Aggies First in MPSF to Break 195 in '18

Kyla Kessler, UC Davis (Photo by Wayne Tilcock)
Kyla Kessler, UC Davis (Photo by Wayne Tilcock)
Feb. 6, 2018

MPSF Women's Gym Release 5


Sacramento State senior Annie Juarez (Westfield, IN) set her career-high in the all-around by over one point (39.125) and finished first in a threeteam meet which featured Air Force and the host Alaska Anchorage (Feb. 3). Juarez opened the competition with a career-high 9.775 on balance beam where she tied for third-place. She then scored a season-high 9.850 on floor to place second. A third-place tying 9.700 on vault was then followed by a third-place 9.800 on bars. Her total marked the first time this season a Hornet surpassed 39. This is the fifth career MPSF weekly award for Juarez, previously earning three specialist and one freshman honor. Others Nominated: Alexis Brown (UCD); Anna Salamone (AFA); Kendra Daniels (UAA).…


UC Davis true freshman Kyla Kessler (Fremont, CA) finished second in the all-around with 39.250, tying the school record for a freshman, in a home quad meet (Feb. 3). She took part in a four-way tie for the meet title on beam (9.825), then tied for the floor exercise win (9.875). Kessler also posted 9.800 on vault and 9.750 on bars, both career-bests. UC Davis became the first MPSF team in 2018 to break the 195-point barrier, scoring a second-place 195.150 against No. 21 Stanford, San Jose State and Seattle Pacific. This is the first career MPSF honor for Kessler. Others Nominated: Isabelle Fox (UAA); Cam Barber (AFA).…


Air Force junior Emily Luers (Maineville, OH) posted a career-best 9.800 to finish second out of 18 gymnasts on the balance beam in a road tri-meet with Sacramento State and the host Alaska-Anchorage (Feb. 3). Luers added 0.050 points to her overall score for the first 9.800 of her career. She led the Falcons to a season-high team score of 48.575 on the beam, and helped Air Force to the overall team win in the meet (193.100). This is the first career MPSF weekly award for Luers, while the Falcons have now earned four of the five MPSF specialist awards this year. Others Nominated: Hope Nelson (UAA)…


UC DAVIS scored a 2018 MPSF-high 195.150 in taking second-place at the quad it hosted against No. 21 Stanford, San Jose State, and Seattle Pacific last Friday (Feb. 2). Freshman Kyla Kessler tied for the meet win on both the balance beam (9.825) and floor (9.875), en route to a second-place all-around and tying the UCD freshman record (39.250). UCD totaled 49 on floor, the first to reach that mark on any event in the MPSF this year. Kessler shared the beam win with Alexis Brown and two Stanford gymnasts. Gabby Landess tied for second on bars (9.85) and shared third on floor (9.825). Brown was third all-around (39.125), breaking 39 for the third-straight meet.

AIR FORCE won a tri-meet at Alaska-Anchorage with 193.100, ahead of the hosts and second-place Sacramento State by one-tenth overall. Anna Salamone won her second event in as many meets, tying her career-high 9.775 to tie for the vault win. Emily Luers posted 9.80 for a second-place beam routine, just ahead of third-place Cam Barber’s personal-best 9.775. Jamie Lewis had a season-high and third-place floor exercise (9.80).

SAN JOSE STATE scored 192.975 to place third of four at UC Davis (Feb. 2). The uneven bars team recorded a season-best 48.775, led by Kaprece Nadonza at 9.80. Taylor Chan posted a team-high 9.825 on floor, and Katie Won totaled 38.925 all-around.

SEATTLE PACIFIC totaled 190.750 at the UC Davis Quad (Feb. 2). Darian Burns recorded a career all-around (38.775), backed by a careerhigh 9.75 on balance beam and season-high 9.70 on bars. Haven Lanzador had career-highs of 9.750 on bars and 9.650 on beam.

SACRAMENTO STATE accumulated 193 at the Alaska-Anchorage tri-meet. Annie Juarez delivered a career all-around to win the title (39.125). She had three third-place routines; beam (9.775, tie), vault (9.70, tie), and bars (9.80), and a second-place floor (9.85). Caitlin and Courtney Soliwoda each won an individual title, with the former sharing the vault win (9.775) and the latter winning bars (9.85).

ALASKA-ANCHORAGE broke the 190 barrier (190.125) as it hosted Air Force and Sacramento State (Feb. 3). Isabelle Fox delivered a top10 all-time Seawolf Floor routine (9.875), en route to a 38.700 all-around. Mackenzie Miller tied for fourth on floor with a career-high 9.775. Kendra Daniels won the beam (9.875) in her final home meet, now owning two of the top-three UAA beam scores all-time.