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Gymnastics wraps up season at NCAA Regional

By From page B1 | April 07, 2013

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Senior Katie Yamamura scored a 9.825 on vault while junior Anna Shumaker finished close behind with a 9.800 in that event, highlighting UC Davis action at the NCAA Corvallis Region women’s gymnastics championship hosted by Oregon State at Gill Coliseum on Saturday.

Saturday’s regional concludes a successful season for the UCD women’s gymnastics program. The Aggies ranked 42nd nationally with a regional-qualyfing score of 194.780 — higher than the school record entering the season. They also scored six of the highest scores in school history, including the top three marks of 195.625, 195.475 and 194.950 down the stretch.

Shumaker scored a 9.800 on beam en route to a 38.825 all-around total. Yamamura compiled a 38.450 in the all-around, while senior floor specialist Michelle Ho went 9.750 in her lone event. This was the third NCAA regional appearance for Yamamura, the second for Shumaker and the first for Ho.

Shumaker’s beam score tied her with eight other competitors for 17th place in the meet, the highest of the three Aggies on any apparatus. She placed 12th of 17 in the all-around race, five spots ahead of Yamamura. Shumaker rounded out her day with a 9.625 on floor and a 9.600 on uneven bars.

Yamamura also opened on uneven bars with a 9.650. She stumbled to a 9.200 on beam due to a fall, rebounded to a 9.775 on floor then nailed her vault score, good for a seven-way tie for 18th place. Ho’s floor score tied her for 27th for the meet.

Georgia won the regional with a 197.425 effort while Arkansas nabbed the second team advancement with a 196.950. The Razorbacks’ Katherine Grable took the all-around title with a 39.650.

Kim Orendor

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