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SOLIWODA, RICE WIN EVENTS; GYMNASTICS TOPPED BY SAN JOSE STATE

SOLIWODA, RICE WIN EVENTS; GYMNASTICS TOPPED BY SAN JOSE STATE

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Caitlin Soliwoda finished first on vault and Lauren Rice took the top spot on bars but Sacramento State could not overcome a season-high performance by San Jose State in a 195.200-193.900 loss to the Spartans at The Event Center.

The Hornets started the meet on bars and took a narrow lead over SJSU with a total of 48.525. Megan Kyle and Courtney Soliwoda each scored 9.625 while Courteney Ng and Caitlin Soliwoda recorded 9.725s in between the two. Rice then added a 9.825 to win the event.

Sacramento State pushed its lead to 97.225-97.175 following the second rotation. On vault, all six Hornets received scores ranging between 9.650 and 9.775. Caitlin Soliwoda went third in the event and finished first overall, just ahead of five who scored 9.750. Among that quartet was Alexis Belkoff, Julia Konner and Rice.

San Jose State overcame its deficit with scores of at least 49.000 on its final two events. While the Spartans scored 49.025 on beam in the third rotation, Sacramento State totaled 48.725. Julia Konner and Jennifer Brenner led the team with each scoring 9.825 to tie for second place. The team also counted 9.700s from Tara Catour and Rice and a 9.675 from Carly Pratt.

Sacramento State closed the meet on beam with a 47.950. Two of the first three in the lineup suffered falls and none of the six were able to score higher than 9.750 during the rotation. Courtney Soliwoda finished fifth overall for the best finish on the team.

Rice competed in the all-around for the first time this season and finished with a four-event total of 39.000. That mark placed her just behind SJSU's Katie Won who scored 39.075 to win the individual title.

The loss dropped the Hornets' record to 6-3 on the season and was the first against San Jose State in three meets. The team will next compete in a quad meet on Feb. 19 when Sacramento State competes at Texas Women's along with Penn State and Western Michigan.

TEAM SCORES
1. San Jose State 195.200
2. Sacramento State 193.900

VAULT
1. Caitlin Soliwoda, SAC, 9.775; T2. Lauren Rice, Julia Konner, Alexis Belkoff 9.750; T9. Annie Juarez 9.675; 10. Courtney Soliwoda 9.650.

BARS
1. Lauren Rice, SAC, 9.825; T4. Caitlin Soliwoda, Courteney Ng 9.725; T10. Courtney Soliwoda, Megan Kyle 9.625; 12. Jackie Sampson 9.150.

BEAM
T1. Taylor Chan, Stephanie Relova, SJSU, 9.850; T5. Courtney Soliwoda 9.750; 7. Lauren Rice 9.725; T8. Caitlin Soliwoda, Lauren Schmeiss 9.700; 10. Megan Kyle 9.075; T12. Julia Konner 8.950.

FLOOR
1. Taylor Chan, SJSU, 9.875; T2. Julia Konner, Jennifer Brenner 9.825; 8. Lauren Rice 9.700; T9. Carly Pratt 9.675; 11. Annie Juarez 9.600; 12. Lauren Schmeiss 9.575.

ALL-AROUND
1. Katie Won, SJSU, 39.075; 2. Lauren Rice 39.000.