NCAA POSTSEASON BEGINS ON SATURDAY FOR GYMNASTICS
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• An unprecedented seven Sacramento State gymnasts will compete in the NCAA postseason beginning on Saturday, April 5, at the NCAA Seattle Regional. The meet will begin at 4 p.m. at the Alaska Airlines Arena on the University of Washington campus.
• The Hornet contingent will be comprised of all-arounders Kalliah McCartney and Jesse Williams as well as event specialists Kailey Hansen (vault, beam, floor), Julia Konner (vault), Dallas Smith (floor), Kayla Wonderly (beam) and Kaila Kilwein (bars).
• The Seattle Regional will also include Alabama, Nebraska, Boise State, Denver, BYU and Washington as well as individuals from Seattle Pacific and Alaska Anchorage.
• A live video stream and live stats are available through www.gohuskies.com.
• Tickets for the meet can be purchased for $17.25.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
A rare loophole has allowed Sacramento State to take its largest group of individuals to an NCAA regional in school history. McCartney and Williams each qualified as one of the top five all-arounders in the region outside those teams that earned a berth. Hansen also cemented her place on both beam and floor by owning the top regional qualifying score (RQS) in her events.
This season, eight of the 11 teams in the West region ended the year among the top 36. With those teams excluded from sending individuals, it left only three all-arounders left. Per the policy, those spots went to the next highest individual on each event. That rule allowed four more Hornets to move on.
BACK ON TOP
Sacramento State closed its regular season by winning the MPSF title with a season high 195.650. The Hornets set a school record on vault (49.150) led by a 9.950 from McCartney which tied the school mark. Elideth Guerrero posted a career high 9.900 to finish first on beam and Hansen won floor.
The title was the fifth MPSF crown for the Hornets in six tries while the total team score is the third highest in program history.
All-Around • Jr. • Vancouver, Wash./Multnomah Athletic Club
Making her third consecutive regional appearance as an all-arounder…established herself as one of the top vaulters in program history…was the MPSF champion on vault after scoring a career high 9.950…that score tied Rebecca Seebirt's mark from 1997…finished first in eight meets on vault, won beam four times and bars once…also had two wins in the all-around…only competed in the all-around in seven meets with a best of 39.075 against Southeast Missouri…had eight scores of 9.800 or better on vault with a "low" of 9.750…scored 9.875 against UC Davis and Alaska Anchorage for her top bars score…best beam mark was 9.875 at Utah State…posted a 9.875 on floor at Stanford in a meet which also included Arizona.
All-Around • RFr. • Saugus, Calif./GymJam Academy
Was the MPSF champion in the all-around after scoring a career high 39.250…that victory was her first in the all-around for her career…scored 9.850 on vault and 9.800 on the other three events…set career highs on vault and beam in that meet…all eight of her vault scores ranged from 9.775 to 9.850…best bars score was 9.8253 against UC Davis and Alaska Anchorage on March 7…did not compete in the all-around until Feb. 14 and finished the season with six all-around scores.
Vault/Beam/Floor • Sr. • Ventura, Calif./GymJam Academy
Returning to an NCAA regional for the fourth consecutive season…was the MPSF champion on floor after scoring 9.875…the win was her sixth of her career on the event…finished second on vault and beam at the MPSF Championships with a career high 9.875 and 9.825, respectively…highest beam score during the year was 9.850 at the NorCal Classic…received a 9.900 on floor against San Jose State and Cal on Feb. 14 for her career best…was also the WAC beam and floor champion in 2012.
Bars • Sr. • Maple Valley, Wash./Roach Gymnastics
Will be appearing in the postseason for the first time in her career…was in the bars lineup in all 12 meets…scored 9.825 against San Jose State and California on Feb. 14 for her career high…had six scores of 9.750-plus…also competed on floor in six meets.
Vault • Fr. • Bethesda, Md./Apollo Gymnastics
A true freshman who is making her first postseason appearance…competed on vault in 11 meets…posted a score of 9.750 or better in seven meets, including her first five…season high of 9.825 came at Utah State on Feb. 28…finished first against Southeast Missouri with a 9.800.
Floor • Sr. • Battle Ground, Wash./Naydenov Gymnastics
A senior who will be making her NCAA regional debut…recorded her first career victory against Southeast Missouri on Jan. 14 after scoring a career high 9.875…finished the season with an RQS of 9.815 on floor…seven of her 12 scores on floor with 9.800-plus.
Beam • Jr. • La Center, Wash./Multnomah Athletic Club
Will also be appearing in the regional for the first time…was in the beam lineup for all 12 meets and had five routines on bars…occupied the leadoff spot in the lineup on beam in all 12 meets…opened the year with a then-career high 9.800 at the NorCal Classic…scored 9.850 at Cal and against Washington on Feb. 22 for her career best.