GYMNASTICS CONTINUES HOMESTAND AGAINST UTAH STATE ON FRIDAY
• The Sacramento State gymnastics team will continue its hosting of Aggies, this time welcoming Utah State to The Nest for a dual meet on Friday night at 7 p.m. The meet comes seven days after the Hornets hosted the UC Davis Aggies.
• The meet will also serve as this year's "Think Pink" meet which is designed to increase awareness for cancer. Both teams will wear special leotards for the meet.
•Live stats for meet can viewed on hornetsports.com and videos of the Sacramento State routines will be posted on the gymnastics Facebook page.
• Utah State will be making its first appearance at The Nest since 2011. The Hornets lead the all-time series, 14-6, and are a perfect 5-0 at home.
• USU posted a season high 194.22 at Southern Utah on Feb. 1 but has averaged 192.858 over its last three meets. Most recently, the Aggies placed fourth in a four-team meet hosted by Denver with a 192.150.
• Utah State has a couple of connections to Sacramento State. Senior Amelia Montoya is the older sister of Hornet Maddie Montoya. Assistant coach Jamie Donkin competed and coached at Sacramento State through the 2012 season.
With a 194.725, Sacramento State was able to make a significant improvement in its RQS score. The Hornets raised their number from 193.679 to 194.090. However, a lot of other schools kept pace as Sacramento State was only able to move from 42nd to 40th in the national rankings. Pittsburgh currently holds the pivotal 36th spot in the standings for the final berth to the NCAA regionals. The Panthers have an RQS of 194.515.
Scores appear to higher across the nation compared to last season. On Feb. 20, 2012, the Hornets’ current RQS would have ranked 27th.
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW
In what has become a regular occurrence during the 2013 season, sophomore Kalliah McCartney finished first in the all-around. In the team’s seven meets this year, McCartney has won the all-around five times. During the meet, she also tied for first on floor and won bars. The victory on bars with a 9.825 marked her first career win on the event.
Senior Cayla Beutler matched McCartney and UC Davis’ Stephanie Stamates on floor with a 9.825. The share of the title was the first for Beutler on floor. She has finished first on beam six times.
Sacramento State recorded back-to-back scores of at least 194.700 in back-to-back meets for just the fourth time in school history. This year, the Hornets scored 195.200 at Southern Utah before scoring 194.725 at home against UC Davis. The 2009 and 2012 teams both ended their seasons with high scores. In 2009, Sacramento State recorded a 194.700 in a three-team home meet before a 195.350 at the WAC Championships. Last year, the Hornets closed the regular season with a 195.725 at San Jose State and a 195.675 at the WAC meet.
The only other occurrence came in 2007 when Sacramento State strung together three meets in a row. The first was a 194.900 against SJSU followed by a 195.150 at UC Davis and a 195.275 at the WAC Championships.