Aggie Gymnasts Head North To Alaska

Senior co-captain Madeline Kennedy with assistant coach Tamara Ross. UC Davis scored a 48.800 on beam at San Jose State, fourth in school history.
(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)

Feb. 10, 2014

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Sunday, Feb. 16 - at Alaska Anchorage, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 7 - at San Jose State (2nd, 194.225)

TO RECAP: UC Davis (5-8) recovered from a counted fall on uneven bars in the first rotation to score 48.800 on each of vault, floor and beam... The Aggies ended up with a 194.225, the highest road total of the year... The 48.800 on vault ranks T5th in school history while the similar sum on beam sits 4th all-time... Sophomore Stephanie Stamates won the floor exercise title with a team season-best 9.875, while sophomore Dani Judal tied for the bars win with a 9.750... Katy Nogaki (9.825) and Anna Shumaker (9.800) finished second and third, respectively, on vault... Stamates, Shumaker and Judal each scored 9.825 on beam to form an all-Aggie tie for second in that event... Junior Kala DeFrancesco also enjoyed a solid three-event night, scoring a 9.625 on bars, a season-high 9.750 on vault and a 9.750 on floor.

Under the watch of assistant coach Tamara Ross, UC Davis has now scored three of its four highest beam scores in program history during the past three meets: the 48.925 at home on Jan. 26, the school-record 49.125 five days later against Sacramento State, then the 48.800 last Friday... Stamates has gone 9.800-9.825-9.825 in that stretch, Shumaker has put up 9.750-9.825-9.825 scores, senior Regi Solvkjar has delivered 9.750-9.825-9.675 and junior Tiana Montell has posted scores of 9.700-9.800-9.650... However, the X-factor has arguably been Judal: she returned to the beam lineup for that Jan. 26 quad meet, answering with scores of 9.900-9.850-9.825... Judal had not appeared in the beam lineup since suffering back-to-back misses in early March 2013.

RANKINGS: UC Davis held at No. 37 nationally based on total average, nestled snugly in between Utah State (193.846) and Eastern Michigan (193.669)... Among the conference teams, San Jose State leads the pack at 194.500 (28th) while Sac State trails behind the Aggies with a 193.079 average (43rd)... The RQS rankings -- on which NCAA selection is based -- will begin on Feb. 24... Individually, Judal has taken over the MPSF lead on beam at 9.858... Stamates ranks second on floor (9.804) behind SJSU's Julia Greer... Shumaker is No. 5 on the conference bars leaderboard, but only .030 from the front-running Cami Guyer, also of SJSU... Montell (38.925) and Shumaker (38.887) rank 2nd and 4th, respectively, among MPSF all-arounders.

UP NEXT: The Aggies continue road action in a dual at Alaska Anchorage on Sunday... This is one of the rare times a team heads to the 49th state for a single meet... Usually, visitors schedule a Friday-Sunday combination: Towson, Brown and Air Force in 2010; Centenary in 2011; SUNY Cortland and Michigan State in 2012; Seattle Pacific last year; Temple and Lindenwood this year... Fun fact: UAA is the alma mater of Teri Lavallee, John's wife and a former Aggie assistant... Teri entered the Seawolf Hall of Fame in 2001.

ALASKA ANCHORAGE (2-5) dipped to a 188.925 in a dual loss at Illinois State on Friday, then rebounded to a season-high 190.325 in Sunday's triangular at SEMO... Junior Morgan Cook finished fourth on balance beam with a 9.600 while sophomore Stefany Bryan and freshman Kallie Randolph each went 9.725 to pace UAA on floor... Bryan also led the Seawolf all-around corps with a 37.900... Sophomore and 2013 NCAA qualifier M'rcy Matsunami, who opened the year with a 38.325 all-around score at Seattle Pacific, was limited to bars action last weekend.

"I must say I'm completely and totally impressed with how well we are competing on beam. This group has allowed its talent to show. They have decided that this is the performance level they want. Their determination and the manner in which they go about their gymnastics is 180 degrees from what it was at the meet at Washington. This group has been that good for years. We have three seniors in the lineup, they are laying it out on the line, and they are being rewarded for it."

"We've got a tough road the next two meets. We travel to Alaska, we come home on Monday morning, then we're back on a plane to Seattle. So this will test us to see how good we are. But I have faith in this group, in their determination and drive. I think it's a matter of what it's in the heart: they know they can perform good gymnastics on anyday and anywhere."