THREE GYMNASTS TO COMPETE AT NCAA CORVALLIS REGIONAL ON SATURDAY
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• After scoring its highest score of the season at the Western Athletic Conference Championships, three members of the Sacramento State gymnastics team will continue their season on Saturday, April 6, at the NCAA Corvallis Regional. The meet begins at 4 p.m. at Gill Coliseum.
• The three Hornets competing at the meet will be all-arounder Kalliah McCartney, bars specialist Nicole Meiller and beam specialist Kailey Hansen. All three will be making their second consecutive postseason appearance.
• The six teams competing at the regional are comprised of No. 4 Georgia, No. 10 and host Oregon State, No. 16 Arkansas, No. 21 Boise State, No. 26 Arizona State and No. 32 California. Sacramento State has faced OSU, BSU and ASU during the regular season. Along with the six teams, five all-arounders, including McCartney, and four event specialists make up the field. McCartney will rotate with top-seeded Georgia and will compete in Olympic order. Meiller and Hansen will be paired with Cal, meaning Hansen will compete on beam during the first rotation amd Meiller will take to bars in the final rotation.
• The top two teams from each of the six NCAA regionals will advance to the NCAA Championships at UCLA April 19-21. The top two all-arounders outside of those teams will also be able to compete at the championships. Any individual who wins an event at a regional will also claim a berth.
RECORD BOOK REWRITE
Sacramento State finished just outside the coveted top 36, placing 38th with an RQS of 194.890. That total left the team just .165 behind Pittsburgh for the final spot into the regionals. Despite not qualifying as a team, the Hornets still managed to finish the season with their highest RQS in program history. The team's RQS of 194.890 easily surpassed the mark of 194.470 which came last season.
Indvidually, McCartney set the school single-season record with an all-around RQS of 39.265. She also moved into third place on vault (9.820) and beam (9.840) and tied for seventh on floor (9.850).
Hansen cracked the top 10 school RQS list in two events. The junior is now tied for seventh on vault (9.795) and tied for 10th on beam (9.800).
Meiller's RQS of 9.855 on bars is tied for third and is the best by a Hornet since Marina Borisova (9.860) in 2007.
Heading into the regional, Meiller holds a narrow lead for the best single-season bars average in the Hornet record book. Meiller has recorded 11 scores on bars this season with an average of 9.809. That mark places her just above Lori Gillette who averaged 9.808 in 2002.
Barring a disasterous regional, McCartney will set the school single-season mark for best average in the all-around. The sophomore takes a mark of 39.069 into the meet, making her the first Sacramento State gymnast to average more than 39 in program history.
The Hornets have established a tradition of stepping up when the pressure is on. The team has recorded four of its five all-time highest scores at conference championships, including the 195.500 which came at the WAC Championships two weeks ago. The score was a season high for the team and the best mark since tallying a 195.675 at the 2012 WAC Championships.
Head coach Kim Hughes is back with the team after missing the WAC Championships due to pneumonia. With Hughes sidelined, associate head coach Randy Solorio took the reins and led the team to a season high.