Women's Gymnastics At NCAA West Regional Tonight

This Week:
Sat. April 12
NCAA West Regional
Corvallis, Ore.
6:00 p.m.PDT

SPARTANS TO COMPETE AT NCAA WEST REGIONAL: For the third time in school history, the San Jose State women’s gymnastics team has qualified to compete at the 2008 NCAA West Regional meet on Saturday, April 12. The team will travel to Oregon State for the competition.

Six teams, five all-around competitors and one event specialist per event qualified for the six regionals. Teams competing at the West Regional include #5 Michigan, #8 Oregon State, #17 Michigan State, #31 Washington, #32 San Jose State and #35 Sacramento 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 2008 NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga., on April 24-26.

This is the third time San Jose State has participated as a team at the NCAA West Regional meet. The Spartans competed at Stanford in 2006 where the team finished fourth with a 192.375. In the team’s first appearance at regionals in 2003 at Washington, the team finished tied for fifth with a 192.875.

The Spartans will start the meet with a bye before performing on the floor then rotating to vault for rotation three and bye in rotation four. The team then ends the meet on bars and beam.


Vault Bye Bars
Beam
Bye
Floor
Rotation 1 Michigan State
Michigan
Oregon State
Washington
San Jose State
Sacramento State
Rotation 2
Sacramento St.
Michigan St.
Michigan
Oregon State
Washington
San Jose State
Rotation 3
San Jose State
Sacramento St.
Michigan St.
Michigan
Oregon State
Washington
Rotation 4
Washington
San Jose State
Sacramento St.
Michigan St.
Michigan
Oregon State
Rotation 5
Oregon State
Washington
San Jose State
Sacramento St.
Michigan State
Michigan
Rotation 6
Michigan
Oregon State
Washington
San Jose State
Sacramento State
Michigan State


HEAD COACH: San Jose State head coach Wayne Wright is in his seventh season at the helm of the Spartan women’s gymnastics team.

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.

SECOND-PLACE FINISH BEST IN HISTORY AT WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS: San Jose State just finished one of its best seasons in school history. The Spartans had its best finish ever at the Western Athletic Conference Championships with a second-place finish on Saturday, March 29, in Boise with a 194.725. The Spartans were just .200 behind champion Boise State. The Spartans posted its second-highest team total with a 195.325 against Southern Utah in a home victory in February. In that meet, San Jose State set the school record on vault with a 49.025.

Six Spartans finished in the top-10 on the individual apparatus at the WAC meet. Veronica Porte had the highest Spartan finish of the night as she tied for second on vault with a 9.850. Shanice Howard tied for sixth on vault with a 9.800. Renae Moneymaker and Shina Cardeno tied with five others for 10th place on vault with a 9.775. On bars, Moneymaker finished tied for fourth at 9.775, while Alise Blackwell tied for eighth at 9.750. Porte scored a 9.800 on beam to finish tied for sixth. On floor, Emily Stebbins was third with a 9.900, while Howard tied for sixth with a 9.850.

ALL-WAC HONOREES: For their performances at the WAC Championships, four Spartans received All-WAC honors. Veronica Porte was a first team honoree on vault and a second team honoree on beam. Emily Stebbins was first team on floor. Shanice Howard was second team on vault and floor, while Renae Moneymaker earned second team honors on bars.

SECOND-HIGHEST TEAM SCORE: The Spartans scored it second-highest team total in school history with a 195.325 in a home victory over Southern Utah on February 16. The Spartans also set the vault team record with a 49.025 at the meet and added a 49.000 on floor.

CARDENO TOPS ON VAULT: Raylyn Cardeno is the Spartans top performer on vault this season. She was won or tied on the apparatus in five meets. She scored a career-best 9.875 against Southern Utah and has scored a 9.800 or better in eight meets.

PORTE TOP ALL-AROUND PERFORMER: Veronica Porte is the Spartans top all-around performer this season. She has won six all-around titles including the UNO’s Flip for a Cure meet hosted by Arizona State with a 39.050. Porte has recorded four scores higher than 39.000 including a 39.150 in two meets.

