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GYMNASTICS TRAVELS TO FACE WASHINGTON, IOWA ON FRIDAY NIGHT

GYMNASTICS TRAVELS TO FACE WASHINGTON, IOWA ON FRIDAY NIGHT

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OPENING PASS
Sacramento State will head back on the road, starting a streak of three meets away from home, with a three-team meet at Washington and against Iowa on Friday night at Alaska Airlines Arena at 7 p.m.

The meet will have a live video stream and live stats provided. You can select the links at Hornetsports.com.

Sacramento State closed out the home portion of its schedule last Friday night in a three-team meet against then-#13 Cal and UC Davis. The Hornets recorded their second best score of the year and set a season high on floor but still finished third. All three Sacramento State seniors set career highs during the competition.

OPPONENT PREVIEW
Washington is 14th in this weeks national rankings. The Huskies are coming off their season best where they scored 196.750 at Boise State. UW is headed in the right direction as the year winds down as the team has set season highs the last five weeks.

Three Huskies are ranked among the top 30 nationally in their respective events. Evanni Robinson is 22nd on beam and 30th in the all-around. Robinson has an NQS of 39.230 in the all-around with a high of 39.500. She is 22nd on beam with an NQS of 9.870. Madison Copiak is 30th on beam at 9.880.

Washington is coached by Elise Ray-Statz who is in her third year. Ray-Statz was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year in 2017 and guided the Huskies to an eighth-place finish last season. UW leads the all-time series, 18-0.

Iowa is also coming off a season high as the Hawkeyes scored 196.250 in a narrow loss to in-state rival Iowa State.

Nicole Chow owns the highest ranking on an individual event for Iowa. Chow is 35th nationally on bars with an NQS of 9.875. Lauren Guerin is 36th on floor at 9.885. The Hawkeyes are also one of the few teams in the country that does not regularly use an all-arounder.

Larissa Libby is in her 15th year leading the Hawkeyes. She was the Big 10 Coach of the Year in 2017 and has taken Iowa to an NCAA regional nine times. This will be the first meeting between the two teams.

THE LATEST ACTION
Sacramento State wrapped up its home schedule by producing the best score for the team at The Nest this year. The Hornets scored 192.625 but finished third behind 13th-ranked California (196.975) and UC Davis (195.450).

Sacramento State started the meet on vault with a 48.175. The final three members of the lineup led the team with Lauren Schmeiss starting the run with a 9.700. Jordyn Brent followed with a 9.750 and Alexis Belkoff wrapped things up with a 9.825 to tie for third place.

The team continued to fight through injuries which limited the bar lineup to a total of 46.850. Jackie Sampson sparked the team with a 9.850 for the second consecutive week. Brent immediately followed with a career best 9.900 to tie for second. Her score was the best on the team this season and tied her for ninth in school history.

The Hornets bounced back on beam with a 48.775. The first four members of the lineup each received a score of at least 9.750. Kendra Braida opened with a 9.800 and Schmeiss added a 9.750. Freshman Amber Koeth then provided a personal best 9.800 to tie for eighth place. Sampson kept the run going with her career best effort which was also the highest by a Sacramento State gymnast this season on beam and placed her second.

The team's highest event score of the meet came on floor with a 48.825. Belkoff received a 9.750 out of the second spot in the lineup to give the Hornets a good start. The back half of the lineup then carried the load with a 9.825 from Brent and Carly Pratt and a Schmeiss closing the meet with a 9.850.

SAMPSON EARNS SECOND STRAIGHT MPSF SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK AWARD
For the second consecutive week, Jackie Sampson was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Specialist of the Week.

Last Friday night, Sampson closed out her home career with two impressive performances on Senior Night against 13th-ranked California and UC Davis. The senior scored 9.850 on bars and then added a career high 9.875 on beam to finish second overall.

After missing the first six meets of the season due to injury, Sampson has recorded some of the top scores on the team in the last two weeks. She earned her first MPSF award after finishing first on both bars and beam at Seattle Pacific on Feb. 22. She scored 9.850 on bars and 9.825 on beam in that meet.

GOING OUT WITH A BANG
Senior night has historically been kind to Sacramento State, but this year's class made it a night to remember as all three set career bests against Cal and UC Davis. Sampson started the run with a 9.875 on beam. That score beat her previous best of 9.850 which came last season against San Jose State and Seattle Pacific. Carly Pratt was moved from her usual leadoff position on floor to fifth in the lineup and responded with a career high of 9.825. Pratt's previous best was 9.800 set in last season's home finale. Schmeiss ended senior night with a 9.850 on floor to top her previous high of 9.825 from the 2017 NorCal Classic. 

BRENT CRACKS TOP 10 ON BARS
Sophomore Jordyn Brent joined the seniors in setting career bests last week. Brent tied for second place on bars with a career high 9.900. That score moved her into a tie for ninth place in program history. She also became the first Hornet to score at least 9.9 on bars since Caitlin Soliwoda received a 9.925 at the 2017 MPSF Championships.

Brent's success was not limited to bars in the meet. She totaled 39.025 for her second highest all-around score of her career. The Los Angeles native started with a 9.750 on vault and finished with a 9.550 on beam and 9.825 on floor.

NEWS & NOTES
Freshman Shaye Mathias is officially done for the season after tearing her ACL at Seattle Pacific…Mathias had been an all-arounder in three straight meets before the injury…Schmeiss , Prattt, Sampson and Alexis Belkoff remain the only members of the team to have each of their routines count toward the team score this season…both have performed 24 routines where Schmeiss has scored 231.625 points while Belkoff has added 230.275…Sacramento State has announced plans for a new training facility located near campus. The team currently trains at Elevate Gymnastics in Elk Grove which can sometimes take over an hour to get to. The new facility will be located on Folsom Blvd. between 61st and 62nd streets which is walkable.

PROBABLE SACRAMENTO STATE LINEUP
  Vault Bars Beam Floor
1. Tara Catour Alexis Belkoff Kendra Braida Kendra Braida
2. Amber Koeth Destiny Watley Lauren Schmeiss Alexis Belkoff
3. Kendra Braida Jackie Sampson Amber Koeth Katelyn Garay
4. Lauren Schmeiss Jordyn Brent Jackie Sampson Jordyn Brent
5. Jordyn Brent Courtnee Marquez Jordyn Brent Carly Pratt
6. Alexis Belkoff Amber Koeth Mariah York Lauren Schmeiss
ex. Katelyn Garay None Catour/Pratt None