Teams: UC Davis vs. Air Force
Where: The Pavilion – Davis, Calif.
When: Today at 7 p.m.
Who to watch: Though the individual routines may change from year to year, a gymnast will not typically add a whole new event in the last year of competition.
Adee Schoffman is not your typical gymnast.
The senior co-captain has been a force on vault and floor since freshman year, and has added bars to her repertoire as she’s scored in both meets of the season thus far.
Before coming to UC Davis, Schoffman did compete on bars, but shoulder injuries requiring surgery on two occasions put that to a temporary halt.
“I’m super impressed by what she’s added this year,” said senior co-captain Andi Dolinsky. “She’s pretty much been a vault and floor worker since she came in as a freshman. To be able to come back and make the lineup on bars in her senior year after two shoulder surgeries is awesome.“
Did you know? Today is not only the first home meet of the season, but also the first time the Aggies will face a fellow Mountain Pacific Sports Federation member.
In last year’s dual at Air Force, the Aggies dominated, winning by nearly two full points, before beating them again by nearly 2.5 points at the MPSF Championships a month later.
Preview: The Aggies are off to their best start in program history, and look to continue that in their home opener today.
Before this season, the Aggies had never scored over 190 in their first two meets. This year, they went 190.250 in their debut, and followed it with a 190.650.
“It was a very, very solid start for us,” said coach John Lavallee. “I think we’re in very good shape as we start the season.“
With two meets in the books, the Aggies are starting to sharpen up and see big things on the horizon.
“The feeling of competing is definitely starting to come back,” Dolinsky said. “I’m still working on getting my floor up to where it was two years ago, but I feel good about where I’m at so far.“
The Aggies are quite excited for their first MPSF matchup, especially with it being their first at home.
“Friday night is our first home meet,” Dolinsky said, “so of course we want to impress the home crowd and have a lot of fun. We love playing to the home crowd and feeding off the energy. Gymnastics is an amazing sport to watch to begin with and we really have fun out there.“
– Alex Wolf-Root