Kessler leads Aggies to season-high 195.150

Feb. 2, 2018

Complete Results

DAVIS, Calif. - Freshman Kyla Kessler tied for the meet win on each of balance beam and floor exercise, helping UC Davis compile a season-high 195.150 in a women's collegiate gymnastics home quadrangular at the Pavilion Friday night. The Aggies finished second in the meet, less than a point behind No. 21 Stanford, which won the team competition at 196.050.

San Jose State and Seattle Pacific, two of UC Davis' leaguemates in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, finished rounded out the team standings with scores of 192.975 and 190.750, respectively.

The Aggies even their dual record to 5-5 for the year.

Kessler scored a 9.825 on balance beam, tying teammate Alexis Brown plus Stanford's Rachael Flam and Kaylee Cole for a four-way tie on that apparatus. Kessler, a cognitive science major and Pacific West Gymnastics alumna, followed with a 9.875 on floor exercise. She tied Flam for that title, capping a second-place all-around score of 39.250.

The Aggies opened the meet with a 48.750 on vault, with Kessler leading the way at 9.800. Brown chipped in a 9.775, but the highlight of the rotation was arguably the return of Cammi Johnson. A former UC Davis diver and an alum of West Valley Gymnastics, Johnson had not competed in a gymnastics meet since the 2015 Region 1 Level 10 championships. She joined the team during the holiday break in December, weeks before the start of the season, then made her debut in Friday's meet with a 9.725 score.

An equipment problem forced UC Davis to wait almost the entire second rotation before taking to the uneven bars. The Aggies finished their entire set in just nine minutes, crossing over into the third-rotation touch warmup time, but compiled a 48.750. Freshman Gabby Landess led UC Davis in that event with a 9.850, while Kessler chipped in a 9.750.

Kessler and Brown then led the beam squad to a 48.650, while Kessler, Landess (9.825), Brown (9.800) and redshirt sophomore Roxanna Agah (9.775) helped UC Davis hit 49.000 on floor exercise in the final rotation.

Flam won the all-around at 39.375 and tied teammate Elizabeth Price for the vault win with a 9.875. Price also captured the uneven bars outright at 9.925.

UC Davis returns to action for the third of three straight home meets, hosting Sacramento State and Utah State on February 9.

TEAM SCORES - 1. Stanford, 196.050; 2. UC Davis, 195.150; 3. San Jose State, 192.975; 4. Seattle Pacific, 190.750.

VAULT - 1(tie). Rachael Flam, Stanford; Elizabeth Price, Stanford, 9.875; 3. Kyla Bryant, Stanford, 9.825.

UNEVEN BARS - 1. Elizabeth Price, Stanford, 9.925; 2(tie). Gabby Landess, UC Davis; Kyla Bryant, Stanford, 9.850.

BALANCE BEAM - 1(tie). Kyla Kessler, UC Davis; Alexis Brown, UC Davis, Kaylee Cole, Stanford; Rachael Flam, Stanford, 9.825.

FLOOR EXERCISE - 1(tie). Kyla Kessler, UC Davis; Rachael Flam, Stanford, 9.875; 3(tie). Gabby Landess, UC Davis; Taylor Chan, SJSU; Lauren Navarro, Stanford, 9.825.

ALL-AROUND - 1. Rachael Flam, Stanford, 39.375; 2. Kyla Kessler, UC Davis, 39.250; 3. Alexis Brown, UC Davis, 39.125.

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SAAC COIN DRIVE: Support the UC Davis Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Yolo County SPCA during the month of February as the Aggies hold their 11th annual coin drive at all home events. For the fourth year in a row, Big West Conference institutions will donate 100 percent of the funds raised to their designated charities, with the top three fundraising SAAC’s receiving a cash prize toward their SAAC budget. Over the last 10 years, conference members have combined to raise nearly $197,000.