Season-best meet soured with defeat by Boise State

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Despite falling short to Boise State's 190.3, Cal State Fullerton eclipsed its season high by over two points.

"This past week they recognized they need to start off at a higher level emotionally, and I think they committed to do that today," Titan Head Coach Lynn Rogers said.

The Titans did start off quick off four strong vaults by Michelle Lotta (9.525), Staci Henry (9.65), Marianne Griffen (9.6) and Natalia Acosta (9.625).

Robin Cannady competed in an exhibition on the vault and scored a 8.75.

"Even though it didn't count for the team score, I thought it was one of those things that helped fire us up before bars," Rogers said. "If she sits down that's a downer going into bars. She didn't do that. She hit the best vault she's ever done for me."

CSUF continued with two solid performances on the uneven bars. Senior Christy Lutz brought in a 9.475 and newcomer Tammy De la Cruz pitched in a 9.625.

As a team the Titans scored a season high of 46.825 on the uneven bars.

The Titans moved on to the balance beam and Lutz led the way with a career mark of 9.8. She has been the teams' most consistent gymnast so far this season.

"I wish she was a sophomore," Rogers said of Lutz. "She"s very low maintenance."

Cortney Bogart, who holds the CSUF balance beam record with a 9.875, chipped in a 9.625 on the balance beam.

The success continued on the final event, the floor, with four Titans scoring a 9.5 or better; Elizabeth Schneider (9.575), Natalia Acosta (9.675), Gracie Millard (9.575) and Christy Lutz (9.7).

With the 9.575 on the floor, the sole Titan all-arounder, Millard, finished the day on a positive note. But her 37.025 score left her over a point behind Boise State's two all-arounders Diana Loosli (38.65) and Carrie Roelofs (38.625).

Rogers said she has been in a slump and having problems with her dismount on bars.

"She came in and did a terrific job today under difficult circumstances," Rogers said.

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