Gymnasts host first of two Causeway Cup meets

Feb. 5, 2018

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Friday, Feb. 9 - SACRAMENTO STATE/UTAH STATE, 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 2 - STANFORD/SAN JOSE STATE/SPU (2nd, 195.150)

RECAP: UC Davis (5-5) broke the 195-point barrier for the first time this season, finishing second behind No. 21 Stanford with a 195.150 team total... The meet also included the Aggies’ first 49-point event, hitting 49.000 on floor... The vault crew also scored a season high of 48.750.

Freshman Kyla Kessler finished second in the all-around with a 39.250, tying teammate Alexis Brown’s school record for a freshman... She tied for the event wins on beam (9.825) and floor (9.875), while establishing new season bests on vault (9.800) and bars (9.750)... Kessler becomes the third Aggie to crack the 39-point barrier as a freshman, a feat previously performed by Brown (2015) and Katie Yamamura (2010).

Brown, who hit that score in a 2015 home meet with Washington, went 39.125 for her 12th 39-plus career meet... She was part of the four-way tie atop the beam standings at 9.825... Freshman Gabby Landess placed second on uneven bars at 9.850, t3rd on floor with a 9.825, both season bests... Kessler, Kelley Hebert (9.725) and Alyssa Ito (9.725) each hit 2018 highs on vault... Former UC Davis diver Cammi Johnson, who joined the Aggies during the December holiday break, made her collegiate debut in that event at 9.725.

RANKINGS: UC Davis jumped five places to 43rd nationally with an average of 194.219... The team also leapfrogged SJSU (194.038) for the top spot in the MPSF rankings... This is an overall team goal for the regular season, as it ensures Olympic order for the conference championships... Brown leads the conference in all-around (39.156) and beam (9.838), while sharing the lead on bars with Spartan Kaitlin Won (9.806)... She is also t2nd on floor with a 9.819 average, matching SJSU’s Ellie Pascoe-Long... Kessler moved from t7th to 2nd among the MPSF beam leaders with a 9.775 average.

UP NEXT: UC Davis concludes its three-meet homestand with a Friday triangular that features No. 37 Utah State and MPSF/Causeway Cup rival Sacramento State...  Live stats are available via StatBroadcast while live video can be found as a live event on the team’s Facebook page... Both link are above... Katy Nogaki and Michael Lorenzen will provide live commentary on the video stream... Nogaki earned five All-MPSF awards, set or tied two school records, won last year’s conference beam title, and competed at three straight NCAA regionals in her career from 2014-17... Lorenzen, who serves as UC Davis’ senior associate athletics director, coached gymnastics at Iowa, Stanford and Arizona State... He also presided over the NACGC/W and earned two Big Ten Coach of the Year awards.

PROMOTIONS: For the second straight meet, Chick-Fil-A will run a concession stand on the concourse, with free meal vouchers going out to fans... LIFEWTR, which sponsors the pre-meet exhibition, provided Aggie gymnastics T-shirts that will go out to fans and meet volunteers... Additionally, the UC Davis Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will staff a table for the Big West Coin Drive, a month-long benefit that will support the Yolo County SPCA... The SAACs at each Big West school compete to see which fan base generates the most donations... UC Davis finished seventh in the league in 2017.

UTAH STATE (2-3) scored a 195.150 in a home dual with Boise State on Friday, its third score of 195 or better this season... Freshman Autumn DeHarde scored a winning 9.925 on floor exercise, becoming the first USU gymnast to hit that mark in a decade... Junior Madison Ward, who also finished third on vault (9.850), followed with a 9.900 on floor... Utah State has made four straight NCAA regionals... SACRAMENTO STATE (1-9) scored 193.000 in Alaska Anchorage’s Seawolf Invitational on Saturday... Annie Juarez compiled a career-high 39.125 in the all-around while senior Courtney Soliwoda captured the meet bars title at 9.850.

“We are at the one-third point of the season. They’re starting to get comfortable at trusting their good gymnastics, the good technique and the good shapes that will get you home. It’s starting to show in their level of performance. They’re cleaning up the little things. If everybody fixes one tenth of a point, that’s two points in the team score. So steps on landings, handstands on bars, wobbles and little balance checks on beam. These are things that the casual observer doesn’t notice, but the judges sure do.”

“Our win over San Jose put us No. 1 in MPSF. Maintaining that throughout the rest of the season is important for us. We will have our hands full. Utah State is ranked slightly ahead of us. For us to have another MPSF opponent and a Mountain West opponent is a really good test for us. It gives us an opportunity to go big.” 

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

SAAC COIN DRIVE: Support the UC Davis Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Yolo County SPCA during the month of February as the Aggies hold their 11th annual coin drive at all home events. For the fourth year in a row, Big West Conference institutions will donate 100 percent of the funds raised to their designated charities, with the top three fundraising SAAC’s receiving a cash prize toward their SAAC budget. Over the last 10 years, conference members have combined to raise nearly $197,000.