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GYMNASTICS FINISHES FIFTH AT MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS

GYMNASTICS FINISHES FIFTH AT MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS

SEATTLE — A short-handed Sacramento State gymnastics finished in fifth place at the 2019 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships on Saturday night at Seattle Pacific. The Hornets totaled 192.425 while competing with just five gymnasts in three of the four events. Air Force claimed the team title after scoring 195.725. San Jose State was second at 195.450 while UC Davis finished third (195.200).

Sacramento State opened the night on bars and was led by Jackie Sampson who scored 9.800 to place 14th. Jordyn Brent was one spot back with a 9.775 and Destiny Watley added a 9.600 for the top three scores on the team. The Hornets finished with a 47.925 during the rotation which put the team in an early deficit.

Sacramento State's highest event total came in the next rotation as the team amassed a total of 48.750 on beam. Kendra Braida opened the lineup with a 9.800 which held as the high water mark for the team and tied for 10th overall. The team had four other scores of at least 9.7 comprised of Sampson (9.775), Amber Koeth (9.750), Lauren Schmeiss (9.725) and Carly Pratt (9.700).

After a bye, Sacramento State totaled 48.075 on floor. Senior Carly Pratt had the highest finish on the team on any event as she tied for sixth place with a career-high tying 9.825. Fellow senior Lauren Schmeiss tied for eighth place with a 9.800 and Braida scored 9.725. Once again, however, Sacramento State was forced to count a fall as the team only had five gymnasts in the lineup.

The Hornets closed out the meet on vault — again with five gymnasts. Brent led the way with a 9.725 to tie for 12th and the team finished at 47.675 after counting two scores of 9.4 or lower.

Anna Salamone helped carry Air Force to the team title with wins on vault (9.875) and bars (9.925). The Falcons also had a win on floor from Tyler Davis who scored 9.950. Sophia Hyderally of Alaska Anchorage was the champion on beam with a 9.900. Taylor Chan of San Jose State was the all-around champion with a total of 39.300.

TEAM SCORES
1. Air Force 195.725
2. San Jose State 195.450
3. UC Davis 195.200
4. Alaska Anchorage 194.200
5. Sacramento State 192.425
6. Seattle Pacific 192.400

VAULT
1. Anna Salamone, AFA, 9.875; T12. Jordyn Brent 9.725; T21. Alexis Belkoff 9.650; T27. Lauren Schmeiss 9.625; 33. Kendra Braida 9.400; 35. Amber Koeth 9.275.

BARS
1. Anna Salamone, AFA, 9.925; 14. Jackie Sampson 9.800; T15. Jordyn Brent 9.775; T29. Destiny Watley 9.600; T31. Amber Koeth 9.525; T33. Alexis Belkoff 9.225

BEAM
1. Sophia Hyderally, AA, 9.900; T10. Kendra Braida 9.800; T12. Jackie Sampson 9.775; T15. Amber Koeth 9.750; T18. Lauren Schmeiss 9.725; T23. Carly Pratt 9.700; 35. Jordyn Brent 8.975.

FLOOR
1. Tyler Davis, AFA, 9.950; T6. Carly Pratt 9.825; T8. Lauren Schmeiss 9.800; T16. Kendra Braida 9.725; T20. Alexis Belkoff 9.700; 33. Jordyn Brent 9.025.

ALL-AROUND
1. Taylor Chan, SJSU, 39.300; 8. Jordyn Brent 37.500.