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Davis, California

Monday, May 27, 2024

Success in Seattle

UC Davis held nothing back on Friday in a 192.900 to 191.350 victory over Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rival Seattle Pacific.

The visiting Aggies captured four of five individual titles on their way to their first win since Jan. 22.

After a disappointing performance last weekend in which UC Davis struggled to put forward a clean performance, the Aggies counted only one fall in the meet against the Falcons.

“We had a really great meet,” Head Coach John Lavallee said. “It was … one of our best performances of the year.”

UC Davis began the meet on the uneven bars where the team scored a collective score of 48.300. The score is the Aggies’ highest for the event since their 48.350 performance at the first meet of the season against Arizona State.

The squad was led on bars by junior Katie Yamamura who took the first place title with a career-high score of 9.850. Junior Michelle Ho’s 9.775 was good for third.

Yamamura then put forward a 9.775 on vault to capture her second individual title of the night. She would go on to take the all-around with a final score of 39.050.

“To score 39 in the all-around on the road is a hard thing to do,” Lavallee said. “[Yamamura’s] been an anchor performer for us.”

The meet was the third time Yamamura has broken the 39-point barrier this season and is the fifth time in her career. No other gymnast in the UC Davis program has ever passed the mark more than once.

The Aggies’ vault score was further supplemented by a score of 9.700 by sophomore Anna Shumaker who tied for third.

In the third rotation UC Davis put forward a strong performance on floor, but was edged out of the individual title by the rival Falcons. Yamamura was the only Aggie to place, tied for third with a 9.750 mark.

Junior Leah Houseman led the Aggies in the fourth rotation on the way to the team’s second-highest beam score of the season. Her score of 9.800 earned her third-straight title on the event.

Shumaker and Yamamura tied for third with marks of 9.675.

“It was one of the performances we really needed … with the championship just down the road,” Lavallee said .

The score was the team’s highest away-score of the season.

UC Davis returns to the Pavilion on Friday to compete in a four-team meet against Arizona, San Jose State, and conference rival Alaska Anchorage.

KAITLYN ZUFALL can be reached at sports@theaggie.org.


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