The Sacramento State gymnastics will host its final home meet of the season as it welcomes UC Davis and Seattle Pacific to The Nest on Saturday, March 4. The meet will begin at 7 p.m. PT and will be followed by Senior Night ceremonies recognizing the Hornets' four seniors.
Sacramento State is 2-0 at home this season with wins over San Jose State and Alaska Anchorage. The team has not competed at The Nest since Feb. 3 and will be making just its third appearance on campus this season.
Live scoring and a video stream can be accessed by selecting links on both hornetsports.com. Brian Berger and former Hornet Dallas Smith will provide the commentary on the video stream.
The meet will count towards the Causeway Cup standings. The Aggies won the previous matchup with a win last weekend at The Pavilion.
UC Davis leads the MPSF this season with an average of 194.655. The Aggies have scored 194-plus in their last seven meets, including a 195.100 against Alaska Anchorage on Feb. 19. Alexis Brown ranks second in the MPSF in the all-around (38.940 RQS) and also leads the league on vault (9.820) and beam, (9.830). Yonni Michovska paces the MPSF on bars with an RQS of 9.820.
UCD has won two of the three previous meetings this year but Sacramento State leads the all-time series 57-32. The team's will also meet at the MPSF Championships on March 18 at San Jose State.
Seattle Pacific has scored its two best scores of the season in its last two meets. The Falcons totaled 192.300 at Lindenwood on Feb. 19 and then added a 192.600 at UC Davis last weekend. Kristi Hayashida finished first in the four-team meet at Davis with a 9.925 on beam. 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, 43-21, and are 19-1 all-time at The Nest.
THE LATEST ACTION
Lauren Rice tied for first place on bars and Caitlin Soliwoda claimed a share of the top spot on floor to lead Sacramento State in a four-team meet on Friday at UC Davis. The Hornets scored 193.250 to place third in the meet behind UC Davis (194.650) and San Jose State (193.875) and ahead of Seattle Pacific (192.600).
Sacramento State started on beam where it scored 48.000. The team started in a hole with a fall in the first routine but rallied behind a 9.725 from Lauren Rice and a career high 9.900 from Courtney Soliwoda.
The team's total improved to 48.475 on floor as Sacramento State counted four scores of at least 9.775. Caitlin Soliwoda matched her career high with a 9.875 and Jennifer Brenner tied her season high with a 9.825 to tie for seventh place. Julia Konner and Rice each added 9.775s.
Sacramento State continued to see its score escalate with a total of 48.625 on vault. As has been the case all season, all six gymnasts were tightly grouped with scores between 9.650 and 9.775. Caitlin Soliwoda tied for third overall and led the team with a 9.775.
The Hornets ended the night on bars with a 48.150. Rice paced the team with a 9.825 which matched her season high. That mark tied her with UC Davis' Yonni Michovska for first place.
Rice totaled 39.000 to finish second in the all-around.
SENIOR SEND OFF
Following the meet, Sacramento State will honor four gymnasts who will be competing in their final meet at The Nest. The quartet have been part of six of the top 10 team scores in school history, including the three highest marks.
A native of Kennewick, Wash., Emily Bolton competed on vault during her first two years with the team where she scored a career high 9.750. An Achilles injury has limited her over the past two seasons but she continues to be a key part of the Hornet team. Bolton is a nutrition major with minors in biology and chemistry and is planning on a career in medicine.
A local product from Elk Grove, Anneke Klaver has competed on beam and floor during her four-year career. Despite numerous injuries during her career, Klaver has served as the team as the social media coordinator and as a representative on the student-athlete advisory council. She is majoring in kinesiology.
Julia Konner has been in the Hornet lineup for all four years of her career. Konner has competed as an all-arounder the last two seasons and is a two-time NCAA regional qualifier on vault. Her career highs include a 9.850 on beam, a 9.875 on vault, a 9.900 on floor and 39.200 in the all-around. The Bethesda, Md., native is majoring in biology.
Megan Kyle is in her fourth year with the program where she has competed on vault, bars and beam. Last year, she earned second team all-MPSF honors on vault and tied for third at the MPSF meet with a career best 9.825. This year, the Aliso Viejo native has been in the lineup on bars in every meet and has also competed on vault and beam. Kyle is majoring in criminal justice.
KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY
Courtney Soliwoda became the fourth Hornet to earn an MPSF weekly award this season as she took home the Specialist of the Week honor. Soliwoda scored a career high 9.900 two tie for first place on beam at the four-team meet at UC Davis. That score was the highest on the team this season and moved her into a tie for ninth place in school history. Elideth Guerrero was the last Hornet to score at least 9.900 as she did it at the 2014 MPSF Championships. The last score by a Sacramento State gymnast above a 9.900 came from Kailey Hansen who scored 9.925 at the 2012 WAC Championships.
Other Hornets to have earned MPSF awards this season include Konner and Caitlin Soliwoda who were named Gymnast of the Week and Annie Juarez who was Specialist of the Week.
NEWS & NOTES
Caitlin Soliwoda is the MPSF leader with an RQS of 38.955 in the all-around…Her average of 38.868 would place her fifth in school history…In just three meets, Lauren Rice is averaging 38.975 in the all-around…Rice must compete in the final three meets of the year to record an RQS…Sacramento State remains the leader on vault (48.740).
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