March 1, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Senior Katie Yamamura broke her own school all-around record with a winning 39.325, leading UC Davis to a school-record team score of 195.475, highlighting a home collegiate gymnastics dual meet at the Pavilion Friday evening. Visiting San Jose State won the meet with a 195.700, its third-highest score in program history.
The Aggies move to 8-9 for the season. The Spartans even their season dual record to 9-9.
Yamamura's score was a full tenth higher than her previous mark of 39.225, set on March 11 last year at Sacramento State. She opened with a 9.775 on vault, set a personal record of 9.900 on uneven bars, notched a 9.800 on beam, then finished her meet by tying her floor exercise best of 9.850. Additionally, Yamamura becomes just the fourth Aggie to hit the 9.90 barrier on bars, joining Amber Weddell, Ericka Ruelas and Lida Gehlen.
Yamamura led the Aggies to a 48.800 on vault in the opening rotation. Junior Anna Shumaker was close behind at 9.775 while sophomore Tiana Montell added a 9.725. Then UC Davis exploded to a 49.050 on uneven bars -- the No. 2 score in school history for that apparatus and the best since the 1999 Western Independent Championships. Freshman Dani Judal and sophomore Lisa Wiktorski hit PRs of 9.800 and 9.850, respectively, setting the stage for Yamamura's winning score.
UC Davis posted a season-best 48.650 on balance beam, fifth in school history. Yamamura and junior Madeline Kennedy each hit matching 9.800s on the event while Shumaker (9.725) and freshman Stephanie Stamates (9.700) helped bolster the lineup.
However, it was on floor exercise that the Aggies sealed their various school records. Senior Taryn West opened with a 9.800, sophomore Kala DeFrancesco followed with a career-high 9.875. Then Yamamura, Stamates and Ho put up respective 9.850, 9.900 and 9.925 down the stretch to send UC Davis to a 49.350 in the event. That score is tied for third in program history and the highest since the school-record 49.425 at the 2002 USAG national meet.
The overall score of 195.475 beat the previous benchmark by almost eight tenths. UC Davis had scored a 194.700 at the 2008 MPSF Championships. The closest challenge since had been the 194.675 at UCLA earlier this season.
Bekah Gher won the individual vault at 9.825 then finished second to teammate Julia Greer's 9.850 to highlight the SJSU side of the scoresheet. Gher finished second to Yamamura in the all-around race with a team season-best 39.275. Cassandra Harrison broke the 39-point barrier in the all-around and 9.9 on floor for the third straight meet.
Both the Aggies and Spartans square off in one week, taking part in a quadrangular with Seattle Pacific and Boise State at SJSU's Event Center.
TEAM SCORES - 1. San Jose State, 195.700; 2. UC Davis, 195.475.
VAULT - 1. Bekah Gher, SJSU, 9.825; 2. Hannah Gilbert, SJSU, 9.800; 3 (tie). Katie Yamamura, UC Davis; Cassandra Harrison, SJSU, 9.775.
ALL-AROUND - 1. Katie Yamamura, UC Davis, 39.325; 2. Bekah Gher, SJSU, 39.275; 3. Cassandra Harrison, SJSU, 39.125.