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KONNER'S CAREER NIGHT LEADS GYMNASTICS TO 193.575

KONNER'S CAREER NIGHT LEADS GYMNASTICS TO 193.575

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Julia Konner scored career bests in all three of her events and Cassie Benning finished first on bars and floor but Sacramento State couldn't overcome a fall on beam in a 194.625-193.575 loss to No. 27 George Washington on Friday night at The Nest.

Konner started her night with a 9.875 on vault which placed her in a three-way tie for the top spot in the meet. The score easily bested her previous season high of 9.800 as well as her career high of 9.825 from a season ago. On beam she scored 9.700 to tie for fourth place overall. That performance was her first of the year in the event and bettered her career mark of 9.675. She closed the meet on floor with a 9.800 to tie for fifth place. Her previous high was 9.775 earlier this season against UC Davis.

Sacramento State held the lead through the first rotation after scoring 48.225 on vault compared to a 48.150 on bars from the Colonials. Along with Konner's score, the Hornets were helped by a 9.750 from freshmen Lauren Rice and Caitlin Soliwoda.

GW took the lead for good during the second rotation with a vault total of 49.000. Sacramento State responded with a 48.625 on bars but trailed by three-tenths of a point. Benning anchored the Hornet lineup with a 9.850 for the high score of the night on bars. Rice had a 9.800 to tie for second place and Courtney Soliwoda tied her career best with a 9.750.

For the second consecutive meet, Sacramento State encountered trouble on beam.  After a fall in the opening routine, the Hornets appeared back on track with a 9.700 from Konner and a 9.800 from Courtney Soliwoda. However, a second fall in the rotation derailed the momentum and left the team with a 47.625. Conversely, the Colonials scored 49.025 on floor to open up over a one-point lead.

During the final rotation, Sacramento State tied its 10th-best score in school history with a 49.100 on floor. All six members of the team scored 9.750 or higher, including three career highs. Benning led the way with a 9.875 to win the event with senior Dallas Smith tying for second place with a 9.850. Konner and Rice each scored 9.800 to tie for fifth, Annie Juarez tied for eighth with a 9.775 and freshman Jennifer Brenner set a career best with a 9.750.

Jillian Winstanley of George Washington won the all-around with a four-event total of 39.125. The Colonials competed four all-arounders in the meet.

NOTES: Senior all-around Kalliah McCartney missed her first meet during her collegiate career due to an ankle injury…the matchup was the first ever against George Washington for the Hornets…both teams wore pink-accented leotards in honor of the "Think Pink" meet…Sacramento State will next face San Jose State at The Nest on Friday, Feb. 13.

George Washington 194.625, Sacramento State 193.575

VAULT: T1. Julia Konner, SAC;  9.875; T5. Lauren Rice, Caitlin Soliwoda 9.750; 10. Jennifer Brenner 9.500; 11. Tina Necas 9.350; 12. Annie Juarez 9.050.

BARS: 1. Cassie Benning, SAC, 9.850; T2. Lauren Rice 9.800; 4. Courtney Soliwoda 9.750; 6. Alyssa Anderson 9.625; T7. Kayla Wonderly 9.600; 10. Tina Necas 9.550.

BEAM: 1. Liz Pfeiler , GW, 9.825; 2. Courtney Soliwoda 9.800; T4. Julia Konner 9.700; 7. Alyssa Anderson 9.575; 9. Cassie Benning 9.450; 10. Kayla Wonderly 9.100; 11. Lauren Rice 9.050.

FLOOR: 1. Cassie Benning, SAC, 9.875; T2. Dallas Smith 9.850; T5. Julia Konner, Lauren Rice 9.800; T8. Annie Juarez 9.775; T10. Jennifer Brenner 9.750.

ALL-AROUND: 1. Jillian Winstanley, GW, 39.125; 3. Lauren Rice 38.400.