Teams: UC Davis vs. No. 6 Stanford
Where: The Pavilion
When: Sunday at 2 p.m.
Who to watch: The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation gave all- around competitor Tanya Ho [cq] the Gymnast of the Week award for the ninth time in her career and the third time this season.
The senior from Elk Grove, Calif. also won the award on Jan. 19th and 26th.
In addition, Ho posted season-best marks in the all-around (38.850) and on uneven parallel bars (9.800) in last week’s meet.
Did you know? The Aggies lead the MPSF by a wide margin with a 193.090 Regional Qualifying Score.
The next-highest score is Alaska Anchorage’s 188.825.
Preview: Before heading into the MPSF Championships, UC Davis will conclude regular-season competition Sunday with a dual-meet against Stanford.
Stanford sits at sixth in the country with an RQS of 196.450.
Cardinal gymnast Carly Janiga’s 39.410 RQS lands her at eighth in the nation in the all-around.
Janiga is also ranked sixth on uneven parallel bars with a 9.895 RQS, just ahead of teammate Allyse Ishino with 9.890.
With UC Davis’ RQS, it ranks eighth in the West Region, just behind Sacramento State with 193.140.
The Aggies are first in the MPSF in all four categories with scores of 48.190 on balance beam, 48.410 on bars, 48.425 on floor exercise and 48.410 on vault.
But it doesn’t stop there.
Ho and Katie Yamamura also lead the conference in the all-around with scores of 38.495 and 38.395, respectively.
Aggies fill the top five slots on vault, led by conference leader Yamamura with a 9.720 RQS.
With these numbers and a streak of solid team scores, coach John Lavallee has high hopes for the rest of the campaign.
“I’m unbelievably impressed by this team’s performance,” Lavallee said after last weekend’s meet. “I say that every week, but now the stakes are higher. It’s the end of the season and things are more intense. We’re working very hard to position ourselves to get into the NCAA Regional meet.”
– Grace Sprague