Porte, Wallace Compete At NCAA Championships This Thursday

This Week:
April 16-18 NCAA Championships Bob Devaney Sports Center Lincoln, Neb.

April 16 Preliminary Team and All-Around Competition 1 & 7 p.m. CDT

April 17 Super Six 6:00 p.m. CDT

April 18 Individual Event Finals 6:00 p.m. CDT

TWO SPARTANS COMPETE IN ALL-AROUND AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: For only the second time in school history, San Jose State will be represented at the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships. Veronica Porte and Thomasina Wallace will compete in the all-around on Thursday, April 16. They are just the second and third Spartan gymnasts to compete in the all-around at the championships. Dani Albright represented San Jose State in 2001 when she finished 38th in the all-around.

Each athlete will rotate with a team during the second competition session of the day at 7 p.m. CDT. Porte rotates with UCLA, while Wallace rotates with Illinois.

Rotation Order
Porte Vault-Bye-Bars-Beam-Bye-Floor
Wallace Bars-Beam-Bye-Floor-Vault-Bye

Both advanced to the championships after finishing as the top-two all-arounders in the West Region who were not on an advancing team. Wallace was fifth at the regional with a 39.450, while Porte was eighth at 39.000.

The top four individuals from each session in each event (plus ties) from the preliminary team and all-around competition will compete in the individual-event competition on Saturday, April 18 at 6 p.m.

CBS will show a tape delayed broadcast of the championships on Saturday, May 9, at 11 a.m. PDT.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Porte and Wallace will practice in San Jose on Monday before traveling to Nebraska on Tuesday. Both have a practice session on Wednesday, April 15, at 4 p.m., on the competition floor that is open to the public.

TICKETS: Tickets for the NCAA Championships are on sale through the Nebraska Ticket Office at 1-800-8-BIGRED or through their web site at www.huskers.com. Reserved seats for all four sessions are $30, while single session tickets for Thursday night are $12 for reserved and $8 for general admission.

LIVE STATS: The NCAA Championships will have live stats available on the internet at www.ncaa.com and www.huskers.com.

LIVE VIDEO: There will be a live video feed of the competition available on the internet at www.ncaa.com and www.huskers.com. The video is an in-arena feed and will not show all competitors.

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

WALLACE TIES RECORDS AT WEST REGIONAL: With her outstanding NCAA West Regional meet, Thomasina Wallace tied two San Jose State records. She tied the bars records with a 9.950, tying Shirla Choy who had received that score twice. Wallace also tied the all-around school record with a 39.400, tying Choy who set the record at the 2003 MPSF Championships.

WEST REGIONAL BAR CHAMPION: Thomasina Wallace is the first Spartan women’s gymnast to win an event at an NCAA West Regional meet. Wallace scored a 9.950 to place first on the bars and win the event.

CAL RIPKEN OF WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS: In her four seasons at San Jose State, Veronica Porte has missed just one routine in four years of competition. She missed the floor her junior year in a meet at UC Davis because of the flu. Porte has performed 207 of 208 possible routines in 52 meets. She has recorded 51 all-around scores in her Spartan career.

SPARTANS AT NCAA WEST REGIONAL: San Jose State finished tied for fifth at the 2009 NCAA West Regional with a 194.800 to tie with Washington. The team score is the best for the Spartans in four regional meets.

SPARTANS AT THE WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS: San Jose State finished fourth at the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Championships with a 194.875, the best for the Spartans in four WAC Championship meets.

Thomasina Wallace won the floor with a 9.900, tied for second on bars with a 9.875 and was fourth in the all-around with a 38.750.

Other Spartans to receive WAC honors included Aubrey Lee finished third on the beam with a 9.850. Veronica Porte and Shanice Howard tied for second on the floor with 9.875 scores. Lily Swann and Porte led the team on vault with 9.850 scores. Alise Blackwell tied for sixth on the bars at 9.825. Porte finished sixth in the all-around with a 38.625.

San Jose State recorded the fourth-highest floor score in school history with a 49.275. The team had a 48.900 on vault, tying for the fifth-best in school history.

Below are the national rankings for Thomasina Wallace and Veronica Porte as of March 30, based on RQS.

Thomasina Wallace
Vault 117 9.815
Bars 13 9.885
Beam 156 9.755
Floor 41 9.870
All-Around 47 39.155

Veronica Porte
Vault 158 9.795
Bars 199 9.740
Beam 166 9.750
Floor 48 9.865 All-Around 55 39.090

WAC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Thomasina Wallace was named the WAC Freshman of the Year, by a vote of the conference’s head coaches.

She is the WAC Champion on floor with a 9.900 at the conference meet. Wallace has recorded a 9.900 or better on the vault, bars and floor.

YEAR OF FIRSTS: As the 2009 season winds down, San Jose State has had a number of firsts in program history. Thomasina Wallace is the first Spartan to win an event at a regional, the first to be named WAC Freshman of the Year, and the first to win an event at the WAC Championships (floor). With Wallace and Veronica Porte competing in the all-around at the NCAA Championships, this is the first time two all-around competitors have qualified together from San Jose State. For the team, it was the first time that the team had scored 194.00 or better in nine meets.

