No. 30 Gymnastics Heads To The Nest For Causeway Showdown

Anna Shumaker ranks sixth in the West Region, t38th nationally in the all-around with a 39.055 RQS.<br>(Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</i>)
Anna Shumaker ranks sixth in the West Region, t38th nationally in the all-around with a 39.055 RQS.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

March 3, 2014

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Friday, Mar. 7 - at Sacramento State, 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 28 - SEATTLE PACIFIC (1st, 196.425)

TO RECAP: UC Davis (8-8) broke the 196-point barrier for the first time in school history, setting an event record on bars (49.225) and tying another on floor (49.425) en route to school and conference benchmark of 196.425... The Aggies' previous record was a 195.875, set at this season's home quad meet on Jan. 26... The old bars record of 49.075 took place at the 1999 Western Independent Championships (the predecessor to the MPSF) while the floor standard took place at the 2001 Western Independents and the 2002 USAG Collegiate Championships team prelim session... Meanwhile, the vault squad compiled a 48.825, 5th in school history; while the beam team continued its domination of the all-time top 10: the 48.950 ranks 4th all-time... UC Davis has now scored six of its seven all-time highest scores in the last five meets: 48.925 on Jan. 26 (3rd), 49.125 on Jan. 31 (2nd), 48.800 on Feb. 7 (5th), 48.775 on Feb. 16 (t6th), 49.175 on Feb. 21 (1st) and Friday's 48.950 (4th).

Senior Anna Shumaker made the most of her Senior Night meet, posting a career-high 39.275 in the all-around while hitting 9.925 on floor -- the highest score by any MPSF gymnast on any event in 2014... Shumaker takes over sole position of third on the all-time UC Davis all-around leaderboard, behind only Katie Yamamura (39.325 twice)... Her floor mark moves her into a tie for fourth in school history, behind only the 9.950s scored by Tiffany Chan (2004), Poppy Major (2001) and Flora Bare (2001)... She is only the second gymnast to score a 9.925 in the last decade, joining former teammate Michelle Ho, who did it twice on floor... Sophomore Stephanie Stamates and junior Kala DeFrancesco each went 9.900 on floor to tie for second... That was one of two career bests for DeFrancesco, who also hit 9.850 on bars.

RANKINGS: UC Davis moved up another notch to a program-best 30th in the national RQS rankings, as compiled by Troester Consulting... The Aggies have cracked the 195-point barrier at 195.090, less than two-tenths behind No. 27 San Jose State (195.25), No. 28 Kent State (195.160) and No. 28 BYU (195.16)... Among MPSF teams, Sacramento State is next at No. 45 (193.640) with Air Force (51st, 192.925), Seattle Pacific (53rd, 192.585) and Alaska Anchorage (64th, 189.455) filing in behind the Hornets.

Individually, sophomore Dani Judal entered the RQS standings on beam at 36th (9.835), highest of any Aggie on any apparatus... Stamates joins San Jose State's Julia Greer among a four-way tie for 46th on floor (9.855)... Shumaker and Iowa State's Caitlin Brown are tied for 38th among the country's all-arounders at 39.055.

UP NEXT: UC Davis heads to Sacramento State for the third Causeway Cup meeting of the year (note: beginning in 2015, only the "home and home" dual meets will count toward the Cup standings)... Meet time is 7 p.m. at the Nest... Alaska Anchorage will join the fray to form an MPSF triangular.

SACRAMENTO STATE (4-12) scored a 193.650 in a dual loss at Utah State on Friday, although junior Kalliah McCartney enjoyed individual wins on vault (9.875) and beam (9.875)... The Vancouver native ranks t9th in the West Region on vault (9.845), t15th on beam (9.790), 10th in the all-around (39.075)... Dallas Smith leads the Hornets on floor with a 9.800 RQS, and can strengthen her chances to lock up an NCAA regional bid with one more 9.8-plus in the event... Sac State will honor six seniors on Friday: Elideth Guerrero, Kailey Hansen, Kaila Kilwein, Maddie Montoya, Katie Osaki and Ashley Woolf.

ALASKA ANCHORAGE (2-8) lost a pair of home duals to Lindenwood over the weekend, posting scores of 189.325 and 189.700 on Friday and Sunday, respectively... Freshman Kallie Randolph tied for the floor win both nights, scoring 9.675 and 9.750... Junior Morgan Cook returned to the all-around, compiling a 38.000 despite a miss on bars... M'rcy Matsunami, an NCAA regional qualifier on vault, has been limited to bars action since UAA's road meet at UC Davis.

"At the beginning of the year, I said I knew this was an extremely talented and motivated team that could go 196. When we get into a meet, particularly on Friday night with all sorts of extraneous things going on, we really focus on our performance that I don't really look at the scores. I'll look at the individual score to see if it's accurate or to see if the start values are accurate in case I need to put in an inquiry. But I don't add up the sport as we go through the meet."

"This meet went a long way toward insulating our ability to qualify for the NCAA regional. We're now looking at four more meets. But it all goes back to what I said about paying more attention to our performance during a competition. The score means nothing to us other than it tells us we're doing the right things. We have four meets left and we have not completed our mission of doing the very best gymnastics we've done so far. Depending on how the judges see it, it may be better or it may be worse than a mid-196. It doesn't matter -- we have to stay in our `Aggie bubble' and take care of business."

"We control our performance through our preparation. This will not change our week of preparation for Sac State, it will not change our week of preparation going into Cal or our conference championship."

Highlight video by Greg Fulks