Women's Gymnastics Begins Regional Competition on Thursday

NCAA Berkeley Regional (hosted by University of California-Berkeley)

Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.

Thurs., April 4 First Round Session - San José State vs. Southern Utah 2 p.m.

Fri., April 5 Second Round Sessions

Session 1 - Denver, UCLA, Arizona State, Washington  1 p.m.

Session 2 - California, Auburn, Stanford, So. Utah/San José State winner.    7 p.m.

Individual event and all-arounders will compete Friday

Sun. April 7 Regional Final 5 p.m.

Live Scoring -

Live Video - ESPN+ - Thursday meet

Commentators (Thurs.) - Evan Heiter

(Fr/Sun) - Bart Conner & Kathy Johnson Clarke

The San José State women’s gymnastics program makes its ninth NCAA regional appearance this week as the team competes at the Berkeley Regional this Friday-Sunday, April 4-7. The Spartans qualified for the region after finishing 35th in the country with a 196.555 national qualifying scoring.

The Spartans face Southern Utah in the first round of the regional on Thursday at 2 p.m. inside Haas Pavilion. The winner of the meet advances to the second round Friday and competes in the second session with California, Auburn and Stanford.

If SJSU does not advance, four gymnasts will compete in the second session on Friday. Lauren Macpherson has been selected as all-around performer and would rotate with Stanford. Jada Mazury advanced as a bars and floor specialist, while Katherine Weyhmiller advanced as a beam specialist. Mazury and Weyhmiller would perform after the gymnasts from Auburn. Mazury would perform on floor in the first rotation and on bars in the third rotation, while Weyhmiller would compete on beam in the final rotation.

National Rankings Ranking NQS AVG Season High

San José State 35th 196.555 196.094 196.675

Southern Utah 33rd 196.660 196.050 197.125


SJSU - Bars-Vault-Floor-Beam

SUU - Vault-Bars-Beam-Floor

Meetings This Season

First meeting this season


Head coach Joanne Bowers is in her sixth season at the helm of the San José State program. She is the sixth head coach in the program’s history. She has taken the Spartans as a team to one NCAA Regional, 2022, and was recognized by her peers by being named the 2022 MPSF Women’s Gymnastics Coach of the Year and the West Region Coach of the Year.

Neal Gallant and Morgan Ross returned in 2024 as assistant coaches for the Spartans, and Tucker McClure joined the program as a volunteer assistant coach.


The Spartans are making their ninth regional appearance in school history. This is the third appearance in a regional hosted by Washington (2003, 2009, 2022). The team’s best finish was fourth place in 2006 (192.375) and 2011 (194.425). See page x for more information about regional appearances.

Regional Appearances in School History

2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2022, 2024


The 2024 season marks the first year that the Spartans competed in the Mountain West for women’s gymnastics. The conference made the announcement in late May of 2023 that women’s gymnastics would become the 19th sport sponsored. Four schools currently in the MW competed for the first MW championship on March 23 in Logan, Utah - Air Force, Boise State (champ), San José State and Utah State.


Freshman Mia Nelson had a very memorable first Mountain West Championship appearance as she was the MW Vault and Floor Champion. She anchored the floor team with a 9.900 to tie for first with Emma Loyim of Boise State. Nelson led the vault team with a 9.825 to tie with Air Force’s Maggie Slife for first.


Three Spartans were named Mountain West Specialists of the year with the top NQS in that event.

Jaudai Lopes - Vault Specialist (9.865)

Lauren Macpherson - Beam Specialist (9.905)

Jada Mazury - Floor Specialist (9.915)


Five Spartans earned Mountain West honors for the first time in school history.

Madison Kirsch - Vault - First Team

Jaudai Lopes - First Team - Vault & All-Around;

Second Team - Floor

Jada Mazury - First Team - Floor; Second  Team - Bars

Lauren Macpherson - First Team - All-Around & Beam;

Second Team - Floor

Katherine Weyhmiller - Second Team - Beam


The Spartans are currently ranked 33rd in the national rankings with a 196.555 national qualifying score. The top-36 teams in the rankings will advance to regional competition, April 3-7.

Event NQS Ntl MW

Vault 49.035 41st 1st

Bars 49.060 40th 3rd

Beam 49.205 29th 2nd

Floor 49.355 28th 1st

Individual Event Place NQS

Jaudai Lopes Vault T91st 9.865

Jada Mazury Bars T101st 9.875

Lauren Macpherson Beam T41st 9.905

Jada Mazury Floor T48th 9.915

Lauren Macpherson All-Around 54th 39.310


Three freshmen have been consistent performers for the Spartans this season. Marissa Ashton is the lead-off performer on beam and had a 9.825 or better in seven meets including a second-place finish at the MW Championships. Mia Nelson has competed on the floor in every meet and on the vault in nine meets. She holds the first individual Mountain West Championships by a Spartan with wins on the vault and floor. Devyn Valuch has vaulted in 12 meets this year, 11 of them as the first up in the lineup. She has also competed on bars and beam in multiple meets and in the all-around at UC Davis.

UP NEXT - The NCAA Championships are April 18-20 at the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.