Three gymnasts finish season at West Regional

Marshall Hampson

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Three Sacramento State gymnasts finished their season after competing at the 2010 NCAA West Regionals at UCLA on Saturday.

The three gymnasts included senior Eryn Stubblefield in the all-around, sophomore Cayla Boyce on beam and freshman Nicole Meiller on vault.

Each team in the Regionals sent five all-around competitors and one specialist from each event. Even though Sac State did not make it as a team, the women took three of the nine total spots.

Head coach Kim Hughes said the women had a great effort with their routines at the competition.

“All three girls presented themselves well at regionals,” Hughes said. “I felt really good about the fact that we had a third of the nine spots.”

Stubblefield finished with a score of 37.450, which gave her a 17th-place finish the all-around. Vanessa Zamarripa of UCLA placed first with a score of 39.675.

Stubblefield fell on the bars, which made it hard for her to catch up, but she said this meet meant more to her than just the scores.

“I was just trying to enjoy everything and not focus on the scores,” Stubblefield said. “I definitely didn’t have the performance I wanted to have. I just had a really good time.”

The 2010 West Regional was her fourth appearance at regionals and her last meet as a Hornet.

“It was emotional for me because I’ve been doing it since I was 18 months old,” Stubblefield said. “It was the closing of one section of my life and an opening to the next section.”

Boyce placed 14th on beam with a score of 9.725 in her first regional appearance. Boyce said she was pleased with her routine and performed how she wanted to.

“The score wasn’t as high as I hoped,” Boyce said. “But, I went in just focusing on factors that I could control. I stuck my routine, I stuck my dismount, I showed it off and I had a good time. It was a good ending to my season.”

Boyce said she hopes the whole team can perform well enough next year to make it to regionals. Casey Jo Magee of the University of Arkansas won the event with a score of 9.900.

Vault specialist Meiller had a score of 9.750 and placed 18th in the vault. This regional was Meiller’s first regional appearance and Hughes said she met her season average score.

“She was the last vaulter of the whole regional, but she did extremely well,” Hughes said. “She did train well and had a great meet as a freshman.”

Anna Li of UCLA placed first in the vault with a score of 9.950.

The West Regional closed out the Hornets’ season, but Hughes said he looks forward to next season.

“We have a great incoming freshman class next year,” Hughes said. “It’s exciting to know that we have a freshman and a sophomore that already made it to regionals, coming back next year.”

Marshall Hampson can be reached at mhampson@statehornet.com