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GYMNASTICS COMPETES AT UC DAVIS IN MPSF PREVIEW ON FRIDAY

GYMNASTICS COMPETES AT UC DAVIS IN MPSF PREVIEW ON FRIDAY

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OPENING PASS
Fresh off its season high, the Sacramento State gymnastics team will compete for the second time in a week when the team travels to UC Davis for a four-team meet on Friday, Feb. 24. Along with the Aggies, the Hornets will also face San Jose State and Seattle Pacific. The meet will start at 7 p.m. at The Pavilion.

Live scoring and a video stream can be accessed by selecting links on both hornetsports.com and ucdavisaggies.com.

OPPONENT PREVIEWS
UC Davis leads the MPSF this season with an average of 194.441. The Aggies have scored 194-plus in their last six meets, including a 195.100 against Alaska Anchorage on Feb. 19. Alexis Brown is the MPSF leader in the all-around (38.875 RQS) and also leads the league on vault (9.820) and beam, (9.795). Yonni Michovska paces the MPSF on bars with an RQS of 9.820.

Including the split this season, Sacramento State leads the all-time series 57-31. The team's will also meet on March 4 in Sacramento State and at the MPSF Championships on March 18 at San Jose State.

San Jose State has posted its highest scores of the season in its last two meets. The Spartans totaled 195.200 in a win over the Hornets on Feb. 10 and followed that effort with a 194.950 at Air Force on Feb. 18. Kaitlin Won ranks second in the MPSF in the all-around (38.855) and is second on bars (9.805) and floor (9.815). Taylor Chan leads the league with an RQS of 9.840 on floor.

The Hornets have won two of three meets against SJSU this season and now hold a 50-45-1 lead in the all-time series.

Seattle Pacific scored a season high 192.300 in its most recent meet at Lindenwood on Feb. 19. The Falcons were led by Ariana Harger who scored 9.875 for the second straight meet to win floor. Harger also ranks second in the MPSF on vault with an RQS of 9.780. Seattle Pacific is coached by Laurel Tindall who is in her 40th season as the Falcons' head coach.

Sacramento State leads the all-time series against SPU, 42-21, and are 19-1 all-time at The Nest.

THE LATEST ACTION
Led by a career high from Caitlin Soliwoda in the all-around, Sacramento State scored its best mark of the season on Sunday in a four-team meet at Texas Woman's. The Hornets totaled 195.550 to place second behind the host Pioneers (196.000). Western Michigan was third at 195.375 and Penn State finished fourth at 194.550. Sacramento State's total was the seventh best in school history.

Individually, Caitlin Soliwoda moved into a tie for ninth place in the Hornet record book with an all-around score of 39.325. She finished in a four way tie for first place on floor with a career high of 9.875. She also was second on bars with a 9.875 and tied for second on vault after receiving a 9.825. Both scores set season high marks for the junior. Soliwoda tied for 16th place on beam at 9.750 and ended the day leading the Hornets in three of the four events.

Sacramento State set season highs in a pair of events. The Hornets totaled 49.075 on bars and 49.025 on floor. On bars, Courtney Soliwoda and Lauren Rice tied for fifth place with each receiving a 9.825. Megan Kyle and Courteney Ng added 9.775s to tie for 11th and complete the team score.

Tara Catour and Jullia Konner each scored 9.800 to tie for eighth on floor while Rice and Jennifer Brenner added 9.775s. All six members of the floor lineup scored at least 9.750.

The Hornets added scores of 48.825 on vault and 48.625 on beam. Julia Konner ranked second on the team and tied for seventh with a 9.775. Megan Kyle and Rice tied for 10th at 9.750 and Courtney Soliwoda and Alexis Belkoff each scored 9.725 to tie for 13th.
Courtney Soliwoda led the team and tied for seventh overall with a career-high tying 9.825. Lauren Schmeiss and Caitlin Soliwoda each received a 9.750 to tie for 16th while Julia Konner (9.725) and Rice (9.575) rounded out the scores toward the team total.

ROAD WARRIORS
Not only has Sacramento State been away from home for all but two meets this season, the team has had its most success outside of The Nest. Last week, the Hornets scored 195.550 which was easily its season high and ranked seventh in school history. That score was also the fourth highest road mark by a Hornet team and the best since the 2014 MPSF Championships where the team scored 195.650.

In fact, if you exclude conference championships, Sunday's score was the second best road score in team history. The best road mark came in 2004 at the Salbasgeon Classic at Oregon State where the Hornets scored 195.875.

ENTERING RARE COMPANY
Caitlin Soliwoda's all-around total of 39.325 easily surpassed her career high 39.150 and moved her into a tie for ninth place in school history. Soliwoda is just the sixth Hornet gymnast to currently rank in the school top 10 in the all-around. Kalliah McCartney occupies five of the top spots, including the school record of 39.450. Marina Borisova and Binta Coleman are the only other gymnasts to rank higher than Soliwoda. Her score ties her with Lauren Rice and Toni Petersen.

Prior to this season, Caitlin Soliwoda had never competed in the all-around in college. Her current average of 38.895 in six meets is the best in the MPSF this year while her RQS of 38.810 places her third. Those numbers all but assure the junior that she will qualify for the NCAA West Regional if the Hornets can't jump into the top 36.

VAULTING TO THE TOP
Sacramento State remains the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation leader in the vault with an RQS of 48.740. The Hornets have scored between 48.500 and 48.925 in all seven meets this year and have six gymnasts averaging a 9.700 or better.

Despite having the top team score, Julia Konner is the highest ranked individual in the MPSF with an RQS of 9.775 to rank third.