GYMNASTICS TRAVELS TO STANFORD FOR NORCAL QUAD MEET
• The Sacramento State gymnastics team will take to the road for the first time this season, competing at the inaugural NorCal Quad meet on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m. The meet will be hosted by Stanford and will also feature San Jose State and UC Davis. The home team will rotate each year in what is planned to be an annual event.
• The Hornets (0-1) and UC Davis (0-1) both opened their season last Friday. San Jose State and Stanford will get 2012 under way on Sunday.
THE LAST TIME OUT
Three Hornets recorded individual event victories but it was not enough as Sacramento State fell to California, 190.375-189.725, on Friday at the Hornets Nest. Nicole Meiller tied for first place on bars, Kalliah McCartney was first on beam and Kailey Hansen captured floor to lead Sacramento State.
As a team, the Hornets outscored the Golden Bears on beam and matched their score on floor. Cal had a slight edge on vault but earned its biggest separation on bars where the Golden Bears scored 47.175 compared to 46.325 for the Hornets. Amazingly, Sacramento State only counted one fall on bars and Cal did not count any in what was an extremely tightly judged event.
Freshman Kalliah McCartney was the lone all-around performer for Sacramento State against Cal. McCartney scored 37.950 to finish second among three all-arounders in the meet. The Vancouver, Wash., native tied for second on vault with a 9.675. She then scored 9.125 on bars after falling on her dismount. McCartney bounced back to win beam in her collegiate debut with a 9.750 and tied for seventh on floor with a 9.400.
McCartney was one of three Hornet freshmen to compete in the season opening meet. She was joined by former club teammate Kayla Wonderly on beam (9.500) and Tina Necas on bars (9.050). Fellow freshmen Dallas Smith and Claire Torgerson performed exhibitions on beam and floor, respectively.
BACK TO NORMAL
Cayla Beutler (formerly Boyce) returned to the lineup for the first time since 2010 and shined in two events. Beutler was third on beam with a 9.625 and floor (9.600). The only thing spoiling a perfect night was bars where she had a fall on her hop full as well as her dismount.
Hansen continued where she ended 2011. The sophomore, who won three times on floor as a freshman and finished fifth at the NCAA Corvallis Regional, scored 9.700 to win floor against the Golden Bears. Hansen was also sixth on vault and beam.
Meiller added her second career victory on bars with a 9.650 to tie Cal’s Madisyn O’Brien.
The Hornets enter the week owning a 45-22 overall record against UC Davis. The teams will also compete at Davis on Feb. 10, in Sacramento on Mar. 11 and at San Jose State on Mar. 16.
Sacramento State leads the all-time series against SJSU, 38-33-1. The teams will face each other four times in 2012, including the WAC Championships.
Stanford, which is eighth in the preseason polls. holds a 10-0 mark all-time against the Hornets.