Teams: UC Davis at Air Force
Where: Cadet Gym – Colorado Springs, Colo.
When: Saturday at 7 p.m.
Who to watch: In both the 2008 and 2009 seasons, junior Marcy Miller was named All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation on vault. She was ranked eighth in the conference with 9.655 points going into the championships last season.
The Huntington Beach, Calif. native placed first on balance beam in the season opener this year with a score of 9.750.
In last week’s meet, Miller competed in three of the four events, scoring 9.575 on vault, 9.35 on beam and 9.525 on floor exercise.
Did you know? Women’s gymnastics was included in the Olympic Games for the first time in 1928. Eight years later, the U.S. women’s team made their Olympics debut in Berlin, Germany.
Preview: The Aggies have spent the past two weekends on the road.
Both ended in UC Davis victories.
In their last competition, the Aggies posted a season-high tally of 191.525. With this score, UC Davis defeated Seattle Pacific for the second time in as many meets.
The Aggies also knocked down Sacramento State for the first time in eight years.
Coach John Lavallee said the team was ecstatic about the outcome.
“It really shows the strength of the team this year,” Lavallee said. “They’re not only talented, but they’re excellent competitors. They’re really focused and determined.”
On Saturday, UC Davis will take its focus and determination to Air Force.
The Aggies last faced the Falcons in the 2009 MPSF Championships in Colorado. UC Davis placed third overall, edging Air Force by a score of 191.425-191.000.
In that meet, Stacey Nicolini was named conference vault champion with a 9.800 score. Tanya Ho finished with an all-around score of 37.950 points.
The Aggies look to continue their road success on Saturday before coming back to the Pavillion for next week’s competition.
“We still have a long way to go and we have a lot of gas in the tank,” Lavallee said.
– Grace Sprague