Jan. 21, 2013
Saturday, Jan. 26 - at Air Force w/Texas Woman's & Missouri, Noon
Friday, Jan. 18 - at Washington w/California & UIC (3rd, 193.625)
LAST WEEK: UC Davis (2-5) enjoyed a sizable step forward from its first two weekends, posting season-high scores on three events en route to a 193.625 team total... That score is by far the highest by an Aggie team in a January meet... The previous bests were a 192.600 at Cal on 1/14/11 and the 192.425 in this year's home opener (see list below)... In fact, the earliest a UC Davis squad had broken 193 was on 2/5/10, when Erika Van Dyke and Katie Yamamura hit career highs to help compile a 194.250... The program's highest scores for the first six meets of the season are as follows:
194.250 vs. Seattle Pacific (2/5/10) - 5th meet
193.875 vs. Oregon State & Sacramento State (2/10/12) - 6th meet
193.625 at Washington w/Cal & UIC (1/18/13) - 3rd meet
193.175 vs. Alaska Anchorage (2/12/10) - 6th meet
192.725 at Sacramento State (2/14/97) - 6th meet
192.725 vs. Cal State Fullerton (2/9/07) - 5th meet
192.600 at California w/San Jose State (1/14/11) - 2nd meet
192.425 vs. California (1/11/13) - 2nd meet
Senior Michelle Ho won an individual event for the third time in as many weeks, all in meets facing at least one Pac-12 Conference member... Her 9.850 tied Cal's Madisyn O'Brien for first place, a half-tenth ahead of the Washington pair of Jackie McMartin and Lauren Rogers... Junior Anna Shumaker hit 4-for-4 for the first time in her collegiate career, delivering a personal-best 38.825 in the all-around... That moves her into ninth on the school's Top 10 Career Highs chart... Sophomore Tiana Montell hit career highs on both vault and bars, scoring 9.725 on each... Senior Katie Yamamura scored 9.825 on vault for the second straight week.
UP NEXT: The Aggies head to Air Force for their first look at an MPSF opponent (the host Falcons), an old archrival (Texas Woman's) and another major conference member (Missouri)... AIR FORCE (1-1) picked up an MPSF dual win over Seattle Pacific, scoring a 190.100... Junior Linnaea Hance won the bars title at 9.775 then followed with a third-place 9.600 on vault... TEXAS WOMAN'S (2-2) has scored 191.800 and 191.475 in its first two meets, more recently hosting No. 13 Arizona and No. 25 Brigham Young... The Pioneers were particularly strong on vault (48.625) and floor (48.825) in their home quad, one week after hitting a 48.725 on beam at Bowling Green... MIZZOU (0-2) improved from a 192.025 at home against Alabama to a 194.625 on the road at No. 3 Florida... Rachel Updike tied a career high of 9.950 on vault, helping the Tigers score a 48.925 in the event.
HEAD COACH JOHN LAVALLEE:
"We were extremely excited to see how we came into the gym and perform against these two Pac-12 schools. We really feel like we have the wheels on the tracks and that we're in position to take off and post up a series of big scores. It was particularly exciting coming into the last event. We were only a couple of tenths off Cal at that point. We had a great rotation on bars. Our two freshmen stepped up and hit great routines in the middle of the lineup, then Mo finished it off with a meet-winning performance. It was a big step up and I think it gives us a lot of confidence moving forward."
"I think we all saw what this team is capable of. By the time the meet was over, we realized as things move along, as we get a little stronger, as our presentation gets a little bit better, and we get rid of tenths on landings, we really have a lot of good things to look forward to. It's still early in the season and yet we're doing those things in a meet that makes you perform at a high level: working through a meet and figuring out what adjustments to make."
On Saturday's meet: "This is a great opportunity to get into the gym with an SEC school [Mizzou] and see what we can do. We had some difficulties at Air Force last year and we want to rectify that situation. Texas Woman's was an archrival for many years. They're a team that consistently competes for the top 36. We're very much looking forward to the meet. Most importantly, we want another opportunity to take a big step forward - we've never been a 193 team by Week 3 of the season."