Jan. 4, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Senior Michelle Ho posted scores of 9.800 on both uneven parallel bars and floor exercise -- tying for the meet win in the former -- to lead UC Davis women's gymnastics to its highest season-opening score in history at the NorCal Quad meet at the SJSU Event Center Friday night. The Aggies finished third with a 191.400, a tenth of a point better than its previous record for a season opener set in 2011.
No. 6 Stanford won the meet easily with a 195.425, host San Jose State finished second at 192.875 while Sacramento State placed fourth with a 191.100 total.
Ho's 9.800 on bars tied her previous career high set at Sacramento State late in her sophomore season of 2011. She tied Stanford senior Ashley Morgan, who both edged Cardinal junior Shona Morgan's 9.775. Ho's 9.800 on floor was good for second, just .025 behind Spartan Julia Greer.
The next-highest finisher for UC Davis was junior Anna Shumaker, who placed fourth on vault with a 9.825. Shumaker also made her first collegiate appearance as an all-arounder, scoring a 37.875 overall. She was expected to compete in all four events earlier in her career but shoulder surgery limited her action in 2012.
Three Aggie freshmen made their collegiate debuts in Friday's meet. Dani Judal led the UC Davis beam squad with a 9.700 in the No. 2 spot of the lineup, then added 9.650 on floor and 9.625 on bars. Jamie Yamashita also appeared on three events, scoring 9.675 on beam to open the meet before hitting 9.625 and 9.600 on vault and bars, respectively. Stephanie Stamates competed on beam, floor and vault, posting her highest mark of a 9.625 on floor in the second rotation.
UC Davis counted two falls to open with a 47.075 on beam but righted the ship for floor and vault, scoring a 48.425 and 48.475 in the second and third rotations. The scores from Yamashita, Judal and Ho helped the Aggies recover from two misses early in the bars rotation, pushing the Aggies ahead of the Hornets for the first of four Causeway Cup showdowns between the two schools this year.
Sacramento State's Kalliah McCartney captured the individual all-around at 38.825 to edge host Cami Guyer at 38.600. Nicole Dayton led a 1-2-3 Stanford sweep on the vault at 9.950 while her teammates Ivana Hong and Amanda Spinner shared the beam win with 9.875 scores.
UC Davis returns to action in a week for its home opener against California on Friday.
TEAM SCORES - 1. Stanford, 195.425; 2. San Jose State, 192.875; 3. UC Davis, 191.400; 4. Sacramento State, 191.100.
VAULT - 1. Nicole Dayton, Stanford, 9.950; 2. Ivana Hong, Stanford, 9.900; 3. Melissa Chuang, Stanford, 9.850.
UNEVEN BARS - 1 (tie). Michelle Ho, UC Davis; Ashley Morgan, Stanford, 9.800. 3 (tie). Shona Morgan, Stanford; Kristina Vaculik, Stanford, 9.775.
BALANCE BEAM - 1 (tie). Ivana Hong, Stanford; Amanda Spinner, Stanford, 9.875; 3. Shona Morgan, Stanford, 9.825.
FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Julia Greer, SJSU, 9.825; 2. Michelle Ho, UC Davis, 9.800; 3 (tie). Shona Morgan, Stanford; Melissa Chuang, Stanford, 9.775.
ALL-AROUND - 1. Kalliah McCartney, SAC, 38.825; 2. Cami Guyer, SJSU, 38.600; 3. Cassie Benning, SAC, 38.100.