Hebert, beam squad hit multiple school records

March 2, 2018

Complete Results

DAVIS, Calif. - Freshman Kelley Hebert set a school record for the individual all-around, tied the school record for floor exercise, then aided toward yet another UC Davis benchmark on balance beam, helping the Aggies compile a winning 196.350 in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's gymnastics dual meet at the Pavilion Friday night.

In notching its No. 3 team total in program history, UC Davis improves to 9-6 in head-to-head competition. The Falcons even their dual record at 5-5.

"That was a disgusting amount of fun," said Aggie head coach John Lavallee. "We had been nursing a lot of injuries over the last couple of weeks and we sat some people to play it safe. Now we have the full squad on the floor, and these freshmen have decided that this is a lot of fun. They're having a good time doing it, and it shows."

Hebert finished her night with a 9.950 on floor exercise, joining what is now a five-way tie along with Stephanie Stamates (2015), Tiffany Chan (2004), Poppy Major (2001) and Flora Bare (2001). That also finished off a 39.525 all-around total, besting the previous mark of 39.450, set by Dani Judal in 2015. 

Finally, Hebert was one of four Aggies who tied career bests on balance beam to help that squad sum up a 49.250 in the third rotation. Senior Alexis Brown posted her fourth career 9.900 to win that event, Hebert was second with a 9.875, junior Aya Suzuki finished third at 9.850, while freshman Kyla Kessler placed fourth with a 9.825. In fact, UC Davis swept each of the top five places in the individual beam race, as redshirt freshman Alyssa Ito added a 9.800.

"It's like this all the way around the freshman class, but particularly with Kelley, this is a very driven, hard-working and obviously very talented gymnast. We knew she was capable of putting up some big scores," said Lavallee. "Then right behind her was Kyla Kessler, who in any other week would be up there for [MPSF Gymnast of the Week]. Then add to that Gabby Landess with a 9.850 on bars again, Alyssa Ito with another 9.8 on beam and her first 9.8 on bars."

The 49.250 on beam surpassed the old school standard of 49.225, set at last year's MPSF Championship. 

Furthermore, Hebert's record floor helped UC Davis total a 49.275 on that apparatus, good for No. 8 in the school record book. The junior tandem of Kara Jones and Yasmine Yektaparast each added 9.850 scores, with Kessler and senior Amanda Presswood chipping in marks of 9.825 and 9.800, respectively.

Kessler was the only other all-arounder in the meet. The cognitive science first year from Fremont narrowly missed her own best, scoring a 39.200 total. That makes her just the fourth UC Davis freshman to break 39 twice in her rookie year, joining Hebert (2017), Brown (2015) and Katie Yamamura (2010).

The Aggies opened strong with a season-best 48.925 on vault. Hebert tied Air Force's Anna Salamone for that event title at 9.850, while Kessler and sophomore Cammi Johnson respectively contributed new personal bests of 9.825 and 9.800. The uneven bars followed with a 48.900, another best for 2018. Hebert and fellow freshman Gabby Landess shared the event win with 9.850 scores, followed by the Falcon tandem of Salamone and Analise Howard at 9.825.

UC Davis had a 97.825 total at the midpoint of the meet, setting the stage for the school record on beam and the 49.275 on floor. The Aggies raise their regional-qualifying score by almost two full tenths to 194.710. 

"That's a big jump in the RQS," said Lavallee. "We now have that one in the books, but the important thing is that our level of performance is where we want it to be. If we can continue to perform like we did tonight, we'll give ourselves a shot to make the top 36 and return to the bracket."

UC Davis returns to action for two meets next weekend: a road dual at Washington on March 9, followed by its Senior Day home finale against Cal on March 11.

TEAM SCORES - 1. UC Davis, 196.350; 2. AIr Force, 194.050.

VAULT - 1(tie). Kelley Hebert, UC Davis; Anna Salamone, AFA, 9.850; 3. Kyla Kessler, UC Davis, 9.825.

UNEVEN BARS - 1(tie). Kelley Hebert, UC Davis; Gabby Landess, UC Davis, 9.850; 3(tie). Analise Howard, AFA; Anna Salamone, AFA, 9.825.

BALANCE BEAM - 1. Alexis Brown, UC Davis, 9.900; 2. Kelley Hebert, UC Davis, 9.875; 3. Aya Suzuki, UC Davis, 9.850.

FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Kelley Hebert, UC Davis, 9.950; 2(tie). Kara Jones, UC Davis; Yasmine Yektaparast, UC Davis, 9.850.

ALL-AROUND - 1. Kelley Hebert, UC Davis, 39.525; 2. Kyla Kessler, UC Davis, 39.200.

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