March 11, 2013
Friday, March 15 - SACRAMENTO STATE/AIR FORCE, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 8 - at San Jose State w/SPU & Boise State (3rd, 194.500)
TO RECAP: UC Davis (9-11) set a school record of 48.950 on vault en route to a team score of 194.500 in Friday's quadrangular at San Jose State with Boise State and Seattle Pacific... That team total ranks 6th in school history and second all-time among road meets... Meanwhile, the vault score surpassed the previous benchmark of 48.925, set at Sacramento State almost exactly two years earlier... The Aggies also broke the 49-point barrier on floor for a second straight week, notching a 49.050 in the meet's first rotation.
Individually, junior Anna Shumaker became the seventh Aggie to crack the 39-point barrier in the all-around, scoring a 39.050... She now ranks T9th on the school's all-time scores list, and 4th on the all-time performers leaderboard... Shumaker tied her career best of 9.850 on vault for a fifth time... Sophomore Tiana Montell matched that score on vault, which ranks T7th in school history... Senior Katie Yamamura, who won bars at 9.825 and went 38.975 in the all-around, stuck a 9.875 on vault... Yamamura holds the school vault record of 9.900 (twice) while her Friday performance ranks T5th... Senior Michelle Ho delivered with a 9.900 on floor, her fourth 9.9 of the year...
RANKINGS: UC Davis (194.265) slipped behind NorCal rivals San Jose State (194.465) and Sacramento State (194.415) to 44th in the national RQS rankings... In the individual West races, Yamamura jumped up to 9th in the all-around (38.860) while Shumaker sits 12th (38.670)... Both are in line to earn individual at-large spots to the Corvallis regional... Ho leads the individual hopefuls on floor exercise, moving up to 8th in the West at 9.865... Her nearest competitors are San Jose State's Cassie Harrison (9.845) and Julia Greer (9.840)... Ho also ranks T14th in the West on bars (9.815), looking to chase down Hornet Nicole Meiller (9.820) for the at-large berth.
UP NEXT: The Aggies complete their home slate on Friday in a triangular with Sacramento State and Air Force... This is the fourth meeting between the two Causeway Classic rivals this season... UC Davis will honor seniors Yamamura, Ho, Taryn West and Leah Housman; while providing a reunion event for its alumni... Meet time is 7 p.m.
Yamamura finishes her career as arguably the finest gymnast in program history... She has won nine All-MPSF awards, 12 MPSF Gymnast of the Week nods and three conference titles... Also a two-time NCAA regional qualifier and the 2012 W.P. Lindley Award winner, Yami holds the school records in the vault and all-around... She remains the only UC Davis gymnast to score 39 or better more than once, a feat she has done eight times... Ho has claimed All-MPSF honors on both bars and floor in the two previous seasons (and should earn both this year)... She became the first Aggie to break 9.9 on floor since 2004, something she has achieve four times in 2013... West has been a steady presence on floor throughout her career, garnering All-MPSF distinction in the event last year... Housman transferred to UC Davis after Cal State Fullerton discontinued its program... She earned All-MPSF with a league-leading 9.730 RQS last year but has been sidelined by injury for almost the entirety of the 2013 season.
SACRAMENTO STATE (4-11) posted a 194.675 at Oregon State's Comfort Suites Invitational, sharing the stage with the No. 8 host and No. 20 Washington... Sophomore Kalliah McCartney tied for third on floor at 9.850, finishing with a 38.625 in the all-around... Junior Kailey Hansen led the Hornet vault at 9.875... AIR FORCE (6-12) finished third at Eastern Michigan's four-team Eagle Invitational with a 191.975, just ahead of MPSF leaguemate Alaska Anchorage (191.650)... The Falcons, arguably the Aggies' closest contender for the conference title, have broken the 193-point barrier three times this season... Their season high of 193.825 rates as the highest during head coach Doug Day's era of the program.
HEAD COACH JOHN LAVALLEE:
"There were a tremendous number of really good things on Friday night. We left ourselves a little short from allowing ourselves to stay a little higher [in the rankings], but it was still a 194.500. Up until this point at my time at UC Davis, we would have been jumping for joy. This team has definitely raised the bar for UC Davis gymnastics. I think it's a sign of where this program is at and the expectations we have on ourselves."
"We've got two meets left to go to see how high we can get. There is still a chance we can finish above Sac State and San Jose, which I really want to do. Friday is our Senior and Alumni Night. We're looking forward to coming home to have a great finale for our home schedule. We look forward to have those people from the other side of the Causeway. It's a great matchup, and we always look to do our very best against Sac State. Air Force is here. They've posted up some very good scores."