Feb. 28, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - Senior Anna Shumaker crushed her career highs on floor exercise and the all-around to boost UC Davis to a school- and conference-record 196.425 score in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's gymnastics dual meet with Seattle Pacific Friday night at the Pavilion. The visiting Falcons also posted a program record, hitting a 194.575.
The Aggies, which also set school records on uneven bars and floor exercise, even their dual record to 8-8.
UC Davis' old mark had been a 195.875, in a home quad meet earlier this season on January 26. SPU's previous benchmark was a 193.950, set exactly one week ago, coincidentally in a dual meet against the Aggies. UC Davis shattered its previous standard on bars with a 49.225, eclipsing the 49.075 set at the 1999 Western Independent Championships; and tied the program record of 49.425, matching scores set at the 2002 USAG Collegiate National team prelims and the 2001 WIC meet.
Additionally, the team's 48.825 on vault ranks fourth all-time while the 48.950 on beam takes over third place on that list.
Shumaker compiled a 39.275 in the all-around, besting her previous high by 0.50 and moving herself into an outright third in the school record book. She also capped her meet with a 9.925 on floor, good for a tie for fourth in Aggie history. Shumaker and former teammate Michelle Ho are the only UC Davis gymnasts to score 9.925 since Tiffany Chan set the school record of 9.950 at the 2004 MPSF Championships. Additionally, it is the highest score by any MPSF gymnast on any apparatus in 2014.
Shumaker led a 1-2-3 UC Davis sweep on floor exercise, edging teammates Kala DeFrancesco and Stephanie Stamates, who each hit career highs of 9.900. She also placed third on vault with a 9.775 and tied fellow co-captain Madeline Kennedy for third on beam at 9.775.
Sophomore Dani Judal and junior Lisa Wiktorski shared the uneven bars win, each tying their personal bests of 9.875. In fact, five of the six Aggies either matched or set career highs in that second rotation. DeFrancesco went 9.850, freshman Yonni Michovska added a 9.825 and sophomore Jamie Yamashita scored a 9.800. Shumaker also finished at 9.800 to take part in the school-record total.
Similarly, five UC Davis gymnasts set or tied career highs on floor in the final rotation. Shumaker's 9.925 on floor bested her previous PR by a full tenth. DeFrancesco's 9.900 beat her previous best of 9.875, set almost exactly one year ago in the home dual with San Jose State. Stamates' 9.900 tied her high, Kennedy's 9.875 surpassed her old personal best of 9.800 from the SPU road meet last year, while Tiana Montell's 9.825 also established a new career-best effort.
The Aggies took up the top four slots on the beam standings. Senior Regi Solvkjar notched a career high of 9.850 to edge Judal's second-place 9.825. Kennedy and Shumaker both had their 9.775s to complete the sweep.
The meet served as a tribute to seniors Shumaker, Kennedy and Solvkjar, who competed in their final regular-season home meet of the year. UC Davis has an additional meet at the Pavilion when it hosts the MPSF championships on March 22.
Additionally, the meet was designated as Friends of Jaclyn Awareness Night, in honor of the national foundation that improves the quality of life for children and families battling pediatric brain cancer. The team honored Alyssa Kalb, a 6-year-old who the Aggies "adopted" on Feb. 5; Greg Campbell, a former UC Davis wide receiver who now serves as the chief of staff for the California Assembly Speaker's office; and Sarah Sumpter, Aggie standout distance runner who earned All-America and Big West Conference Athlete of the Year honors. All three have fought varying types of brain tumors during the last two years.
The previous MPSF team record was San Jose State's 195.925 at the 2004 conference championship meet.
UC Davis returns to action in a week with a road triangular at Sacramento State with Alaska Anchorage. March-in at the Nest is scheduled for 7 p.m.
TEAM SCORES - 1. UC Davis, 196.425; 2. Seattle Pacific, 194.575.
ALL-AROUND - 1. Anna Shumaker, UC Davis, 39.275.