Feb. 5, 2010
DAVIS, Calif. -
Sophomore Erika Van Dyke tied career-high marks to capture both the individual balance beam and floor exercise, while freshman Katie Yamamura tallied a personal best of 38.825 to win the all-around, as UC Davis compiled a season-high 194.250 in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation collegiate dual meet with Seattle Pacific Friday. The visiting Falcons scored 188.250 in a second-place effort.
Friday's meet ran alongside Aggie wrestling's 24-22 victory against San Francisco State for the fifth installment of the 'Beauty & The Beast' promotion, during which the two teams share the competition floor in concurrent events.
UC Davis improves to 7-1 for the season, securing its fourth consecutive meet win. Furthermore, the Aggies' 194.250 team score ranks fourth in school history and is the highest-ever score set during the first half of the season. In fact, the program's previous six all-time best efforts had taken place during season finales, conference meets or at USAG national meets.
Van Dyke turned in a 9.775 to claim the beam title over teammate Christine Tao's 9.675, then posted a 9.800 on floor exercise to lead a 1-2-3-4 Aggie sweep. Yamamura and Taryn West were second and third on floor, scoring respective career bests of 9.775 and 9.750.
UC Davis claimed event wins on each apparatus. Yamamura shared the vault title with senior Michelle Bobonski, both scoring 9.750s to lead the squad to a 48.625 in the opening rotation. Then senior Lida Gehlen notched a 9.875 on uneven bars, with Ho (9.775), Yamamura (9.700) and Kendall McCann (9.700) earning top-three places.
Sophomore Kaysha Heck and junior Anissa Madrid had the highest individual finishes for SPU. Madrid was third in the all-around with a 38.000, behind Tanya Ho's
38.700 and Yamamura's winning 38.825. She also placed third on beam at 9.650. Heck joined in the three-way tie for third place on bars at 9.700.
The Aggies return to action at home on February 12 against Alaska Anchorage in another MPSF dual.
TEAM SCORES - 1. UC Davis, 194.250; 2. Seattle Pacific, 188.550.
VAULT - 1 (tie). Michelle Bobonski, UC Davis; Katie Yamamura, UC Davis, 9.750; 3. Tanya Ho, UC Davis, 9.700.
UNEVEN BARS - 1. Lida Gehlen, UC Davis, 9.875; 2. Tanya Ho, UC Davis, 9.775; 3 (tie). Katie Yamamura, UC Davis; Kendall McCann, UC Davis; Kaysha Heck, SPU, 9.700.
BALANCE BEAM - 1. Erika Van Dyke, UC Davis, 9.775; 2. Christine Tao, UC Davis, 9.675; 3. Anissa Madrid, SPU, 9.650.
FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Erika Van Dyke, UC Davis, 9.800; 2. Katie Yamamura, UC Davis, 9.775; 3. Taryn West, UC Davis, 9.750.
ALL-AROUND - 1. Katie Yamamura, UC Davis, 38.825; 2. Tanya Ho, UC Davis, 38.700; 3. Anissa Madrid, SPU, 38.000.