Hornets place second in UC Davis gymnastics tri-meet

Clifton Jones

Sacramento State gymnastics traveled to Davis to compete against UC Davis and Air Force Academy on Aggie senior night on Friday.

UC Davis lead the tri-meet with 195.925, in which the Aggies broke their single meet total score total record that was set earlier this season. Sac State finished in second place with a score of 194.875, with Air Force trailing with a 193.400.

Sophomore Kalliah McCartney and senior Cayla Beutler both were in the top 3 for scoring in almost every rotation for the Hornets tonight.

“I did well – not the best. I could have done a lot better,” McCartney said. “All in all, it was a good meet for me.”

McCartney’s best rotation of the night came in the balance beam in which she scored a 9.875. McCartney also competed in the all around competition tonight as well, which she finished in second place with a 39.225.

Sac State finished tonight’s meet without committing a fault, but the Hornets did have some mistakes. Both junior Kailey Hansen and McCartney had miscues on their floor exercises.

Hansen fell during her floor exercise, in which she said was caused by her knee being tired.

“I was disappointed to fall on my floor exercise because I have worked so hard to be on floor all three years,” Hansen said. “I knew I had to do good job on the rest of my floor exercise.”

McCartney’s miss on the floor came when she stepped out on the line. However, McCartney was able to bring in a good score on floor exercise with a 9.775 score.

“We didn’t count a fault on all of the rotations tonight,” head gymnastics coach Kim Hughes. “However, some of our key girls missed on their routines and that counted against our scores later.”

Senior Beutler performed well in all three of her events. However, Beutler’s only bad score of the night came in the uneven bars when she scored a 9.650 to lead off the Hornets their first rotation of the night.

Her best score was in the balance beam rotation when she was able to score a 9.800, which was in the top-3 of that particular rotation.

Hughes said the misses on beam were not as bad as they showed on the scores for beam.

“Since we were the first to go on beam tonight, I felt like we were used for judges to test out their scoring,” Hughes said.

Sac State also didn’t have stand out freshman Cassie Benning due to an apparent sprained ankle. She injured the ankle last Friday in practice and she was unable to perform.

“If we would have had Cassie we would have had a chance to beat UC Davis again tonight,” Hughes said.

The Hornets are looking forward to Sunday’s home meet in which it will be Sac State’s senior night.

“We need to be able to go out and be pumped for the seniors last night at home and I think that would help us going into the WAC meet,” Hansen said.

Sac State takes on Air Force on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Nest.


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