NEW VAULT TEAM RECORD: With a 49.025 on vault against Southern Utah on February 16, San Jose State set a school record for the vault team score. It is the only team that a Spartan vault team has scored a 49.000 or better. The score broke the old record of 48.950 set on February 24, 2006.

The Spartans also have two more of the top-10 vault scores in school history this season. The team scored the fifth-highest score with a 48.800 at UC Davis with Sacramento State and Stanford on March 23, and a48.750 against UC Davis on February 22.
Top-10 Vault Scores
Score Opponents Date

49.025 Southern Utah February 16, 2008
48.950 UC Davis February 24, 2006
48.875 Seattle Pacific, Ill.-Chicago Feb. 3, 2006
48.850 at California March 17, 2006
48.825 at WAC Championships March 29, 2008
48.800 at UC Davis, Sac. St., Stanford March 23, 2008
48.750 UC Davis February 22, 2008
48.750 at Sacramento State March 18, 2007
48.725 California March 21, 2003
48.700 Stanford March 7, 2003

FLOOR SCORE ENTERS TOP-10: Twice this season, San Jose State scored its seventh-best floor score with a 49.100 - t the California quadrangular and at the WAC Championships. The last floor team to score a 49.000 or better was the 2005 team that scored a 49.050 at UC Davis with Alaska- Anchorage on February 27, 2005.
Top-10 Floor Scores
Score Opponents Date

49.550 MPSF Championships March 20, 2004
49.375 at CS Fullerton, Sac. State Feb. 9, 2003
49.350 at MPSF Championships March 29, 2003
49.175 Seattle Pacific February 14, 2004
49.150 at UC Davis March 2, 2003
49.125 UC Davis February 7, 2003
49.100 at WAC Championships Mar. 29, 2008
49.100 at Cal, CS Full., Sac. State Mar. 16, 2008

49.100 at Western Ind. Champ. Mar. 24, 2001
49.075 CS Fullerton, Sacramento St. Mar. 8, 2002

STEBBINS HAS ONLY SPARTAN 9.900 SCORES THIS YEAR:
Emily Stebbins recorded San Jose State’s only two 9.900 scores this season. She received her scores on the floor at the California quadrangular where she tied for first place and at the WAC Championships where Stebbins finished in second place. Stebbins is the seventh gymnast in school history to score a 9.900 on floor.

194.000 STREAK:
In six of the past seven meets, San Jose State has scored a 194.000 or better. The streak began with the season’s highest score of 195.325 against Southern Utah. That score is the second-highest in San Jose State history. The Spartans have scored three of the top-10 team scores in school history this year.

BLACKWELL TOPS ON BARS:
Alise Blackwell leads the Spartan bar team with a 9.715 average and a 9.805 RQS. She has won the bars at three meets and scored a career high 9.875 against Southern Utah. She has scored a 9.800 or better in six meets.

HOWARD HONORED BY THE WAC: Shanice Howard was named the WAC Specialist of the Week for her performances against UC Davis on February 22. Howard won the floor with a season-best 9.875, the highest score by any competitor of the evening. She added a 9.700 on vault.

SIX OF TOP-20 TEAM SCORES:
This season, San Jose State has added six team scores to the top-20 in school history. The team scored the second-best score at 195.325 versus Southern Utah, the sixth-best at 194.825 at the California quadrangular and seventh-highest at 194.725 at the WAC Championships. The Spartans also added the 11th (194.300), 15th (194.200) and 17th (194.125) to the list.

BLACKWELL RECEIVES WAC HONOR: Alise Blackwell was named the Western Athletic Conference Gymnast of the Week for the week of January 7-13. She won two events and the all-around to lead San Jose State to a 191.505-189.825 victory over Cal State Fullerton on January 11. In her first meet of the season, Blackwell won the bars with a 9.800, the floor with a 9.850, and the all-around title with a score of 38.850. She scored a 9.650 on the vault and a 9.550 on the beam.

ACADEMIC ALL-WAC HONORS:
Eight Spartans received Academic All-WAC honors for this season. Those receiving the award are Leah Bigelow, Alise Blackwell, Kelli Fournier, Casey Jay, Jessica Khoshnood, Tiffany Louie, Michelle Minotti, and Gabrielle Targosz..