Gymnasts hits road season high at No. 9 Washington

March 9, 2018

Complete Results

SEATTLE - Freshman Kyla Kessler tied her career high of 39.250 to place second in the individual all-around, helping UC Davis tie its No. 10 score in school history and compile its No. 3 all-time road score of 195.500 in a collegiate women's gymnastics triangular at Alaska Airlines Arena Friday night.

Ninth-ranked host Washington won the meet with a 197.400 total, while the Aggies' Mountain Pacific Sports Federation leaguemate Seattle Pacific placed third at 192.700. UC Davis moves to 10-7 in head-to-head competition.

Kessler, a cognitive science major and the reigning MPSF Freshman of the Week, previously hit 39.250 in a home quad meet in early February. That score, along with Friday's identical sum, ties what was until recently the program's freshman all-around record, also held by current teammates Alexis Brown and Kelley Hebert. (Hebert since broke that mark on Mar. 2). Brown placed third in the all-around with a 39.150 total while Hebert was the lone Aggie gymnast to podium, thanks to her share of third place on vault (9.825).

UC Davis opened with a 48.475 on bars, then followed with scores of 49.150 on beam and 49.200 on floor. The team then closed out with a 48.675 on vault in the fourth and final rotation. That beam score ties the program's No. 5 total, while the floor total stands as the team's best for a road meet since hitting 49.250 at the 2004 MPSF Championships in San Jose.

The overall 195.500 shatters the previous 2018 road high of 194.950, set at Air Force back on February 17. Only a 195.725 at the 2017 conference meet and the 195.575 at San Jose State in 2016 rank higher in the Aggies' list of road team totals.

Kessler scored a 9.750 on beam to open the meet, hit 9.825 on beam, 9.875 on floor, then finished with a 9.800 on vault. She was one of three UC Davis gymnasts to score such a mark on floor, along with Brown and Hebert. Brown, Hebert and junior Aya Suzuki also turned in matching 9.850 scores on beam. Hebert then led the Aggies on vault with her 9.825 effort.

Junior Yasmine Yektaparast turned in a strong two-event performance as a specialist, hitting 9.775 on beam then 9.800 on floor. Fellow third-year Kara Jones hit a 9.775 on floor to round out that event total.

UC Davis returns to the Pavilion for its home finale on Sunday for a 2 p.m. meet against No. 20 California. The team will honor seniors Brown and co-captain Amanda Presswood during that meet.

TEAM SCORE - 1. WASHINGTON, 197.400; 2. UC DAVIS, 195.500; 3. Seattle Pacific, 192.700.

VAULT - 1 (tie). Hailey Burleson, UW; Kristyn Hoffa, UW; 9.850; 3 (tie). Kelley Hebert, UC Davis; Darian Burns, SPU; Joslyn Goings, UW; Madison Copiak, UW, 9.825.

UNEVEN BARS - 1. Monica Riley, UW, 9.950; 2(tie). Evanni Roberson, UW; Hailey Burleson, UW, 9.900.

BALANCE BEAM - 1(tie). Evanni Roberson, UW; Hailey Burleson, UW, 9.925; 3. Joslyn Goings, UW, 9.900.

FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Hailey Burleson, UW, 9.925; 2 (tie). Kristyn Hoffa, UW; Maya Washington, UW, 9.900.

ALL-AROUND - 1. Hailey Burleson, UW, 39.600; 2. Kyla Kessler, UC Davis, 39.250; 3. Alexis Brown, UC Davis, 39.150.

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