GYMNASTICS TO SEND SEVEN TO NCAA REGIONAL
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Seven Sacramento State gymnasts were selected to compete at the Seattle Regional of the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championship. The group is comprised of all-arounders Kalliah McCartney and Jesse Williams as well as event specialists Kailey Hansen, Dallas Smith Julia Konner, Kaila Kilwein and Kayla Wonderly.
McCartney will be making her third trip to an NCAA regional in as many seasons. Last year, she placed sixth in the all-around at the regional, narrowly missing a trip to the NCAA Championships. In 2014, McCartney has competed in the all-around in seven meets with a high of 39.075. The Vancouver, Wash., native was also the MPSF vault champion with a school record tying 9.950.
Williams did not compete in all four events until Feb. 14 but ended the year with six all-arounds under her belt. She was the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion after tallying a career high 39.250 last week. Her average of 38.725 in the highest on the team. The redshirt freshman was named the MPSF Newcomer of the Year.
Hansen earned a bid on vault, beam and floor. The senior has qualified for NCAA postseason competition each of her four years. Most recently, Hansen was the MPSF floor champion (9.875) and tied for second on vault (9.875) and beam (9.825).
Smith will be making her postseason debut on floor. The junior scored 9.800 or better in seven meets during the season, including a 9.875 against Southeast Missouri which won the meet.
Konner also earned an individual spot on vault. The freshman had three vaults of at least 9.800 during the year, including a 9.825 at Utah State.
Kilwein will be making her first regional appearance. The senior qualified on bars after a season in which she posted an RQS of 9.770. The Maple Valley, Wash., native set her career high with a 9.825 against San Jose State and Cal on Feb. 14.
Wonderly will retun to her native Pacific Northwest as the La Center, Wash., native will compete on beam. During the season, the junior posted a career high 9.850 at Cal on Feb. 22 and concluded the season with an RQS of 9.725.
Along with the NCAA invitations, the Hornets also earned 11 all-MPSF honors. McCartney garnered all-league accolades on all four events as well as the all-around. Hansen was recognized on vault, beam and floor. Williams and Konner were named to the vault team, Kilwein on bars and Smith on floor.
Associate head coach Randy Solorio was also presented the MPSF Assistant Coach of the Year Award. Solorio oversaw the Hornet vault team which averaged 48.848 in the 12 meets and had three scores of 49-plus. At the conference meet, Sacramento State set its school record with a total of 49.150.
ALL-MOUNTAIN PACIFIC SPORTS FEDERATION