Jan. 26, 2013
USAFA, Colo. - Senior Katie Yamamura and junior Anna Shumaker finished 1-2 in the individual all-around competition in leading UC Davis to a first-place 193.725 team score in a collegiate women's gymnastics quad meet at Air Force Saturday. The host Falcons finished second at 193.225, Missouri placed third with a 193.000 and Texas Woman's University rounded out the field at 191.400.
The Aggies improve to 6-5 in dual competition this season. The 193.725 represents both a season high and the program's all-time best score for a January meet, exceeding the 193.625 from Washington last weekend.
Yamamura scored a 39.050 to capture the all-around title, marking the seventh time she has broken the 39-point plateau in her career. She also tied teammate Michelle Ho for third place on uneven bars at 9.750 and matched Mizzou's Tori Howard for second on beam with a 9.825 effort. Shumaker finished in second in the all-around with a 38.875 total, improving her career high by a half-tenth. She was also UC Davis' top finisher on vault with a 9.800.
Besides another strong score on bars, Ho tied Air Force's Linnaea Hance for first place on floor with a 9.800. She has now won at least one event in all four meets this season.
The Aggies also enjoyed solid contributions from sophomore Kala DeFrancesco, who posted career highs of 9.650 on vault and 9.725 on floor. Senior Leah Housman returned to form on balance beam with a 9.750. Madeline Kennedy competed on three events, scoring 9.725 on beam, 9.650 on floor and 9.550 on vault.
As a team, UC Davis did not count a miss on three of the four apparatus. Shumaker and Yamamura closed out a 48.375 score on vault. Yamamura and Ho anchored the bars lineup to a 48.325. The beam squad improved to a season-best 48.400 despite one missed routine, but the Aggie floor team hit 6-for-6 en route to its 48.625 mark.
All four teams had at least one individual champion in the meet. Mizzou sophomore Rachel Updike captured both the bars (9.825) and beam (9.850) for the Tigers, Hance won the floor for Air Force, while senior Bethany Larimer bested the vault field with her 9.875.
UC Davis returns home for a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation dual with Seattle Pacific on Friday. Meet time at the Pavilion is 2 p.m. Tickets are available at tickets.ucdavis.edu.
TEAM SCORES - 1. UC Davis, 193.725; 2. Air Force, 193.225; 3. Missouri, 193.000; 4. Texas Woman's, 191.400.
VAULT - 1. Bethany Larimer, TWU, 9.875; 2. Rachel Updike, Mizzou, 9.850; 3. Anna Shumaker, 9.800.
BALANCE BEAM - 1. Rachel Updike, Mizzou, 9.850; 2 (tie). Katie Yamamura, UC Davis; Tori Howard, Mizzou, 9.825.
FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Linnaea Hance, AFA; Michelle Ho, UC Davis; 9.800; 3. Jessica Wallander, AFA, 9.775.
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