RENO, Nev. — The Sacramento State gymnastics team opened its 2010 season by placing third at the Flips Invitational which was held at the Grand Sierra Resort on Friday night. The Hornets scored 188.925 to finish behind 19th-ranked Boise State (194.200) and 23rd-ranked San Jose State (192.400).
The Hornets struggled through the first two rotations before turning things on the in the latter half of the meet. The team opened the meet on beam only to see three of its six gymnasts fall. Those miscues left Sacramento State with a score of 46.425. Sophomore Cayla Boyce
led the team with a 9.700 which placed her fifth overall while junior Jasmine Lipka
was sixth with a career high 9.650.
Floor proved to be only slightly better as Sacramento State tallied 46.775. Lipka provided the high with a 9.700 to tie for fifth place. Boyce was just behind her in a tie for seventh at 9.675. Those performances, along with a 9.500 from Eryn Stublefield, were offset by counted scores of 9.150 and 8.750.
The Hornets’ most balanced event was vault where all six competitors scored between 9.450 and 9.700. Senior Traci Takeda
led the team and finished ninth overall.
Sacramento State closed out its night on bars and scored 47.925. Junior Amanda Blauvelt
scored 9.650 and was closely followed by freshman Nicole Meiller
(9.625) and Lipka (career high 9.600). The team also counted a 9.575 from Boyce and a 9.475 from Takeda.
Boise State claimed at least a share of the four individual event titles. Hannah Redmon was first on vault and floor with a pair of 9.900s. Amy Glass took the top spot on bars with a 9.825 and Lindsay Kazandjian tied for the lead on beam (9.825).
San Jose State’s Thomasina Wallace also took a share of the beam title and claimed top honors in the all-around with a score of 38.975.
Sacramento State returns to action on Friday, Jan. 22, against UC Davis and Seattle Pacific. The meet will begin a 7 p.m. in the Hornets Nest.
Sacramento State’s team score was its lowest since posting a 188.075 at the Oahu Invitational on Jan. 3, 2006…that team ended up winning the WAC title and advancing to the NCAA West Regional…Emiko Ono, Nicole Meiller
and Bethany Barrick
each made their Hornet debut on Friday…Boise State’s Amy Glass competed for the first time since suffering a broken neck early last season and scored 38.775…the Hornets did not compete an all-arounder.
1. Boise State 194.200
2. San Jose State 192.400
3. Sacramento State 188.925
EVENT SCORES (Winners and Sacramento State scores)
AA: Thomasina Wallace 38.975.