Women's Gymnasts Honored At Annual Banquet

San JoseFamily, friends and supporters of the San Jose State women’s gymnastics team gathered this past Sunday afternoon for some Spartan barbeque and honored the accomplishments of the 2009 team.

The Spartan team advanced to the NCAA West Regional for the fourth time in school history and the first time in back-to-back years. The team finished fourth at the Western Athletic Conference Championships and were 16-8-1 on the season. San Jose State scored a 194.000 or better in the final nine meets of the season including a 195.400 at Seattle Pacific for the second-highest score in school history. The vault team broke the school record with a 49.100 at the BYU Quadrangular.

Individually, Veronica Porte and Thomasina Wallace each tied school records and became the second and third Spartans to ever compete in the all-around at the NCAA Championships. Porte tied the vault record with a 9.925 at the BYU Quadrangular and was a first team All-WAC selection on floor. Wallace tied the bars record with a 9.950 to be the NCAA West Regional Bars Champion. In the same meet, Wallace also tied the all-around record with a 39.400.

At the banquet, Porte was named the Most Valuable and received the Leadership Award. Wallace won Most Outstanding, while Renae Moneymaker was named Most Inspirational. Katie Merritt received Most Improved, while Jymmie Pierce was honored with the Team Spirit Award. Shanice Howard was once again recognized for her 4.0 grade point average by winning the Academic Excellence Award. Howard is also a San Jose State President Scholar, while Lily Swann is a San Jose State Dean’s Scholar.

Listed below are all of the honors recognized at the banquet.

Team Awards
Academic Excellence Shanice Howard
Team Spirit Jymmie Pierce
Most Improved Katie Merritt
Most Inspirational Renae Moneymaker
Leadership Veronica Porte
Most Outstanding Thomasina Wallace
Most Valuable Veronica Porte

President Scholar Shanice Howard

Dean’s Scholar Lily Swann

Academic All-WAC Alise Blackwell, Kelli Fournier, Shanice Howard, Jessica Khoshnood, Tiffany Louie, Katie Merritt, Lily Swann, Gabrielle Targosz

Academic Honor Roll Courtney Baron, Kelli Fournier, Shanice Howard, Jessica Khoshnood, Aubrey Lee, Tiffany Louie, Katie Merritt, Alise Blackwell, Lily Swann, Katie Valleau, Katelyn Van Eck, Thomasina Wallace


First Year Aubrey Lee, Katie Valleau, Thomasina Wallace
Second Year Shanice Howard, Katie Merritt, Lily Swann
Third Year Kelli Fournier, Jessica Khoshnood, Tiffany Louie, Renae Moneymaker, Gabrielle Targosz
Fourth Year Alise Blackwell, Veronica Porte