GYMNASTICS TRAVELS TO UTAH STATE FOR FRIDAY NIGHT MEET
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• The Sacramento State gymnastics team will make its final regular season trip out of Northern California this season year when it heads to Logan, Utah, to face Utah State on Friday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. PT. Following this week's meet, the Hornets will compete at home on March 7, at San Jose State (March 14) and at UC Davis for the MPSF Championships (March 22).
• Utah State will provide a free video stream as well as live scoring through its website: utahstateaggies.com.
• The Hornets most recently placed third in a three-team meet which featured #21 California and #24 Washington last Saturday night. Sacramento State scored 193.425 but could not overcome three falls on beam. Cal won the meet with a 196.425 while the Huskies scored 195.000.
A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT
• Utah State has jumped to 35th in the most recent national rankings — the first that have been sorted by Regional Qualifying Scores (RQS). The Aggies have enjoyed a turnaround under first year head coach Nadalie Walsh.
• The team is averaging 193.969 in its eight meets and has 194-plus in its last five meets. USU scored a season high 195.225 in a three-team meet at Air Force. The team most recently scored 194.650 to place second behind Denver (195.875) on Feb. 21.
• Freshman Bailey McIntire leads Utah State with five event wins this season.
• Sacramento State leads the all-time series against the Aggies, 16-6. The Hornets are 5-2 in Logan, Utah, including a win at the 2006 Western Athletic Conference Championship.
SORTING THROUGH THE NUMBERS
For the first time this season, the national rankings are sorted by Regional Qualifying Scores. The formula is used to determine the 36 teams that will participate in the NCAA postseason. An RQS score is calculated by taking a team's top six scores (with no more than three coming at home), dropping the top score and then averaging the next five.
Individuals also are ranked based on the same formula. At the end of the regular season, the top five all-arounder from each region who are not part of a qualifying team will also move on to the postseason. Each event will also have one specialist. If the season ended today, Kalliah McCartney would make her third consecutive appearance in the all-around at the NCAA West Regional. Redshirt freshman Jesse Williams will have an opportunity to qualify if she is able to compete in the all-around in each of the three remaining meets. The Hornets would also send Kaila Kilwein on bars, Kailey Hansen on beam and Dallas Smith on floor.
FLOOR CONTINUES TO SHINE
After a slow start to the season, Sacramento State has scored its two highest floor scores of the year in its last two meets. The Hornets began the streak with a 49.075 against Cal and San Jose State and followed with a 48.900 at Cal and Washington.
In the most recent meet, all six Sacramento State gymnasts scored 9.600 or higher and the team did not count a score below 9.700. Dallas Smith and Kailey Hansen tied for the team lead with a pair of 9.825s and Maddie Montoya and Jesse Williams each contributed 9.775s. Since being inserted into the lineup three weeks ago, Montoya has increased her score in each meet. In fact, if you can't her two exhibitions this year, Montoya score as risen in all five of her meets.
The Hornets have tried several lineup combinations on floor this year as nine different gymnasts have had a shot and a 10th performed an exhibition.
KEEPING IT GOING
A week after being named the MPSF Specialist of the Week, Kailey Hansen produced another stellar meet. The senior scored 9.800 on vault and 9.825 on both beam and floor to mark just the second time this season that she's received at least a 9.8 in all three events.
A LITTLE BIT OF REST
Kalliah McCartney was given the day off on bars and floor at Cal but still managed to win another individual event title. The junior scored 9.850 to tie for first place on vault with Cal's Alicia Asturias and Serena Leong. The title was the fourth for McCartney this season on vault and the 10th of her career on the event. This year, McCartney also has a pair of wins on beam and in the all-around.
|SACRAMENTO STATE PROBABLE LINEUP|
|1. Tina Necas||1. Brennan Bailes||1. Kayla Wonderly||1. Katie Osaki||Jesse Williams|
|2. Katie Osaki||2. Kayla Wonderly||2. Julia Konner||2. Julia Konner|
|3. Julia Konner||3. Paige Bottano||3. Cassie Benning||3. Maddie Montoya|
|4. Kailey Hansen||4. Jesse Williams||4. Jesse Williams||4. Jesse Williams|
|5. Jesse Williams||5. Kalliah McCartney||5. Kalliah McCartney||5. Dallas Smith|
|6. Kalliah McCartney||6. Kaila Kilwein||6. Kailey Hansen||6. Kailey Hansen|
|ex. Julia Konner||ex. Dallas Smith|