For the third time in six meets this season, the Sacramento State gymnastics team will face San Jose State when the teams compete at The Events Center on Friday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m.
Live stats and a live video stream will be provided by sjsuspartans.com.
The Hornets are 2-0 against the Spartans this season. The teams first met in the season-opening NorCal Classic at Cal on Jan. 9 where Sacramento State posted a 194.475-192.600 victory. Later that week, SJSU came to The Nest in a meet the Hornets won 194.400-192.725.
San Jose State scored a season high 193.925 last Friday night in its home opener against UC Davis. Kaitlin Won scored a career-best 39.225 to win the all-around and claim MPSF Gymnast of the Week honors.
The Spartans are 1-10 on the season but have faced a difficult schedule which includes two matchups against Cal and one against both Stanford and Washington. SJSU has a season average of 193.335 which places the team third in the MPSF heading into this week's action.
Won leads the MPSF with an average of 9.825 on floor and ranks second in the all-around at 38.805. Her all-around total from last week is the highest by an MPSF gymnast this season. Rachel Heinl has an average of 9.810 on bars which is the best in the league.
Including two wins this season, Sacramento State holds a 50-44-1 lead in the all-time series between the schools. The teams will also meet at UC Davis on Feb. 24 and at the MPSF Championships in San Jose on March 18.
THE LATEST ACTION
Sacramento State improved to 6-2 on the year following a 194.400-190.900 victory over Alaska Anchorage on Feb. 3 at The Nest.
Caitlin Soliwoda finished first in the all-around with a career-high 39.150 and also took the top spot on floor and tied for first place on bars to lead Sacramento State.
Sacramento State never trailed in the meet, taking nearly a point lead following the first rotation and outscoring the Seawolves in three of four events. The Hornets started with a 48.725 on vault as all six gymnasts scored between 9.625 and 9.800. Julia Konner anchored the lineup and won the event with a 9.800.
On bars, Courtney and Caitlin scored 9.800 to tie for first place. Courteney Ng added a 9.775 to tie her career best and finish in third place. Overall, the team scored 48.775.
The first two Hornets up on beam fell but the team rallied for a 48.175 with strong efforts from its final four gymnasts. Lauren Rice scored a season high 9.825 to win the event.
The team was very balanced during its rotation on floor as all six received scores between 9.600 and 9.825. Soliwoda had not scored higher than 9.700 this year on the event before receiving a 9.825. Jennifer Brenner placed second overall with a 9.775 and Annie Juarez was third with a 9.750.
SOLIWODA SETS CAREER HIGH
Caitlin Soliwoda eclipsed 39 points in the all-around for third time this season, totaling 39.150 against Alaska Anchorage to set a career high. Soliwoda scored at least 9.750 on all four of her events to set just get by her previous career best of 39.100 which came against San Jose State on Jan. 13.
The junior also raised her average to 38.810 in five meets this year and continues to lead the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. She started the meet on vault with a 9.775 to place second. Soliwoda then tied for first place on bars along with her sister Courtney as each received a 9.800. She placed fourth on beam with a 9.750 and then recorded her first career win on floor with a 9.825 to set her career high.
HEROIC RETURN DURING HER RETURN
Last Friday night was supposed to mark the return of Lauren Rice to the all-around. The junior had not competed on vault and floor in the first four meets of the season while continuing to recover from offseason surgery. She started the meet with a 9.725 on vault to place fifth in the meet. Rice then moved to bars where he routine went smoothly until she peeled off during a giant prior to her dismount. The crash required attention from the medical staff for several minutes before she was able to walk off under her own power.
Despite the scare, Rice remained in the beam lineup and went fourth in the order — just four routines after her fall. She scored a season high 9.825 to win the event for the first time this season and third time in her career. As a precaution, Rice was pulled from the lineup on floor.
With Rice not yet competing in the all-around this season, her chances of returning to an NCAA regional for a third consecutive season are in jeopardy. The Henderson, Nev., native will have to record an all-around score in each of the team's six remaining meets to earn a Regional Qualifying Score.
MODELS OF CONSISTENCY
Courtney Soliwoda posted the best meet of her season, scoring a pair of 9.800s on bars and beam against Alaska Anchorage. Soliwoda tied for first place on bars for her first career victory on the event and was third on beam.
The junior has been in the lineup on bars and beam in all five meets and made her way into the vault lineup three times. All 13 of her routines have scored 9.525 or higher with 11 earning a score of 9.700 or better.
She leads the team and is tied for fourth in the MPSF with an average of 9.767 on vault. Soliwoda is also the team leader on bars and is third in the league at 9.720. On beam, she's fourth in the MPSF and is second among the Hornets with an average of 9.725.
Freshman Alexis Belkoff has also been steady for the team in her first season. Belkoff is averaging 9.750 on vault with all five of her scores ranging between 9.700 and 9.800.
NEWS & NOTES
With the return of Jackie Sampson on bars and Anneke Klaver subbing for Rice on floor, the Hornets have now competed 13 gymnasts during the season…Caitlin Soliwoda is the only Sacramento State gymnasts to take part in the all-around during all five meets. She is tied for 69th nationally with an average of 38.810 making her the only Hornet to rank among the top 100 in an event…the Hornets remain the MPSF leader on both vault and beam…Sacramento State will post an RQS following this week's meet. The top 36 teams in the country will advanced to the NCAA regionals based upon RQS…Carly Pratt leads the team on floor with an average of 9.708 in her three routines but has not competed in the event in the last two meets.
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