Sacramento State’s home meet saw Stanford win by a large margin, scoring a 194.650 and beating both the home team as well as Seattle Pacific by over four points. Even so, this was not the Cardinal’s best performance, as they had to count a fall and overcome some wobbly beam routines.
In the first rotation, Stanford came back from a fall to count five hit routines for a 48.750. However, large balance checks kept the scores low, with Taryn Fitzgerald’s 9.850 being the highest score of the meet. However, this lineup shows big potential and scores should increase as the season progresses.
On floor, the Cardinal looked much steadier and had six hit routines. Freshman Morgan Hoang won the event with a big double layout to score a 9.875. Taylor Lawson, Rachael Flam, and Kaylee Cole also performed strong routines and all scored at least a 9.800, helping the team to a total of 49.125.
Stanford continued strong on vault in the third rotation with no major mistakes. Their lack of difficulty, however, could keep them from being a top contender this year. Clean form and stuck landings will be important to keep Stanford from falling too far behind the top teams. The vault lineup was highlighted by Flam’s 9.850 on her Omelianchik, an improvement from her first week’s score.
Clean execution and consistency will also be key on the uneven bars. Their bars lineup has the potential to get big scores, but missed handstands and falls kept them from fulfilling this potential tonight. Sophomore Kyla Bryant continued to impress, scoring a 9.850 and winning the event. Aleeza Yu also showed a beautiful routine for a 9.825, contributing to the team’s total of 48.050.
Sacramento State held off Seattle Pacific with a 189.950 despite struggling on the uneven bars. Jordyn Brent competed four solid routines, placing third in the all around with a 38.800. Alexis Belkoff also put up big numbers for the Hornets, scoring a 9.750 on vault and a 9.800 on floor.
With a 189.825, Seattle Pacific placed third, also counting a fall and struggling with some form issues. Darian Burns highlighted each lineup, placing second in the all around with a 38.850 and winning the floor exercise with a 9.875. Seattle Pacific also performed well on floor and vault, scoring over a 48 on each event.Tags: Aleeza Yu, Alexis Belkoff, Darian Burns, Jordyn Brent, Kaylee Cole, Kyla Bryant, Morgan Hoang, NCAA Gymnastics, Rachael Flam, Sacramento State, Sacramento State Hornets, Seattle Pacific, Stanford, Stanford Cardinal, Taryn Fitzgerald, Taylor Lawson