SENIORS GUIDE GYMNASTICS TO HIGHEST SCORE OF THE SEASON IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Seniors Marina Borisova and Amber Basgall each made the most of their final regular season home meet by winning event titles and leading the Sacramento State gymnastics team to a season high on Friday night.
The Hornets scored 194.700 to easily win the four team meet which also included California (191.975), UC Davis (191.800) and Seattle Pacific (187.225). The score bettered the previous team high of 194.625 which came last Sunday at UC Davis.
Borisova finished first on bars and in the all-around and also tied for first on floor while Basgall won vault. The seniors were each honored following the meet for their contributions to the program during their career.
“We are finally healthy and peaking at the right time,” Sacramento State head coach Kim Hughes said. “It’s really nice to have consistency in all four events over the past two meets. I’m also happy for seniors to do so well in their final home meet.”
Sacramento State opened the meet on vault and scored 48.400. Freshman Mary Peck opened with a 9.575 and was followed by a 9.625 from junior Eryn Stubblefield. Sophomore Alycia Chan matched Stubblefield’s score before Borisova recorded a 9.700 which tied for third overall in the meet. Basgall ended the rotation with a personal best 9.875 which won the meet by .15 points and is tied for the ninth highest in school history.
On bars, the team counted five scores of at least 9.626, including four of 9.700 or higher. Junior Lauren Dyson began a strong push in the final four spots by scoring 9.700 (Dyson has now scored 9.7 or better in six of the past seven meets). Sophomore Amanda Blauvelt tallied a 9.725 which tied her for fourth in the meet and was followed by Basgall’s 9.800 which placed third. Borisova captured her third bars title of the year with a 9.850. The team’s score of 48.725 tied its highest mark of the year.
Sacramento State distanced itself from the field during the third rotation with a season high 48.825 on beam. That mark tied the team for the seventh highest score in school history. Helping the cause were four of the top five scores in the meet. Junior Lizzy Norvell placed second with a score of 9.825. Borisova was third at 9.800 and Chan finished fourth at 9.800. Stubblefield ended n a three-way tie for fifth with a mark of 9.750.
The Hornets closed the meet on floor with a team score of 48.750. Chan and Borisova tied for the best score in the meet as each received a 9.850. Freshman Lauren Mizuno scored a career high 9.725 to tie for eighth and Stubblefield tied for 11th at 9.700.
Borisova scored a season high 39.200 to win the all-around for the sixth time in nine meet this year. The senior’s total also ties her own mark for ninth in school history. Cal’s Sophia Hocini placed second at 38.900 and Stubblefield took third at 38.725.
Sacramento State will host the Western Athletic Conference Championships on Sat., March 21, beginning at 6 p.m. A limited number of tickets remain available for the meet. Tickets can be purchased by calling (916) 278-2222.
NOTES: The Hornets have now won 21 consecutive meets against UC Davis…the victory over the Aggies provided Sacramento State with 1.66 points in the Causeway Cup standings and gave the school its first lead of the year in the annual all-sports battle…tonight’s attendance of 549 was the highest this season at home.
Sacramento State 194.700, California 191.975, UC Davis 191.800, Seattle Pacific 187.225
VT: Basgall, SAC, 9.875; T3. Borisova 9.700; T9. Stubblefield, Chan 9.700; 16. Peck 9.575; 18. Takeda 9.525.
UB: Borisova, SAC, 9.850; 3. Basgall 9.800; 4. Blauvelt 9.725; T6. Dyson 9.700; T9. Stubblefield 9.650; 23. Boyce 8.275.
BM: Glass, CAL, 9.875; 2. Norvell 9.825; 3. Borisova 9.800; 4. Chan 9.775; T5. Stubblefield 9.750; 9. Takeda 9.675; 22. Peck 8.300.
FX: Chan, Borisova, SAC, 9.850; T8. Mizuno 9.725; T11. Stubblefield 9.700; 16. Boyce 9.625; 24. Basgall 8.375
AA: Borisova, SAC, 39.200; 3. Stubblefield 38.725