
Wallace entered the meet ranked seventh in the country in the all-around and finished her Spartan career with a 38.975 at Saturday night's meet. She is tied for the school record on bars with a 9.950 and beam with a 9.900. Wallace holds or is tied for the top-six all-around scores including a 39.575 scored in a tri-meet earlier this season. She was also named the Western Athletic Conference Gymnast of the Year and won the WAC All-Around title in March with a 39.400.
Wright is in his 11th season at the helm of the San Jose State program. He has coached all six Spartan teams that have made regionals. Wright led the Spartan team to a WAC regular season title and the second-highest team score in school history with a 195.850 in March.
These honors are the first in school history for a gymnast and head coach. San Jose State has had two assistant coaches and administrator honored in previous seasons.
San Jose State finished fifth at the NCAA Salt Lake Regional with a 193.400. Utah won the regional with a 196.825, followed by Nebraska with a 196.525.
The Spartans started the night on floor with a 48.525. Valleau led the team with a 9.825, followed by Wallace at 9.800, Cassandra Harrison at 9.700, Julia Greer at 9.650, Alyssa Montalban at 9.550 and Casey McCord at 9.050.
On vault, the team scored a 48.475, led by Wallace at 9.800. McCord scored a 9.750, while Montalban and Valleau each scored a 9.650. Harrison was at 9.625, while Greer rounded out the team with a 9.575.
After a bye, San Jose State moved to the bars with a 48.150. Alyssa Telles-Nolan led the team with a 9.700, followed by Wallace and McCord at 9.650, Dannon Gregory at 9.625, Harrison at 9.525 and Kiley Field at 9.300.
San Jose State finished the meet on beam with a 48.250, led by Greer with a 9.775. Wallace had a 9.725, followed by Cami Guyer at 9.650, Valleau at 9.575, Gregory at 9.525 and Harrison at 9.100.
Wallace finished her 13th all-around of the season with a 38.975, while Harrison had a 37.950.
San Jose State finishes the season with this meet. Three Spartans competed in their final meet Saturday night - McCord, Valleau and Wallace.
NCAA Salt Lake Regional
Final Team Standings
1. Utah 196.825
2. Nebraska 196.525
3. Minnesota 194.800
4. Arizona State 194.400
5. San Jose State 193.400
6. Iowa State 193.150
San Jose State Individual Results
Thomasina Wallace 38.975, Cassandra Harrison 37.950.
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