San Jose State Hosts MPSF Championship

Taylor Chan, San Jose State (Photo by Terrell Lloyd)
March 14, 2017

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UC DAVIS has won a conference high six MPSF Championships, all in the last nine years. They enter this year's field as the No. 1 seed with an RQS of 194.885 (40th nationally). The Aggies come off a ninth-straight win, season-high, and 10th-best score in MPSF history of 195.775 vs. Air Force (Mar. 10). MPSF vault and balance beam leader Alexis Brown scored 9.900 in the latter for the third time in five meets, helping UCD to a 49.175--tying the school and MPSF record. She won vault (9.825), beam (9.900) and all-around (39.050). Yasmine Yektaparast won the floor (9.875), while Rachel Kreager posted a career-high 9.875 on bars. Yonnie Michovska is tops in the MPSF on uneven bars (9.82 RQS).

SACRAMENTO STATE enters the championship with the MPSF's second-best RQS (194.490). The Hornets won a fifth crown in their home gym last year with a meet record 196.300. Other team titles came in 2014, '05, '03, and '02. Lauren Rice scored a season-best 39.200 to place second all-around in the team's win at Arizona State (Mar. 10), in which the Hornets totaled an all-time MPSF Top-30 score of 195.275. Rice scored 9.825 on bars (second) and floor (T-3rd), 9.800 on beam, and 9.750 on vault. Jennifer Brenner tied for first on floor with a 9.850. Tara Catour returned to the lineup to score 9.800 on vault, tying for second. Caitlin Soliwoda is the MPSF's top all-around gymnast (39.060 RQS).

SAN JOSE STATE serves as the MPSF Championship host for the second time, last hosting in 2004 when it came away with its lone title. Freshman Taylor Chan tied for first on floor with a 9.900 in a meet at No. 29 Arkansas with Centenary (Mar. 10). It was Chan's fifth consecutive week with at least a share of the floor title, and is the MPSF's leader in the event (9.865 RQS). She also recorded a fourth-place vault (9.800) in the regular season finale. Chan was an incredible seven-time MPSF Freshman of the Week, including a run of five-straight to end the season.

AIR FORCE Anna Salamone posted a career-high 9.800 to tie for third on uneven bars during the regular-season finale at UC Davis (Mar. 10). Riley Hill matched her career-high 9.750 to tie for third on vault Air Force broke the 193-point mark for the sixth-straight meet, totaling 193.350.

SEATTLE PACIFIC won back-to-back MPSF titles in 2006-07. The Falcons are coming off their seventh-highest score in school history and season-high shattering 194.100 at 14th-ranked NCAA DI opponent Washington (Mar. 11). Ariana Harger was third all-around (38.800), highlighted by third-place ties on vault (9.80) and floor (9.875). Darian Burns was also part of third-place on floor (9.875).

ALASKA-ANCHORAGE won an MPSF Championship in 2009. Last in action, UAA won a pair of home duals over Centenary (Mar. 3-5), topping out with 192.600 in the second meet. UAA broke its team balance 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.