Beam Team Paces Aggies To Season High

Junior Leah Housman put the finishing touch on UC Davis' 48.700 on balance beam, scoring a career-high 9.825.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Feb. 10, 2012

Complete Results

DAVIS, Calif. - Junior Katie Yamamura tied her all-around career high of 39.125 while the Aggie balance beam squad posted its second highest mark in school history, helping UC Davis post a season-best 193.875 in a women's collegiate gymnastics home triangular at the Pavilion Friday night. Ninth-ranked Oregon State won the meet with an arena-record 197.400 while Causeway Cup rival Sacramento State finished second with a 194.175.

The Aggies move to 2-8 for the season. Their score crushes by more than two full points their previous season best of 191.600, set at home against California and Seattle Pacific two weeks prior.

Yamamura's all-around score, one of 11 UC Davis performances to tie or set career bests, was good for third place in the meet. Oregon State's Leslie Mak and Makayla Stambaugh finished 1-2 in the all-around race with totals of 39.675 and 39.375, respectively. Yamamura also had the Aggies' highest event finish, tying third on vault with a 9.825, and matched her previous best of 9.825 on uneven bars.

Meanwhile, UC Davis' balance beam crew scored a 48.700, just two-tenths off the school record set during the program's USAG Collegiate Division championship meet in 1999. Junior Leah Housman led the way with a career-best 9.825 in the anchor position while sophomore Madeline Kennedy and freshman Kayla DeFrancesco also hit identical personal bests of 9.750.

Two Aggie freshmen hit collegiate bests on uneven bars in the second rotation. Lisa Wiktorski hit a 9.725 in the No. 3 spot of the order, then Tiana Montell immediately followed with a 9.700.



In the fourth and final rotation, Kennedy (9.775), sophomore Anna Shumaker (9.750) and Montell (9.675) each hit or tied personal records to lift UC Davis to another season best, a 48.875. Junior Michelle Ho led the floor squad with a 9.825, tied for fourth overall.

Shumaker compiled a strong three-event meet for the Aggies. Besides her floor mark in the final rotation, she hit 9.750 on vault to help her team open with a 48.375, then turned in a 9.675 on beam.

Oregon State won all four event titles in addition to its 1-2 showing in the all-around. Junior Kelsi Blalock went 9.925 to edge Mak's 9.875 on vault. Mak turned around to deliver a 9.950 on bars, just ahead of Stambaugh's 9.925; and led a 1-2-3-4 Beaver finish in beam at 9.950. Junior Melanie Jones, who scored a runner-up 9.900 on balance beam, tied Stambaugh for the floor title at 9.950.

Freshman Kalliah McCartney posted the Hornets' best individual event finish, taking part in the four-way tie for third on vault with a 9.825. She also finished fourth in the all-around with a 39.075 total.

UC Davis returns to road action with back-to-back Mountain Pacific Sports Federation dual meets, first at Air Force on February 18.

TEAM SCORES - 1. Oregon State, 197.400; 2. Sacramento State, 194.175; 3. UC Davis, 193.875.

VAULT - 1. Kelsi Blalock, OSU, 9.925; 2. Leslie Mak, OSU, 9.875; 3 (tie). Katie Yamamura; UC Davis; Brittany Harris, OSU; Makayla Stambaugh, OSU, Kalliah McCartney, SAC, 9.825.

UNEVEN BARS - 1. Leslie Mak, OSU, 9.950; 2. Makayla Stambaugh, OSU, 9.925; 3. Olivia Vivian, OSU, 9.875.

BALANCE BEAM - 1. Leslie Mak, OSU, 9.950; 2. Melanie Jones, OSU, 9.900; 3 (tie). Brittany Harris, OSU; Olivia Vivian, OSU, 9.875.

FLOOR EXERCISE - 1 (tie). Melanie Jones, OSU; Makayla Stambaugh, OSU, 9.950; 3. Leslie Mak, OSU, 9.900.

ALL-AROUND - 1. Leslie Mak, OSU, 39.675; 2. Makayla Stambaugh, OSU, 39.375; 3. Katie Yamamura, UC Davis, 39.125.