Trio of All-Arounders Fuel Falcon GymnasticsFebruary 2, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. – Sophomore Shannon Escarra placed second in the all-around competition and tied for third on the uneven bars Friday for Seattle Pacific which topped 191-points for the third consecutive meet in a second-place women’s gymnastics finish against UC Davis at The Pavilion.
The Falcons compiled a team score of 191.450 led by the 38.475 all-around points of Escarra (Fayetteville, Ga.). She established a new career-best of 9.60 while tying for team-high vault honors with Kenley Memmel in sixth place.
“Actually I predicted a mid-191, so I was pretty much right on there,” said SPU coach Laurel Tindall. “We really had a pretty good meet and only counted one fall on vault.”
Escarra matched senior teammate Stephanie Wagner with a third-place bars mark of 9.70.
Wagner (Estacada, Ore.) also tied for third on the balance beam with a 9.725. She was SPU’s best floor exercise performer, finishing sixth with a score of 9.725. Wagner amassed 38.200 points to place fourth in her first career all-around outing.
“Stephanie Wagner vaulted for the first time in four years and had an all-around score,” Tindall said. “We’re just trying to get her into the vault lineup, so this was good for her tonight. That gave us three all-arounds.”
Escarra was the all-around runner-up followed by UCD'S Katie Yamamura (38.300), Wagner in fourth and SPU's Sydney Clark fifth (37.950).
The host Aggies posted a winning score of 194.125. They were led by all-around winner Anna Shumaker’s 38.850 tally.
UC Davis swept every individual event, getting victories from four different gymnasts. Shumaker won the vault (9.85), LisaWiktorski the bars (9.775), Yamamura the beam (9.775) and Stephanie Stamates the floor (9.85).
The Seattle Pacific gymnasts return home to host Brougham Pavilion meets the next two Fridays at 7 p.m. They entertain San Jose State on Feb. 8 and then UC Davis visits Seattle on Feb. 15.
Along with having the home-gym advantage for competition, Tindall appreciates the added practice time that home meets generate.
“We’re definitely looking forward to those two home meets. It will be great to be home and have some training time. Last week we returned home from Alaska on Sunday, took Monday off and then we only had a couple days of training time before we left on Thursday for Davis.
“We’re looking forward to having some time to train and work out some of the bugs and things that’s we’re missing. That’s important these next couple weeks, having a little bit longer week.”
NCAA WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS
Friday, Feb. 1, 2013
The Pavilion/Davis, Calif.
1, UC Davis, 194.125
2, Seattle Pacific, 191.450
1, Anna Shumaker, UCD, 38.850
2, Shannon Escarra, SPU, 38.475
3, Katie Yamamura, UCD, 38.300
4, Stephanie Wagner, SPU, 38.200
5, Sydney Clark, SPU, 37.950
1, Anna Shumaker, UCD, 9.850
2, Tiana Montell, UCD, 9.800
3, Kala DeFrancesco, UCD, 9.725
Top SPU placer – 6t, Shannon Escarra & Kenley Memmel, 9.600
1, Lisa Wiktorski, UCD, 9.775
2, Michelle Ho, UCD, 9.750
3t, Shannon Escarra, SPU, 9.700
3t, Stephanie Wagner, SPU, 9.700
1, Katie Yamamura, UCD, 9.775
2, Stephanie Stamates, UCD, 9.750
3t, Stephanie Wagner, SPU, 9.725
3t, Anna Shumaker, UCD, 9.725
1, Stephanie Stamates, UCD, 9.850
2, Katie Yamamura, UCD, 9.825
3t, Anna Shumaker, UCD, 9.750
3t, Taryn West, UCD, 9.750
3t, Kala DeFrancesco, UCD, 9.7250
Top SPU placer – 6, Stephanie Wagner, SPU, 9.725
San Jose State at Seattle Pacific
Friday, Feb. 8, 7:00 p.m. PST
Brougham Pavilion/Seattle, Wash.
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