Record-Setting Opener Lifts Hornets into Top-20

Jan. 10, 2017

MPSF Women's Gym Release 1

No. 20 SACRAMENTO STATE totaled 194.475 to place second in the NorCal Classic Monday (Jan. 9). The score was the highest by a Hornet team in a season opener, breaking the mark of 194.400 which came in the same event in 2014. While also posting a No. 20 national ranking, Sac State placed behind No. 10 California, and ahead of UC Davis, No. 11 Stanford, and San Jose State. Julia Konner and Caitlin Soliwoda scored 38.975 and 38.800 to place first and second in the all-around. It was Konner’s first career all-around title. Lauren Schmeiss set career-bests in three events, including a third-place tying floor routine (9.825), while Lauren Rice placed fourth on balance beam (9.80). The Hornets’ home opener is against San Jose State Friday (Jan. 13).

No. 30 UC DAVIS recorded 193.875 and a No. 30 national ranking, placing third in the NorCal Classic. The Aggies placed ahead of No. 11 Stanford and San Jose State. Alexis Brown led UCD in three events plus the all-around. She scored a 9.80 on uneven bars, followed by a fifth-place 9.775 on balance beam, and then 9.825 on vault, en route to 38.550 all-around. UC Davis’ home opener is Friday (Jan. 13), facing Stanford, Yale, and Boise State.

SAN JOSE STATE tallied 192.600 in its season opener (Jan. 9) at the NorCal Classic. Kaitlin Won led all Spartans as she tied for third on floor (9.825) and was fourth in the all-around (38.600). Rachel Heinl tied her career-best on bars (9.850) to tie for fifth-place with the MPSF’s top individual event score. San Jose State is back in action at Sacramento State Friday (Jan. 13).

AIR FORCE kicked off its season with a dual home win over Winona State (Jan. 7), 190.875-184.750. The Falcons scored their highest for an opener since 2013. Casey Bell had a career-high on floor (9.825) to win the event. Analise Howard, after missing all of 2016 to injury, won bars (9.775), while Anna Salamone took first on vault (9.750). Mariana Murphy won the all-around (38.350). The Falcons return to action Saturday (Jan. 14), when they travel to Denver, Colo., for a quad meet with Arizona State, Texas Woman’s University and the seventh-ranked Pioneers.

ALASKA-ANCHORAGE travels to William & Mary Wednesday (Jan. 11) and No. 28 Maryland Saturday (Jan. 14) for its season openers. No. 18 Minnesota and No. 27 Arizona will complete the quad at Maryland.

SEATTLE PACIFIC hosts No. 9 Oregon State Friday (Jan. 13) to kick-off its season.