Baker 'Floors' it to All-Around Title
March 12, 2010
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton junior Alaina Baker tied a career-high with a 9.90 on floor and edged out two Michigan State gymnasts to claim the individual all-around title Friday night to help pace the host Titans against the Spartans at Titan Gym.
Fullerton scored a 191.250 to finish second to Michigan State, which won the meet with a 194.850 behind Rochelle Robinson's three individual even titles on the night. Robinson won vault with a 9.85, bars with a 9.825, and beam with a 9.825 to pace the Spartans' efforts on the night.
Baker matched her career best set as freshman in 2008 and topped the 39-point mark in the all-around for the third time in her career, missing out on her career best of 39.175 by one-tenth of a point. Baker also finished in a tie for second on bars with a 9.80 and posted top-five finishes on vault (t5th) with a 9.75 and beam (t5th) with a 9.625.
The Spartans led wire-to-wire as both teams came out firing to start the meet. Fullerton posted season highs in the first two rotations, scoring a 48.600 on vault and a 48.775 on bars, but were outdone by Michigan State, which scored a 48.825 on bars and a 48.875 on vault to lead by just over three-tenths.
Michigan State then took advantage of Cal State Fullerton's struggles on beam, scoring a 48.575 on floor while the Titans had to count a pair of falls in the third rotation, scoring a 46.500 on beam.
A strong finish on beam by the Spartans iced the meet as they scored a 48.575 on beam while Fullerton finished with a 47.375 on floor, having to count one fall.
Junior Shelly Cooper also had a standout night, finishing tied for third on vaultwith a 9.775 while sophomore Kaitlin Reid set a personal best with a 9.75. Sophomore Taylor Kearns and senior Britni Echeverria tied for fourth on bars with a 9.775 - Kearns' score a personal best.
Cal State Fullerton will have a quick turnaround and get a second shot at Michigan State on Sunday (March 14) at 2 p.m. as the Titans travel to UCLA to take on the Bruins and Spartans in a tri-meet at Pauley Pavilion.
1) Michigan State - 194.850
2) Cal State Fullerton - 191.250
1) Rochelle Robinson (MSU) 9.850, Nikki Argiros (MSU) 9.850
3) Nicole Curler (MSU) 9.775, Shelly Cooper (CSF) 9.775
1) Rochelle Robinson (MSU) 9.825
2) Nicole Curler (MSU) 9.800, Alaina Baker (CSF) 9.800
1) Rochelle Robinson (MSU) 9.825
2) Shanthi Teike (MSU) 9.775
3) Jackie Berg (MSU) 9.700
1) Alaina Baker (CSF) 9.900
2) Nicole Curler (MSU) 9.850
3) Shanthi Teike (MSU) 9.775
1) Alaina Baker (CSF) 39.075
2) Nicole Curler (MSU) 39.050
3) Shanthi Teike (MSU) 39.025
CSF: VAULT: 48.600, BARS: 48.775, BEAM: 46.500, FLOOR: 47.375 VAULT: Shelly Cooper 9.775, Kaitlin Reid 9.750*, Alaina Baker 9.750, Jennifer Mosier 9.700, Shannon Kawada 9.625, Vanessa Klass 9.575 BARS: Alaina Baker 9.800, Taylor Kearns 9.775*, Britni Echeverria 9.775, Shelly Cooper 9.750, Shannon Kawada 9.675, Kaitlin Reid 9.550 BEAM: Alaina Baker 9.625, Leah Housman 9.600*, Vanessa Klass 9.500*, Kaitlin Reid 9.025, Kori Underhill 8.750, Megan Farris 8.300 FLOOR: Alaina Baker 9.900*, Shelly Cooper 9.625, Alicia Meyer 9.425, Shannon Kawada 9.300, Vanessa Klass 9.125, Kori Underhill 8.700 All-Around: Alaina Baker 39.075
* Personal Record