SEATTLE - Senior Alexis Brown captured event titles on uneven bars and floor exercise en route to the all-around victory, while freshmen Kyla Kessler and Kelley Hebert each picked up their first collegiate event wins, helping UC Davis score a winning 193.125 in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s gymnastics dual meet at the Royal Brougham Pavilion. Host Seattle Pacific totaled a 191.325.The Aggies, who placed fourth in the five-team NorCal Classic just four days earlier, improve to 2-3 for the year. Brown opened the meet with a 9.800 on bars, added a 9.900 on floor, then finished with a second-place 9.825 on beam in amassing an all-around total of 39.050. That marks the 10th time the animal science major and Team OC Gymnastics alumna has broken the 39-point barrier in a meet, tying the program record set by Katie Yamamura in 2010-13. Kessler hit 9.750 on vault to capture that apparatus title, while Hebert’s 9.850 on beam edged Brown for the win. Hebert also recorded scores of 9.725 on bars and 9.775 on floor in posting an all-around score of 38.950, second in the meet. UC Davis counted a fall on bars in the opening rotation with a 47.525 despite sweeping the top three individual places. The vault squad followed with a 48.375 in the second rotation, with Kessler leading the way. Another freshman, Gabby Landess, bounced back from her miss on bars with a 9.700 on vault, good for a three-way tie for second place. UC Davis held a 95.900 total at the meet’s midpoint. Brown’s winning 9.900 and Hebert’s third-place 9.775 paced the Aggies to a 48.500 on floor exercise in the third rotation, then a sweep of the top four places resulted in a 48.725 on beam to close out the meet. Besides Hebert and Brown, juniors Aya Suzuki and Yasmine Yektaparast each posted 9.725s on beam to share third place in the meet. The Aggies did not count a fall in the second half of the meet, with that 48.725 marking an improvement over the 48.650 on beam in Monday’s NorCal Classic opener. UC Davis takes a rare bye weekend from competition, returning to action for its home opener with West Virginia and UIC on January 26. That kicks off a run of three straight Friday home meets. Single-meet tickets are available at the link below. TEAM SCORES - 1. UC Davis, 193.125; 2. Seattle Pacific, 191.325. VAULT - 1. Kyla Kessler, UC Davis, 9.750; 2(tie). Lena Wirth, SPU; 2. Darian Burns, SPU; Gabby Landess, 9.700. UNEVEN BARS - 1. Alexis Brown, UC Davis, 9.800; 2. Kelley Hebert, UC Davis, 9.725; 3. Kyla Kessler, UC Davis, 9.600. BALANCE BEAM - 1. Kelley Hebert, UC Davis, 9.850; 2. Alexis Brown, UC Davis, 9.825; 3 (tie). Aya Suzuki, UC Davis; Yasmine Yektaparast, UC Davis, 9.725. FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Alexis Brown, UC Davis, 9.900; 2. Darian Burns, SPU, 9.800; 3. Kelley Hebert, UC Davis, 9.775. ALL-AROUND - 1. Alexis Brown, UC Davis, 39.050; 2. Kelley Hebert, UC Davis, 38.950; 3. Darian Burns, SPU, 38.550. ABOUT UC DAVIS: Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation’s best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs. DON’T MISS OUT!: Season and single-game tickets for all UC Davis winter sports are now on sale by contacting the Athletics Ticket Office at (530) 752-AGS1 or by visiting us online at UCDavisAggies.com.
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