UC Davis Kicks Off Season's Second Half In Seattle

Sophomore Lisa Wiktorski has hit two strong routines since returning to the uneven bars lineup.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Feb. 11, 2013

02.11.13 Weekly Release | Live Webcast (SPU) | | Live Results (SPU)

Friday, Feb. 15 - at Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 10 - at UCLA w/Washington & Sac State (3rd, 194.675)

TO RECAP: UC Davis (7-7) finished third at a highly competitive quad meet at UCLA, narrowly missing the school record with a 194.675... The Aggies compiled season-best team marks on bars (48.775) and beam (48.575) en route to the No. 2 total in school history... They also picked up the second win against Sacramento State (193.925) in standings toward the 2012-13 Causeway Cup, presented by ScholarShare... The Aggies and Hornets will meet two more times this season, making each matchup worth 1.25 points...

Junior Anna Shumaker enjoyed the highest individual event finishes for UC Davis, placing T5th on vault at 9.800 then finishing the meet with a team season-high 9.850 on beam, good for 3rd place... Most impressively, according to head coach John Lavallee, she hit that score despite the crowd noise and music for UCLA's 12-time All-American Vanessa Zamarripa's floor exercise ("Most visiting gymnasts can't do that," he said.)... The attendance for Sunday's meet at Pauley Pavilion was 4,234, more than three times larger than the crowd at Washington's Hec Ed on January 18... Senior Katie Yamamura notched a 38.800 in the all-around, highlighted by her 9.825 on bars.

Week after week, the Aggies' depth continues to stand as the collective unsung hero toward the team score... Tiana Montell competed on three events for the first time this season, tying her PR on bars (9.725) while posting scores of 9.725 on vault and 9.675 on beam... Kala DeFrancesco made her bars debut, scoring a 9.700 on the third rotation... Stephanie Stamates led the floor squad with a 9.800... Lisa Wiktorski (9.750 on bars), Madeline Kennedy (9.725 on vault), Dani Judal (9.675 on beam), Taryn West (9.675 on floor) and Jamie Yamashita (9.575 on vault) added scoring punch as event specialists.



RANKINGS: UC Davis held at 43rd in the national rankings, still based on total average... The 193.329 mean also ranks seventh in the West Region, slightly ahead of Sacramento State (193.225) and San Jose State (193.096)... Shumaker leads the MPSF on vault (9.804) and ranks 2nd on beam (9.708), floor (9.721) and all-around (38.538)... Ho's 9.796 is tops in the conference, 17th in the West... Stamates edges Shumaker for the top MPSF spot on floor (9.780), 21st regionally.

UP NEXT: After an extended week prior to UCLA, the Aggies will go through a short week of practice before turning around for a Friday night dual at Seattle Pacific... This is the second of four meetings between the two teams: UC Davis scored a 194.125 in the home dual on February 1... Both teams will square off at San Jose State on Mar. 8 before convening for the final time at the conference meet on Mar. 23... SPU has scored exactly 191.450 in the past two meets, namely the MPSF showdown at UC Davis and a home dual against San Jose State last weekend... Friday's meet will serve as a farewell to seniors Stephanie Wagner and Corrine Wise... Wise finished 2nd on floor (9.775) in the dual with SJSU... Sophomores Syndey Clark and Shannon Escarra have respectively scored as high as 38.725 and 38.600 in the all-around this season.

On UCLA quadrangular: "It was really amazing to go into that gym, probably one of the toughest places in the country to compete. It was a coming-of-age day for UC Davis gymnastics. It was a difficult environment with a lot of stuff going on. There were four teams in there, and more than 4,000 very loud fans. It's Pauley Pavilion. This team has been looking forward to performing at this meet for a couple of weeks. It has been in their sights, and it really did show. I was incredibly impressed, up and down the lineup, through all 24 routines, how we performed."

"Obviously, we've done a very good job at continuing to raise our performance level. We still want to do that. We went to UCLA and had a very good meet. Now we have six more meets coming up, and we can completely forget about everything we've done so far... and we've been off the charts so far. So I think we're in great position going into the second half. We're healthy, we have depth on every event, and I feel we're really in the driver's seat to go out and make history.

"Yami [Katie Yamamura] is getting comfortable in competition. She was really on top of things yesterday. The only thing she missed was one of those technical things, a connection bonus. In all four events, she was really strong. And Anna is in very good position. She hasn't gone 39 yet and I'm pretty sure she is going to. The sophomores and juniors have done a very good job stepping up, and our freshmen have gotten to the middle of the season with an understanding for what it's all about."