Feb. 10, 2013
LOS ANGELES -
Junior Anna Shumaker posted top-five finishes on both vault and balance beam while senior Michelle Ho and sophomore Tiana Montell each delivered strong three-event performances in boosting UC Davis to a season-high 194.675 in collegiate women's gymnastics action at Pauley Pavilion Sunday afternoon. The Aggies, who missed their own program record by the minimum .025 margin, placed third in the meet ahead of Causeway Cup rival Sacramento State's 193.925.
Host UCLA, ranked No. 4 nationally in total average, won its own meet with a 196.950. No. 25 Washington placed second at exactly a full point behind, 195.950.
UC Davis opened with a 48.750 on floor exercise, hit 48.575 on vault, then enjoyed season bests of 48.775 on uneven bars and 48.575 on balance beam to compile its total of 194.675. That score ranks second in school history, behind only the benchmark of 194.700 at the 2008 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship meet.
Shumaker scored 9.800 on vault to take part in a sizable tie for fifth place. She also provided the last Aggie routine of the afternoon, tying her own personal record of 9.850 on balance beam. That score finished her in a three-way chop for third place along with UCLA's Mattie Larson and Washington's Paige Bixler. Shumaker, the reigning Co-MPSF Gymnast of the Week, compiled an all-around total of 38.625.
Senior Katie Yamamura led UC Davis in the all-around with a 38.800. She went 9.750 on floor, 9.750 on vault and 9.825 on bars, putting her on pace to break her own school record of 39.225. Unfortunately, a miscue on balance beam resulted in a 9.475. Nonetheless, her all-around total represents her second highest for the 2013 season.
Ho and Montell both hit 3-for-3 to bolster the Aggies. Ho scored 9.775s on both floor and bars before finishing with a 9.725 on beam. Montell hit 9.725 efforts on vault and bars, then finished her meet with a 9.675 on beam. Lisa Wiktorski, who returned to the bars lineup with a career-best 9.775 on February 1, struck again with a 9.750 in Sunday's competition.
UCLA claimed the top two spots on each event, including the all-around. Vanessa Zamarripa led all entrants with a 39.625 total, just ahead of teammate Olivia Courtney.
By outscoring Sacramento State, UC Davis picked up another 1.25 points toward the 2012-13 Causeway Cup, presented by ScholarShare. The Aggies now have 2.5 of the 5.0 total points in gymnastics, thanks also to a dual win at San Jose State on Jan. 4.
UC Davis returns to action in the second of three straight road meets this Friday at Seattle Pacific. Meet time at the Royal Brougham Pavilion is 7 p.m.
TEAM SCORES - 1. UCLA, 196.950; 2. Washington, 195.950; 3. UC Davis, 194.675; 4. Sacramento State, 193.925.
VAULT - 1. Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA, 9.950; 2. Olivia Courtney, UCLA, 9.900; 3. Allison Northey, UW, 9.875.
UNEVEN BARS - 1. Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA, 9.925; 2. Mattie Larson, UCLA, 9.875; 3 (tie). Monique De La Torre, UCLA; Nicole Meiller, Sacramento State; Phoebe Tham, UW; Lauren Rogers, UW, 9.850.
BALANCE BEAM - 1 (tie). Olivia Courtney, UCLA; Danusia Francis, UCLA, 9.875; 3 (tie). Mattie Larson, UCLA; Anna Shumaker, UC Davis; Paige Bixler, UW, 9.850.
FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA, 9.925; 2. Olivia Courtney, UCLA, 9.900; 3. Alyssa Pritchett, UCLA, 9.875.
ALL-AROUND - 1. Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA, 39.625; 2. Olivia Courtney, UCLA, 39.475; 3. Lauren Rogers, UW, 39.100.