| Meet Information
|| Friday, Feb. 11
|| Hornets Nest (Sacramento, Calif)
|| Utah State (1-8)
|| Adults $5/Kids 13-17 $3/Under 12 Free
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• Its taken over a month but the Sacramento State gymnastics team will finally return to the Hornets Nest on Friday, Feb. 11, when it hosts Utah State at 7 p.m. The meet marks just the second time this season that the Hornets have competed on the home floor and the first time since the opener on Jan. 7.
• Friday will also serve as the team’s annual “Think Pink” meet. The event is designed to raise awareness for cancer with proceeds being donated to a local charity.
• Sacramento State is coming off of a season high 192.900 in a victory over Cal on Super Bowl Sunday. The win improved the team to 3-4 on the season.
• The Hornets are 0-2 against Western Athletic Conference teams in 2011 with losses at Southern Utah and San Jose State.
• Despite averaging 192.035 in its five meets this season, Utah State is currently 1-8. The Aggies most recently lost at Southern Utah, 194.000-192.125. The team’s score was its second highest of the season.
• Sacramento State leads the all-time series, 11-5, against the Aggies and is a perfect 4-0 at The Nest.
THE LAST TIME OUT
The Sacramento State gymnastics team needed every bit of its season high score to edge Cal, 192.900-192.700, at Haas Pavilion on Feb. 6.
The Hornets held the lead through the first three rotations and were able to withstand a furious comeback from the Golden Bears on floor to earn its third win of the season and set a season high by over two points.
Sacramento State began the meet on bars and scored a season-best 48.500. Senior Jasmine Lipka
placed second overall with a team-leading 9.775. Sacramento State’s lead was trimmed by Cal during the second rotation as the Hornets scored 48.175 on vault while the Bears amassed a 48.675 on bars. Sacramento State was consistent in the event, as all five counting scores ranged between 9.675 and 9.600. Freshman Katie Osaki
finished third overall and led the team.
Three scores of at least 9.675 on floor helped Sacramento State extend its advantage during the third rotation. The team was paced by a 9.875 from Lipka which left her in second place at the conclusion of the meet.
Leading by 1.1 points, the Hornets headed to beam where it scored 47.425. At the same time, Cal was producing a season-high score on floor in which all five of its gymnasts set personal bests. On beam, senior Lissa Zamolo
tied for first for the second-consecutive week with a 9.775.
Friday night’s meet will not only be on opportunity for Sacramento State and Utah State to move up the WAC standings, it will also settle bragging rights in the Montoya family for the next 12 months.
Hornet freshman Maddie Montoya
will compete against sister, Amelia, for the first time. The pair were once teammates at South Coast Gymnastics but each went their own way in college. Maddie has competed on vault, bars and beam during her first collegiate season. She has been in the Hornets’ vault lineup in each meet and has a high score of 9.675.
Amelia is a regular on floor for the Aggies with a pair of 9.725s to her name this year. She has also competed on vault and bars.
BACK TO NORMAL
After weeks of watching, senior Jasmine Lipka
needs only two meets to get back to her 2010 form. The Anchorage, Alaska native missed all of the team’s preseason training and the opening part of 2011 due to mononucleosis. Lipka first returned at San Jose State, competing in three events. However, in that meet, she fell on bars and scored 9.400 on beam and 9.575 on floor.
One week later, Lipka was back to her usual self, hitting all three of her routines and helping the Hornets to a win at Cal. On bars, she finished second with a career high 9.775. She was fifth on beam with a 9.600 and second on floor with a 9.875.
ROOM AT THE TOP
For the second consecutive week, Lissa Zamolo
finished tied for first on beam. The senior, who has been a regular on the apparatus throughout her career, had just one victory in the previous three years. Her first win in 2011 game at San Jose State where she scored 9.675 in a tightly-scored meet. Last week at Cal, she posted a season high 9.775.