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WAC Gymnasts Record High Marks at NCAA Regionals
Courtesy: Rich Clarkson and Associates
Complete Salt Lake City Regional Results

Complete Champaign Regional Results

Complete Seattle Regional Results


WAC REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS


Denver's Moriah Martin advanced to the NCAA Championships in the all-around after scoring a 39.200 at the Champaign Regional. San Jose State's Thomasina Wallace and head coach Wayne Wright were honored as the West Regional Gymnast and Coach of the Year.

WAC TEAM-BY-TEAM RESULTS

Denver

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - (DU Media Relations) University of Denver sophomore Moriah Martin (Lake Mary, Fla.) booked her spot to the NCAA Championships with a 39.200 in the All-Around in the Champaign Regional on Saturday afternoon at Assembly Hall.

"Obviously we're really excited for Moriah to be attending Nationals," head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart said. "We wish the whole team was going, but I know Moriah will represent the University of Denver, and make everyone proud."

The Pioneers stretched their streak of sending at least one individual to Nationals to 13-consecutive seasons.

The No. 14 Pioneers tallied a 194.875 at the Champaign Regional, finishing fourth in the competition. No. 2 Oklahoma won the Regional with a 197.025. No. 11 Stanford will join the Sooners at the NCAA Championships after its 196.675. No. 22 Illinois finished third with a 195.725, No. 24 Kentucky concluded its 2012 season with a fifth-place 194.750 and Illinois-Chicago rounded out the field with a 194.150.

Martin finished fourth overall in the All-Around. Sophomore Melodie Pulgarin Linero (Barcelona, Spain) finished seventh in the All-Around with a 38.850 and freshman Ellese Sakai-Hart (Aptos, Calif.) finished 14th with a 38.550. 

"I'm really excited to go to Nationals and represent the University," Martin said.

After opening the meet on a bye, Denver was led by Louise Mercer (Nottingham, England) on Bars in the second rotation. The Pioneer senior tallied a 9.800 to anchor the event in her final collegiate meet. Martin added a 9.775, and DU combined for a 48.625 in their first rotation of the school's 14th-consecutive Regional.

The Pioneers were led in the third rotation (Beam) by 2011 National Championship participant Jorie Hall (Denver, Colo.) and Martin who posted matching 9.775s. Freshman Kayla Carlsen (Douglasville, Ga.) added a 9.725 in the final meet of her Pioneer career. Carlsen will retire this spring (shoulder). Denver tallied a 48.450 on Beam and found itself in fourth midway through the meet.

Denver's top event on Saturday was Floor. The Pioneers tallied a 49.075. With the team tally, the Pioneers ended the 2012 season with eight-straight scores of 49.000 or better on the event. Mercer, Pulgarin Linero and Sakai-Hart led the Pioneers with scores of 9.825. Martin and Hall added 9.800s and sophomore Kaitlin Moorhead (Palo Alto, Calif.) inked a 9.775 to round out DU's highest-ranked event.

Martin finished second on Vault with a 9.850 to secure her spot in the NCAA Championships. Denver tallied a 48.725 on the apparatus to round out its afternoon.

The NCAA Championships will take place April 20-22 in Duluth, Ga. For more information on Martin's trip to Nationals, check DenverPioneers.com later this week.

Notes: The Pioneers earned three All-North Central Region honors on Saturday. Assistant coach Jay Hogue was named the Co-Assistant Coach of the Year, Martin was named the Gymnast of the Year and Assistant Vice Chancellor/Senior Associate Athletics Director Ron Grahame was named the Administrator of the Year.


Sacramento State

SEATTLE — (SAC Media Relations) The 2012 Sacramento State gymnastics season came to a close at the Seattle Regional on Saturday. The Hornets were represented by all-arounder Kalliah McCartney, vault and bar specialist Nicole Meiller and floor specialist Kailey Hansen.

