Chan Shares Vault, Floor Win In Season Opener At Cal

Tiffany Chan kicked off her senior season in strong form, sharing first place on vault and floor at UC Berkeley Friday.<br>(Wayne Tilcock, <I>Davis Enterprise</I>)
Tiffany Chan kicked off her senior season in strong form, sharing first place on vault and floor at UC Berkeley Friday.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Jan. 14, 2005

Final Stats

BERKELEY, CAlif. - Senior Tiffany Chan shared the individual titles on both vault and floor exercise to help propel UC Davis to a second-place team score of 187.375 in a women's collegiate gymnastics triangular meet at Haas Pavilion Friday evening. Chan scored a 9.650 on vault and a 9.700 on floor.

Host UC Berkeley won the meet at 191.850 while Brown finished third at 179.950. The Aggies begin the 2005 season with a 1-1 mark.

Sophomore Joanne Pizzo scored a total of 28.525 points in her three events. She led the Aggies on balance beam with a 9.525, added a 9.425 on floor exercise, then finished her evening with a third-place 9.575 on vault.

"I thought the attitude was good. We were aggressive and I didn't see a lot of nervousness," said UC Davis head coach Ray Goldbar. "We put a lot of effort into everything. We had some bounces on the double backs but at least we were going hard at them.

The Aggies opened the meet with a 45.500 on beam, suffering five falls from the apparatus and counting two toward the final score. However, Chan's floor performance pushed her team above the 47-point barrier then the vault squad enjoyed its strong third rotation.

Redshirt freshman Carrie Lujan led off the vault at 9.450, then Hanna Anderson followed with a 9.475. Pizzo's 9.575, freshman Michelle Kulovitz's 9.500 and Chan's winning mark compiled a 47.650 team score in the event, helping the team solidify its second-place position over the Bears.

Sophomore Brandi Forte's leadoff 9.550 was the highest for the uneven bars in the fourth and final rotation. Carolyn Kampf contributed a 9.525 in the second slot of the lineup. Defending USAG bars co-champ Nicole Doherty posted a 9.625 in exhibition for the highest-scoring Aggie bars routine.



Cal's My-Lan Dodd won the individual all-around with a 38.775 total. She also led a Golden Bear sweep inthe balance beam, winning that event at 9.800; and placed second on bars with a 9.875. Teammate Miho Maeda also won two events, capturing the bars at 9.900 and sharing the floor title at 9.700.

UC Davis returns to action on January 22 for a four-team meet at Denver University.

TEAM SCORES - 1. UC Berkeley, 191.850; 2. UC Davis, 187.375; 3. Brown, 179.950.

VAULT - 1 (tie). Tiffany Chan, UC Davis; Allison Szutu, UC Berkeley, 9.650; 3. Joanne Pizzo, UC Davis, 9.575.

UNEVEN BARS - 1. Miho Maeda, UC Berkeley, 9.900; 2. My-Lan Dodd, UC Berkeley, 9.875; 3 (tie). Britany Pittullo, UC Berkeley; Allison Szutu, UC Berkeley, 9.775.

BALANCE BEAM - 1. My-Lan Dodd, UC Berkeley, 9.800; 2 (tie). Keiko Nakamura, UC Berkeley; Allison Szutu, UC Berkeley, 9.625.

FLOOR EXERCISE - 1 (tie). Miho Maeda, UC Berkeley; Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.700. 3. Alison Szutu,UC Berkeley, 9.625.

ALL-AROUND - 1. My-Lan Dodd, UC Berkeley, 38.775; 2. Allison Szutu, UC Berkeley, 38.700; 3. Miho Maeda, UC Berkeley, 38.600.