UC Davis freshman notches 9.950 for the second time
2017: NCAA SEATTLE REGIONAL QUALIFIER on balance beam... Jumped from 8th to T4th (9.790 RQS) in MPSF standings (and tops among at-large hopefuls) after conference meet... ALL-MPSF FIRST TEAM on floor exercise for second straight year (9.820)... ALL-MPSF SECOND TEAM on beam (9.760)... Finished t3rd on floor (9.850), t7th on beam (9.850) at MPSF Championships... Appeared in all 12 meets on vault, beam and floor... Tied career high of 9.900 on floor in Alaska Anchorage home dual (Feb. 19)... Also hit 9.875 three times: in both home meets involving Sacramento State (Jan. 29 & Feb. 24), plus Senior Night home finale with Air Force (Mar. 10)... Also went 9.825 on beam in the Jan. 29 Causeway dual... Rewrote RQS in final four meets of the year: 9.800 in Feb. 24 home quad, 9.700 at Sacramento State (Mar. 4), 9.850 at home vs. Air Force (Mar. 10), then 9.850 again in conference championships.
2016: MPSF NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR... ALL-MPSF FIRST TEAM on floor, ranking T4th in conference with 9.835 RQS... Four-time MPSF Newcomer of the Week winner, including each of the last three weeks... Appeared in all 11 meets on floor, peaking at 9.900 in home dual with Alaska Anchorage (Feb. 28)... Became just second freshman in school history to hit 9.90 on floor and first since Tiffany Chan hit that mark five times in 2002... Alternate for NCAA Salt Lake City Regional behind teammate Stephanie Stamates and Sac State's Cassie Benning... Made vault lineup 10 times, beam in seven... Hit season highs of 9.775 on vault, 9.825 on beam in San Jose State triangular (Mar. 6).
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Graduated from St. Vincent de Paul HS in 2015... Earned honors in Spanish, precalculus... Teammate of fellow Aggie Kara Jones at Rohnert Park (2006-10), Redwood Empire (2011) and Edge Gymnastics (2012-15)... Two-time Junior Olympics qualifier, competing at National Invitational in 2014, National Championships in 2015... Took home gold on beam at 2014 NIT... Won floor title at NorCal and Region 1 meets prior to J.O. nationals appearance during senior year... Placed 2nd and 5th on floor at regionals in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
PERSONAL: Born in Petaluma, Calif.... Majoring in biomedical engineering, with career plans as either an orthodontist or pediatrician... Parents are Saead & Yvette Yektaparast... Would like to travel to Iran (she is half-Persian), UAE and Europe.