March 23, 2013
Senior Michelle Ho captured three individual championships while senior Katie Yamamura and junior Anna Shumaker claimed the top two spots in the all-around, helping UC Davis snare a fourth consecutive team title at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's gymnastics championships, hosted by Seattle Pacific at the Royal Brougham Pavilion Saturday night.
The Aggies scored 194.950 as a team, well ahead of second-place SPU at 193.200. Air Force finished third with a 191.925 total, just ahead of Alaska Anchorage's 191.850.
"Hitting 23 out of 24 at the conference championship is what you work all year to do," said UC Davis head coach John Lavallee, who has guided the program to five MPSF titles in the past six years. "We say everyday that it's now how you start but how you finish, and we finished in the manner in which we hoped."
Ho scored 9.775 marks on both uneven bars and balance beam, winning the former outright and tying for the latter's gold medal with SPU senior Corrine Wise. She then led a 1-2-3-4 sweep on floor exercise with a 9.875 effort.
Yamamura posted a 39.050 in the all-around to edge Shumaker's 39.025 by the minimum margin. Yamamura scored 9.800 on vault, 9.725 on bars, 9.700 on beam then placed third overall on floor with a 9.825. Shumaker tied her career high of 9.850 on vault, good for third in the meet. She followed with a 9.675 on bars, a third-place 9.750 on beam before wrapping up her meet with a 9.800 on floor.
Saturday's meet marked the fourth time Yamamura has broken the 39-point barrier this season, and the 10th for her career. Shumaker has now hit that standard in three consecutive weekends. They are the only Aggies in program history to have hit the 39-point plateau more than once in a career.
"I am so happy for them and their ability to perform at the highest level," said Lavallee about his conference champions. "Mo was unconscious tonight, she was so driven. And Yami was as well. They put this team on their shoulders tonight and brought them home.
"Anna and Yami were so close throughout the meet, it was amazing. They are the only Aggies to score multiple 39s in the all-around. Not only that, they are the only Aggies to go 39 in the all-around in the same meet, which they did last week and this week.
Freshman Stephanie Stamates placed second on floor with a 9.850, helping UC Davis score 49.025 in that final rotation. That represents the fourth straight meet the Aggies have beaten the 49-point threshold, and the fifth overall, supporting Carolyn Kampf's nomination as the conference's top assistant coach.
Shumaker and Yamamura led UC Davis to a 48.800 on vault in the first rotation, tied for fourth in school history for that event. Ho's winning bars score paced the Aggies to a 48.550 in the second rotation. Dani Judal (9.725) and Lisa Wiktorski (9.700) also provided strong support on that apparatus, giving UC Davis a 97.350 total at the midway point.
Ho and Shumaker then led the Aggies on balance beam while junior Madeline Kennedy, who earlier scored a 9.700 on vault, provided a 9.725. UC Davis compiled a 48.575 as the only team to hit 6-for-6 on beam. Finally, the floor squad claimed the top four spots in the individual standings with a superfecta of Ho, Stamates, Yamamura and Shumaker.
Besides Wise's share of the beam title, Air Force's Jessica Wallander was the only non-Aggie to win a conference event championship. She scored a 9.925 on vault, well in front of SPU's Maria Hundley, who finished second with a 9.850.
The Aggies' overall 194.950 ranks second in school history and highest ever for a road meet. In addition to the vault score, UC Davis logged another entry into its all-time top 10, as the beam total of 48.575 is tied for eighth. The Aggies won their first MPSF championship in 2008, fell to Alaska Anchorage in 2009, then won every title since 2010.
2013 MOUNTAIN PACIFIC SPORTS FEDERATION CHAMPIONSHIPS
Hosted by Seattle Pacific University
Top three plus UC Davis competitors.
TEAM SCORES - 1. UC Davis, 194.950; 2. Seattle Pacific, 193.200; 3. Air Force, 191.925; 4. Alaska Anchorage, 191.850.
VAULT - 1. Jessica Wallander, AFA, 9.925; 2. Maria Hundley, SPU, 9.875; 3. Anna Shumaker, UC Davis, 9.850... 5. Katie Yamamura, 9.00; T11. Kala DeFrancesco, 9.725; T11. Tiana Montell, 9.725; T14. Madeline Kennedy, 9.700; 21. Jamie Yamashita, 9.575.
UNEVEN BARS - 1. Michelle Ho, UC Davis, 9.775; 2 (tie). Bryn Larson, SPU; Stephanie Wagner, SPU, 9.750... T4. Dani Judal, 9.725; T4. Katie Yamamura, 9.725; 7. Lisa Wiktorski, 9.700; T13. Anna Shumaker, 9.625; T18. Tiana Montell, 9.525.
BALANCE BEAM - 1 (tie). Michelle Ho, UC Davis; Corinne Wise, SPU, 9.775; 3 (tie). Linnaea Hance, AFA; Anna Shumaker, UC Davis, 9.750... 5. Madeline Kennedy, 9.725; T6. Katie Yamamura, 9.700; 10. Stephanie Stamates, 9.625; T12. Tiana Montell, 9.550.
FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Michelle Ho, UC Davis, 9.875; 2. Stephanie Stamates, UC Davis, 9.850; 3. Katie Yamamura, UC Davis, 9.825... 4. Anna Shumaker, 9.800; T10. Kala DeFrancesco, 9.675; 23. Taryn West, 9.125.
ALL-AROUND - 1. Katie Yamamura, UC Davis, 39.050; 2. Anna Shumaker, UC Davis, 39.025; 3. Linnaea Hance, AFA, 38.825.