UC Davis trio preps for NCAA Seattle Regional

March 28, 2017

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LAST WEEK
Idle. Last competed at MPSF Championships on Mar. 18.


THIS WEEK
Saturday, Apr. 1 - at NCAA Seattle Regional, 4 p.m.


NOTES
RECAP: UC Davis finished 2nd at the March 18 MPSF Championships with a 195.725 total score, .200 behind team champ and host San Jose State... That score ranks sixth in school history and the best among all-time Aggie road meets... It was also the highest in meet history to win the title, and fourth overall in championship history... UC Davis entered the championship as the top seed with a 194.885 RQS, with Sacramento State (194.490) and San Jose State (194.355) in second and third.


Senior Katy Nogaki broke up the five-person tie atop the school beam record with a 9.925 in her last Aggie routine... As a team, UC Davis scored 49.225 in that rotation, breaking the old record of 49.175 set just eight days prior and back in February of 2014... That score also sets the conference record... Nogaki tied for the MPSF title on beam... Junior Alexis Brown captured the all-around championship with a career-high 39.375 while tying Spartan freshman Taylor Chan for the floor crown with a 9.875... Brown also finished second on vault at 9.800, just the minimum .025 from a third individual championship.


MPSF MAJOR AWARDS: Brown was announced as MPSF Gymnast of the Year while John Lavallee captured MPSF Coach of the Year after the championship meet's conclusion... Brown is the first Aggie to win that honor since Katie Yamamura won back-to-back in 2012 and 2013... Lavallee's honor is his sixth since his arrival in 2007.


ALL-MPSF HONOREES: Brown was one of three gymnasts in the conference to earn All-MPSF nods in all four events plus the all-around, and was the only one to make the first team in all five categories... She led nine UC Davis gymnasts on the all-conference rolls:


Alexis Brown - V (1st), UB (1st), BB (1st), FX (1st), AA (1st)
Miranda Holder - FX (2nd)
Kara Jones - V (2nd), FX (1st)
Rachel Kreager - UB (2nd), BB (2nd)
Sarah Liddle - UB (1st)
Yonni Michovska - UB (1st)
Katy Nogaki - V (1st)
Amanda Presswood - FX (2nd)
Yasmine Yektaparast - BB (2nd), FX (1st)


NCAA REGIONALS: Brown, senior Yonni Michovska and sophomore Yasmine Yektaparast will represent UC Davis at the NCAA Seattle Regional, hosted by Washington at Alaska Airlines Arena on Saturday... Meet time is 4 p.m... Live video is available via the Pac-12 Network (link above).


This is the sixth straight year that UC Davis has sent multiple gymnasts to the NCAA postseason, including the team berth in 2014... Brown was the top at-large qualifier among the West's all-arounders with her 39.210 RQS... She ranks 6th in the region, just ahead of Sac State's Caitlin Soliwoda (39.165)... Brown will rotate through the meet with Oklahoma, starting out on uneven bars.


Michovska's 9.825 shares 22nd in the West on bars... She held the MPSF's top RQS for four straight weeks from Feb. 20 through Mar. 13, and now shares it with Sac State's Lauren Rice... This is Michovska's first NCAA postseason since 2014, when she was the lone Aggie freshman to compete as part of the team's appearance in the Fayetteville Regional (Rachel Kreager was an alternate).


Yektaparast had the biggest sneak attack into an at-large berth... With four weeks left in the regular season, she sat 11th in the MPSF and sixth in the at-large race on beam... However, Yaz scored 9.800 on February 24, then hit back-to-back career-high 9.850s on March 10 and 18 to rewrite her RQS in time for the regional... Both Michovska and Yektaparast will rotate through the meet with Stanford, starting out on balance beam.


The top two teams plus top two all-around competitors not on one of the advancing teams receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships in St. Louis on April 14-15... Outright event winners at each regional also earn tickets to nationals, even if their teams do not advance.


HEAD COACH JOHN  LAVALLEE QUOTES:
"The three of them have enjoyed such a great season. Our goals are the same for every meet: we go out and do Aggie gymnastics, which is big gymnastics with excellent execution. We go out and perform our very best. That recipe has brought us a great deal of success. This is a difficult environment because we're attached to a team but competing as an individual."


"Alexis is the No. 1 [at-large] all-arounder so she gets put with the No. 1 team. It's hugely exciting for her to be with Oklahoma, which has the No. 1 all-arounder in the country. It will be a special experience for her. Hopefully, she has a great day and the stars line up so that she can be competitive as one of the two at-large all-arounders for nationals.


"First things first, Alexis has to go out and go do Aggie gymnastics. She has to raise her hand to the judge and get the job done in all four events, and then you can start looking the numbers. But she has herself in the batter's box and she has a chance to swing for the fences, and that's all any athlete asks for -- to show everybody what she's made of. She had a rough meet at the regionals last year but I think it was a great learning experience for her. I hope she can bring those experiences forward to help motivate her for Saturday."