Aggies Prepare For NCAA Corvallis Regional

With a 9.900 RQS, senior Michelle Ho ranks 29th nationally on floor exercise, and fourth among the competitors at Saturday's regional in Corvallis.<br>(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)
 
With a 9.900 RQS, senior Michelle Ho ranks 29th nationally on floor exercise, and fourth among the competitors at Saturday's regional in Corvallis.
(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)
 

April 2, 2013

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THIS WEEK
Saturday, Apr. 6 - at NCAA Corvallis Regional, 4 p.m.

LAST WEEK
Idle since MPSF Championships.

NOTES
TO RECAP: UC Davis captured its fourth straight MPSF team title at the conference championship meet on March 23... Senior Michelle Ho took individual crowns on bars, beam (tied) and floor exercise while fellow senior Katie Yamamura edged teammate Anna Shumaker for the conference all-around title... Two days later, those three Aggies were officially announced as at-large qualifiers to the NCAA Corvallis Regional... The MPSF also announced its awards program on the night of the championships... Yamamura repeated as Gymnast of the Year, John Lavallee picked up his fifth career Coach of the Year award, and Carolyn Kampf was selected as Assistant Coach of the Year for a second time... Yamamura, Shumaker, Ho and sophomore Tiana Montell won multiple All-MPSF honors.

RANKINGS: Yamamura finished eighth in the West Region (and second among at-large selections) with a 39.065 regional qualifying score... Shumaker grabbed the fifth of five at-large all-around slots at 38.915... Ho finished seventh in the West floor rankings with a 9.900 RQS, the highest ever by an Aggie in any event... The previous bests were Tiffany Chan's 9.875 on floor in 2002, Ericka Ruelas' 9.870 on bars in 2002, and Flora Bare's 9.870 on floor in 2001... As a team, UC Davis finished 9th in the West and 42nd nationally with a 194.780 RQS... In comparison, as Lavallee emphasized to his team, the school record entering the year was 194.700 - lower than the 2013 team's final RQS.

UP NEXT: Yamamura, Shumaker and Ho will compete at the NCAA Corvallis Regional on Saturday... Meet time is 4 p.m.... This is the second time in three years Oregon State has held a region championship at Gill Coliseum... Shumaker and then senior Marcy Miller competed at the previous meet in 2011.

Yamamura will travel through the meet with the host Beavers, opening the meet with a bye before competing on bars in the second rotation... Shumaker, paired with Arizona State, kicks off the meet on bars... Ho will compete on floor in the third rotation... She rotates with Cal, whose head coach Justin Howell mentored both Ho and Yamamura during their days at Airborne Gymnastics... For Yamamura or Shumaker to advance to the NCAA Championship (hosted by UCLA on April 19-21), they must finish among the top two all-arounders who are not on one of the top two teams... For Ho to move on to nationals, she must win or share the regional title... She ranks 29th nationally and fourth among the competitors in Corvallis, behind Oregon State's Makayla Stambaugh (9.915) and Melanie Jones (9.905), and Arkansas' Katherine Grable (9.915).

For extended bios on the three gymnasts, an updated record book and a 2013 season recap, download this release as a PDF.

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