ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Sacramento State women's gymnastics team earned a victory from Annie Juarez in the all-around and also saw Caitlin and Courtney Soliwoda each win an individual event title at the Seawolf Invitational on Saturday night. The Hornets scored 193.000 to finish in second place. The team defeated host Alaska Anchorage (190.125) but fell to Air Force (193.100) by a tenth of a point.
Sacramento State opened the meet on beam and immediately placed itself in a hole after scoring 47.900. Freshman Kendra Braida continued her success from the top of the order with a 9.675 to start things off. After a fall, Annie Juarez added a career high 9.775 which helped her finish third in the meet. That score proved to be the best for the team as it was forced to count three scores of 9.600 or lower in the back half of the lineup.
The Hornets improved during the second rotation, scoring 48.175 on floor. The team had to overcome a slow start but received help with three scores of 9.725 or better in the middle of the order. Juarez tied for second in the meet with a 9.850 for her season best. Caitlin Soliwoda tied for fourth place at 9.775 and Jackie Sampson scored 9.725 to tie for seventh.
The team entered vault trailing Air Force by three-tenths. However, when the third rotation closed, the Falcons had stretched their lead to 144.925-144.175. Air Force used just five gymnasts on floor but scored 48.550 while Sacramento State finished vault at 48.100. The Hornets were led by Caitlin Soliwoda who tied for first with AFA's Anna Salamone with a 9.775. Juarez tied for third place at 9.700 but the team did not have another score above 9.600.
The Hornets saved their best performance of the year for the final rotation. Sacramento State nearly pulled off the comeback with a 48.825 on bars. The score was not only the best for the event this year for the team but was the highest score on any event in 2018. Senior Courteney Ng opened with a 9.625 and was followed by a career high 9.825 from Jordyn Brent who finished in second place. Two gymnasts later, Annie Juarez contributed a 9.800 which placed her third in the competition. Caitlin Soliwoda added a 9.725 before Courtney Soliwoda closed the event with a 9.850 to win the individual title and give the team a sweep of the top three spots.
Juarez earned her first all-around title of her career with a 39.125. The senior became the first Hornet to surpass the 39-point plateau this season and finished with four scores of at least 9.700. Caitlin Soliwoda was second with a 38.800.
Sacramento State returns to Northern California but will stay on the road next week. The team will make the short trip across the Causeway to face UC Davis and Utah State on Friday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m.
1. Air Force 193.100
2. Sacramento State 193.000
3. Alaska Anchorage 190.125
T1. Caitlin Soliwoda, SAC; Anna Salamone, AFA, 9.775; T3. Annie Juarez 9.700; T7. Alexis Belkoff 9.600; T12. Jordyn Brent 9.550; T15. Jennifer Brenner 9.475; 18. Courtney Soliwoda 9.125.
1. Courtney Soliwoda, SAC, 9.850; 2. Jordyn Brent 9.825; 3. Annie Juarez 9.800; T4. Caitlin Soliwoda 9.725; 8. Courteney Ng 9.625; 17. Jackie Sampson 8.375.
1. Kendra Daniels, UAA, 9.875; T3. Annie Juarez 9.775; 8. Kendra Braida 9.675; 11. Courtney Soliwoda 9.600; 12. Caitlin Soliwoda 9.525; 13. Jackie Sampson 9.325; 14. Lauren Schmeiss 9.150.
1. Isabelle Fox, UAA, 9.875; 2. Annie Juarez 9.850; T4. Caitlin Soliwoda 9.775; T7. Jackie Sampson 9.725; T12. Carly Pratt 9.475; T14. Jordyn Brent 9.350; 16. Jennifer Brenner 9.050.
1. Annie Juarez, SAC, 39.125; 2. Caitlin Soliwoda 38.800.