Gymnastics Heads To Sacramento State Sunday

Freshman Kayla DeFrancesco hit a season-high 9.700 on bars in Friday's home quad meet.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

March 5, 2012

03.06.12 Weekly Release

Sunday, Mar. 11 - at Sacramento State w/Central Michigan & Seattle Pacific, 2 p.m.

Note: please note the start time. Previous versions of the schedule incorrectly listed this meet as a 7 p.m. start.

Friday, Mar. 2 - ARIZONA/SAN JOSE STATE/UAA (3rd, 191.600)

LAST WEEK: UC Davis (4-11) finished third in a tough home quad meet featuring No. 17 Arizona and longtime West Region rival San Jose State... The Aggies scored 191.600, breaking the 48-point barrier on vault for the seventh straight week before hitting 48.375 on floor... However, the bars squad counted two falls to slip to a 47.125, its lowest since the home meet vs. Air Force on Jan. 22... The beam team also counted a miss to finish at 47.975 - second highest of the year but still well below the 48.700 delivered vs. Oregon State and Sacramento State on Feb. 10.

Individually, sophomore Anna Shumaker was a bright spot, scoring 9.700 on vault and a team-best 9.750 on beam... Junior Katie Yamamura finished second on both vault and floor with 9.775 marks on each... Junior Michelle Ho tied Yamamura for second on floor with 9.775... Freshman Kayla DeFrancesco led the bars crew with a 9.700, almost a tenth better than her previous best of 9.625, set at Arizona State in the season opener... Sophomore Madeline Kennedy provided a solid three-event performance on vault (9.625), beam (9.675) and floor (9.600)... Junior Taryn West hit 9.700 on floor exercise and made her collegiate bars debut, scoring 9.425 in exhibition.



RANKINGS: Thanks to a 192.475 on Friday, Seattle Pacific inched closer to UC Davis in the MPSF rankings... The Aggies now hold a slim 191.560-191.375 lead in RQS... In the regional picture, Yamamura is eighth in the all-around with a 38.785... She is second to Sacramento State's Kalliah McCartney (38.920) among the teams outside the top 36... Leah Housman is 21st in the West on beam at 9.690, trailing Cal's Nikki Lew (9.730) for the at-large bid.

UP NEXT: UC Davis takes to the road in what measures up to be another highly competitive field... Sacramento State and Central Michigan rank 42nd and 43rd in the national RQS rankings, separated by five-hundredths of a point...... MPSF archrivals UC Davis and Seattle Pacific are 55th and 56th, respectively, with less than .020 separating the two (see above)... All four teams convene in a quad meet at the Hornets' Nest on Sunday afternoon.

SACRAMENTO STATE (5-7) struggled on beam to score 193.000, good enough to beat Alaska Anchorage but its lowest since mid-January... Junior Nicole Meiller and sophomore Kailey Hansen each won two events while Kalliah McCartney scored the all-around victory... Meiller picked up meet titles on vault (9.750, tied) and bars (9.850) while Hansen won on beam (9.775) and floor (9.850)... CENTRAL MICHIGAN (11-3) continued its hot streak with a season-best 194.950 in a dual win at Northern Illinois back on February 26...Kristin Eubner captured the all-around (39.150) and beam (9.875), leading a 1-6 sweep on the latter. The Chippewas, which scored 193.600 and 194.475 during the two previous weeks, travel to Washington for a triangular (with SJSU) before heading south to Sacramento... SEATTLE PACIFIC (5-9) logged its second-highest score of the year, scoring 192.475 to Air Force's 191.100 on Friday... Sherah Veron, ranked T14th in the West on floor, matched her season high of 9.875 to dominate that event... Texie Gregory won on bars (9.800) while Samantha Taylor claimed the beam win (9.700).

"I think this group is making headway to be ready for what we need to do in three weeks at the MPSF Championships. We've made some strides in our intangibles, in the way people approach things. Lisa Wiktorski did by far her best bars routine of the year. She just hung on to her dismount a half-tenth of a second too long and over-rotated it. That routine would have scored very well. She has a very difficult dismount that lands forward. She missed going big. But that's what I want. I want people going big. She really did a very good, aggressive bars routine with a big swing."

"Sacramento State will be a very competitive environment with Central Michigan and Seattle Pacific adding another dimension. We're ranked very close to SPU and they will be looking forward to meeting us in a neutral environment. This will be a good test for us to perform well on the road. This team likes to be in a high-energy environment. Getting out and running with the horses is greatly exhilarating."