March 11, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Junior Katie Yamamura broke a nine-year-old school record in the all-around and tied her own benchmark on vault, helping UC Davis compile a season-high 194.025 to finish second in a women's collegiate gymnastics quadrangular meet at the Hornets' Nest Sunday afternoon. Host Sacramento State won the meet with a 194.400, Central Michigan finished third at 192.725 and Seattle Pacific placed fourth with a 191.750.
Yamamura scored a 9.900 on vault to match her own record, first set at last year's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship meet. She notched a 9.750 on both uneven bars and balance beam during the meet's first half, then hit 9.825 on floor exercise to form a four-event total of 39.225.
Yamamura's winning all-around score edges Flora Bare's previous Aggie record of 39.200, set at San Jose State back in February of 2003. It was also good for first place in Sunday's meet, beating out Hornet Kalliah McCartney, who scored a 39.150.
As a team, UC Davis cracked the 48-point barrier in all four events and went 24-for-24 for the first time all season. Freshman Lisa Wiktorski scored a 9.700 to help the bars squad deliver a 48.325 in the first rotation. Yamamura's 9.750 on beam shared first place in the meet and helped the Aggies score 48.150 in the second rotation.
Junior Michelle Ho landed a career-best 9.875 on floor exercise to power UC Davis to a 48.825 in that event. Junior Taryn West and sophomore Madeline Kennedy hit 9.750 and 9.700 to bolster the team score.
Then in the final rotation, the Aggies delivered a season-high 48.725 on vault, a score that ranks tied for eighth in school history. Besides Yamamura's record-tying effort, sophomore Anna Shumaker matched her personal record of 9.850 to engage in a five-way tie for second place in the meet.
Freshman Tiana Montell also enjoyed a career-best meet as an all-arounder. She scored 9.650 on vault, 9.600 on bars, 9.660 on beam and 9.550 on floor to assemble a meet total of 38.450 - almost a half-point better than her previous high.
McCartney tied Yamamura for the meet title on beam then scored a 9.900 to edge Ho on floor. CMU swept the top five places on uneven bars, with Brittany Petzold claiming the win with a 9.850.
UC Davis and Sacramento State meet again in a triangular meet at San Jose State on Friday. The Aggies will then return home to host the MPSF Championships on March 24.
TEAM SCORES - 1. Sacramento State, 194.400; 2. UC Davis, 194.025; 3. Central Michigan, 192.725; 4. Seattle Pacific, 191.750.
UNEVEN BARS - 1. Brittany Petzold, CMU, 9.850; 2. Halle Moraw, CMU, 9.825; 3. Kristin Tuebner, CMU, 9.800.
BALANCE BEAM - 1 (tie). Kalliah McCartney, Sac State; Katie Yamamura, UC Davis, 9.750; 3. Elideth Guerrero, Sac State, 9.675.
FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Kalliah McCartney, Sac State, 9.900; 2. Michelle Ho, UC Davis, 9.875; 3. Kailey Hansen, Sac State; 3. Brittany Petzold, CMU, 9.850.
ALL-AROUND - 1. Katie Yamamura, UC Davis, 39.225; 2. Kalliah McCartney, Sac State, 39.150; 3. Kristin Tuebner, 38.700.