Alabama and LSU, the top two seeds at the meet, advanced to the NCAA National Championships. Alabama scored 197.025 while LSU amassed 196.075. Aubree Cristello of Arizona (39.250) and Aliza Vaccher of Washington (39.225) captured the two at-large berths in the all-around.

McCartney opened the meet on bars but suffered her first fall in the event since the season opener, resulting in an 8.175. From there, the Vancouver, Wash., native regrouped to score 9.750 on beam to place 22nd. On floor, McCartney tied for 14th place behind a 9.775. She ended the meet on vault with a 9.800 to tie for 18th place. McCartney finished with a 37.500 in the all-around to place 18th.

Hansen competed with Central Michigan during the first rotation on floor. The sophomore scored 9.750 to tie for 19th place.

Meiller also rotated with CMU for her two events. On vault, Meiller tallied 9.775 to tie for 22nd. She tied for 18th on bars with a 9.825. The junior's score on bars was the highest at an NCAA regional in school history. Her vault is tied for third best by a Hornet at a regional.

McCartney's 9.800 on vault is tied for the second highest by a Sacramento State gymnast in NCAA postseason competition.


San Jose State

Salt Lake City
-(SJSU Media Relations) For all of their hard work during the 2012 season, San Jose State women's gymnast Thomasina Wallace and head coach Wayne Wright were honored by their peers as they were named the West Regional Gymnast and Coach of the Year.  The announcement was made as part of the NCAA Salt Lake City Regional held Saturday night.

Wallace entered the meet ranked seventh in the country in the all-around and finished her Spartan career with a 38.975 at Saturday night's meet.  She is tied for the school record on bars with a 9.950 and beam with a 9.900.  Wallace holds or is tied for the top-six all-around scores including a 39.575 scored in a tri-meet earlier this season.  She was also named the Western Athletic Conference Gymnast of the Year and won the WAC All-Around title in March with a 39.400.

Wright is in his 11th season at the helm of the San Jose State program.  He has coached all six Spartan teams that have made regionals.  Wright led the Spartan team to a WAC regular season title and the second-highest team score in school history with a 195.850 in March.

These honors are the first in school history for a gymnast and head coach.  San Jose State has had two assistant coaches and administrator honored in previous seasons.

San Jose State finished fifth at the NCAA Salt Lake Regional with a 193.400.  Utah won the regional with a 196.825, followed by Nebraska with a 196.525.

The Spartans started the night on floor with a 48.525.  Valleau led the team with a 9.825, followed by Wallace at 9.800, Cassandra Harrison at 9.700, Julia Greer at 9.650, Alyssa Montalban at 9.550 and Casey McCord at 9.050.

On vault, the team scored a 48.475, led by Wallace at 9.800.  McCord scored a 9.750, while Montalban and Valleau each scored a 9.650.  Harrison was at 9.625, while Greer rounded out the team with a 9.575.

After a bye, San Jose State moved to the bars with a 48.150.  Alyssa Telles-Nolan led the team with a 9.700, followed by Wallace and McCord at 9.650, Dannon Gregory at 9.625, Harrison at 9.525 and Kiley Field at 9.300.

San Jose State finished the meet on beam with a 48.250, led by Greer with a 9.775.  Wallace had a 9.725, followed by Cami Guyer at 9.650, Valleau at 9.575, Gregory at 9.525 and Harrison at 9.100.

Wallace finished her 13th all-around of the season with a 38.975, while Harrison had a 37.950.

San Jose State finishes the season with this meet.  Three Spartans competed in their final meet Saturday night - McCord, Valleau and Wallace.


Southern Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - (SUU Media Relations) Southern Utah University's Alyssa Click finished in the top half on balance beam Saturday night at the NCAA Salt Lake City Gymnastics Regional. The junior was one of 42 competitors on the event after punching her ticket for the competition as an individual qualifier.

"Click did a great job," head coach Scott Bauman said after the meet. "The judges were a little tight with scores all night, but they were consistent and we are looking forward to coming back to regionals next year as a team."

