GYMNASTICS HEADS BACK TO THE ROAD TO TAKE ON NO. 14 BOISE STATE ON FRIDAY

GYMNASTICS HEADS BACK TO THE ROAD TO TAKE ON NO. 14 BOISE STATE ON FRIDAY

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OPENING PASS
With three consecutive scores of at least 194, the Sacramento State gymnastics team will put its newfound consistency on the line on Friday, March 2, when it travels to No. 14 Boise State for a dual meet. The action will start at 6 p.m. PT from Taco Bell Arena.

A live video stream and live stats will be provided through broncosports.com.

The Hornets continued to find their stride during the last part of February. The team posted its three highest scores of the season in its last three meets, including a season best 195.400 at home on Feb. 16. However, while the average increased, Sacramento State actually fell a couple of spots in this week's national rankings.  The Hornets are now 55th as the rankings are calculated with Regional Qualifying Scores for the remainder of the season. The team has an RQS of 193.525 but is still counting three scores below 194, including a 192.875. The 36th and final regional berth is currently held by Arizona with an RQS of 195.180.

Friday night's meet will be the final road contest for Sacramento State during the regular season. The Hornets will host a pair of quad meets on March 9 and 16 before travelling to Air Force for the MPSF Championships on  March 24. Sacramento State has had just two home meets this season compared to seven on the road.

OPPONENT PREVIEW
Boise State is ranked 14th in this week's national poll. The Broncos have an RQS of 196.255 with a high of 196.875 against Utah State on Feb. 16.

Shani Remme leads the team and is 10th nationally in the all-around. Remme, who is from Loomis, Calif., and trained at Byers Gymnastics, has been extremely consistent throughout the season as she has a high of 39.500, an average of 39.414 and an RQS of 39.420.

Boise State ranks among the top 25 in all four events. The team's highest ranking comes on bars where it is ninth.  Three Broncos are in the top 100 nationally in the event.

BSU is co-coached by Tina Bird and Neil Resnick. The pair are in their 11th season and were the Rocky Mountain Gymnastics Conference Co-Coaches of the Year last season.

The Broncos leads the all-time series, 18-7, and are a perfect 6-0 on their home floor against the Hornets.

THE LATEST ACTION
Sacramento State posted its third consecutive score of at least 194 points and cruised to a pair of wins over Alaska Anchorage and Seattle Pacific at Brougham Pavilion. The Hornets scores 194.075 to easily surpass host SPU (192.285) and UAA (191.950) who each scored season highs.

The Hornets started the meet on bars and took an immediate lead with a 48.750. Jackie Sampson and Caitlin Soliwoda each scored 9.800 to share first place. Sacramento State completed the sweep of the top three with a 9.775 from Courtney Soliwoda.

Courtney and Caitlin Soliwoda each scored 9.800 to tie for second place on beam in the second rotation. Those two scores along with the help of a 9.700 from freshman Kendra Braida helped the team score 47.825. The Hornets had two of its six gymnasts fall during the rotation, forcing the team to count one miscue among its total.

Sacramento State bounced back on floor with a total of 48.825. The team had three of the top five scores in the event led by Annie Juarez who tied for first place with a 9.850. Jennifer Brenner continued her resurgence with a 9.825 to place third and Lauren Schmeiss and Caitlin Soliwoda tied for fourth at 9.750.

The team closed out the meet on vault with a 48.675 to secure the win. Once again, Sacramento State showed its consistency with three of the top five scores. Caitlin Soliwoda placed second with a 9.800 to finish just behind Burns who won the event at 9.825. Alexis Belkoff and Annie Juarez each received a 9.750 to tie for fourth.

Caitlin Soliwoda tied for first in the all-around with a total of 39.150.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
With six seniors on its roster, it was expected that Sacramento State's lineup would be loaded with veterans throughout the year. Last Friday at Seattle Pacific, the Hornet seniors occupied 14 of the 24 lineup spots with Caitlin Soliwoda and Annie Juarez competing as all-arounders.

Along with the two all-arounders, Sacramento State was represented by Courtney Soliwoda on vault, bars and beam, Jennifer Brenner on vault and floor and Courteney Ng on bars. The seniors combined for seven top three finishes in the last meet at SPU.

The workload of the seniors could have been larger had Lauren Rice been healthy. Rice, who is a three-time NCAA regional qualifier, injured her ankle against Washington on Jan. 12 and is likely done for the season.

SIBLING SUCCESS
Caitlin and Courtney Soliwoda combined for seven scores of at least 9.725 in their seven routines against Seattle Pacific and Alaska Anchorage. Caitlin scored 39.150 in the all-around and 9.800 on bars to tie for first place and added a second place finish on vault and beam and a tie for fourth on floor to lead the Hornets. She has now scored 39.125 or better in three straight meets and leads the team with an average of 39.008.

Courtney also shined in her three events. She scored 9.725 on vault, 9.775 on bars and 9.800 on beam where she tied for second place. Courtney is averaging 9.825 on beam in her last three routines and has four scores of 9.8-plus on the event during the year.

This season 22 of Caitlin's 26 total routines have received at least 9.700. Courtney has hit that mark in 12 of her 21 routines.

POSTSEASON PROGNOSTICATION
As we near the finish line of the regular season it's time for an RQS refresher. The formula, which is used to determine the top 36 teams which advance to an NCAA Regional, takes the top six scores for a team, drops the high, and then averages the next five. The one catch is that a team may not have more than three home scores among its top six marks.

Once the top 36 teams have been determined, each regional will select five all-arounders as well as one event specialist outside of those teams. Currently, Caitlin Soliwoda would advance in the all-around with an RQS of 38.975 which ranks third in the West Region among teams outside the top 36. Sacramento State would also be represented by  Jordyn Brent on bars, Courtney Soliwoda on beam and Annie Juarez on floor.

Juarez has the potential to crack the top five in the all-around. The senior has three scores between 39.125-39.200 this year but is also currently counting three scores between 37.225-37.850.

PROBABLE SACRAMENTO STATE LINEUP
Vault Bars Beam Floor
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. Jennifer Brenner Courtney Soliwoda Courtney Soliwoda Annie Juarez
ex. Tara Catour None Jennifer Brenner Carly Pratt