Road-Tested UC Davis Looks North To Seattle

Dani Judal ranks 18th nationally on balance beam, highest by an Aggie in any event this year.
(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)

Feb. 17, 2014

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Friday, Feb. 21 - at Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16 - at Alaska Anchorage (1st, 194.675)

TO RECAP: UC Davis (6-8) posted its widest margin of victory for the year, outscoring host Alaska Anchorage by a 194.675-190.225 (+4.450) margin in Sunday's road dual... The Aggies swept all four events plus the all-around: senior Anna Shumaker won the all-around (39.125) and vault (9.775), junior Tiana Montell claimed the beam (9.825) and sophomore Stephanie Stamates captured the floor title (9.875)... Shumaker and juniors Lisa Wiktorski and Kala DeFrancesco took part in a three-way tie for first on bars at 9.800... This is the third straight meet in which Stamates has won the floor title outright.

Shumaker's all-around score ranks T7th in program history and 2nd in her own personal history... It also marks the fifth time she has broken the 39-point barrier, second only to Katie Yamamura (who did it 10 times), and the third time she has won a meet AA title... The team total of 194.675 ranks T7th all-time, and No. 2 among scores outside the Pavilion... The highest road score in school history: the 194.950 at last year's MPSF Championships... The 48.775 on beam joins a tie for 5th in the Aggie record book... In the last four meets, in reverse chronological order, UC Davis has scored 48.775, 48.800, 49.125 and 48.925 on beam... Those scores occupy the T5th, 4th, 1st and 2nd slots on the all-time Top 10 for the event.

RANKINGS: Despite adding more than a tenth to its total average, UC Davis moved down two clicks to No. 39 in the national rankings... New Hampshire (40th to 35th) and Pittsburgh (41st to 37th) were the displacing schools... However, only .046 separates the Aggies from the all-important 36th slot (Bowling Green, 193.896)... UC Davis actually carries a higher RQS (193.960) than UNH (193.605), BGSU (193.955) and Pitt (193.685) despite carrying one of the sub-192 scores from mid-January in that calculation... The national RQS rankings at will begin next week.

Individually, sophomore Dani Judal has the distinction of holding the highest national event rank, sitting 18th on beam (9.844) between Alabama's Aja Sims (9.846) and Penn State's Kassidy Stauder (9.843)... She will fall out of the rankings next week as she will not have the minimum six meets to qualify for an RQS, but her 9.900-9.850-9.825-9.800 during the last four meets certainly puts her among the nation's top performers on that apparatus... On the West Region leaderboard, Judal ranks 5th on beam as the only gymnast in the top 13 not from a Pac-12 program... Stamates is flanked by a pair of Boise State gymnasts at 18th among FX performers with a 9.814 average (9.840 RQS).

UP NEXT: The Aggies begin the annual home-and-home series with MPSF leaguemate Seattle Pacific, first traveling to the Evergreen State for a Friday night meet...

LOOKING AHEAD: Fans should mark their calendars for the Feb. 28 home meet with SPU: that night will not only serve as Senior Night but it will also act as a Friends of Jaclyn Awareness Night... The Aggies "adopted" a 6-year-old Auburn girl named Alyssa Kalb as part of the FOJ program, and will honor her and her family at that meet.

SEATTLE PACIFIC (3-8) scored a road season high of 192.650 in a quad meet at Oregon State on Saturday, thanks to season-best performances by four freshmen: Kristi Hayashida (9.775 on beam), Paige Blaney (9.675 on vault), Lauren Glover (9.775 on vault) and Brenna Beltran (9.750 on bars)... Senior Kai Tindall ranks 4th in the MPSF on floor with a 9.762 average, highest of any Falcon in any event.