Jan. 9, 2012
Sunday, Jan. 15 - at Stanford w/San Jose State & Sac State, 2 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 6 - at Arizona State (2nd, 190.500)
LAST WEEK: Junior Katie Yamamura posted career-high scores on both bars (9.800) and beam (9.800) to win the individual all-around in a dual at Arizona State... Her total of 38.725 marks her highest all-around effort since she went 39.075 at home vs. Stanford as a freshman (3/21/10)... It also marks the third-highest all-around score by an Aggie in January, trailing Marcy Miller's 38.775 (1/9/11) and 38.800 (1/28/11) last season... Other highs: Miller scored a 38.700 in the second 2011 meet, Tanya Ho scored 38.675 and 38.700 in two January meets in 2007, Michelle Kulovitz hit 38.600 to end the month in 2006.
Junior Taryn West and freshman Tiana Montell finished second and third, respectively, on floor exercise... West scored a 9.650 in the No. 3 slot of the lineup, while Montell's 9.575 supplemented the 9.650 on bars... Sophomore Anna Shumaker tied Yamamura for third place on vault at 9.625.... The 190.500 marks the fourth straight year (and fifth overall in school history) that UC Davis has opened the season with a 190 or better... Previous first-meet scores were 191.300 in 2011, 191.000 in 2010 and 190.250 in 2009... The first time UC Davis broke the 190-point barrier in the opening weekend was 2002, when a 48.725 on floor led to a 190.225 overall mark.
UP NEXT: The Aggies take part in an all-Northern California quadrangular at Stanford on Sunday... This will be the first of three meetings with San Jose State this season, and the first of four Causeway Cup matchups with Sacramento State... Meet time is 2 p.m.
STANFORD (0-0) was selected to finish fourth in the tough Pac-12 Conference, matching its finish at the conference meet in 2011... The Cardinal returns three All-Pac-10 honorees: Alyssa Brown (beam), Ashley Morgan (floor) and Nicole Pechanec (floor)... SACRAMENTO STATE (0-1) scored a 189.725 to finish just behind visiting Cal on Friday... Nicole Meiller (bars), Kalliah McCartney (beam) and Kailey Hansen (floor) each won event titles... SAN JOSE STATE (0-0) finished fourth at the NCAA Corvallis Regional... Senior Katie Valleau scored a career-high 9.900 at that meet to earn a trip to the NCAA Championships, making her the fifth Spartan (and first event specialist) to reach the national meet.
Note: the UC Davis gymnastics website now features a direct link to the four regular-season home meets at Tickets.com... Follow your browser to http://www.tickets.com/browse.cgi?pgid=2009200.
HEAD COACH JOHN LAVALLEE:
"Our performance levels will go up and down at the start of the season, but we want people being comfortable in performing the same way in a meet that they do in practice. We were very good at that and very confident for the first meet of the season. I thought we performed very well. We had a couple of hiccups that we didn't expect but that's normal for early in the season. Overall, we functioned really well as a team and we had a couple of people who stepped up and performed very well."
On Katie Yamamura: "Yami has done a great job in the preseason to get herself in shape; to be strong, fast and powerful. And it showed in her gymnastics. She has increased her level of gymnastics, learning a new bars dismount and beam dismount. On vault, she's already the school record-holder. She has done a really good job in preparing herself to have a great collegiate season."
"We're competing with freshmen in a lot of spots, and it will take them a few meets to get comfortable and confident enough to perform consistently. Kayla DeFrancesco had a very good first meet, as did Tiana Montell. Lisa Wiktorski hasn't competed in two years because of an injury, so it will take her a few weeks. Anna Shumaker is still coming back from surgery, so it will take her a few meets before she's strong and confident enough to perform well consistently. Those things easily take a few meets.