GYMNASTICS SCORES SEASON HIGH 195.150, PLACES SECOND AT UC DAVIS QUADRANGULAR
DAVIS, Calif. — A school record 49.100 on beam lifted the Sacramento State gymnastics team to a season high 195.150, Friday evening at the Pavilion on the UC Davis campus. Cal finished first in the team standings with a 196.500 while the Hornets placed second. San Jose State (194.500) and UCD (193.150) completed the four-team field.
The overall score was pivotal for Sacramento State as the team is in the hunt for its second consecutive NCAA West Regional berth. The Hornets entered the meet ranked seventh in the region — one spot out of the top six which advance. However, the team’s score should narrow the gap with San Jose State with only the Western Athletic Conference Championships remaining on the schedule.
The Hornets opened the meet on bars and scored 48.875. Sophomore Marina Borisova led the team and tied for fourth overall with a 9.850. Junior Alexis Tsurumoto was just behind with a 9.800 while Melissa Genovese recorded a 9.775.
In the second rotation, the Hornets were solid on balance beam. All six Sacramento State gymnasts scored at least 9.650 and the team did not count a score below 9.750 en route to the school record. The previous mark of 48.800 was set twice, most recently at the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational in 2004. Individually, Genovese tallied a 9.875, Nicole Giao recorded a personal best 9.850 and freshman Lissa Zamolo scored a career high 9.825. Borisova added a 9.800 and junior Tiffany Bass completed the scores with a 9.750.
Sacramento State continued its momentum in the third rotation with a 48.575 on floor. Borisova scored 9.925 to win the event and tie her career high. Bass ranked second on the team with a career high 9.850 and Genovese scored 9.700.
The team closed out the meet on vault with a season high 48.600. The final four gymnasts in the lineup each scored 9.700 or better to lead the team. Freshman Amanda Bieber began the streak with a career high 9.750. Sara Williams followed with a 9.725 and Giao recorded a 9.700. Borisova ended the group with a team best 9.775.
In the all-around, Borisova tied the school record with a 39.350 to place second. Her score matched her previous effort this season at San Jose State and also Binta Coleman’s score at the 2004 MPSF Championships. Genovese also recorded her second straight score of at least a 39.000 with a 39.000.
Cal dominated the individual awards, with gymnasts finishing first on three of the four events and in the all-around. Isabel Garcia scored 9.825 on vault, Bridgett Glass and Lydia Williams each recorded a 9.900 on bars and Glass and Jessica Kelley tallied 9.900s on beam. In the all-around, Kelley totaled a 39.450 to finish 0.1 ahead of Borisova.
Sacramento State will close out its season at the WAC Championships next Saturday. The team will be looking to defend its conference title it claimed last season at Utah State.