Feb. 4, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis junior Tiana Montell captured Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week honors while sophomore Stephanie Stamates garnered Specialist of the Week, it was announced by the conference office Tuesday afternoon.
Montell, who hails from Hilo, Hawaii, captured the individual all-around with a career-high 39.050 in last Friday's Causeway Cup dual with Sacramento State. She opened with a 9.775 on vault, tied a personal best of 9.725 on bars, tallied a season-high 9.800 on beam, then capped her meet with a 9.750 on floor. Montell also became just the third UC Davis gymnast to hit the 39-point barrier in back-to-back meets, joining Anna Shumaker and Katie Yamamura.
Stamates, originally of Alamo, Calif., scored career highs of 9.800 on vault and 9.825 on beam before matching her season best of 9.850 to win the floor exercise title in Friday's Causeway dual.
Both Montell and Stamates helped the Aggies break a six-day-old program record on beam and compile the No. 3 overall score in school history. UC Davis went 49.125 on beam and 195.500 total.
These are the fifth and sixth weekly awards won by Aggie gymnasts during the 2014 season, and the first by either of this week's honorees. Junior Lisa Wiktorski claimed Specialist accolades on January 21, then Anna Shumaker (Gymnast), Katy Nogaki (Newcomer) and Dani Judal (Specialist) formed a UC Davis sweep a week later.
Redshirt freshman Sarah Neumann became the first Air Force gymnast to win an MPSF weekly award with her Newcomer of the Week nod. She scored a career-high 9.775 on beam and a 9.725 on floor in Saturday's triangular with Utah State and Seattle Pacific.
The Aggies, now ranked 37th nationally, compete at San Jose State on Friday for the first of three straight road meets. Meet time at the Event Center is 7 p.m.