GYMNASTICS BEGINS YEAR WITH A PAIR OF WINS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. --- The Sacramento State gymnastics team began its defense of the Western Athletic Conference title by defeating Wisc.-La Crosse and Utah State, Sunday afternoon at the Hornets Nest. The Hornets scored 191.375 to edge the Aggies (190.000) and the Eagles (185.100).
Individually, Sacramento State won or tied for first on all four events. Junior Tiffany Bass set a personal best with a 9.850 to tie for first on vault with Utah State’s Katy Schilla. Sophomore Marina Borisova and freshman Lauren Dyson each set personal highs on bars to finish 1-2,. Borisova scored 9.825 while Dyson recorded a 9.800.
On beam, the Hornets took the top four spots. Junior Melissa Genovese scored 9.750 to win the event title. Bass was second at 9.,675, Borisova third at 9.625 and freshman Eryn Stubblefield finished fourth with a 9.600.
Sacramento State also had success on floor where Borisova and Bass took the top two spots. Borisova, who won the 2006 WAC title, scored 9.825 while Bass, who was second at the conference meet, scored 9.800.
The Hornets opened the meet with a 47.550 on vault and trailed Utah State which scored 47.575 on bars. Sacramento State then took the lead for the remainder of the meet following the second rotation. The Hornets scored 47.775 on bars while the Aggies tallied a 46.275 on beam. Sacramento State stretched its lead to 143.075-141.425 during the third rotation.
Utah State rallied in its final rotation, scoring a meet-high 48.575 on vault. The Aggies counted five scores of at least 9.650 to challenge Sacramento State. However, the Hornets responded with a 9.600 from Nicole Giao and the performances from Bass and Borisova to seal the meet.
In the all-around, Utah State’s Jessica Porenti-Otte finished first with a 38.850. Borisova was second at 38.800 while Bass was third with a 38.575 in her first collegiate all-around.
Sacramento State will next compete at Southern Utah on Friday, Jan. 12. The team’s next home meet will come on Sunday, Jan. 28, against Boise State at 1 p.m.