SEATTLE - Junior Alexis Brown scored a 9.800 on vault to tie for 13th place, posting the highest individual finish of three UC Davis student-athletes at the NCAA Seattle Region gymnastics championships, held at Washington's Alaska Airlines Arena Saturday.
The Aggies sent three gymnasts to the meet. Brown qualified as an all-arounder, senior Yonni Michovska competed in her last collegiate meet as an at-large uneven bars qualifier, and sophomore Yasmine Yektaparast made her first NCAA postseason appearance as a qualifier on balance beam.
Brown added a 9.725 on bars, a 9.800 on beam and a 9.575 on floor to compile an all-around score of 38.900, which finished 11th overall in the meet. Michovska scored 9.775 on bars to take part in a seven-way tie for 19th place in the regional. Yektaparast hit 9.750 on beam as part of a nine-person tie for 24th.
This is Brown's second NCAA regional appearance and her first as an all-arounder. Michovska made her first trip to the postseason back in 2014, when the Aggies qualified for the Fayetteville Regional as a team.
No. 1-ranked Oklahoma easily won the meet with a 198.075 total. Host Washington finished second with a 196.550, edging Kentucky's 196.200. The Sooners and Huskies will advance to the NCAA Championships at Chaiefetz Arena in St. Louis on April 14-15. Joining those two teams from the Seattle Regional are Kentucky's Alex Hyland and Mollie Korth, who captured the two at-large all-around spots; and Stanford's Elizabeth Price, who won the uneven bars outright with her 9.975 score.
The meet closes the 2017 season for UC Davis, which ranked 42nd nationally with a 195.105 regional-qualifying score. The Aggies also finished second at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships.