UC Davis Today: Gymnasts spring into action

A gymnast leaps off a balance beam

Gymnasts spring into action 

The UC Davis women’s gymnastics team squares off against No. 31 San Jose State and No. 17 University of Arizona at 7 p.m. tonight (March 2) in the Pavilion on campus.

The Aggies, who are No. 1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and No. 54 nationally, beat the U.S. Air Force Academy last week. Junior Katie Yamamura snared her fifth conference Gymnast of the Week award for 2012 and the ninth of her career. In doing so, she broke the 39-point barrier for a team-record fifth time.

Head coach John Lavallee leads the women’s gymnastics team. Since taking over in 2006, he has won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year honors three times.

Four years after a successful transition to Division I, student-athletes in intercollegiate sports like women’s gymnastics continue to perform at a high level academically even as the level of athletic competition has risen. Education — in the classroom, and on the field (or gym) of play — is at the heart of UC Davis athletics.

(First-year animal science major Tiana Montell takes a leap during her routine on the balance beam during a gymnastics team practice. Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis photo)

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