May 3, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - Juniors Tiana Montell and Lisa Wiktorski were selected as team captains for the 2015 UC Davis women's gymnastics season, head coach John Lavallee announced at his team's annual banquet Saturday night. Voted by their teammates, Montell and Wiktorski replace outgoing captains Madeline Kennedy and Anna Shumaker.
Additionally, Lavallee awarded his annual Outstanding Contributions awards, given in lieu of the most traditional MVP and Most Inspirational honors. Seven gymnasts won such honors in 2014: Shumaker, Kennedy, Montell, Wiktorski, sophomore Stephanie Stamates, sophomore Dani Judal and junior Kala DeFrancesco.
Shumaker becomes the first Aggie to earn an Outstanding Contribution nod in each of her four years at UC Davis, although Tanya Ho essentially won the equivalent. She was a co-MVP as a freshman, then won OC honors in each of her final three seasons. Kennedy and Montell are both three-time recipients.
Kennedy and Shumaker served as captains for a historic season for Aggie gymnastics. The team set school records in each event plus one for the overall score. More importantly, UC Davis finished 34th nationally in regional-qualifying score, earning the first team berth to the NCAA regionals since 1998.