GYMNASTICS CLOSES REGULAR SEASON WITH TWO MEETS THIS WEEKEND
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• The Sacramento State gymnastics team will compete in its final two regular season meets of the season this week when it travels to UC Davis on Friday for a three team meet before hosting Air Force on Sunday at The Nest. The Falcons will also compete in the meet at UCD.
• Friday night's meet will begin at 7 p.m. at the Pavilion on the UC Davis campus. Sunday's action will get under way at 2 p.m. Following the meet, the team will honor seniors Cayla Beutler and Nicole Meiller who will both be competing in their final home meet for Sacramento State.
• The Hornets and Aggies will be meeting for the fourth time this season with points at stake in the ScholarShare Causeway Cup. UC Davis won the first two meetings while Sacramento State was victorious at The Nest on Feb. 22.
• The Aggies most recently posted a team score of 194.500 in a quad meet hosted by San Jose State. The team currently ranks 44th nationally with an RQS of 194.265.
• Air Force and Sacramento State will be meeting for the first time since 2005 MPSF Championships. The Falcons scored 194.700 last week and have an RQS of 192.570.
THE LAST TIME OUT
Kailey Hansen scored 9.875 on vault and Kalliah McCartney added a 9.850 on floor to lead Sacramento State at the Comfort Suites Invitational in Corvallis, Ore. The Hornets scored 194.675 and came up just short in an upset bid against No. 22 Washington (194.775). Host and eighth-ranked Oregon State totaled 197.275 to easily win the team title.
ONE FINAL TIME
Sacramento State will say goodbye to a pair of seniors who have been four-year contributors for the Hornets following Sunday's meet.
Cayla Beutler joined the program for the 2009 season and made the lineup in 10 meets, including seven as an all-arounder. The following year, she won the Western Athletic Conference title on beam after scoring 9.875 and qualified for the NCAA West Regional in the event. A shoulder injury forced her to redshirt in 2011 but she returned a year ago where she earned second team all-WAC honors after tying for fifth place on beam. This season, Beutler has participated in all four events and set a career high on bars.
Nicole Meiller is a two-time NCAA West Regional qualifier, earning her first trip on vault in 2010 before returning on bars last season. With her unique triple-twisting flyaway dismount, Meiller has won seven meet event titles during her career on bars, including three this season. Her season average of 9.798 in 12 bar routines last season is the second-highest single season mark in school history. That year, she earned second team all-WAC honors on both vault and bars.
IT'S IN THE VAULT
Sacramento State scored 49.050 on vault at Oregon State to tie the second best mark in school history. The team counted five scores of 9.750 or higher and saw three gymnasts match or better their career best. Sophomore Tina Necas opened with a 9.750 which matched her career high and she was followed by a career best 9.850 from freshman Cassie Benning. A 9.775 from Meiller was trailed by Hansen's 9.875 which tied for fourth in the meet and set her career mark. McCartney closed the rotation with a 9.800. The total was the best by the Hornets since the team scored 49.075 on March 10, 2012 against Central Michigan, Seattle Pacific and UC Davis.
LATE SEASON PUSH
Hansen's junior season got off to a slow start after she injured her knee in warmups prior to the first meet at San Jose State. She returned on beam at UCLA on March 10 and added vault a week later. The Ventura, Calif., native is expected back on floor this weekend.
Hansen is also making a charge to claim an at-large berth into the regionals as an event specialist. In four vaults this year, she is averaging 9.806. She also has three beams scores of 9.775 or better.