Spartans Face Top-20 in Televised Meet

Jan. 17, 2017

MPSF Women's Gym Release 2

SAN JOSE STATE competes against two top-20 opponents Saturday (Jan. 21), No. 17 Washington and host No. 13 California, televised on Pac-12 Networks at 5 pm. Taylor Chan won her first collegiate event, tying for first on vault (9.775), as the Spartans scored 192.725 at Sacramento State (Jan. 13). Chan also tied for second on floor (9.825), while Kaitlin Won was second on beam (9.825), tied for second on floor (9.825) and was third all-around (38.575). Rachel Heinl tied for second on uneven bars (9.800).

No. 24 SACRAMENTO STATE recorded at least a share of all four events plus the all-around, in a 194.400-192.725 home dual win over San Jose State (Jan. 13). Tara Catour, Alexis Belkoff and Julia Konner each had a 9.775 to partake in a four-way tie for first on vault. Lauren Rice led off on uneven bars, and saw a 9.825 hold up to claim the individual title. Caitlin Soliwoda added a career-best 9.850 on balance beam for her first career beam victory, en route to a career-high and all-around victory (39.100).

UC DAVIS placed third in its home opener this past Friday (193.275), ahead of Yale and behind Boise State and Stanford. Alexis Brown posted the floor victory (9.825) and was third on vault (9.80) and all-around (38.675). Yonnie Michovska was second on uneven bars (9.875), as was Katy Nogaki on vault (9.825).

AIR FORCE traveled to Denver, Colo., for a quad meet with Arizona State, Texas Woman’s University and the host seventh-ranked Pioneers (Jan. 14). The Falcons scored 189.900, backed by three top-10 finishes by Kara Witgen and a top-five routine by Casey Bell. Witgen’s best result was a sixth-place tie on vault by matching her career-high (9.75), while Bell posted the best Falcon score in the meet with a 9.825 to tie for fourth on floor.

SEATTLE PACIFIC accumulated 189.425 as it hosted No. 9 Oregon State (194.525) Friday (Jan. 13) to kick-off its season. The Falcons managed a pair of fourth-place tying routines, as Darian Burns recorded 9.775 on vault in her debut and All-American Lauren Glover hit 9.725 on floor. Fifth-place outcomes came from Miyuki Matsune on beam (9.75) and Sienna Brane on bars (9.55).

ALASKA-ANCHORAGE Tere Alonso shared the balance beam title (9.70) in her collegiate debut at William & Mary (Jan. 11), while Morgan Ross placed second on floor (9.775) and third on beam (9.675). Brice Mizell posted the top Seawolf score at the Maryland quad, 9.70 on beam, while Madeleine Arbuckle’s 37.925 first career all-around was good for third-place out of five.