Gymnasts Head To Cal For Final Dual

Junior Lisa Wiktorski leads the MPSF with a 9.830 RQS on bars.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

March 10, 2014

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Saturday, Mar. 15 - at California, 7 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 7 - at Sacramento State w/Alaska Anchorage (3rd, 194.800).

TO RECAP: The Aggies scored 194.800 in Friday's road triangular at Sacramento State, slightly off their recent pace but still good enough to stand as the No. 2 road score of the year and the No. 8 total in school history... Senior Anna Shumaker broke the 39-point barrier in the all-around for the fourth straight meet, scoring a 39.075 to edge Sac State's Jesse Williams by the minimum margin... Shumaker also tied for second on both beam (9.750) and floor (9.825) while tying for third in the meet on vault (9.800)... Sophomore Stephanie Stamates also notched a meet win, edging Shumaker and Hornet Kailey Hansen with a 9.850 on floor exercise... This is the sixth time Shumaker has won the individual all-around, and the fifth time Stamates has either won or tied for the meet win on floor.

RANKINGS: With a 195.205 regional-qualifying score, the Aggies slipped one spot to No. 31 in the national rankings, all due to a 13-point jump by New Hampshire... Among the MPSF, San Jose State leads the pack at No. 29 (195.345), Sac State ranks 44th (193.990) while Air Force and Seattle Pacific sit back-to-back at 53rd (193.310) and 54th (193.165), respectively.

Among the West, UC Davis remains at No. 7, just ahead of Washington (195.030)... Shumaker ranks 6th in the all-around at 39.120, already a school record (surpassing Katie Yamamura's 39.065 RQS last year)... She is also the highest-ranked Aggie on vault (t23rd, 9.800)... Stamates leads the MPSF and joins a three-way tie for 5th in the West Region on floor at 9.860, matching Washington's Aliza Vaccher and UCLA's Sadiqua Bynum... Dani Judal (beam) and Lisa Wiktorski (bars) each hold the conference lead on their respective events... Judal's 9.835 matches SJSU's Julia Greer, while Wiktorski's 9.830 edges Judal for the outright lead on bars.

UP NEXT: UC Davis engages in one final road dual before hosting the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships (Mar. 22)... The Aggies head to Cal for a Saturday evening meet... This is the team's first trip to Berkeley since Feb. 5, 2012... Saturday's meet will run concurrently with a Golden Bears men's dual with Washington.

CALIFORNIA (5-7) has surpassed the 196-point plateau in each of the past three meets, starting with a 196.425 in a home triangular with Washington and Sacramento State on Feb. 22... Most recently, the Golden Bears hit 196.075 but were edged by host Kentucky on Friday... Senior Alicia Asturias tied for the meet titles on vault (9.925) and floor (9.900)... Senior Leilani Alferos and freshman Charlie Owens finished 1-2 on bars at 9.875 and 9.850, respectively... Cal jumped three spots to No. 19 in the national rankings with a 195.925 RQS.

"Our goals for this weekend are to use this meet to really refine and polish our performances so we'll be ready for the conference championship the following week. Obviously, we're sitting at No. 31 [nationally] and we're in very good position, so we want to solidify our ability to make regionals. We really need to have a good performance to ensure that we end up where we want to be."

"Being at Cal should not make a single bit of difference. We should be able to perform and score wherever we're at. We are focused with all hands on deck for UC Davis. It's the only thing we can control, so we put 100 percent of our energies and abilities on what we can do. We get into the `Aggie Bubble,' and we stay there."