Brown ties balance beam record, wins all-around

Alexis Brown earns congrats from her teammates after tying the school beam record Friday night.
(Wayne Tilcock,
Feb. 17, 2017

Final Stats

DAVIS, Calif. - Junior Alexis Brown tied a school record on the balance beam and posted individual meet wins on vault, beam, floor exercise and the all-around to lead UC Davis to a winning 194.900 in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's gymnastics dual meet Friday night. Visiting Alaska Anchorage scored a 189.350 in the first of two meetings between the two teams this weekend.

This is the fifth straight meet win for UC Davis, which improves to 9-4 in head-to-head competition for 2017. However, it is the fourth straight meet in which the team flirted with the 195-point barrier but fell short due to a missed routine.

Brown scored a 9.825 on vault, a fourth-place 9.750 on uneven bars, the benchmark 9.900 on beam, then a 9.825 on floor to amass her No. 2 personal all-around total. The reigning MPSF Gymnast of the Week went 39.350 six days prior at the Air Force Academy.

Freshman Sarah Liddle scored a career-high 9.825 to tie senior teammate Yonni Michovska for the individual title on bars.

UC Davis swept the top five places on each of vault and bars, plus the top four on beam. After Brown, the trio of Michovska, sophomore Kara Jones and senior Katy Nogaki each went 9.725 on vault to help the Aggies compile a 48.650 in the first rotation. On bars, senior Rachel Kreager scored a 9.775 to place third in the event standings, while sophomore Aya Suzuki added a 9.725, giving UC Davis a 48.900 in the second rotation and a 97.550 total at the meet's halftime.

Brown's record performance led a total of three Aggie career highs on beam. Jones finished just behind at 9.825, tying Nogaki's effort in the anchor position of the lineup. Suzuki tied her personal best with a 9.725 to complete the UC Davis superfecta. The Aggies went 48.625 in that third rotation, holding a 146.175 going into the final rotation.

Sophomore Yasmine Yektaparast scored a third-place 9.750 while Jones and junior Amanda Presswood each went 9.725 on floor, as UC Davis posted a 48.725 to finish the night. Alaska's Morgan Ross had her team's highest event finish on this apparatus, scoring a second-place 9.800.

Brown now enters what had been a four-way tie for the Aggie record on beam. Ericka Ruelas first scored a 9.900 at Seattle Pacific in 2001. Tiffany Chan tied that mark at the USAG Collegiate Championships team final, then Erika Van Dyke made it a three-way tie at the 2010 MPSF Championships. Most recently, Dani Judal -- who coincidentally served as meet director for Friday's meet -- became the first to hit that score in a home meet, during so in a 2014 quadrangular.

UC Davis and UAA meet again on Sunday for a 1 p.m. dual.

TEAM SCORES - 1. UC Davis, 194.900; 2. Alaska Anchorage, 189.350.

VAULT - 1. Alexis Brown, UC Davis, 9.825; 2 (tie). Yonni Michovska, UC Davis; Kara Jones, UC Davis; Katy Nogaki, UC Davis, 9.725.

UNEVEN BARS - 1 (tie). Sarah Liddle, UC Davis; Yonni Michovska, UC Davis, 9.825; 3. Rachel Kreager, UC Davis, 9.775.

BALANCE BEAM - 1. Alexis Brown, UC Davis, 9.900; 2 (tie). Kara Jones, UC Davis; Katy Nogaki, UC Davis, 9.825.

FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Alexis Brown, UC Davis, 9.825; 2. Morgan Ross, UAA, 9.800; 3 (tie). Yasmine Yektaparast, UC Davis; Kendra Daniels, UAA, 9.750.

ALL-AROUND - 1. Alexis Brown, UC Davis, 39.300; 2. Madeline Arbuckle, UAA, 38.200; 3. Morgan Ross, UAA, 37.625.