Gymnastics Hosts Seawolves In Home Opener

Senior Regi Solvkjar made her first lineup appearance in almost a full year, responding with a 9.750 on beam at the NorCal meet.<br>(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)
Senior Regi Solvkjar made her first lineup appearance in almost a full year, responding with a 9.750 on beam at the NorCal meet.
(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)

Jan. 6, 2014

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Monday, Jan. 13 - ALASKA ANCHORAGE

Sunday, Jan. 5 - at NorCal Preview (4th, 193.450)

TO RECAP: UC Davis (1-3) scored a 193.450 in a tough five-team field at the third-annual NorCal meet, held in front of a program-record crowd of 924 at Sacramento State's Nest... The overall total is by far the highest season opener for an Aggie team, surpassing 2013's previous benchmark by more than two full points:

Past Season Openers
2000 - SAN JOSE STATE, 187.900
2001 - UC SANTA BARBARA, 184.400
2003 - at UCLA, 189.675
2005 - at UC Berkeley w/Brown, 187.375
2006 - at Stanford w/San Jose State & Boise State, 186.875
2007 - SAN JOSE STATE, 187.875
2008 - CALIFORNIA/TOWSON, 189.350
2009 - at California w/Sacramento State, 190.250
2012 - at Arizona State, 190.500
2013 - at NorCal Quad, 191.400
2014 - at NorCal Preview, 193.450

Sophomore Stephanie Stamates took part in a four-way tie for the win on floor exercise at 9.850, while leading the UC Davis vaulters with a career-high 9.725 effort... Sophomore Dani Judal, limited by an ankle injury sustained late in the preseason, tied her career high of 9.800 on bars... The Aggies did not field an all-arounder, as head coach John Lavallee looked to spread his lineup slots to more individual in the opening meet... However, junior Tiana Montell enjoyed a solid three-event performance, scoring a 9.700 on floor in the meet's opening rotation before hitting 9.625 on bars and 9.775 on beam... Senior Madeline Kennedy went 9.625 on floor, 9.500 on vault and 9.775 on beam.

Senior Regi Solvkjar, who competed in just one meet in 2013, added a 9.750 on beam... Redshirt freshmen Katy Nogaki (9.625 on vault) and Taylor Baron (9.825 in exhibition on beam) made their first collegiate appearances... Yonni Michovska (9.625 on bars) was the lone true freshman in Sunday's meet, although former San Mateo GC teammate Rachel Kreager has been cleared to compete and should make her debut in the upcoming meets.

UP NEXT: UC Davis hosts a rare Monday night meet, bringing in Alaska Anchorage for its home opener... Meet time is 7 p.m. at the Pavilion... Live scoring will be available at

ALASKA ANCHORAGE will open its season at Seattle Pacific on Friday before concluding its weekend road trip in Monday's action... The 2014 Seawolves have no seniors and only two juniors on the roster... Sophomore M'rcy Matsunami captured All-MPSF honors on vault (9.790), floor (9.610) and in the all-around (38.600) last season... Junior Morgan Cook, an all-conference performer on beam (9.695) in 2013, qualified to the NCAA Seattle Regional as an all-arounder as a freshman... Head coach Paul Stoklos enters his 30th year at the UAA helm, and his 11th with the Seawolves as a Division I program.

"Going in, we really wanted to focus on the preparation we've had. Our goal was to be on top of what we're doing, and to take control of our performance. We really showed that. Even though Sunday was the first meet of the season, it really felt like a midseason meet in terms of where everybody was at, emotionally, mentally and physically. We were in the gym with four very good teams. We knew going in that we were still a couple weeks away from being really strong so we spread out the lineup a little bit and we were a little watered down. It was very encouraging to see how well we work as a team, as a unit."

"Nobody uses the first meet of the year in their RQS. I think we really accomplished our goal of starting off in a very comfortable place where we can concentrate on putting up some big performances over the next three months. The biggest thing was seeing how well we competed and how prepared we are."

"I think Monday's meet will be more of the same. Having an extra day is a bonus to us. It will allow us to take a deep breath, get back into the gym and work on a lot of little things. Hopefully, we'll get a couple more people back here and there and be a little stronger in some events."