Jan. 26, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - Sophomore Dani Judal and redshirt freshman Katy Nogaki each tied individual school records while UC Davis posted new team marks for vault, beam and overall score in Sunday's collegiate gymnastics quadrangular meet at the Pavilion. UC Davis scored a second-place 195.875, eclipsing its previous record by a quarter of a point.
Stanford won the meet with a 197.275, San Jose State hit its No. 5 score in history with a third-place 195.400 while Utah State placed fourth in the meet at 194.400.
UC Davis improves to 4-7 for the year. The Aggies went 7-for-7 on each event, including exhibition performers.
The UC Davis team total surpassed the old record of 195.625, set in a triangular with Sacramento State and Air Force on March 15 of last season. At 49.050, the vault squad became the first in program history to break the 49-point barrier, breaking the previous mark of 48.950 set at San Jose State last season. The beam team broke the oldest standing record left in Aggie annals: the 48.925 knocked off the 48.900 set at the USAG Collegiate National team final in 1999.
Nogaki notched a 9.900 on vault in the opening rotation, joining Jill Henrie (1993), Flora Bare (2003) and Katie Yamamura (2011, 2012) atop the program's all-time leaderboard. Judal matched that score on beam, matching previous UC Davis benchmarks set by Ericka Ruelas (2001), Tiffany Chan (2005) and Erika Van Dyke (2010).
Appropriately, Ruelas, Yamamura and many other former UC Davis gymnasts who had taken part in the old records were in attendance, as Sunday's quad was the designated Alumni Day meet.
Furthermore, senior Anna Shumaker won the individual all-around with a personal-best 39.225, tied for third in school history with Yamamura. She went 9.825 on vault, hit a career-high 9.850 on bars, added a 9.750 on beam then ended her day with a 9.800 on floor exercise. Junior Tiana Montell also competed in all four events, scoring a career-best 39.000 and becoming just the eighth Aggie to hit that plateau.
In addition to her beam record, Judal also hit a personal record on bars at 9.875. Both scores were good for third-place finishes in those respective events. Nogaki's 9.900 on vault tied for third with Utah State's Miranda Kerr and Stanford's Danielle McNair.
Stanford had at least a share of first place in all four events. Nicolette McNair, who finished second to Shumaker in the all-around race, tied USU's Paige Jones for the vault title at 9.925. Samantha Shapiro won the bars outright with a 9.925, Amanda Spinner edged teammate Shona Morgan on beam with a 9.975, while Pauline Hanset matched San Jose State senior Julia Greer with a 9.875 on floor.
UC Davis fielded a total of 10 performances of 9.800 or better. Besides the scores from Nogaki, Judal and Shumaker, Montell went 9.850 on vault and 9.800 on floor, while sophomore Steph Stamates hit 9.800 on beam and 9.825 on floor.
According to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, the team total of 195.875 is tied for No. 2 in conference history, tied for first for a regular-season meet, and the highest by any member in almost a full decade. San Jose State scored 195.925 at the 2004 MPSF Championships for the conference record. Sacramento State went 195.875 at the 2004 Oregon State Salbasgeon Suites Invitational (3/5/04) for the regular-season benchmark.
UC Davis returns to action at home on Friday in a home dual with Sacramento State.
TEAM SCORES - 1. Stanford, 197.725; 2. UC Davis, 195.875; 3. San Jose State, 195.400; 4. Utah State, 194.400.
VAULT - 1 (tie). Paige Jones, USU, Nicolette McNair, Stanford, 9.925; 3 (tie). Katy Nogaki, UC Davis; Miranda Kerr, USU; Danielle McNair, Stanford, 9.900.
UNEVEN BARS - 1. Samantha Shapiro, Stanford, 9.925; 2. Kristina Vaculik, Stanford, 9.900; 3. Dani Judal, UC Davis, 9.875.
BALANCE BEAM - 1. Amanda Spinner, Stanford, 9.975; 2. Shona Morgan, Stanford, 9.950; 3 (tie). Dani Judal, UC Davis; Nicolette McNair, Stanford; Kristina Vaculik, Stanford; Julia Greer, SJSU, 9.900.
FLOOR EXERCISE - 1 (tie). Julia Greer, SJSU; Pauline Hanset, Stanford, 9.875; 3. Cassandra Harrison, SJSU, 9.850.
ALL-AROUND - 1. Anna Shumaker, UC Davis, 39.225; 2. Nicolette McNair, Stanford, 39.075; 3. Cami Guyer, SJSU, 39.050.