Jan. 31, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - Junior Tiana Montell won the individual all-around with a personal-best 39.050 while the Aggie balance beam squad broke the school record for the second straight meet, helping UC Davis tally a winning 195.500 to Sacramento State's 193.575 in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's gymnastics dual meet at the Pavilion Friday evening.
The Aggies improve to 5-7.
Montell was one of four UC Davis gymnasts to capture a meet title. Junior Lisa Wiktorski led a 1-2-3 Aggie sweep with her 9.875 on uneven bars. Sophomore Dani Judal, who tied the individual beam record on Sunday, won that event with a 9.850. Her score, along with matching 9.825 marks by Stephanie Stamates, Regi Solvkjar and Anna Shumaker, helped UC Davis deliver a 49.125. That surpassed the previous mark of 48.925, set just five days earlier in a home squad with Stanford, San Jose State and Utah State.
Stamates turned around with a winning 9.850 on floor in the fourth rotation, leading the Aggies to a 48.625 team score. That officially pushed UC Davis above the 195-point barrier for just the fourth time in program history. The 195.500 ranks third all-time in Aggie annals.
Montell's 39.050 in the all-around makes her just the third gymnast in school history to beat the 39-point plateau more than once. Former teammate Katie Yamamura did it 10 times while Shumaker hit the milestone for a fourth time in the last meet. Montell had scored 39.000 in the Sunday quadrangular.
The Aggies opened with a 48.750 on vault, thanks to 9.800 scores from Stamates and Shumaker. They followed with just the third 49 on bars in school history, hitting 49.000 to hold a close 97.750-97.400 at the meet's halfway point. The beam record followed in the third rotation, while the floor squad extended the scoring margin by as much as two full points.
Hornet junior Kalliah McCartney won the vault with a 9.850 while sophomore Jesse Williams followed in second with a career-high 9.825. Williams, who had never broken 9.5 as a collegian, stepped into the lineup when freshman Julia Konner bowed out to an injury sustained during the touch warmups.
Shumaker (38.600) and McCartney (38.525) finished second and third in the all-around race, respectively.
UC Davis returns to action for a Friday dual at San Jose State on February 1.
TEAM SCORES - 1. UC Davis, 195.500; 2. Sacramento State, 193.575.