SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It all finally came together for the Sacramento State gymnastics team on Friday night. After an inconsistent start to the season, the Hornets scored a season best 195.400 and earned victories over San Jose State (194.050) and Seattle Pacific (189.200) at The Nest. The score was a full point above the team's previous high which came last week.
Sacramento State received huge performances from its all-arounders as Annie Juarez finished first with a career-high 39.200 and Caitlin Soliwoda was second with a season best 39.175. The two each scored 39-plus for the second consecutive meet. Juarez added a tie for first on floor and tied for third on vault and bars. Soliwoda tied for first on floor.
Junior Jackie Sampson returned to the lineup after missing last week due to injury and scored 9.875 on bars, 9.850 on beam and 9.750 on floor. Sampson finished alone in first place on bars to earn her second title in the event this season. Her beam score was a career best and led her to a third-place finish while she tied a career high on floor.
Sacramento State started the night on vault and found itself in an early deficit. The Hornets scored 48.475 but trailed SJSU which totaled 48.700 on bars. Sacramento State counted five scores between 9.575 and 9.775 during the rotation. The team was led Juarez's 9.775.
The meet turned during the second rotation as the Hornets scored 48.975 for their then-season high on any event. The Spartans had three falls on beam, and were forced to count two, resulting in a 47.650. That gap gave Sacramento State over a point lead midway through the meet. Senior Courteney Ng set the table on bars with a 9.775 out of the leadoff position to tie for seventh place. Jordyn Brent scored 9.700, Sampson added a 9.875 and Juarez kept the score moving with a 9.800. Caitlin and Courtney Soliwoda wrapped up the rotation with 9.775 and 9.800, respectively. Sacramento State had four of the top five individual scores in the event.
The season high on bars did not last long as the Hornets totaled 49.025 on beam to extend their lead. After a fall from the first gymnast, the team posted five scores of at least 9.725 and broke 49 in the event for the first time since the 2016 MPSF Championships. Lauren Schmeiss started the run with a 9.725 before Sampson broke it open with a 9.850. Juarez provided a 9.775 before Caitlin Soliwoda scored a season high 9.875 to earn a share of the event title with SJSU's Chelsey Andrada. Courtney Soliwoda pushed the team over 49 points with a 9.800.
Sacramento State nearly reached 49 for a second time during the night as it finished with 48.925 on floor. The team counted scores between 9.700 and 9.850 for its season high. Senior Jennifer Brenner and Juarez tied for first with the Spartans' Taylor Chan at 9.850. Caitlin Soliwoda tied for fifth with a 9.775, Sampson matched her career best at 9.750 and Schmeiss totaled 9.700 in her first floor routine of the year.
The Hornets will travel to the Pacific Northwest next Friday to face Seattle Pacific in a dual meet. The team has two more home meets left on the schedule before the conference championships.
1. Sacramento State 195.400
2. San Jose State 194.050
3. Seattle Pacific 189.200
1. Kaprece Nadonza, SJSU, 9.825; T3. Annie Juarez 9.775; T7. Caitlin Soliwoda 9.750; 12. Jennifer Brenner 9.650; 13. Courtney Soliwoda 9.575; 14. Alexis Belkoff 9.550.
1. Jackie Sampson, SAC, 9.875; T3. Annie Juarez, Courtney Soliwoda 9.800; T5. Caitlin Soliwoda 9.775; T7. Courteney Ng 9.725; 10. Jordyn Brent 9.700.
T1. Caitlin Soliwoda, SAC; Chelsey Andrada, SJSU, 9.875; 3. Jackie Sampson 9.850; T4. Courtney Soliwoda 9.800; 7. Annie Juarez 9.775; 9. Lauren Schmeiss 9.725; 13. Kendra Braida 9.350.
T1. Jennifer Brenner, Annie Juarez, SAC; Taylor Chan, SJSU, 9.850; 5. Caitlin Soliwoda 9.775; T6. Jackie Sampson 9.750; 9. Lauren Schmeiss 9.700; T10. Jordyn Brent 9.650.
1. Annie Juarez, SAC, 39.200; 2. Caitlin Soliwoda 39.175.