SAMPSON FINISHES FIRST ON BARS, BEAM IN SEASON DEBUT

SAMPSON FINISHES FIRST ON BARS, BEAM IN SEASON DEBUT

SEATTLE — Jackie Sampson returned to the Sacramento State gymnastics team and finished first on bars and beam on Friday night at Seattle Pacific. However, while Sampson shined in her 2019 debut, it was three other injuries that cost the team in a 192.375-192.175 setback against the Falcons.

The Hornets opened the meet on bars and took a 48.250-47.875 lead over SPU who began on vault. After Destiny Watley scored 9.600, Sampson posted a 9.850 to take overall lead. That score held to give Sampson her fourth career victory in the event. Her mark was her highest since also scoring 9.850 on Feb. 16, 2018. Jordyn Brent was close behind with a score of 9.800 to earn third place.

Sacramento State maintained its lead following the second rotation. The Hornets totaled 48.350 on vault compared to a 48.175 from the Falcons on bars. Sacramento State had four of the top five finishers on vault. Lauren Schmeiss led the team with a 9.750 to place second. Alexis Belkoff was third at 9.725. Jordyn Brent scored 9.700 to finish in fourth place and Kendra Braida scored a career high 9.625 to finish fifth.

The meet turned in the third rotation with Seattle Pacific claiming a 144.000-143.800 lead. Prior to the meet beginning, Sacramento State lost projected starter Carly Pratt due to illness. Her replacement, freshman Destiny Watley, was injured in warmups for vault leaving the team with just five gymnasts on floor. Things quickly got worse when Shaye Mathias injured her knee on her final pass, forcing the team to count an 8.800 and placing the rest of Mathias' freshman season in jeopardy. The team bounced back with a 9.750 from Alexis Belkoff and a 9.775 from Kendra Braida. However, a second fall during the rotation was followed by a 9.725 from Lauren Schemiss leaving the team with a 47.200.

Sacramento State was unable to make up ground during the final rotation as both teams scored 48.375. Braida started with a 9.775 and tied for second place overall. Schmeiss then scored 9.750 to tie for fourth. Sampson moved into the lead with a 9.825. The meet came down to the final routine as Darian Burns scored 9.850 on floor to secure the win. Sampson's win on beam was the first of her career and the score matched Braida for the highest on the team this season.

The Hornets return to The Nest on Friday, March 1, to host Cal and UC Davis. The meet will be the final home contest of the year and the team will honor its three seniors (Pratt, Sampson and Schmeiss) throughout the night.

TEAM SCORES
1. Seattle Pacific 192.375
2. Sacramento State 192.175

VAULT
1. Darian Burns, SPU, 9.825; 2. Lauren Schmeiss 9.750; 3. Alexis Belkoff 9.725; 4. Jordyn Brent 9.700; 5. Kendra Braida 9.625; T7. Shaye Mathias 9.550; T9. Amber Koeth 9.457.

BARS
1. Jackie Sampson, SAC, 9.850; 3. Jordyn Brent 9.800; 5. Courtnee Marquez 9.675; 7. Destiny Watley 9.600; 10. Alexis Belkoff 9.325; 12. Amber Koeth 8.300.

BEAM
1. Jackie Sampson, SAC, 9.825; T2. Kendra Braida 9.775; T4. Lauren Schmeiss 9.750; 8. Mariah York 9.625; 9. Jordyn Brent 9.400; 10. Amber Koeth 9.225.

FLOOR
1. Darian Burns, SPU, 9.850; 2. Kendra Braida 9.775; 3. Alexis Belkoff 9.750; T4. Lauren Schmeiss 9.725; 10. Jordyn Brent 9.150; 11. Shaye Mathias 8.800.

ALL-AROUND
1. Darian Burns, SPU, 38.600; 2. Jordyn Brent 38.050.