Aggie gymnasts return to road for Air Force dual

Feb. 12, 2018

Weekly Release No. 6  | Live Video

Saturday, Feb. 17 - at Air Force, 5 p.m. PST

Friday, Feb. 9 - SAC STATE/UTAH STATE (2nd, 194.525)

RECAP: UC Davis (6-6) split its home triangular with Utah State and Causeway Cup rival Sacramento State on Friday, scoring a 194.525... The beam squad notched a 48.800, thanks to 9.8-plus scores from freshman Kelley Hebert (9.875), junior Aya Suzuki (9.850) and senior Alexis Brown (9.850)... Hebert is the second Aggie freshman in program history to hit 9.875 or higher on beam, joining Michelle Kulovitz (9.875 at 2005 USAG Team Prelims)... She also hit a career-high on vault at 9.800, good for second in the meet, en route to a career-best 38.975 all-around.

Brown won the individual all-around with a season-high 39.275, and broke the 9.8 barrier on both bars (9.825) and floor (9.825)... That marks the third time in 2018 that she has won a meet AA title... Friday’s tri meet also saw the return of junior Yasmine Yektaparast, who went 9.725 on beam... However, reigning MPSF Freshman of the Week Kyla Kessler was absent due to injury.

RANKINGS: The Aggies slipped two spots to 45th nationally, now with a 194.280 average... The all-important 36th ranking belongs to New Hampshire at 194.821... The site compiles the overall standings, and will switch from total average to RQS once teams have enough meets to qualify... UC Davis still leads the MPSF, holding a slight edge over San Jose State (194.130)... Brown continues to pace the conference in both all-around (39.180) and beam (9.840)... She also ranks 2nd on bars (9.810) and floor (9.820)... Kessler shares 2nd on beam at 9.775.

UP NEXT: After three straight home meets, UC Davis returns to road action for a conference dual at Air Force on Saturday... This is the first of three meetings between the two times, along with the March 2 home dual and the Mar. 24 conference championships... Live video is available via the Mountain West Network (link above)... The Aggies lasted visited Cadet West Gym almost exactly one year ago, scoring a 194.625 to edge the host Falcons (194.500).

AIR FORCE (4-2) ranks 3rd in the MPSF behind UC Davis and San Jose State with a 193.050 average, helped by last weekend’s 194.275 in a home dual with Seattle Pacific... That score swept the top three places in all four events, with sophomore Anna Salamone sharing the vault (9.700) and bars (9.700) title.... Junior Analise Howard led the beam squad with a 9.875 while senior Casey Bell led the trifecta on floor at 9.825... The Falcons’ 49.000 on bars ranks second in program history, while the overall 194.275 total ranks sixth in the Doug Day era.

“We had a very talented team on the floor [on Friday] but we did not meet our goal of doing good gymnastics. We were really sloppy. So short handstands, landings with a lot of steps, poor technique in our flip positions that left us taking extra steps, loose legs. Our technique was not good and we left a lot out there.”

“At this point in the season, it’s time to have good basic gymnastics. I told the team last week, there are no more freshmen. We’ve had four meets, we know what we need to do when we walk out on the floor.”

“This week, we’re heading to Air Force, who has it going on right now. They’re doing great. It’s the best team they’ve had since I’ve been here. We’ll have to do good gymnastics.”

ABOUT UC DAVIS: Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation’s best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.

DON’T MISS OUT!: Season and single-game tickets for all UC Davis winter sports are now on sale by contacting the Athletics Ticket Office at (530) 752-AGS1 or by visiting us online at

SAAC COIN DRIVE: Support the UC Davis Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Yolo County SPCA during the month of February as the Aggies hold their 11th annual coin drive at all home events. For the fourth year in a row, Big West Conference institutions will donate 100 percent of the funds raised to their designated charities, with the top three fundraising SAAC’s receiving a cash prize toward their SAAC budget. Over the last 10 years, conference members have combined to raise nearly $197,000. 



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