Chan Leads Spartans Past No. 22 Utah State

Taylor Chan, San Jose State (Photo by Terrell Lloyd)
March 7, 2017

MPSF Women's Gym Release 9

SAN JOSE STATE it was Senior Day, plus freshman Taylor Chan Day, in an impressive 195.150-194.025 result over No. 22 Utah State (Mar. 5). Chan posted two wins with a career-high 9.925 on floor and career-high tying 9.85 on balance beam, as well as a third career-effort with a second-place 9.80 on vault, to lead the Spartans to their second-best total of the year. Chan became the 10th gymnast in school history to achieve a 9.925 on floor, a mark which also ties for 11th all-time in the MPSF. Stephanie Relova placed third on bars (9.825, career-high tying) and tied for third on beam (9.80).

UC DAVIS won its eighth straight meet, scoring its highest on the road this year with 194.950 at Sacramento State (Mar. 4), with Seattle Pacific. The Aggies have defeated 15 total opponents this year, tying a DI-era school record from 1999. Miranda Holder compiled scored of 9.75 on vault, 9.70 on bars, 9.825 on floor. Katy Nogaki shared her second-straight vault title (9.85) and Sarah Liddle was third on bars (9.80). The UCD floor team totaled 49.100, led by Alexis Brown’s 9.90.

SACRAMENTO STATE Caitlin Soliwoda won the all-around (39.225) and shared the balance beam title (9.75) in a three-team home meet with UC Davis and Seattle Pacific (Mar. 4), in which the Hornets placed second (193.475). Soliwoda added a second-place tying floor routine with Jennifer Brenner (9.875), third-place vault (9.825) and tied for fourth on bars (9.775). Julia Konner shared the vault win (9.85) as did Courtney Soliwoda on bars (9.85).

SEATTLE PACIFIC Ariana Harger was third all-around (38.875), highlighted by a share of the balance beam win (9.75), as the Falcons (191.725) competed in a tri-meet against Sacramento State and UC Davis. Harger also finished fourth on floor (9.85) and vault (9.80).

AIR FORCE Kara Witgen won the balance beam (9.85) and finished third all-around (38.950), as the Falcons scored 193.775 in a narrow defeat at Southeast Missouri (Mar. 5). The team total was the third-highest of the year for the Academy. Casey Bell delivered her sixth score of at least 9.80 on floor, taking fourth in the event. Anna Salamone added a 9.70 for the fourth time in her last five tries on bars.

ALASKA-ANCHORAGE won a pair of home duals over Centenary (Mar. 3-5), topping out with 192.600 in the second meet. UAA broke its team beam record in that win with a 48.950, three-tenths higher than its previous standard. Sophia Hyderally and Kallie Randolph each had 9.825’s to lead the historic day on the beam. Madeleine Arbuckle won vault (9.70) and had a career floor effort (9.775), en route to a 38.225 all-around. Nicole Larkin won the bars with a team season-high 9.80.