Aggies to honor seven senior gymnasts Friday

March 6, 2017


Weekly Release No. 8 Get Acrobat Reader | Live Results | Facebook Live


LAST WEEK
Saturday, Mar. 4 - at Sacramento State w/SPU (1st, 194.950)


THIS WEEK
Friday, Mar. 10 - AIR FORCE, 7 p.m.


NOTES
RECAP: UC Davis (15-4) posted its eighth consecutive meet win with Saturday's MPSF triangular at Sacramento State with Seattle Pacific... The Aggies scored 48.850 on bars, 48.250 on beam, 49.100 on floor and 48.750 on vault en route to a 194.950, their highest road score of the year... Junior Alexis Brown tied for the meet win on bars (9.850) then captured the floor exercise outright (9.900)... Senior Katy Nogaki tied for the vault title with a season-high 9.850.


With the head-to-head wins over Sacramento State (193.475) and Seattle Pacific (191.725), UC Davis ties the Division I-era school record for dual victories with the 1999 squad... That Aggie team, which went on to win the USAG championship, went 15-16... The 1999 team also did not compete in a conference, adding one extra meet (known as the Western Independent Championships) to compile W-L records... So the current team's 15-4 is effectively a school record for wins and winning percentage.


RANKINGS: UC Davis added almost two full tenths to its RQS thanks to Saturday's triangular removing a 194.000 from the calculation... However, the Aggies slipped three spots to No. 40 (194.845) in the national standings -- four places out of contention for an NCAA team berth... Brown leads the MPSF on vault (9.820) and beam (9.830)... Senior Yonni Michovska paces the conference on bars (9.820)... Brown also ranks second in the all-around (39.050).


UP NEXT: UC Davis will host Air Force for its final home meet on Friday night at 7 p.m.... The Aggies will honor seven total seniors: Nogaki, Michovska, Emma Hicks, Rachel Kreager, Shayla Barnett, Whitney Estrada and Jordan Helgesen after the meet... Kreager, Barnett, Estrada and Helgesen are technically redshirt juniors but will graduate in 2017... Nogaki, Michovska and Hicks were voted as team captains by their teammates last spring... Live results for the meet are available via StatBroadcast while action will be streamed to the team's Facebook page as a Facebook Live event... Links are above.


AIR FORCE (4-9) enjoyed its season-high 194.500 in its previous meeting with UC Davis, a home meet back on Febuary 11... Most recently, the Falcons scored a 193.775 at Southeast Missouri, just off the Redhawks' winning 193.800... Senior Kara Witgen won the individual beam at 9.850, part of her all-around total of 38.950... She leads the Falcons on vault (9.735 RQS) and beam (9.785), while Anna Salamone is the top performer on bars (9.705)... Casey Bell ranks t4th in the MPSF on floor (9.820), matching Aggie sophomore Yasmine Yektaparast.


HEAD COACH JOHN  LAVALLEE QUOTES:
: On the senior class: "It's an interesting senior class because we have a fifth-year, Katy Nogaki; and a third-year, Jordan Helgesen. Whitney and Shayla have been strong members and strong supporters even though they haven't had as many competitive opportunities. Emma and Jordan have seen action as part of the competitive mix this year."


"Yonni, Rachel and Katy have obviously contributed a great deal in their time here. Rachel was hampered by a knee injury her freshman year. When she worked through it then had to replace Anna Shumaker at the conference championship -- that's one of my favorite Aggie stories. It really was a great moment in gymnastics history, and that's a credit to her. Then she came back after sitting out her sophomore year to lead off our bars and beam lineups. She has made a strong contribution this year."


"Yonni has had a very solid competitive experience here. She's having a career year. She leads the conference on uneven bars and is competing very wellt on all three of her events. She's gone 9.8 on floor and 9.9 on bars, and her vault has been very solid. I'm absolutely thrilled to watch her finish her career the way she has. Katy Nogaki has enjoyed an amazing career. She has the school record in vaulting. She has been in the anchor spot on beam for us all last year and this year. She has qualified for the NCAA regionals for three years and she's crawling her way up the vault board to make it again this year."


On captains Nogaki, Michovska and Hicks: "We had three captains for the first time ever, which has been different. They really got on the same page and they have gotten this team in the right direction and doing the right things. I think it's a big reason we've had the success that we have. One thing that is nice as a coach is to watch people grow into those positions and to see them become leaders.