ALL-WAC HONORS: A team-high six Spartans received All-WAC honors for their performances at the 2009 WAC Championships. Veronica Porte and Thomasina Wallace were the only multiple winners for the Spartans.
Veronica Porte
First Team - Floor
Second Team - All-Around, Vault

Thomasina Wallace
WAC Freshman of the Year
WAC Champion - Floor
First Team - Floor, Bars
Second Team - All-Around

For the first time in school history, a Spartan was crowned an individual champion at the WAC Championships. Thomasina Wallace won the floor with a 9.900

Veronica Porte tied the San Jose State vault record with a 9.925 at the BYU quadrangular meet in February. She tied Shina Cardeno who performed the vault in 2006.

Porte was the big winner on the evening, winning three events and the all-around. Porte won the vault with her record-breaking 9.925, beam with a 9.800, floor with a 9.825 and the all-around with a career-best 39.275.

WALLACE HOLDS ALL THREE TOP ALL-AROUND SCORES: In just her first season of competition in a Spartan uniform, Thomasina Wallace is tied already for two of the top-three all-around scores in San Jose State history. Wallace tied for second place with a 39.375 at Southern Utah, and scored the third-highest score with a 39.350 at UC Davis with Stanford.

NEW VAULT TEAM RECORD: For the third time in four seasons, San Jose State set a new vault team school record. The Spartans had a 49.100 at the BYU quadrangular on February 20. Five of the top-10 vault scores in school history have been recorded this season.
Top-10 Vault Scores
Score Opponents Date

49.100 at BYU, Boise St., Utah St. Feb. 20, 2009
49.025 Southern Utah Feb. 16, 2008
48.950 UC Davis February 24, 2006
48.925 at WAC Champ. March 29, 2008
48.925 at Southern Utah March 6,2009
48.900 at WAC Championships March 21, 2009
48.900 Boise St., Seattle Pacific Jan. 23, 2009

48.875 Seattle Pacific, Illinois-Chicago Feb. 3, 2006
48.850 at California March 17, 2006
48.825 at Seattle Pacific Jan. 31, 2009
48.800 at UC Davis, Stanford, Sac. St. Mar. 23, 2008
48.750 at Sacramento St. Mar. 18, 2007
48.750 UC Davis February 22, 2008
48.750 Sacramento State Feb. 6, 2009

FOUR OF TOP-10 TEAM SCORES: This season, San Jose State has scored four of the top-10 team scores in school history. The Spartans posted the second-highest score at Seattle Pacific with a 195.400. At Southern Utah, San Jose State scored a 195.250 for the fifth-highest score. The team also totaled the eighth-best score with a 194.875 at the WAC Championships and the 10th-best score with a 194.800 at the NCAA West Regional and BYU quad.
Top 10 Team Totals All-Time
Score Opponents Date

195.925 MPSF Championships March 20, 2004
195.400 at Seattle Pacific January 31, 2009
195.325 Southern Utah February 16, 2008
195.300 at Sacramento State March 18, 2007
195.250 at Southern Utah March 6, 2009
195.100 UC Davis February 7, 2003
194.900 Seattle Pacific March 9, 2001
194.875 WAC Championships March 21, 2009
194.825 at Cal, UC Davis, CS Full. March 9, 2008
194.800 NCAA West Regional April 4, 2009
194.800 at BYU, Boise St., Utah St. February 20, 2009

194.000 SCORE STREAK: The Spartans had a unique streak during the season. The Spartans scored a 194.000 or better in nine consecutive meets. The streak is the longest in school history and the most times in one year that San Jose State has scored a 194.000 or better. Last year, the team had a streak of five consecutive meets.

At the BYU quadrangular meet in February, two Spartans received a 9.900 or higher on the vault. Veronica Porte tied the Spartan school record with a 9.925, while Alise Blackwell scored a career-best 9.900. This was the first time in school history that two Spartans scored a 9.900 or better in the same meet on vault. It was also just the seventh time in school history on any apparatus that two Spartan teammates scored a 9.900 or higher on the same event. In fact, three Spartans scored a 9.900 or better on the floor at the 2004 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships.

WALLACE RECEIVES WAC HONORS: Four times this season, Thomasina Wallace was named the WAC Gymnast of the Week. Her first honor came after she won the all-around title at Seattle Pacific with a 39.200. She also won the individual title on bars with a 9.875.

Her second honor came after winning the all-around at Sacramento State with a 39.225. Wallace won on bars with a 9.900 to tie her season high on the apparatus and the floor with a season-best 9.875.

The third honor came after a 39.350 to win the all-around in a meet at UC Davis with #3 Stanford. She tied for first on floor with a season-best 9.900, tied for second on bars with a 9.875, third on beam with a 9.775 and tied for fourth on vault with a 9.800.

Her fourth honor came after a 39.375 all-around win at Southern Utah. The mark ties for the second-highest all-around score in SJSU history. Wallace tied for first on vault (8.850), won the bars title (9.875) and finished second on floor with a 9.825. Wallace also received her season-best on beam with a 9.825 to finish third.