For the first time in over a month, the Sacramento State gymnastics team will compete in The Nest as the Hornets welcome San Jose State and Seattle Pacific for a three-team meet on Friday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m.
The meet will serve as the team's Think Pink contest this season. Sacramento State gymnasts will be wearing special leotards during the competition to help raise awareness for breast cancer.
The Hornets are coming off their best meet of the season, scoring 194.400 at UC Davis last week. Despite the score, the team finished third in the three team meet and dropped to 1-11 on the year.
Live scores from Friday's meet can be accessed through hornetsports.com. The meet will also be streamed on Pluto.TV channel 203 with Brian Berger and Dallas Smith providing the commentary.
San Jose State is also coming off its season high after scoring 194.500 in a three-team meet at Boise State. The Spartans finished third in the meet and are now 5-7 on the year.
Kaitlin Won led the Spartans with a 39.100 in the all-around, a career-best 9.875 on bars and a 9.800 on beam. Ellie Pascoe-Long had a career-best 9.875 on vault, while Taylor Chan recorded a 9.875 on floor to lead the Spartans.
SJSU is the MPSF leader on both vault (48.700) and floor (48.850). Individually, Pascoe-Long (9.790), Kaprece Nadonza (9.770) and Taylor Chan (9.760) own the top three averages in the league on vault. Won leads the MPSF on bars (9.820) and Chan has the best average (9.845) on floor.
The Spartans are coached by Wayne Wright who's in his 17th season.
Seattle Pacific is 1-8 on the year. The Falcons scored a season-high 191.325 in their opening meet of the year against UC Davis. The team most recently competed at Air Force, scoring 189.250.
Darian Burns leads SPU on vault, floor and the all-around. The sophomore has a high of 9.700 or better in all four events this year.
Laurel Tindall is in her fourth decade associated with Seattle Pacific gymnastics. She was an All-American as a gymnast and has been the head coach since 1976.
THE LATEST ACTION
Sacramento State scored a season high 194.400 and had individual event winners on bars and floor on Feb. 9 at The Pavilion. The Hornets finished in third place behind Utah State (195.000) and UC Davis (194.525).
Sacramento State opened on bars and scored well for the second consecutive meet. The Hornets had four scores of at least 9.725 and finished the rotation with a 48.750. Freshman Jordyn Brent led the team with a career high 9.850 to win her second individual title on the event this season
Despite counting a fall, Sacramento State still managed a season high on beam with a 48.550. Courtney Soliwoda capped the rotation with a career high 9.875.
All three teams found themselves within two-tenths of each other after the third rotation. Sacramento State scored 48.450 on floor during the event to raise its total to 145.750. Juarez earned her first individual title in the event since Jan. 21 of last season after scoring a career high-tying 9.875.
The team closed the meet on vault with a 48.650 but could not get past either of the Aggie teams. Sacramento State was consistent as a team, counting five scores between 9.675 and 9.775.
39 IS TWICE AS NICE
A week after Annie Juarez was named the MPSF Gymnast of the Week and became the first member of the team to surpass 39 points in the all-around, Sacramento State had two gymnasts break the barrier at UC Davis. Juarez score a career high 39.250 and Caitlin Soliwoda added a season high 39.125.
Juarez started strong with a 9.800 on bars and beam and a 9.875 on floor. She finished in fourth place on bars, tied for ninth on beam with a career high and won floor for the third time in her career. The senior's lowest score of the night came on vault where she scored 9.675.
Prior to this season, Juarez had not competed in the all-around during her collegiate career. This year, she has been in the lineup on all four events and leads the team on floor with an average of 9.796.
Soliwoda also produced her best all-around of the night against the Aggies. The senior scored 9.825 on bars to place second behind Juarez and tied for fourth on beam at 9.850. She added a 9.725 on floor and vault to close out the night.
Last season, Soliwoda scored at least 39.000 in seven meets. She set her career high at the MPSF Championships where she scored 39.350.
Senior Courtney Soliwoda outdueled her sister in two of her three meets at UC Davis. Courtney opened with a 9.725 on bars but finished second on beam with a season best 9.875. Soliwoda also led Sacramento State, and tied for third overall, on vault with a career high 9.775.
BRENT WINS AGAIN ON BARS
Freshman Jordyn Brent earned her second individual event victory on bars during her first season with the team. Brent scored 9.850 during the first rotation and had the score hold for the rest of the meet. The Los Angeles native also won in the team's home meet against Washington.
Brent also participated in a virtual all-around as she was in the lineup on vault, bars and floor and performed an exhibition on beam. Counting the exhibition, Brent scored 38.750 in the all-around.
NEWS & NOTES
Fourteen of Caitlin Soliwoda's 18 routines this season have received a score of 9.7 or better…17 of the 19 gymnasts on the team have performed in the lineup or as an exhibition this season…the Hornet leotards were voted as one of the top five in the nation in a recent online poll…Cydney-Elise Kone made her collegiate debut at UC Davis as she was inserted into the lineup in place of the injured Jackie Sampson.
|PROBABLE SACRAMENTO STATE LINEUP|
|1. Courtney Soliwoda||Courteney Ng||Kendra Braida||Jordyn Brent|
|2. Jordyn Brent||Jordyn Brent||Lauren Schmeiss||Jennifer Brenner|
|3. Alexis Belkoff||Jackie Sampson||Jackie Sampson||Lauren Schmeiss|
|4. Caitlin Soliwoda||Annie Juarez||Annie Juarez||Jackie Sampson|
|5. Annie Juarez||Caitlin Soliwoda||Caitlin Soliwoda||Caitlin Soliwoda|
|6. TBA||Courtney Soliwoda||Courtney Soliwoda||Annie Juarez|
|ex. TBA||None||Jennifer Brenner||Tara Catour|