Jan. 27, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Junior Katie Yamamura captured the individual all-around title with a career-high 39.125, good for third in school history, to help UC Davis compile a season-best 191.600 in a women's collegiate gymnastics triangular meet at the Pavilion Friday evening. The Aggies finished second in the meet behind California's 191.750 and ahead of Seattle Pacific's 189.275.
UC Davis moves to 2-5 for the year. This is the third straight meet the Aggies have improved their season-high score.
Yamamura won the meet vault title with a 9.850, more than a full tenth ahead of the nearest competitor. She then hit a second-place 9.775 on uneven bars, tied Cal's Mariesah Pierce for the balance beam win at 9.700, then placed second to Pierce on floor exercise with a 9.800. Pierce took second in the all-around race with a 38.950 total.
The team competition between the two UC schools came down the fourth and final rotation. The Aggies held a 143.150 after beam while Golden Bears had a 143.125 through vault. When Cal scored a fall in its first bars routine and sophomore Madeline Kennedy hit a career-best 9.750 to lead off UC Davis on floor, it appeared the hosts would claim the team title. However, the next five Golden Bears all hit their routines en route to a 48.625. UC Davis amassed a 48.450 on floor behind Yamamura, Kennedy, junior Taryn West (9.750) and sophomore Anna Shumaker (career-best 9.700) but could not hold off the Cal bars squad.
In other Aggie highlights, Shumaker took part in a three-way tie for second place on vault with a 9.725. Her PR on floor was good for fifth, behind the third-place tie between Kennedy and West. Freshman Tiana Montell made her collegiate all-around debut with a third-place 38.000. She had appeared in all four events in the two previous meets, but in balance beam she had been an exhibition performer.
Seattle Pacific junior Stephanie Wagner posted her team's highest individual finish, scoring a 9.675 on balance beam. Cal's Dallas Crawford edged Yamamura for the bars win with a 9.800.
This is the second time Yamamura has claimed a meet all-around title in 2012. Coincidentally, both occasions took place in meets with Pac-12 Conference members: she scored a winning 38.725 at Arizona State in the season opener on January 6. Her all-around total trails only Flora Bare (39.200) and Lynn Schwaebe (39.175) in UC Davis history. Both higher scores took place in 2003.
UC Davis and California square off in a dual meet on February 5.
TEAM SCORES - 1. California, 191.750; 2. UC Davis, 191.600; 3. Seattle Pacific, 189.275.
UNEVEN BARS - 1. Dallas Crawford, California, 9.800; 2. Katie Yamamura, UC Davis, 9.775; 3. Carol Chang, California, 9.750.
BALANCE BEAM - 1 (tie). Katie Yamamura, UC Davis; Mariesah Pierce, California, 9.700; 3. Stephanie Wagner, SPU, 9.675.