Feb. 27, 2012
Friday, Mar. 2 - ARIZONA/SAN JOSE STATE/UAA, 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 24 - at Seattle Pacific (1st, 192.900)
LAST WEEK: UC Davis (3-9) picked up its first win since the January 22 home dual with Air Force... Junior Katie Yamamura broke the 39-point barrier for the third time this season, compiling a 39.050... She won on both vault (9.775) and bars (9.850) then tied for third on beam (9.675) and floor (9.750)... Junior Leah Housman picked up her second meet title of the year, capturing the beam at 9.800... Other top-three finishes: Anna Shumaker on vault (3rd, 9.700), Michelle Ho on bars (T3rd, 9.775).
THE 39ERS: Yamamura's all-around effort is the fifth 39-plus score of her career... In comparison, there have been five 39-point all-around scores by all other UC Davis gymnasts - combined... Flora Bare still holds the school record at 39.200 (2003), Lynn Schwaebe is close behind at 39.175 (2003)... Ericka Ruelas was the first to break the 39-point barrier with a 39.025 in 2000... Tanya Ho matched Ruelas' score in 2008... Marcy Miller became the sixth to hit the standard, scoring exactly 39.000 at Sacramento State last season.
RANKINGS: Troester Consulting (www.troester.com) released its first set of RQS rankings on Monday... UC Davis sits 9th in the West, 54th nationally with a 191.530, helped by Friday's season-high road score... Yamamura opened at 7th in the West among all-arounders (38.785)... She is also 14th on vault (9.790) and T19th in bars (9.790)... Housman ranks 19th on beam (9.690) thanks to the 9.825-9.850-9.800 scores she has posted in the last three meets.
UP NEXT: UC Davis brings in No. 17 Arizona, No. 31 San Jose State and MPSF rival Alaska Anchorage for the lone home quad meet of the year... Although the Aggies technically have a later home meet in the form of the MPSF Championships, the team will honor its seniors on Friday.
ARIZONA (7-3) picked up its fourth straight win, scoring 195.675 in a home dual vs. Washington on Friday evening... Junior Aubree Cristello tied for the meet win on vault (9.850) and beam (9.850) before posting a first-place 9.900 on floor... She ranks 9th in the South Central region with a 39.095 RQS... The Wildcats' season best is a 196.275 (2/17) while their road high is a 195.875 at Texas Woman's (2/3)... SAN JOSE STATE (7-4) narrowly missed a season high, scoring a 194.900 to capture a home triangular with California and Maryland on Friday... Senior Thomasina Wallace won or tied for meet titles on vault (9.850), bars (9.825), beam (9.825) and all-around (39.350)... She ranks 2nd in the West, T10th nationally with a 39.305 RQS, having won five straight meets... ALASKA ANCHORAGE (3-6) has had two weekends off since scoring a season-best 189.300 in a home dual loss to Air Force on 2/12... The Seawolves are led by sophomore Melissa Doucette, who ranks 2nd in the MPSF on vault with a 9.720 RQS... Freshman Morgan Cook posted season highs on vault (9.625) and beam (9.525) in the Air Force dual.
THE SENIORS: Erika Van Dyke and Lauren Eller serve as team co-captains this year... Van Dyke won the MPSF title with a school-record 9.900 on beam two years ago... She is also a four-time All-MPSF honoree... Eller, who transferred from Washington prior to the 2010 season, was a steady beam/floor specialist for the Aggies last season... The team will also recognize Jennifer Mueller and Betsy Lim, who retired prior to this season but will graduate with their teammates in the spring... Mueller won All-MPSF distinction on floor as a freshman... Lim competed in eight meets on vault and floor earlier in her career before being sidelined by injury.
HEAD COACH JOHN LAVALLEE:
On Friday's dual at SPU: "It was our first meet of the season not counting a fall on bars, so there is a lot of good things to look at. Going into Seattle Pacific is always a tough environment. We really did a very good job. Hopefully we've got ourselves into a groove coming down the final stretch with three regular season meets and the conference championships. We've got ourselves lined up physically, mentally and emotionally to finish this season off."
On the upcoming quad meet: "San Jose State is ranked 31st and Arizona is 17th. Alaska has had two weekends off so they have had time to rest and get healthy. The meet will be very competitive and highly charged. Our team seems to do well in those environments. When we had Oregon State and Sac State here, we had an energy-charged environment and we really performed well. So we're looking forward to doing it again."
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