SACRAMENTO STATE GYMNASTICS BEGINS IMPORTANT TWO-MEET ROAD TRIP ON FRIDAY IN SANTA BARBARA
Sacramento State avenges early road loss to San Jose State, 192.000-190.575
|Fri., Mar. 9||Sacramento State Hornets at|
| ||UC Santa Barbara|
| ||7 p.m. - Robertson Gym|
|Sat., Mar. 10||Sacramento State Hornets at|
| ||Cal State Fullerton/vs. Illinois|
| ||7 p.m. - Titan Gym|
This Week's Meet
The Sacramento State gymnastics team will look to make a push
in the West Region during its back-to-back road meets in Santa
Barbara and Fullerton, Calif., on Mar. 9-10. On Friday, The Hornets
will compete in a dual-meet with the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at 7
p.m. in Robertson Gym. The team will then compete in a tri-meet on
Saturday with Cal State Fullerton and Illinois.
Sacramento State defeated both UC Santa Barbara and Cal State
Fullerton earlier this season and will face Illinois for the first
On Feb. 9, the Hornets scored a 191.375 to outlast Seattle
Pacific (188.250) and the Gauchos (187.750) during a tri-meet in
Senior Jolane Parr recorded a career-high 9.9 on floor exercise to lead the Hornets while freshman Leslie Ross led the Gauchos with a 9.675 on beam.
The Hornets outscored the Titans for the first time in four
meetings, dating back to Jan. 16, 1999, with a 193.575-191.925
victory at Hornet Gym in the first meet of the 2001 season.
Sacramento State's score was the third highest in program history.
Binta Coleman led the Hornets in her first collegiate
competition by winning three of five events. The freshman recorded a
9.775 on vault, a 9.850 on beam and a 39.000 all-around to lead all
Sophomore Jaimie Moody led the Titans with a 9.850 on bars.
Meet The Head Coaches
After 23 years, head coach Kim Hughes has built a program
from the ground up and solidified Sacramento State as an NCAA
Regional Qualifier the past two years.
With a career record of 146-150-1, Hughes led the Hornets to
a second-place finish in the NIT last season and gave the program its
first Regional bid in 1999 while also being named NCAA Region 1 Coach
of the Year.
A 1976 graduate of Chico State with a B.A. in physical
education, Hughes competed collegiately for the Wildcats after a
successful high school gymnastics career. He was the Northern California state high school still rings champion as a senior in 1971. He joined the Hornet staff as an assistant to the women's gymnastics program in 1977 and was named head coach in 1981.
UC Santa Barbara head coach Megan Fenton is in her fourth
year at the helm of the Gaucho gymnastics program. She has
accumulated an 8-47 career record including an 0-22 mark last season
and a fourth-place finish in the USA Collegiate Nationals.
Cal State Fullerton head coach Julie Knight has now been in
charge of the Titan program for three years and has a 19-11 career
record. Last season, she led her squad to a third-place finish in the
Big West Conference with a 12-3 overall record.
Illinois head coach Bob Starkell is in his second season with
the Fighting Illini and has a career record of 7-10. Last season,
Illinois finished fifth in the Big Ten Conference with a 7-10 record.
Last Week's Meet
The Sacramento State gymnastics team extended its 190-plus
scoring streak to 15 by defeating the Spartans of San Jose State,
192.000-190.575, Friday evening at Hornet Gym.
Junior Wendy Baisdon, fully recovered from the effects of
pneumonia, competed for the first time in three weeks but the Hornets
were dealt another blow when sophomore all-arounder Toni Petersen
sprained her ankle in warm-ups and was unable to compete.
Even with the last minute lineup change, Sacramento State led
by two points after the first two events due to San Jose State
counting two falls on the uneven bars. The lead evaporated in the
next rotation when the Hornets fell four times on the balance beam
allowing the Spartans back in the contest.
With the score tied at 143.300 after three rotations, the
Hornets went on to score a 48.700 on floor exercise to the Spartans'
47.275 on balance beam to take the meet.
Senior Jami Scoville, the last competitor for the Hornets on the evening, recorded a career-high 9.875 on floor exercise to lead the team. Senior Jolane Parr (9.800, floor), freshman Binta Coleman (9.750, floor) and junior Lori Gillette (9.725, bars) also placed in the top three in their respective events.
On the Importance of This Week: "These are our last two away
scores that count towards our Regional Qualifying Score. For regional
qualification you need two home scores, two away scores and two
optional. So we would always like to be able to use these as our
best- two away scores. Then our next two home meets in a row will
hopefully be our top two home scores and then everything that we have
left over from previous meets will be used as optional scores. Right
now Cal State Fullerton and Illinois are two RQS points higher than
us and we are capable of scoring as high as them. We just need to get
back to the level we showed early in the year. I think this will be
something to get the team psyched up and ready."
On the Team's Mind Set: "We know what our competition order
is for these two meets, we start on bars and end on vault. It's
actually a very good order for us on an away meet. Bars is one of our
strongest events so the team can approach that with a lot of energy.
We know that floor is an event where scores escalate slightly and we
are fortunate to have Illinois performing first to warm up the
judges. That's another area where we can come on strong. Obviously we
have to focus on beam. Luckily for us it's our second event of the
night and not the first. It's always difficult to begin a meet on the
balance beam so starting on bars is good for us."