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GYMNASTICS SCORES 195.275 TO WIN THREE-TEAM MEET AT ARIZONA STATE

GYMNASTICS SCORES 195.275 TO WIN THREE-TEAM MEET AT ARIZONA STATE

TEMPE, Ariz. — The Sacramento State gymnastics team posted its second best score of 2017 to finish first in a close three-team meet at Arizona State on Friday night. The Hornets totaled 195.275 to edge Bridgeport (195.050) and the host Sun Devils (194.925). Sacramento State's score marked the second time in three meets that the team scored at least 195.000.

The Hornets were led by Lauren Rice and Caitlin Soliwoda who scored 39.200 and 39.000 in the all-around to place second and third, respectively. Rice's total was her season high while Soliwoda's score ranked as her second best.

The Hornets opened the meet on bars and scored 48.800 with all six gymnasts scoring between 9.700 and 9.825. Megan Kyle opened the meet with a 9.725 and was followed by a 9.700 from Courteney Ng. Caitlin Soliwoda added a 9.800 to tie for fourth place overall and Rice posted a 9.825 two routines later to tie for second in the meet. The team also counted 9.725s from Courtney Soliwoda and Jackie Sampson.

Sacramento State matched its total with a 48.800 on beam. Consistency was again the trademark for the team with six scores ranging from 9.700 to 9.800. The high mark of 9.800 came from both Rice and Courtney Soliwoda who tied for sixth place. Jackie Sampson was ninth with a 9.775 in her first competitive routine of the year.

The Hornets remained in second place following the third rotation despite scoring 48.800 on floor. Freshman Alexis Belkoff started the rotation with a career high 9.700. Two routines later, Rice scored a season best 9.825 to place third overall. After a 9.775 from Julia Konner, Jennifer Brenner matched her career best with a 9.850 to tie for first place in the event. Caitlin Soliwoda closed the event with a 9.800.

The team's first lead of the night came after the final rotation. Sacramento State scored 48.725 on vault while ASU totaled 48.225 on floor and Bridgeport attempted to steal the title with a 49.000 on beam. Freshman Tara Catour got the team off to a great start with a career high-tying 9.800 to tie for second place. Rice immediately added a 9.750 and Julia Konner produced a 9.775.

The meet was the final regular season contest for Sacramento State. The team will look to defend its conference title next Saturday, April 18, when it travels to San Jose State for the MPSF Championships.

TEAM SCORES
1. Sacramento State 195.275
2. Bridgeport 195.050
3. Arizona State 194.925

VAULT
1. Maya Reimers, UB, 9.825; T2. Tara Catour 9.800; 6. Julia Konner 9.775; T7. Lauren Rice 9.750; 10. Megan Kyle 9.725; T11. Caitlin Soliwoda 9.675; T16. Alexis Belkoff 9.600.

BARS
1. Nichelle Christopherson, ASU, 9.875; T2. Lauren Rice 9.825; T4. Caitlin Soliwoda 9.800; T12. Megan Kyle, Courtney Soliwoda, Jackie Sampson 9.725; 16. Courteney Ng 9.700.

BEAM
1. Brianna Comport, UB, 9.925; T6. Lauren Rice, Courtney Soliwoda 9.800; 9. Jackie Sampson 9.775; T11. Caitlin Soliwoda 9.725; T14. Julia Konner, Megan Kyle 9.700.

FLOOR
T1. Jennifer Brenner, SAC; Katelyn Lentz, ASU, 9.850; 3. Lauren Rice 9.825; T4. Caitlin Soliwoda 9.800; T7. Julia Konner 9.775; 15. Alexis Belkoff 9.700; 16. Annie Juarez 9.500.

ALL-AROUND
1. Katelyn Lentz, ASU, 39.225; 2. Lauren Rice 39.200; 3. Caitlin Soliwoda 39.000.