Kessler named MPSF Freshman of the Week

Feb. 6, 2018

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis freshman Kyla Kessler snared her first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Freshman of the Week award for women’s gymnastics, the conference office announced on Tuesday. She is the third Aggie to win an MPSF weekly honor in 2018, joining Alexis Brown (Jan. 16) and Kelley Hebert (Jan. 30).

A cognitive science major from Fremont, California, and Pacific West Gymnastics, Kessler tied a school freshman record with a 39.250 in the all-around in last Friday’s home meet with Stanford, San Jose State and Seattle Pacific. She tied for meet titles on both balance beam (9.825) and floor exercise (9.875), while hitting season bests on both vault (9.800) and uneven bars (9.750). Kessler also became just the third UC Davis freshman in program history to surpass 39 points in the all-around, after Brown (2015) and Katie Yamamura (2010).

Kessler’s performance helped UC Davis compile a season-high 195.150 in the meet. The Aggies return to action this Friday with a home triangular with Utah State and Sacramento State. March-in is 7 p.m. at the Pavilion.

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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.