Taking the stage for their first meeting in nearly two years, the UC Davis women’s gymnastics team came out of the gate strong on Sunday afternoon, scoring a 194.625 to finish second in a three-way meeting with the Michigan State and Sacramento State in the season opener. for the three University Credit Union Center teams.
The Spartans took top team honors at 195.875, followed by the Aggies in second and the Hornets in third at 190.825.
UC Davis’ score was its highest in a home opener since game-by-game records became available from the 1998 season, its highest since posting a 194.875 in a duel with Sacramento State in the final game before the pandemic shut things down in March. of 2020 and his highest in a home meet since posting a 194.850 in a quadruple meet with Washington, Illinois and Yale on March 15, 2019.
After opening with a 48.925 on vault and 47.600 on bars, much of the Aggies’ success came on beam Sunday afternoon as they tied the school record with a 49.250, tying the mark set against the Air Force on March 2, 2018.
No competitor from UC Davis scored below 9.70 on apparatus. Rookie Megan Ray and senior Kyla Kessler tied for first place with a 9.90 – both setting personal bests in the process. Sophomore Kaitlyn Lyle scored a 9.85, while sophomore Emma Otsu and rookie Ava Scafani finished with identical scores of 9.80 as UC Davis edged the Spartans by 49.200 for the best score. event team.
Otsu and Ray continued their stellar debut on floor, finishing second and third with scores of 9.85 and 9.825, respectively, helping the Aggies reach 48.850 as a team.
Kessler, who finished third in the all-around with a 49.050, tied for team honors on vault alongside Ray with a 9.825 – good for a tie for fourth at the end of the day – while the junior Logan Clagg 9.675 earned top team honors on bars, placing fifth overall for the competition.
Michigan State finished 1-2 in the all-around with Delanie Harkness scoring a 39.175, followed by teammate Skyla Schulte and her 39.125. Schulte and Gabrielle Stephen took individual honors on vault with a score of 9.875, while Harkness added a title on bars with a score of 9.90. Giana Kalefe and Baleigh Garcia joined Ray and Kessler atop the podium on beam, while Ashley Hofelich won on floor with a score of 9.875.
UC Davis stays home again this Sunday as Sacramento State cruises across the causeway for a double meet at the University Credit Union Center. The meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Remarks: As a cherry on top of their collegiate debut, sophomore Emma Otsu and rookie Megan Ray were named Pacific Mountain Sports Federation Specialist and Rookie of the Week, respectively, on Tuesday afternoon. These awards are the first of their respective careers.