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• Nearing the midpoint of its season, the Sacramento State gymnastics team will look to begin its second-half surge on Friday night when it competes at Seattle Pacific. The meet will begin at 7 p.m. at Brougham Pavilion. Following this week's action, the Hornets will have only five regular season meets remaining before the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships at UC Davis on March 22.
• SPU will provide live stats and a free video stream. Links to both are available on the Falcons' website (spufalcons.com) as well as hornetsports.com.
• The week's meet is the third of four straight duals for the Hornets.
• In its most recent action, Sacramento State lost at UC Davis, 195.500-193.575, on Jan. 31. The Aggies set a school record on beam (49.125) and added a 49.000 on bars for its score. The Hornets had a 49.000 on vault for its highest event score. However, the team counted a fall on beam and floor
• Sacramento State leads the all-time series with Seattle Pacific, 36-21, and has won the last nine meetings. While the Hornets have had recent success, the Falcons have shined at home where they are 13-6 against Sacramento State at Brougham Pavilion. SPU's last win against the Hornets came on March 5, 2005 where it won 192.375-191.950.
• Seattle Pacific is 3-3 overall after placing third in a three-team meet which also featured Utah State and Air Force. The Falcons scored 190.250 compared to 195.225 from USU and 192.975 by AFA.
Sophomore Maria Hundley has been SPU's top gymnast this season as she has recorded the high score for Seattle Pacific in nine of the team's 16 rotations. Hundley has finished first on vault in three of the four meets.
When freshman Julia Konner was pulled from the lineup during vault warmups at UC Davis due to a knee injury it opened the door for three others who each responded with solid scores. On vault, Jesse Williams competed for first time this season and received a 9.825 to place second in the meet. Williams' only other vault at Sacramento State was a 9.450 in an exhibition.
The Hornets next moved to floor where Maddie Montoya received a 9.625 which set her career high. The final rotation took Sacramento State took beam where Cassie Benning scored 9.800 for her career best. Benning's score tied her for second on the team and sixth in the meet.
WHERE DID EVERYONE GO
Sacramento State will not have the luxury of depth for the meet at Seattle Pacific as the team will travel just 12 gymnasts. In the first five meets of the year, the Hornets took their entire team to the competition which allowed 18 gymnasts to compete this season.
As part of the reduced size, the team will have two all-arounders for the first time this year in Kalliah McCartney and Williams. McCartney will be competing in all four events for the fifth time this season while Williams will record her first collegiate all-around total.
BREAKING INTO THE VAULT
Sacramento State has been good on vault all season. At UC Davis, the team cemented its name into the school record book with the sixth highest vault score (49.000) in school history. The score is the highest by the Hornets since scoring 49.050 at Oregon State last season.
The Hornets opened the rotation at UC Davis with a career high 9.800 from Tina Necas. Katie Osaki then scored 9.725 before a 9.500 from Emily Bolton (which was dropped). Sacramento State stayed consistent in the back half of the order with a career high 9.825 from Williams, a 9.800 from Hansen and a 9.850 from McCartney. Overall, the Hornets accounted for four of the top six scores in the meet.
THEY'VE SEEN IT ALL
Sacramento State head coach Kim Hughes and Seattle Pacific head coach Laurel Tindall have combined for 72 years at the helm of their programs. Hughes is in his 33rd season with the Hornets while Tindall is currently in her 39th. Tindall also competed for the Falcons beginning with SPU's first team in 1974.
NEWS & NOTES
Eighteen of the 19 Hornets on the roster have at least competed an exhibition routine this season…the lone exception has been freshman Megan Kyle who is injured…senior Kailey Hansen is slated to compete on vault, beam and floor for the first time in the same meet since the NorCal Classic on Jan. 5.
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