Yamamura Leads UC Davis Sweep Of MPSF Awards

Katie Yamamura earned All-MPSF honors on all four events plus the all-around.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

March 24, 2012

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis junior Katie Yamamura earned All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors on all four events plus the all-around, helping her claim MPSF Gymnast of the Year honors, it was announced by the league office on Saturday night. Additionally, John Lavallee was selected as MPSF Coach of the Year while Tamara Ross was named MPSF Assistant Coach of the Year to complete an Aggie sweep of the conference's major awards.

In all seven UC Davis gymnasts appeared on at least one All-MPSF roster. The all-conference teams are selected based on the regional-qualifying score rankings heading into the conference championship meet. The top gymnast from each school in each event is named, plus the next four student-athletes at large, regardless of affiliation.

Yamamura, originally from Palo Alto, Calif., rebounded from an injury-plagued sophomore season to enjoy an outstanding year in 2012. She earned six MPSF Gymnast of the Week awards, captured conference titles on vault and uneven bars in Saturday's championship meet and held the conference's highest RQS on vault, bars and all-around. On March 11, she enjoyed her best meet of the year, tying her own school record with a 9.900 on vault and breaking Flora Bare's school benchmark with a 39.225 all-around total.

Lavallee picks up his fourth Coach of the Year nod in his six years at the UC Davis helm. After graduating an outstanding senior class that included one of the program's best all-arounders in history, Lavallee guided the Aggies to an RQS of 192.800 heading into Saturday's championship. Most importantly, his team found its stride at the right moment, scoring better than 194 in back-to-back meets prior to the MPSF meet.

Ross overcame the loss of two senior co-captains on her balance beam squad, mentoring that lineup to two of its three highest scores in program annals. The Aggies scored a 48.700 in a home triangular back on February 10, a total that trails only the school-record 48.900 set at the 1999 USAG championships. A month later, UC Davis bettered that season best with a 48.775 at San Jose State. In Saturday's championship meet, the Aggie beam crew scored a 48.675 to help close out the team title. Sophomore Madeline Kennedy crushed her previous best to capture the individual title at 9.875, while freshman Tiana Montell and sophomore Anna Shumaker each scored 9.850 to share second place in the meet.



Kennedy, Shumaker and Michelle Ho earned All-MPSF honors on two events each. Ho had the league's No. 2 RQS on floor behind Seattle Pacific's Sherah Veron and added another nod on uneven bars. Shumaker claimed all-conference accolades on vault and beam. Kennedy won her honors on vault and floor exercise. Oddly, she missed the cut on balance beam, the very event in which she won the MPSF title.

Montell and juniors Leah Housman and Taryn West each picked up one All-MPSF award. Housman tied for the conference lead on balance beam in her first season after transferring from Cal State Fullerton. Montell, who won the MPSF all-around title on Saturday, ranked second in the league with a 38.070 RQS. West entered Saturday's championship with the No. 5 RQS on floor exercise.

UC Davis won the team title at the MPSF championship on Saturday night, scoring a 193.675 - more than two full points better than runner-up SPU's 191.150.


Katie Yamamura, UC Davis - 9.810
Jessica Wallander, Air Force - 9.785
Sherah Veron, SPU - 9.750
Melissa Doucette, UAA - 9.720
Anna Shumaker, UC Davis - 9.750
Shakea Sanders, UAA - 9.695
Jennifer Larsen, Air Force - 9.640
Madeline Kennedy, UC Davis - 9.640

Katie Yamamura, UC Davis - 9.800
Linnaea Hance, Air Force - 9.745
Texie Gregory, SPU - 9.725
Emily Petersen, UAA - 9.695
Katie Hawthorne, Air Force - 9.730
Sariaye Jensen, UAA - 9.690
Michelle Ho, UC Davis - 9.680
Samantha Jones, Air Force - 9.660

Leah Housman, UC Davis - 9.730
Jessica Hanner, Air Force - 9.730
Stephanie Wagner, SPU - 9.710
Kathleen Mantell, UAA - 9.525
Katie Yamamura, UC Davis - 9.705
Linnaea Hance, Air Force - 9.700
Anna Shumaker, UC Davis - 9.660
Aditi Kulkarni, SPU - 9.640

Sherah Veron, SPU - 9.810
Michelle Ho, UC Davis - 9.805
Jessica Wallander, Air Force - 9.725
Melissa Doucette, UAA - 9.635
Katie Yamamura, UC Davis - 9.785
Stephanie Wagner, SPU - 9.750
Taryn West, UC Davis - 9.735
Madeline Kennedy, UC Davis - 9.730

Katie Yamamura, UC Davis - 38.925
Linnaea Hance, Air Force - 38.160
Morgan Cook, UAA - 37.435
Tiana Montell, UC Davis - 38.070
Katie Hawthorne, Air Force - 38.005
Jennifer Larsen, Air Force - 37.970
Sariaye Jensen, UAA - 37.340

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