March 4, 2013
Friday, March 8 - at San Jose State w/SPU & Boise State, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 1 - SAN JOSE STATE (2nd, 195.475)
TO RECAP: UC Davis (8-9) broke the five-year-old school record with room to spare, scoring a 195.475 in Friday's dual with San Jose State... Oddly, the Aggies lost the meet - the Spartans hit the No. 3 score in their history to win the team race... The overall score also ranks fourth in conference history, behind San Jose State's 195.925 (2004 MPSF meet), Sac State's 195.875 (2004 at Oregon State), and Air Force's 195.675 (2004 home dual with Rhode Island)... The Aggies also hit season highs on bars (49.050) and floor (49.350), marking the first time the program has scored 49 on two different events in the same meet... The bars score ranks 2nd in school history behind the 49.075 at the 1999 Western Independent Championships (a precursor to the MPSF Championships), while the floor total ranks 3rd all-time behind the 2002 USAG team prelim and 2001 Western Independent meet.
Individually, Katie Yamamura broke her own school record with a 39.325 in the all-around... It marks the second time this season and eighth time in her career that she has hit the 39-point threshold... Yamamura also became just the third gymnast in UC Davis history to go 9.900 or better on bars... On floor, Michelle Ho tied her career high of 9.925 (T4th in school history) while freshman Stephanie Stamates became the eighth Aggie to go 9.900 or higher... All of the Aggies' counting floor scores were 9.800 or better: besides Ho and Stamates, Taryn West scored 9.800, Kala DeFrancescso crushed her previous PR by a full tenth with a 9.875, Yamamura hit a season-best 9.850... Junior Madeline Kennedy hit a season-high 9.800 on beam to tie Yamamura for the meet win... Sophomore Lisa Wiktorski picked up the meet title on bars with a career-high 9.850.
RANKINGS: UC Davis moved into a tie for 41st with a 194.090 RQS, matching its Causeway Classic rival Sacramento State... The next teams on the ladder are New Hampshire (194.310), Rutgers (194.315) and George Washington (194.415)... Missouri, which the Aggies beat back on January 26, ranks 37th at 194.425... On the regional scene, Yamamura ranks 9th in the all-around (38.725) while Ho is T10th on bars (9.815) and 11th on floor (9.840)... Anna Shumaker's 9.815 RQS on vault puts her 16th in the West.
UP NEXT: UC Davis and San Jose State meet up for the third time this season and the second time at the university's Event Center during a Friday quad meet... Also competing is MPSF foe Seattle Pacific and No. 23 Boise State... SAN JOSE STATE (9-9) sits directly behind the UC Davis-Sac State tie in the national rankings with a 194.035, having hit its season best in Friday's dual at the Pavilion... Bekah Gher was the top Spartan in the meet, winning vault (9.825) while finishing second on beam (9.825) and the all-around (39.275)... BOISE STATE (9-2) scored the No. 8 team total in its history with a 196.575 at home against Southern Utah on Friday... Kelsey Black and Brittany Potvin-Green each tied the school floor record of 9.950, leading the Broncos to a benchmark 49.575 overall... Junior Amanda Otuafi scored 9.900 on both vault and floor, winning the former and tying for third on the latter... SEATTLE PACIFIC (1-9) lost a dual meet at Air Force with a season-best 192.975, its best since hitting 193.000 at the 2008 MPSF Championships... Senior Stephanie Wagner took part in a five-way tie for first place on bars then won beam outright, scoring 9.775 on each... Sophomore Shannon Escarra scored a 38.825 in the all-around but was outdone by Air Force's Linnaea Hance (39.050).
HEAD COACH JOHN LAVALLEE:
On Friday's school record: "We had been performing at a high enough level but never all at once. We've had a hole in one or two events. It finally jelled in one day. We knew several weeks ago that if we just took what everyone had done so far, we had a 195.3. There is an art to getting 24 routines to line up on the same day, so it was awesome to watch. It was a monster performance."
"In 2010, we knew we had a really good team. I told them they had the great opportunity to be the best team ever at UC Davis. They said, `John, you say that every year to get us to work harder.' By the sixth season, they could I see I wasn't lying but it was too late. In 2011, we were 36th in the country. When I showed them what we needed to do to get to the next level, they went white as a ghost. I felt like I was the only guy out of the trenches. This 2013 group has dared to take that next step forward."
"We have a formula for success in preparing to perform well on Friday nights. We will continue that formula in terms of training and mental preparation. Having the team unit that we do has worked very well for us. The level of team camaraderie is exceptional, and it's something that has been a big bonus. We're looking forward to San Jose. Boise will be there as well, so we're eager to get in the gym with a ranked team. Over the last couple of years, this team has responded to high energy meets."