SEATTLE — Sacramento State junior Kalliah McCartney became the first Hornet gymnast to qualify for the NCAA Championships after placing sixth in the all-around at the Seattle Regional on Saturday at the University of Washington.
McCartney scored a season best 39.275 and had the top all-around score outside of Nebraska and Alabama gymnasts. Those two schools finished first and second to advance to the NCAA Championships paving the way for McCartney to earn one of two individual berths. The NCAA Championships will take place in Birmingham, Ala., on April 18-20.
The Vancouver, Wash., native began the night on floor where she tied for 13th overall with a 9.800. She tied for 10th on vault with a 9.875 before scoring 9.800 on bars to tie for 17th place. McCartney closed out the meet on beam with a 9.800 to tie for 10th place. Her total of 39.275 is tied for the ninth highest in school history and is the best by a Hornet at an NCAA regional.
Redshirt freshman Jesse Williams placed 12th in the all-around with a total of 38.700.
As has been the case throughout the season, the Hornets had their most success on vault. Along with the 9.875 from McCartney, Williams tied her career high with a 9.850 to tie for 14th. Julia Konner tied for 23rd with a 9.800 and Kailey Hansen scored 9.750 to tie for 30th.
On bars, Williams scored 9.600 and senior Kaila Kilwein had a fall to finish with a 9.125.
Hansen was just behind McCartney on beam with a 9.775 to tie for 14th place. Williams tied for 26th with a 9.675 and Kayla Wonderly scored 9.200 to tie for 37th.
Dallas Smith had the second highest score of the four Hornets on floor. The senior tied for 26th place with a 9.725. Hansen received a 9.700 to tie for 32nd and Williams scored 9.575.
Alabama won the meet with a total of 197.550. The Crimson Tide were followed by Nebrasaka at 196.975. Those two teams were at least a full point ahead of Denver (195.625), host Washington (195.550), Boise State (195.275) and BYU (194.650).
NCAA Seattle Regional Results
1. Lauren Beers, Alabama, 9.950; T10. Kalliah McCartney 9.875; T14. Jesse Williams 9.850; T23. Julia Konner 9.800; T30. Kailey Hansen 9.750.
T1. Emily Wong, Nebraska; Kelsey Morris, Boise State, 9.950; T17. Kalliah McCartney 9.800; 36. Jesse Williams 9.600; 40. Kaila Kilwein 9.125.
T1. Aja Sims, Kim Jacob, Alabama, 9.900; T10. Kalliah McCartney 9.800; T14. Kailey Hansen 9.775; T26. Jesse Williams 9.675; T37. Kayla Wonderly 9.200.
T1. Emily Wong, Nebraska; Ciera Perkins, Boise State; Diandra Milliner, Alabama, 9.900; T13. Kalliah McCartney 9.800; T26. Dallas Smith 9.725; T32. Kailey Hansen 9.700; 40. Jesse Williams 9.575.
1. Emily Wong, Nebraska, 39.625; 6. Kalliah McCartney 39.275; 12. Jesse Williams 38.700.