UC Davis looks north to Seattle Pacific dual

Jan. 10, 2018

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Monday, Jan. 8 - at NorCal Classic (4th, 194.400)

Friday, Jan. 12 - at Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m.

RECAP: UC Davis scored its highest season-opening score in program history with a 194.400 at the NorCal Classic on Monday... The bars squad also hit a record mark for a first meet at 48.800... The previous season-opening highs for both were the 194.300 (overall) and 48.500 (bars) during the 2015 NorCal meet, then at UC Davis... That 2015 edition still has the best such marks for vault and beam, while the 2011 home triangular with San Jose State and Alaska Anchorage has the Aggies’ best opening mark on floor:

  • Overall score: 194.400, 2018 NorCal Classic (1/8/18)
  • Vault: 48.850, 2015 NorCal Classic (1/4/15)
  • Bars: 48.800, 2018 NorCal Classic (1/8/18)
  • Beam: 48.925, 2015 NorCal Classic (1/4/15)
  • Floor: 48.975, SJSU/Alaska Anchorage (1/9/11)

Senior Alexis Brown scored 9.850 on each of bars and beam en route to a 39.200, the ninth time she has scored better than 39 in a meet and her third best road all-around score... Her career high is her winning 39.375 from last year’s MPSF Championships... Adding her 9.825 on floor on Monday, Brown has 62 career event scores of 9.8 or better.

RANKINGS: Only half of the nation’s 82 collegiate women’s gymnastics programs competed in the season’s official Week 1, which is the weekend ending on Sunday, Jan. 7... Thus, the Aggies’ 194.400 on Monday officially counts toward the as yet incomplete Week 2... That said, the score ranks 20th among the 50 teams who have a meet in the bag thus far... Note: the MPSF issued its first weekly awards, with only Air Force’s home dual with UW-LaCrosse counting toward those honors... Monday’s NorCal Classic scores will therefore count toward the MPSF’s January 16 awards slate.

Additionally, five freshmen – Kelley Hebert, Alyssa Ito, Kyla Kessler, Gabby Landess and Jamie Panchak – accounted for 13 of the 24 lineup slots in Monday’s meet... That is another high for a season opener, at least according to records dating back to 1993... The 2004 Aggies fielded five first years in 10 spots during the January 16 “Beauty & The Beast” meet (namely Nickie Bykhovsky, Brandi Forte, Megan Nakagawa, Joanne Pizzo and Julia Richards)... The 1994 UC Davis freshies get honorable mention in this regard: Lisa Packard, Annette Haug, Dawn Pavis and Alix Alderman combined for nine events plus an exhibition in that year’s season opener.

UP NEXT: After splitting its matchups with San Jose State and Sacramento State at the NorCal meet, UC Davis continues action with Mountain Pacific Sports Federation leaguemates on Friday in a road dual at Seattle Pacific... Like the Aggies, the Falcons feature a sizable freshman group, including McKenna Zimmerman, a former J.O. Nationals qualifier and an Airborne Gymnastics teammate of current Aggies Panchak, Landess, Roxanna Agah and Sarah Liddle... 

SEATTLE PACIFIC: Also like UC Davis, a gymnastics all-arounder was selected as the school’s athlete of the year in 2016-17: sophomore Darian Burns on SPU’s Ron Grady Award, just like Brown won UC Davis’ Hubert Heitman Award last year... Burns, the USAG College Division champion on floor exercise, is the lone returning All-MPSF honoree on the Falcon roster... She ranked seventh in the conference on vault last season with a 9.770 RQS.

ABOUT UC DAVIS: Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation’s best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.

DON’T MISS OUT!: Season and single-game tickets for all UC Davis winter sports are now on sale by contacting the Athletics Ticket Office at (530) 752-AGS1 or by visiting us online at UCDavisAggies.com.