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Monday, July 15, 2024

Gymnastics preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. California, Seattle Pacific
Records: Aggies, 1-4; Bears, 1-2; Falcons, 1-1
Where: The Pavilion
When:  Friday at 7 p.m.
Who to watch: Sophomore Madeline Kennedy set or tied career bests in three events at Sunday’s home meet. Her scores were good for second-place finishes on vault and floor and helped UC Davis to capture its first win of the season.
Did you know? The last time that the Aggies hosted California, UC Davis posted its second-highest score of the 2011 season (194.050). Cal finished second in the dual with a score of 191.500.
Preview: UC Davis will compete at home on Friday for the second time this week as it hosts Cal and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rival Seattle Pacific.

After a strong home opener on Sunday, the Aggies hope to build upon their success as they once again perform with the support of a hometown audience.

“We’re really working on increasing our level of performance,” head coach John Lavallee said. “We’re still working on being comfortable in meets and being confident that we can perform like we do in practice. It’s a process, but we’re on the right track.”

Seattle Pacific will enter the triangular coming off of a meet against San Jose State University in which it improved its initial season score by nearly two points.

Cal was defeated by Pac-12 rival Arizona State in its last meet, but the team notched a season-high score of 194.050 in the dual-meet.

While the competition promises to be intense, the Aggies are not intimidated.

“We’re really looking forward to the match-up this weekend,” said Lavallee. “Seattle Pacific has been one of UC Davis’ biggest rivals for [years]. And any time we compete against Cal it’s a good day to go out and compete well.”

At one of only five home meets, the team is eager to have a strong fanbase at the meet, similar to the crowd of more than 500 that cheered the Aggies to victory over Air Force on Sunday.

“We’re really hoping we can draw a similar crowd,” confirmed Lavallee. “It was really energetic.”


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