Nogaki, Brown, Lavallee highlight UC Davis at MPSF Championships

March 18, 2017

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - Senior Katy Nogaki won the individual balance beam with a school-record 9.925, junior Alexis Brown captured the individual all-around title with a career-high 39.375, while Brown and head coach John Lavallee took home two of the conference's major awards to lead UC Davis highlights at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's gymnastics championship at San Jose State's Event Center.

The Aggies finished second in the overall team race with a 195.725 total score, sixth overall and tops among road meets in school history. The host Spartans won the team championship with a 195.925, while Sacramento State placed third at 195.175. Air Force (194.075), Seattle Pacific (192.775) and Alaska Anchorage (191.750) rounded out the six-team field.

After the meet, Brown was announced as the MPSF Gymnast of the Year while Lavallee picked up his sixth MPSF Coach of the Year nod. San Jose State claimed the other two major conference awards: Taylor Chan won Freshman of the Year while Shella Martinez won Assistant Coach of the Year distinction.

UC Davis hit both individual and team school records for the second time in as many weeks. A mere eight days after Brown tied the benchmark of 9.900 and the team matched the previous standard of 49.175, the Aggies surpassed both records. Nogaki's 9.925 surpassed what had been a five-person tie atop the UC Davis all-time beam list, while Saturday's 49.225 total broke the old record of 49.175, held by the 2014 and 2017 teams.

Brown's all-around total edged her old best of 39.350, set at Air Force on February 11 this season. She now ranks second in school history behind only Dani Judal's 2015 mark of 39.450. The animal science major from Huntington Beach also tied Chan for the floor exercise championship with a 9.875 score. These are Brown's second and third career MPSF titles, as she won the individual uneven bars as a sophomore in 2016.

The Aggies, who held Olympic order as the top seed entering the championship, hit a 48.750 on vault in the first rotation, scored a 48.850 on bars, delivered the school-record 49.225 on beam, then finished with a 48.900 on floor exercise. UC Davis' 195.725 is the highest in MPSF championship history not to win the team title, and the fourth overall in meet history. The only three higher scores in the 16-year history of the meet are Sacramento State's 196.300 last year, San Jose State's 195.925 this season, and the Spartans' 195.925 back in 2004.

Five Aggies contributed scores of 9.800 or higher en route to the beam record. Besides Nogaki's winning 9.925, Brown and sophomore Yasmine Yektaparast each hit 9.850. Senior Rachel Kreager and junior Amanda Presswood each turned in 9.800 performances. Yektaparast's score ties her career best, set last week against Air Force; while Presswood easily surpassed her previous best of 9.750, also from the Air Force home finale.

Brown was also the overall team leader on bars vault (9.800), bars (9.850) and floor (9.875). This is the second time she has scored 9.800 or better in all four events in a single meet.

UC Davis will find out which of its gymnasts qualify for the NCAA Seattle Regional during an selection show on Monday. The announcements will begin at 1 p.m.

SJSU Event Center (San Jose, Calif.)

Winner plus UC Davis competitors listed.

TEAM SCORES - 1. San Jose State, 195.925; 2. UC Davis, 195.725; 3. Sacramento State, 195.175; 4. Air Force, 194.075; 5. Seattle Pacific, 192.775; 6. Alaska Anchorage, 191.750.

VAULT - 1. Haleigh Shepard, SJSU, 9.825... 2. Alexis Brown, 9.800; t3. Kara Jones, 9.775; t5. Yonni Michovska, Katy Nogaki, 9.750; t20. Yasmine Yektaparast, 9.675; t23. Miranda Holder, 9.650.

UNEVEN BARS - 1. Caitlin Soliwoda, Sac State, 9.925... 5t. Alexis Brown, 9.850; t8. Miranda Holder, 9.800; t13. Aya Suzuki, 9.775; 20t. Sarah Liddle, 9.725; 24t. Yonni Michovska, Rachel Kreager, 9.700.

BALANCE BEAM - 1(tie). Katy Nogaki, UC Davis; Sophia Hyderally, UAA, 9.925... t7. Yasmine Yektaparast, Alexis Brown, 9.850; t13. Amanda Presswood, Rachel Kreager, 9.800; t34. Aya Suzuki, 9.150.

FLOOR EXERCISE - 1(tie). Alexis Brown, UC Davis; Taylor Chan, SJSU, 9.875... t3. Yasmine Yektaparast, 9.850; t9. Miranda Holder, 9.775; t20. Amanda Presswood, Kara Jones, 9.700; 24. Yonni Michovska, 9.675.

ALL-AROUND - 1. Alexis Brown, UC Davis, 39.375.