March 22, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. -
With a conference championship on uneven bars and three scores of 9.825 or better by junior Kala DeFrancesco, UC Davis posted a second-place total of 194.875 at its own Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's gymnastics championships, held at the Pavilion Saturday night. Sacramento State won the meet with a 195.650, thanks to a 49.050 on beam in the final rotation.
San Jose State placed third in the meet at 194.550, Seattle Pacific finished fourth at 194.075, Air Force took fifth with a 193.650 and Alaska Anchorage rounded out the field in sixth at 192.200.
DeFrancesco won the uneven bars with a 9.825, tied for second on vault with a career-best 9.875 on vault and shared second place on floor with a 9.850.
Sophomore Dani Judal also posted two second-place finishes, hitting 9.800 to take part in the four-way runner-up chop on bars and a 9.825 on beam to match Sac State's Kailey Hansen.
Due to an injury sustained during the prior week, senior Anna Shumaker was limited to uneven bars. However, each teammate called to take the place of the team co-captain stepped up to the role. Freshman Yonni Michovska hit a career-high 9.775 on vault, freshman Rachel Kreager stuck a personal-best 9.800 on beam and sophomore Jamie Yamashita hit a 9.700 on floor exercise.
UC Davis completed its night after the fifth rotation, with Sacramento State sitting on a 146.600 and San Jose State at 145.600 at that point. The Hornets needed a 48.300 or better on beam to overtake the visiting Aggies, a score they had failed to hit in three of the previous four meets. However, Sac State tied its season high of 49.050 on beam to clinch its fourth MPSF championship.
The Hornets nearly swept the individual event championships. Redshirt freshman Jesse Williams won the all-around with a 39.250, junior Kalliah McCartney claimed the vault with a career-best 9.950, senior Elideth Guerrero captured the beam title with a career-high 9.900, while senior Kailey Hansen finished her career with a floor championship at 9.875.
The second-place finish stands at UC Davis' best at a six-team MPSF championship meet. The Aggies had won five during the four-member era, including each of the last four. Sacramento State and San Jose State returned to the league this season after eight years in the Western Athletic Conference.
San Jose State's Julia Greer was announced as MPSF Gymnast of the Year while Williams claimed the inaugural Newcomer of the Year award. Air Force's Doug Day was chosen as the Head Coach of the Year while Sacramento State's Randy Solorio won Assistant Coach of the Year accolades.
UC Davis has mathematically clinched a team berth in the NCAA regionals for the first time in 1998. The Aggies will learn which of the six possible destinations to which they are headed during Monday's official site announcement. The region championships take place on Saturday, April 5.
2014 MOUNTAIN PACIFIC SPORTS FEDERATION WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
TEAM SCORES - 1. Sacramento State, 195.650; 2. UC Davis, 194.875; 3. San Jose State, 194.550; 4. Seattle Pacific, 194.075; 5. Air Force, 193.650; 6. Alaska Anchorage, 192.200.
VAULT - 1. Kalliah McCartney, Sac, 9.950; 2 (tie). Kailey Hansen, Sac State; Maria Hundley, SPU; Kala DeFrancesco, UC Davis, 9.875.
UNEVEN BARS - 1. Kala DeFrancesco, UC Davis, 9.825; 2 (tie). Katie Hawthorne, AFA; Brennan Bailes, Sac State; Jesse Williams, Sac State; Dani Judal, UC Davis, 9.800.
BALANCE BEAM - 1. Elideth Guerrero, Sac State, 9.900; 2 (tie). Kailey Hansen, Sac State; Dani Judal, UC Davis, 9.825;
FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Kailey Hansen, Sac State, 9.875; 2 (tie). Kalliah McCartney, Sac State; Julia Greer, SJSU; Kala DeFrancesco, 9.850.
ALL-AROUND - 1. Jesse Williams, Sac State, 39.250; 2. Cassandra Harrison, SJSU, 39.125; 3. Bekah Gher, SJSU, 39.000.