Feb. 3, 2014
Weekly Release No. 5
Tuesday, Feb. 7 - at San Jose State, 7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 31 - SACRAMENTO STATE (1st, 195.500)
TO RECAP: After breaking what had been almost a 14-year-old beam record, UC Davis (5-7) waited less than a week to break it again, scoring a 49.125 in Friday's dual win over Sacramento State... The Aggies also hit their No. 3 all-time bars score (49.000) and No. 3 overall total (195.500) in the second of four meetings with their Causeway Cup rival... UC Davis also narrowly missed its all-time Top 10 list on vault, scoring a 48.750 (48.775 would join a four-way tie for 8th in school history).
In all, the Aggies have now scored their No. 1 and No. 3 all-time team totals, their No. 1 and No. 2 beam scores, their No. 3 and No. 4 bars scores and their No. 1 vault score in the last two weeks... Perhaps more impressive: they are the only Top 10 scores set in a January meet except for the program's No. 4 vault score (48.875 vs. San Jose State, 1/12/07).
Junior Tiana Montell became just the third Aggie to score 39 or better in the all-around in back-to-back meets, compiling a career-high 39.050 to win the meet... Junior Lisa Wiktorski won the uneven bars with a career-high 9.875, making her just the 10th gymnast to hit that mark or better in program history... Sophomore Dani Judal, who earned MPSF Specialist of the Week honors with her school-record 9.900 on beam on Jan. 26, followed with a 9.850 for the event title on Friday... Sophomore Stephanie Stamates, who opened with a career-high 9.800 on vault, matched her personal floor record of 9.850 for that win... Stamates and seniors Regi Solvkjar and Anna Shumaker each added 9.825 on beam while Montell chipped in a season-best 9.800 to help Judal compile the new UC Davis benchmark... The 49.125 also rates as the No. 2 beam score in MPSF history, trailing only the 49.150 Air Force hit back in 2004.
RANKINGS: UC Davis raised its total average by almost a half-point to 193.610, jumping up three places to No. 37... San Jose State leads the MPSF at 194.388 (30th nationally)... Judal leads the conference on beam with a 9.875, although it is based on just two meets... Montell has roughly a one-tenth lead on San Jose State's Cami Guyer, also based on a two-meet sample... Stamates ranks 2nd on floor with a 9.790 average, Shumaker shares a four-way tie for 2nd on bars (9.738).
UP NEXT: The Aggies head to San Jose State for their fourth meeting with the Spartans, and their last until the MPSF Championships in March... Friday's dual will be the first home meet for SJSU, which spent its first three weekends in three different states.
SAN JOSE STATE (4-8) had a bye weekend after posting a season-high 195.400 in the January 26 quad meet at UC Davis... The Spartans scored their No. 8 vault (48.850) and No. 7 overall total in school history... Julia Greer tied for the meet win on floor with a 9.875... Guyer has broken the 39-point barrier in the all-around in each of the last two meets, hitting 39.150 at Washington followed by the 39.050 in Davis.
HEAD COACH JOHN LAVALLEE:
"It was very impressive to see the team return after a big meet the Sunday before, then be able to perform at that level again. Obviously, a 195.5 is pretty close to a 195.8. Of course, we had a tremendous performance on balance beam - the best-ever. As we continue to get stronger and become confident in our ability to perform in any environment, we will really surprise people."
"This Friday, we're looking to pour it on. We want to continue our progress and continue the level of intensity and energy. This group has done an amazing job, and our two team captains [Anna Shumaker and Madeline Kennedy] have been instrumental in creating that environment.
"Last Friday's meet is more than just a shot in the arm. It really wasn't perfect. We weren't close to the 28-for-28 that we had before on Sunday, and yet we still scored right up there. That should give the team a huge boost, knowing that even if they're not perfect, they can go out and perform at a very high level."