USAFA, Colo. - Freshman Kelley Hebert tied a school freshman record for the all-around and captured meet titles on vault and floor exercise, helping UC Davis to a road season-high 194.950 in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s gymnastics dual meet at Air Force Saturday night. The host Falcons posted a 193.300 score.Hebert won the vault outright with a 9.850, tied for the floor win with a 9.900, then added a second-place 9.800 on balance beam en route to a four-event total of 39.250. That mark ties the program benchmark for a freshman, matching scores previously set by teammate Kyla Kessler (2018) and Alexis Brown (2015). Brown, for her part, tied for the meet title on uneven bars with a 9.825 and was the meet’s only other all-arounder with a 38.675 total. Aggie redshirt freshman Alyssa Ito won the individual balance beam competition at 9.850 in her collegiate debut for the event, helping UC Davis capture at least a share of all five meet titles. Overall, UC Davis opened with a 48.550 on bars, added 48.650 on vault, notched a 49.125 on floor, then finished with a 48.625 on balance beam. The overall score of 194.950 is tied for sixth all-time for a road meet. Brown’s 9.825 tied Air Force’s Jessica Kirkpatrick for the win on bars. Ito added a 9.725 with Hebert and Kessler each chipping in 9.700s. Then in the second rotation, Brown and Kessler each went 9.725 to support Hebert’s career-high 9.850. Three Aggies then broke the 9.80 mark on floor exercise: Hebert’s 9.900, Brown’s third-place 9.875, and junior Yasmine Yektaparast’s 9.850. That last score marked the first time Yektaparast has competed on floor since January 12. Overall, the Aggies’ 49.125 total on floor marks the highest for a road meet on that apparatus since hitting exactly that score at the 2016 MPSF Championships. Ito, who had only appeared on vault or bars in her five previous meets as a collegian, scored her 9.850 on beam in the third spot of the fourth rotation. Yektaparast followed with a 9.725, then Hebert went 9.800 in the fifth slot. UC Davis has broken the 195-point barrier on the road just five times in its history: at Seattle Pacific in 2014 (195.175), at California in 2015 (194.325), at the 2015 MPSF meet (195.300), at San Jose State in 2016 (195.575) and at last year’s conference championships (195.725). The Aggies had a chance to do it a sixth time but a fall in their final routine of the night left the score just .050 shy. UC Davis enters a short week of practice then returns to action at San Jose State on Friday. Meet time is 7 p.m. at the SJSU Event Center. TEAM SCORES - 1. UC Davis, 194.950; 2. Air Force, 193.300. VAULT - 1. Kelley Hebert, UC Davis, 9.850; 2. Anna Salamonte, AFA, 9.750; 3 (tie). Alexis Brown, UC Davis; Kyla Kessler, UC Davis, 9.725. UNEVEN BARS - 1 (tie). Alexis Brown, UC Davis; Jessica Kirkpatrick, AFA, 9.825; 3. Anna Salamone, AFA, 9.775. BALANCE BEAM - 1. Alyssa Ito, UC Davis, 9.850; 2. Kelley Hebert, UC Davis, 9.800; 3. Emily Luers, AFA, 9.775. FLOOR EXERCISE - 1 (tie). Kelley Hebert, UC Davis; Tyler Davis, AFA, 9.900; 3. Alexis Brown, UC Davis, 9.875. ALL-AROUND - 1. Kelley Hebert, UC Davis, 39.250; 2. Alexis Brown, UC Davis, 38.675.
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