GYMNASTICS RIDES HIGH SCORE INTO WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS ON SATURDAY
• Following its highest score of the season, the Sacramento State gymnastics team will travel to San Jose State for the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday, March 19, at 6 p.m.
• The Hornets have had success in the past at the WAC Championships. Sacramento State won its first two WAC titles winning at Utah State in 2006 and at Southern Utah in 2007. In 2009, the team placed second at the Hornets Nest.
• Sacramento State set its season high by nearly three points after posting a 195.075 in a three-team meet against Boise State and UC Davis. The Hornets finished second in the meet, falling to the 13th-ranked Broncos (197.050) and defeating the Aggies (194.1275). All three teams set season highs in the meet.
• Boise State, which won the WAC regular season title with a 5-0 record, enters the meet as the highest ranked team. The Broncos remained 13th in the latest rankings with an RQS of 195.950. BSU finished first at the 2008 and 2009 WAC Championships.
• Defending conference champion Southern Utah is 33rd and is ranked among the top 40 nationally on each event. The Thunderbirds lead the all-time series against Sacramento State, 8-4.
• Host San Jose State is also among the top 36, with a ranking of 34th. The Spartans downed the Hornets twice this season but trail in the all-time series, 38-31-1. SJSU is led by Thomasina Wallace who ranks 25th nationally in the all-around.
• Utah State is 2-14 this year, including a loss at the Hornets Nest. The Aggies are 5-11 all-time against the Hornets.
• Cal State Fullerton completes the field with an 0-7 record in 2011.
MAKING HER MOVE
Hansen moved into a tie with UC Davis’ Michelle Ho for the at-large berth on floor to the NCAA West Regional. The redshirt freshman who transferred from Washington, owns an RQS of 9.825 and has scored 9.750 or higher in each of the last five meets. Hansen has some room to improve her RQS as she is counting a 9.775 as one of her three road scores.
One other factor that could affect Hansen is if San Jose State falls from the top 36. If that happens, the Spartans’ Thomasina Wallace would become the at-large selection.
Like Hansen, Blauvelt has also put herself in position to qualify for the NCAA postseason. The senior is currently fourth in the all-around in the West Region, among gymnasts not on top 36 teams. Blauvelt has an RQS of 38.100 but has turned it on lately, scoring at least 38.250 in the past four meets. Most recently, the Wall. N.J., native set her career high with a 38.600.
Cal State Fullerton’s Alaina Baker will likely debut above Blauvelt when the senior records her third road score this weekend at the WAC Championship. That leaves the Titan’s Shelly Cooper and Blauvelt battling for the final berth.
NEWS & NOTES
Lissa Zamolo and Amanda Bieber were members of the Hornets’ 2007 WAC championship team…Cayla Boyce, who’s redshirting this season, tied for the individual beam title in 2010.