Sophomores Nirvana Zaher and Jessica Hoffman and freshman Kimiye Narasaki were selected as event specialists for the NCAA West Regionals on Saturday, April 12, in Seattle Wash., it was announced on Monday. Zaher and Hoffman will compete as all-arounders while Narasaki makes the trip as a vault specialist. Zaher and Hoffman become the first multiple all-arounders to represent Sacramento State at a West regional competition since Natalie Cadondon and Rebecca Seebirt in 1996.
A native of Cairo, Egypt, Zaher finished with a Regional Qualifying Score of 38.500 in her first season of all-around competition. Zaher finished with a career-high 39.150 at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships on March 29 and the mark placed her third in the program record book for the event. Zaher also earned her second-consecutive MPSF event title with a 9.775 on vault. The sophomore led the Hornets in all-around scores in six of 14 meets this season, including the past five competitions.
Hoffman, a native of Escondido, Calif., finished with an RQS of 38.130 in her first season as an all-arounder. Hoffman recorded career highs on every event this season including an all-around score of 38.600 . The sophomore tallied a 9.700 on vault, a 9.825 on bars, a 9.675 on beam and a 9.800 on floor. Hoffman led the Hornets in all-around competition in three meets this season.
Narasaki, a native of Richmond, Calif., completed her first season with the program with an RQS of 9.745 on vault. Narasaki tallied a personal-best 9.900 on Jan. 18 and became the first Hornet to record at least a 9.900 on the event since Rebecca Seebirt in 1997. The freshman also recorded a score of at least 9.800 on the event in three meets this season.