Click finished the event with a 9.675, finishing ahead of gymnasts from Arizona State, Utah State, Minnesota, San Jose State, Air Force, and Iowa State. Nebraska's Emily Wong took home the individual title on the event with a 9.875.

The performance wraps up Southern Utah's 2012 campaign with the Thunderbirds now looking forward to the 2013 season. SUU's roster next season will consist of a group of talented incoming freshmen that will bring a total of eight level-10 state titles to Cedar City. Visit www.suutbirds.com next week for more information about the future T-Birds.


Utah State

SALT LAKE CITY - (USU Media Relations) Utah State gymnastics' three gymnasts had solid outings Saturday night at the NCAA Salt Lake City Regional Championships, hosted by the University of Utah at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

Freshman Sarah Landes finished 12th in the all-around with a 38.325, while senior Rebecca Holliday was 16th with a 38.125 and sophomore Paige Jones was 20th with a 35.400.

"I know that we were really excited to be here, and the kids are really young," USU head coach Jeff Richards said. "Paige (Jones) was here last year, and had a little bit of a rough meet. I know she tried to recover after the first two events. I know that she wanted to shine being so close to home. It was great to see Rebecca Holliday do well. She really shined tonight, and I was really proud of her. She had a great meet. Sarah (Landes), it was exciting. Going into the last event, I couldn't even watch beam. She had a shot to be the second all-arounder to go to nationals. It just wasn't in the cards tonight."

Landes was looking like she might have a chance to go to nationals as one of the top two all-arounders not on a qualifying team, before having a wobble and fall on beam in her final event. The freshman posted 9.775's on both floor (T22nd) and vault (T19th), along with 9.700 on bars (T16th) and 9.075 on beam (T40th).

Holliday scored a 9.650 on beam (T26th), 9.575 on bars (33rd), 9.550 on floor (T35th) and 9.400 on vault (40th) for her final score of 38.175 in her last meet as an Aggie gymnast. Jones struggled in her first two events, posting an 8.700 on bars (42nd) and an 8.050 on beam (42nd), before bouncing back with a 9.200 on vault (41st) and a 9.450 floor (38th).

No. 8 Utah won the regional with a 196.825 and will be joined at nationals by No. 5 Nebraska with a 196.525.

The three USU individuals rotated with certain teams, as Holliday rotated with Iowa State, while Jones was with Minnesota and Landes was with Utah. All three Aggies got large ovations from the Utah crowd during introductions, as well as during their performances.

"I looked at it as an advantage because they are obviously an amazing team," Landes said. "So to compete with that and see them doing that, I feel like I should be doing what they are doing and getting the same scores. I really liked competing with them. They were a great team, really welcoming. By the end, I almost felt like I was part of their team. I really felt pumped up."

Holliday opened action on vault for the first rotation, while Jones and Landes had byes, and the senior notched a 9.400. For the second rotation, Holliday had a bye while Jones was on bars, posting an 8.700 while Landes was on floor, registering a 9.775.

The third rotation had Holliday on bars, where she recorded a 9.575, while Jones was on beam, logging an 8.050 and Landes was on vault, landing a 9.775, sticking her landing and tying her second-best score of the season. For the fourth rotation, Landes and Jones had byes while Holliday was on beam, registering a 9.650 and after high 10's from the Iowa State team, gave an enthusiastic fist pump to the cheering Aggie team, who made the short trip from Logan to support the USU trio and were sitting in the section just above beam.

The fifth rotation scheduled Landes on bars, posting a 9.700, while Jones logged a 9.450 on floor and Holliday had a bye. Like the third rotation, all three Aggies were in action for the sixth and final rotation, with Landes posting her 9.075 on beam, while Jones posted a 9.200. Holliday posted a 9.550 on floor in her final event as a collegiate gymnast.

Saturday was Jones' second NCAA regional, while Holliday was making her first appearance at regionals, after being an alternate last year and just missing the previous two seasons. Landes was also making her first appearance, and will join with Jones in taking the experience back to the team and practice gym to work on making it to regionals as a team next season.
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