Feb. 21, 2014
SEATTLE - Senior Anna Shumaker narrowly missed her career high with a 39.200 all-around, while her personal-best 9.875 on beam helped UC Davis break that school event record for the third time this season, highlighting the Aggies' winning 195.175 in a Mounatin Pacific Sports Federation women's gymnnastics dual meet at the Royal Brougham Pavilion Friday night. Host Seattle Pacific scored a school-record 193.950 for its part.
Shumaker's 9.875 on beam wrapped up a 49.175 in the final rotation, surpassing the previous benchmark of 49.125 set in the January 31 home dual with Sacramento State. She tied sophomore Dani Judal for the meet title in that event. Senior Regi Solvkjar went 9.825 while senior Madeline Kennedy and sophomore Stephanie Stamates each added 9.800s to round out the UC Davis scorers.
From start to finish, the Aggies posted a 48.775 on bars, a 48.475 on vault, 48.750 on floor, then closed with the record-setting performance on beam. The 195.175 total sits fifth all-time and tops among UC Davis road scores, surpassing the old road high of 194.950 at last year's conference meet.
Shumaker also won the uneven bars title with a 9.850, edging SPU sophomore Maria Hundley (9.825) and teammate Lisa Wiktorski (9.800), finished second on vault with a team-high 9.825, and rounded out her four-event total with a 9.650 on floor. Her 39.200 puts her in a tie for fifth in school history, matching Flora Bare's then-school record from 2003. Shumaker's career high was a 39.225 on January 26.
Junior Kala DeFrancesco enjoyed a strong three-event performance. She opened with a 9.725 on bars, crushed her vault career high with a 9.800, then notched a 9.775 on floor. Kennedy, the team's co-captain with Shumaker, scored a 9.600 on vault, added a 9.700 on floor, then finished up with a season-best 9.800 on beam.
Stamates led UC Davis on floor with a 9.800, good for a tie for second in the meet and just ahead of DeFrancesco's and junior Tiana Montell's matching 9.775 efforts toward the team score.
Hundley and senior Kenley Memmel picked up event wins for the Falcons. Hundley eclipsed Shumaker for the vault win at 9.875, finished second to the Aggie senior on bars, then took a close third behind the Shumaker-Judal tandem with a 9.850 on beam. Memmel won the floor title with a 9.825, just ahead of the 9.800 by Stamates and SPU freshman Kristi Hayashida.
The Aggies and Falcons reunite in exactly one week at the Pavilion on Friday, February 28. That meet, which will also honor the three UC Davis seniors, is designated as the Friends of Jaclyn Awareness Night, in honor of the national foundation that serves children and families battling pediatric brain cancer.
TEAM SCORE - 1 . UC Davis, 195.175; 2. Seattle Pacific, 193.950.
FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Kenley Memmel, SPU, 9.825; 2 (tie). Kristi Hayashida, SPU; Stephanie Stamates, UC Davis, 9.800.
ALL-AROUND - 1. Anna Shumaker, UC Davis, 39.200.