Yamamura Repeats As MPSF Gymnast Of The Year

Senior Katie Yamamura finishes her career with 14 All-MPSF awards and two Gymnast of the Year nods.
(Meghan Jordan, Athletics Communications)

March 23, 2013

SEATTLE - Senior Katie Yamamura captured her second straight Gymnast of the Year award, John Lavallee won his fifth Coach of the Year honor, while Carolyn Kampf took Assistant Coach of the Year acclaim for her work with the Aggies' floor exercise, forming a UC Davis sweep of the three major awards as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation announced its all-conference teams for women's gymnastics following Saturday's championship meet.

The Aggies won their fourth consecutive team title with a 194.950 total, second in school history and tops among all-time road scores.

The MPSF bases its all-conference awards on the regional-qualifying scores heading into the championship meet. The top student-athlete on each team plus the next four at-large athletes make the All-MPSF squads for each event plus the all-around.

Kampf's Assistant Coach of the Year recognition marked the second of her career. She guided the Aggie floor squad to four straight 49-point efforts down the final stretch of the season. Kampf also mentored Ho to two 9.925 scores, the highest by a UC Davis gymnast on any event since 2004.

Yamamura was the only gymnast on any of the four member teams to earn all-conference nods in the all-around plus each of the four events. She led the MPSF on vault with a 9.830 RQS and held the only 39-plus average in the all-around, entering Saturday's meet with a 39.015. Yamamura finishes her career with 14 total All-MPSF awards plus the two Gymnast of the Year accolades.

Senior Michelle Ho led the league on uneven bars (9.825) and floor exercise (9.885), earning All-MPSF distinction on each of those two events for the third straight year. Her floor RQS ranked sixth in the West Region as of Monday's calculations, putting her in line for an at-large berth to the NCAA regionals.



Junior Anna Shumaker won four all-conference awards, ranking second in the MPSF on vault (9.825), fifth on balance beam (9.725), fourth on floor (9.765) and second in the all-around (38.835). She lifts her career total to seven, including three straight on vault.

Sophomore Tiana Montell was another multiple winner for the Aggies, standing fifth in the MPSF on vault at 9.765 and seventh on beam with a 9.690 RQS. Junior Madeline Kennedy (vault), sophomore Lisa Wiktorski (bars), freshman Stephanie Stamates (floor) and sophomore Kala DeFrancesco (floor) also picked up all-conference certificates in their respective events.

The balance beam represented the only event not led by a UC Davis gymnast. Alaska Anchorage's Emily Petersen edged Yamamura for the top RQS at 9.785, a five-thousandth margin.


Katie Yamamura, UC Davis - 9.830
Jessica Wallander, Air Force - 9.805
M'rcy Matsunami, Alaska Anchorage - 9.790
Corrine Wise, Seattle Pacific - 9.690
Anna Shumaker, UC Davis - 9.825
Tiana Montell, UC Davis - 9.765
Jen Larsen, Air Force - 9.735
Madeline Kennedy, UC Davis - 9.715

Michelle Ho, UC Davis - 9.825
Linnaea Hance, Air Force - 9.800
Emily Petersen, Alaska Anchorage - 9.765
Stephanie Wagner, Seattle Pacific - 9.740
Katie Yamamura, UC Davis - 9.805
Lisa Wiktorski, UC Davis - 9.760
Katie Hawthorne, Air Force - 9.760
Jessica Wallander, Air Force - 9.805

Emily Petersen, Alaska Anchorage- 9.785
Katie Yamamura, UC Davis - 9.780
Stephanie Wagner, Seattle Pacific - 9.765
Jessica Hanner, Air Force - 9.740
Anna Shumaker, UC Davis - 9.725
Morgan Cook, Alaska Anchorage - 9.695
Tiana Montell, UC Davis - 9.690
Linnaea Hance, Air Force - 9.685

Michelle Ho, UC Davis - 9.885
Stephanie Wagner, Seattle Pacific - 9.760
Jessica Wallander, Air Force - 9.760
M'rcy Matsunami, Alaska Anchorage - 9.610
Stephanie Stamates, UC Davis - 9.830
Katie Yamamura, UC Davis - 9.780
Anna Shumaker, UC Davis - 9.765
Kala DeFrancesco, UC Davis - 9.755
Corrine Wise, Seattle Pacific - 9.755

Katie Yamamura, UC Davis - 39.015
Katie Hawthorne, Air Force - 38.670
M'rcy Matsunami, Alaska Anchorage - 38.600
Shannon Escarra, Seattle Pacific- 38.355
Anna Shumaker, UC Davis - 38.835
Linnaea Hance, Air Force - 38.655
Jen Larsen, Air Force - 38.400
Sydney Clark, Seattle Pacific - 38.270

GYMNAST OF THE YEAR: Katie Yamamura, UC Davis
COACH OF THE YEAR: John Lavallee, UC Davis