Valleau Competes at NCAA Championships

Cleveland, Ohio-Just the fifth San Jose State women's gymnast to compete at a national championships in school history, junior Katie Valleau gave it her all on floor at the 2011 National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships Friday evening.


The first Spartan event specialist ever to advance to the NCAA Championships, Valleau scored a 9.725 on her routine, performing in the third rotation after Florida and all-arounder Amy Glass from Boise State.  She finished tied for 36th in the second session.


"This has been an awesome and overwhelming experience," said Valleau.  "It wasn't my best routine of the year.  I had a good warm up, but my middle pass was not as good as it could have been.  I hit my routine and am happy with that.


"I learned a lot during this meet that I can bring back to my team.  I rotated with Florida and watched them start with falls on beam, never give up and make a huge comeback.  I now know that we need to take confidence and have a presence no matter what is happening during the meet."


Valleau finishes the season with a 9.819 average on floor.  She won three floor titles including tying for first at the NCAA Corvallis Regional where she scored her career-best 9.900.  Valleau was a first team All-Western Athletic Conference selection on floor after tying for second at the championship with a 9.825.


"Katie did well tonight, and I am happy she was able to have this experience," said Spartan head coach Wayne Wright.  "It is hard to compete at a competition without your team, and she was a great representative of San Jose State.   Now, she will be more prepared for next year's competition."


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