Defending MPSF Champion, UC Davis
March 15, 2016
MPSF Women's Gym Release 10
Live Championship Results
Live Championship Video
UC DAVIS totaled a season-high and second-place 196.025 in a home tri-meet with No. 14 California and Sacramento State (Mar. 11). The Aggie team total was their third-highest in school history and ranks fourth all-time in the MPSF. Yasmine Yektaparast recorded 9.775 on beam and 9.850 on floor. UC Davis posted a 49.125 beam total, tied for third in UCD history and tied for fourth in the MPSF, along with a 49.200 on floor (UCD 8th ranked; MPSF T-19th ranked). Stephanie Stamates tied season-highs on beam (9.875) and floor (9.90), marking her fourth meet this year of 9.875 on beam (third-straight). Defending MPSF Champion UC Davis owns an all-time high six conference titles, all in the last eight years.
SACRAMENTO STATE hosts the 15th-annual MPSF Championship Meet Saturday (Mar. 19) in the Nest for the third time (2003, 2005). The Hornets are four-time champions (2014, 2005, 2003, 2002), including both years they hosted. Sacramento State comes off the 19th-best total score in MPSF history with 195.425 at UC Davis, a meet also featuring No. 14 California (Mar. 11). The Hornets have already accumulated the second-best MPSF all-time score from earlier this year of 196.475 (Feb. 19). Lauren Rice went 39.225 all-around in the regular season finale, highlighted by 9.90 on floor and a career-high tying 9.85 on beam.
SAN JOSE STATE Maddie Herr tied the seventh-highest all-around in both Spartan and MPSF history with a 39.350 total, in a competitive tri-meet at No. 12 Boise State, with No. 27 Southern Utah (Mar. 11). San Jose State recorded a season-high 195.350. The Spartan total ranks 22nd all-time in the MPSF. Herr went no lower than 9.80 in each of her events, topping out with 9.875 on vault and bars, en route to tying the best all-around in the MPSF this year. Allison Bellingham shared second-place on beam (9.825). San Jose State has one MPSF title to its program, when it hosted the championship in 2004.
SEATTLE PACIFIC Senior Maria Hundley broke the 11-year-old school record and tied for the seventh-highest all-around in MPSF history, finishing with 39.350 on Senior Night (Mar. 7) vs. No. 24 Washington. She placed second on vault and bars (9.85), and fourth on floor and fifth on beam (9.825). Kristi Hayashida posted a winning balance beam score of 9.90—the 12th SPU gymnast to hit that mark in program history. The Falcons totaled 193.450. Five days later at 24th-ranked UW, along with No. 10 Denver, the Falcons accumulated a season-best 193.950. Ariana Harger tallied a career all-around of 38.875. SPU owns two MPSF Championships, going back-to-back in 2006 and 2007.
ALASKA-ANCHORAGE smashed its school record score of 194.125 in a home dual win over Air Force (Mar. 13). M’rcy Matsunami won the all-around (39.175), as she did in the first meet vs. AFA (38.825; Mar. 11). She won eight of 10 titles over the two meets, highlighted by a 9.85 floor in Sunday’s dual. She owns 41 career victories heading into the postseason, second-most in UAA’s D-I history. The Seawolves have one MPSF title to their name from 2009.
AIR FORCE Shannen Kelly posted a first-place career-high 9.85 on beam in the second dual at UAA. In the first meet, the Falcons went one-two on beam, with Sarah Neumann’s first-place career-high 9.85 and Kara Witgen’s second-place season-high 9.80. The Academy totaled 191.975 in the second meet. Mariana Murphy tied for second on bars on night one (9.725).