SEATTLE — The Sacramento State gymnastics team recorded its best meet of the year, scoring season highs on three events and producing a total of 194.975. The team score was more than two points better than its previous high of 192.725. Host Washington, which is ranked 14th, won the meet at 196.650 while Iowa was second at 195.300.
The Hornets started the night on bars with a score of 48.625 with the help of three career best performances. Sacramento State's score surpassed its total of 48.475 against San Jose State for its season high. Amber Koeth and Destiny Watley helped the team get off to a strong start as each set their career highs at 9.675. Jackie Sampson raised the total with a 9.725 before Jordyn Brent received a team-high 9.800 to tie for fourth place. The rotation was capped by Courtnee Marquez who tied her career high with a 9.750.
The Hornets moved to beam in the second rotation and increased its score with a 48.775. Kendra Braida and Lauren Schmeiss each received a score of 9.725 from the first two spots in the lineup. Following a 9.675 from Amber Koeth, Jackie Sampson continued her streak of stellar routines with a 9.875. That score tied Sampson for first place along with Washington's Madison Copiak and Malory Rose. Sampson also matched her career best which was set a week ago and helped her to her second consecutive MPSF Gymnast of the Week award. The rotation was capped by senior Carly Pratt who was making her debut in the lineup this season. Pratt responded with a 9.775 for the second best score on the team.
Sacramento State overcame another injury on floor to finish with a season high of 48.875. The team, once again, got off to a quick start as Braida scored 9.775 and Alexis Belkoff received a 9.800. During the third routine of the rotation, Katelyn Garay suffered an apparent knee injury when she went down attempting to land her second pass. Knowing that every score was going to count, the Hornets produced three scores of at least 9.7 for the rest of the rotation. Pratt started the trio with a 9.700 and was followed by a 9.775 from Jordyn Brent. Schmeiss anchored the lineup with a 9.825 to tie for seventh place.
The Hornets again had their backs against the wall of vault as the injury to Garay limited the team to just five gymnasts. Despite not having the luxury of dropping a score, the five combined to score a season-high 48.700 and all five at least tied their season bests. Belkoff led the team with a 9.825 which matched her season best and tied her for fourth place in the meet. Braida set her career best and Brent tied hers as each scored 9.775. Schmeiss added a season high tying 9.750 and Koeth set a career best at 9.575.
Brent recorded her second consecutive meet with an all-around of at least 39.0. The sophomore totaled 39.000 to earn her first all-around victory of her career.
Sacramento State returns to Northern California to compete at Cal on Sunday, March 17, at 2 p.m. The meet will also include Illinois and San Jose State and will be the regular season finale for the Hornets.
1. Washington 196.650
2. Iowa 195.300
3. Sacramento State 194.975
1. Alexandra Greenwald, Iowa, 9.900; T4. Alexis Belkoff 9.825; T10. Jordyn Brent, Kendra Braida 9.775; 14. Lauren Schmeiss 9.750; 16. Amber Koeth 9.575.
1. Madison Copiak UW, 9.925; T4. Jordyn Brent 9.800; 10. Courtnee Marquez 9.750; 11. Jackie Sampson 9.725; T12. Amber Koeth, Destiny Watley 9.675; 15. Alexis Belkoff 9.450.
T1. Jackie Sampson, SAC; Madison Copiak, Malory Rose, UW, 9.875; 9. Carly Pratt 9.775; T11. Lauren Schmeis, Kendra Braida 9.725; 13. Amber Koeth 9.675; T14. Jordyn Brent 9.650.
1. Kristyn Hoffa, UW, 9.925; T7. Lauren Schmeiss 9.825; T10. Alexis Belkoff 9.800; T12. Jordyn Brent, Kendra Braida 9.775; 16. Carly Pratt 9.700.
1. Jordyn Brent, SAC, 39.000.