UC Davis heads to MPSF Championship as top seed

March 13, 2017


Weekly Release No. 9 Get Acrobat Reader | Live Video (Livestream) | Live Results


LAST WEEK
Friday, Mar. 10 - AIR FORCE (1st, 195.775)


THIS WEEK
Saturday, Mar. 18 - at MPSF Championships (San Jose, Calif.)


NOTES
RECAP: UC Davis (16-4) finished its regular season in strong form, posting a season-high 195.775 in Friday's Senior Nigh meet... Both junior Alexis Brown and the Aggies as a team tied school balance beam records... Brown scored 9.900 for the third time in five meets, helping the Aggies compile a 49.175... That ties the 2014 crew, which first set that benchmark at Seattle Pacific in 2014... The total score ranks 5th in school history and t10th in MPSF annals... The bars total of 48.975 ranks 8th all-time, while the vault sum of 48.825 tied a 2017 best.


Individually, Brown won the vault (9.825), beam (9.900) and all-around (39.050)... Sophomore Yasmine Yektaparast dominated the floor standings with her 9.875... Senior Rachel Kreager posted a career-high 9.875 on bars to beat out current Aggie and former San Mateo Gymnastics teammates Yonni Michovska (2nd, 9.850) and Miranda Holder (t3rd, 9.800)... Overall, five of the six Aggies on beam set or tied PRs: Brown, Yektaparast (9.850), Kreager (9.825), Aya Suzuki (9.825) and Amanda Presswood (9.775).


REGIONAL OUTLOOK: The Aggies boosted their RQS by four hundredths to 194.885, holding at 40th nationally... However, they were mathematically eliminated from NCAA team qualification, as the team's maximum possible RQS after this weekend will be 195.115... This now opens the conversation of individual NCAA qualifiers... A region's top four all-arounders not on a qualifying team earn regional berths, then the top two event specialists not on a qualfying team nor among those four all-arounders also make the trip... This week's MPSF Championship meet will settle the postseason scenarios for the Aggies' three most likely qualifiers:


• Brown's all-around average of 39.050 ranks second, and locks up a ticket to the Seattle Regional... Thus, the at-large arounders from the West should be Brown, Sac State's Caitlin Soliwoda and San Jose State's Kaitlin Won, with Air Force's Kara Witgen and Sac State's Lauren Rice battling for that fourth slot this weekend... However, Won was injured in the Feb. 24 meet at UC Davis, and has only competed on bars and beam since.


• Nogaki still has a chance to grab her third individual at-large vault appearance... She ranks third in the race with a 9.780 RQS, behind SPU's Ariana Harger (9.805) and Sac State's Julia Konner (9.785)... A season-high 9.850 or better will raise Nogaki's average to 9.805 and put her out of Konner's reach.


• Michovska leads all at-large qualifiers on bars with a 9.825 RQS, with Sac State's Rice just behind (9.820)... If Rice makes the AA cut, SJSU's Won could be next in line should she withdraw from the AA race... With a big meet on Saturday, freshman Sarah Liddle (9.800) removes a 9.775 from her calculation, and thus will raise her RQS.


UP NEXT: San Jose State hosts this year's MPSF meet at the SJSU Event Center... UC Davis holds the top seed with the highest RQS, and thus will earn the Olympic order of vault/bars/beam/floor... Live results are available at the Spartans athletics website while live video can be found via Livestream... Links are above... The Aggies won their first MPSF team title in 2008 with a then-record 194.700, captured four straight from 2010 through 2013, then claimed a sixth crown in 2015.


HEAD COACH JOHN  LAVALLEE QUOTES:
"We really showed what we were capable of. We don't strive for perfection because the perfect meet doesn't happen very often. We strive to perform, and perform well. If you try to be too perfect, you don't perform well. You have to be able to get up there and let it rip. If you try to control too much, it gets you in trouble. So we'll go with that same attitude: we want to go out and do Aggie gymnastics, with excellent form and execution."


"Our goal is always to win our conference championship. We have ourselves in position to do that. We have two other teams who are capable of some big scores. We'll have to bring our `A' game and be ready to perform at a very high level in order to walk out of that gym with what we set out to accomplish."


"We had a really good meet down in San Jose a few weeks ago. We're familiar with the gym. We're ranked No. 1 in the conference, which was our goal because it affords us to have Olympic order. It rewards the regular season and gives you something to work for. We're right on track, so at this point it's about finishing."