Incoming Gymnasts Score Big At Jr. Olympics Meet

Orlando, Fla.-----Incoming San Jose State University freshman Thomasina Wallace qualified for the United States Junior National Women’s Gymnastics Team with her second place finish at the 2008 Junior Olympic Championships conducted in Orlando, Fla., May 17 & 18.

Wallace, who competes for the Charter Oaks Gilders gymnastics club of Covina, Calif., posted an all-around score of 38.425 in the Level 10 Senior C division. Her scores included a 9.700 on vault, 9.725 on the uneven bards, 9.600 on the balance beam and 9.400 on the floor exercise. Of the 55 competitors vying for the four spots on the USA Junior National Team, Wallace, a November 2007 National Letter-of-Intent signee, tied for second in the balance beam, was third in the uneven bars and seventh in the vault. Only the top four finishers in this division earned a spot on the USA Junior National Team.

She was one of two San Jose State incoming freshmen competing at the national meet. Casey McCord of the WGA-Texans gymnastics club in Spring, Texas, who also signed a National Letter-of-Intent last November, tied for 38th place with a 36.100 total score in the all-around among the 56 Level 10 Senior D division competitors. McCord had scores of 8.700 in the vault, 8.975 on the uneven bars, 9.175 in the balance beam and 9.250 on the floor exercise.

“For our program, it was great to have two representatives at the Junior National meet and have one qualify for the Junior National team. This signifies where we are regionally and nationally based on talent level. It is great for our program that we can attract some of the best kids in the country,” San Jose State gymnastics coach Wayne Wright said following the meet. “We congratulate Thomasina making the Junior National team.”

Wallace and Coach Wright now will head to the Olympic training center Colorado Springs, Colo., in July to train with her USA Junior National teammates.