Gymnasts claim their first Causeway matchup

Feb. 9, 2018

Complete Results

DAVIS, Calif. - Senior Alexis Brown captured the overall all-around meet title at 39.275 while leading UC Davis on uneven bars and floor exercise, while Kelley Hebert hit team highs on both vault and beam en route to a career-high 38.975 in the all-around, helping the Aggies to a 194.525 in a women's collegiate gymnastics triangular at the Pavilion Friday night.

Visiting Sacramento State compiled a season-best 194.400, but fell an eighth of a point shy of UC Davis in the first of two Causeway Cup meetings in 2018. Utah State won the overall team competition with a 195.000 total.

Hebert hit a career-best 9.800 on vault for second in the individual standings, then later hit another personal best of 9.875 to tie for second place on balance beam. Brown hit 9.775 on vault, 9.825 on bars, 9.850 on beam, then finished the meet with a 9.825 on floor en route to her first-place all-around total. The reigning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Year tied for second place on bars, then finished second outright on floor.

UC Davis opened with a 48.675 on vault, with career highs from freshmen Alyssa Ito (9.725) and Gabby Landess (9.700) aiding the cause. The team followed with a 48.500 on bars, with Brown and junior Aya Suzuki (9.725) leading the way. Suzuki then turned around to nail a career-high 9.850 on balance beam, besting her previous PR by a full tenth.

Brown's floor score coupled with a 9.775 effort from freshman Gabby Landess resulted in a 48.550 in the fourth rotation. Hebert landed short on her final pass on floor but scored just enough to finish with a 38.975 all-around, a .025 improvement of her previous best.

As a department, UC Davis increases its lead in the 2017-18 Causeway Cup race to 27.5-15. The Aggies had previous wins in men's soccer, men's and women's cross country, and men's and women's basketball. The two gymnastics teams will meet again at the Nest on March 4 to complete the series. Both schools also met up at the season-opening NorCal Classic and will square off at the MPSF Championships, but only the home-and-home duals count toward the Causeway Cup standings.

Utah State claimed the meet champions on vault and beam in Madison Ward (9.825) and Emily Briones (9.925), respectively. The USU Aggies hit 49.225 on beam, the highest on any apparatus by any team on Friday. Sac State's Jordyn Brent won the bars title at 9.85, while teammate Annie Juarez captured the floor win with a 9.875.

UC Davis returns to action in an MPSF road meet at Air Force on February 17.

TEAM SCORES - 1. Utah State, 195.000; 2. UC Davis, 194.525; 3. Sacramento State, 194.400.

VAULT - 1. Madison Ward, Utah State, 9.825; 2. Kelley Hebert, UC Davis, 9.800; 3(tie). Courtney Soliwoda, Sac State; Alexis Brown, UC Davis, 9.775.

UNEVEN BARS - 1. Jordyn Brent, Sac State, 9.850; 2 (tie). Caitlin Soliwoda, Sac State; Alexis Brown, UC Davis, 9.825.

BALANCE BEAM - 1. Emily Briones, Utah State, 9.925; 2 (tie). Courtney Soliwoda, Sac State; Kelley Hebert, UC Davis, 9.875.

FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Annie Juarez, Sac State, 9.875; 2. Alexis Brown, UC Davis, 9.825; 3(tie). Autumn DeHarde, Utah State; Faith Leary, Utah State; Leighton Varnadore, Utah State, 9.800.

ALL-AROUND - 1. Alexis Brown, UC Davis, 39.275; 2. Annie Juarez, Sac State, 39.150; 3. Caitlin Soliwoda, Sac State, 39.125.

ABOUT UC DAVIS: Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation’s best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.

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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.