Aggies Sweep MPSF Weekly Awards

Senior co-captain Anna Shumaker picked up her second career MPSF weekly award.<br>(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)
 
Senior co-captain Anna Shumaker picked up her second career MPSF weekly award.
(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)
 

Jan. 28, 2014

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis senior Anna Shumaker, sophomore Dani Judal and redshirt freshman Katy Nogaki swept the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation weekly awards for women's gymnastics, it was announced by the league office Tuesday afternoon.

Shumaker captured the overall MPSF Gymnast of the Week nod, Judal was selected as the Specialist of the Week while Nogaki earned Newcomer of the Week honors. This is the first time one team has swept all three awards since the multiple accolades began on Jan. 7 of this year.

A team co-captain from Alameda High and Pacific West Gymnastics, Shumaker crushed her previous best in the all-around with a 39.225 total in Sunday's quad meet with Stanford, San Jose State and Utah State. She edged Stanford's Nikki McNair (39.075) and San Jose State's Cami Guyer (39.050), the latter of whom was a nominee for this week's award. Shumaker's all-around score, now tied for third in Aggie history, was boosted by a career-best 9.850 on bars in the second rotation, plus scores of 9.825 on vault and 9.800 on floor exercise.

Judal, an alumna of nearby Antelope High School and Byers Gymnastics, scored a career-high 9.875 on uneven bars then followed by tying the UC Davis balance beam record of 9.900. The beam score helped UC Davis break a nearly 14-year-old school record on that apparatus, while her bars effort led the Aggies to a 48.950 for third in school history.

Nogaki, a Villa Park High grad and a former teammate of eventual Olympians Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney, had sat out most of her final club season and collegiate freshman year due to a knee injury. She returned to action in 2014, and elevated her performance to a school record-tying 9.900 on vault in Sunday's quadrangular. Nogaki's score helped UC Davis break the 49-point barrier (49.050) on vault for the first time in program history.

 

 

Overall, the individual records by Judal and Nogaki plus the team records by the vault and beam squads helped the Aggies compile a fifth record, a total score of 195.875. UC Davis placed second in that meet, ahead of SJSU and Utah State.

Junior Lisa Wiktorski picked up the team's first conference weekly honor on January 21.

The Aggies return to action on Friday for a home dual with Sacramento State. March-in is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Pavilion.