Jan. 16, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. --- Sophomore Mei Ling Clark won the uneven bars
at 9.600 in her first collegiate appearance on the apparatus and Tiffany
Chan landed a meet-best 9.775 on balance beam to lead UC Davis to a first-place
score of 187.600 in its 2004 season opener. Springfield College (Mass.)
finished second in the meet at 180.400, while Wisconsin-Oshkosh placed third
with a 176.125 total.
The Aggies drew 1,517 to the meet as the gymnasts combined efforts with
the UC Davis wrestling team in a simultaneous home event dubbed "Beauty
& The Beasts".
Chan also captured the vault title with a 9.700, her highest score in
that event since posting a 9.775 early in the 2003 season. She capped the
meet with a 9.675 on floor exercise, good enough to edge teammates Joanne
Pizzo and Megan Nakagawa for the event win.
"Overall, we were shaky on vault and bars but we had some good performances,"
said UC Davis head coach Ray Goldbar. "Tiffany just learned that vault
and she got a 9.700. Mei Ling is looking like she could be an all-arounder.
She did very well in her first bars ever."
Chan's winning beam score was also just the second performance in her
collegiate career, as she had filled in on an emergency basis for the Aggies
in one meet last season.
Clark's win on bars led a 1-2-3 Aggie sweep in the event as freshmen
Nickie Bykhovsky and Brandi Forte scored 9.550 and 9.275, respectively.
She added a 9.575 on floor exercise, fourth in the meet.
Jenny Romano-Joseph was Springfield's highest event finisher, placing
second on vault at 9.525. She was also one of two all-arounders in the meet,
scoring a winning four-event total of 36.150. Justine Russell of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
took second in the all-around at 34.850.
Wendy Wiederholt also highlighted UWO's evening with a third-place 9.525
on balance beam and fifth-place 9.500 on floor.
The Aggies return to action on Thursday with a dual against longtime
rival Seattle Pacific.
TEAM SCORES - 1. UC Davis, 187.600; 2. Springfield, 180.400; 3. Wisconsin-Oshkosh,
VAULT - 1. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.700; 2. Jenny Romano-Joseph, Springfield,
9.525; 3. Holly Desrocher, Springfield, 9.300.
UNEVEN BARS - 1. Mei Ling Clark, UC Davis, 9.600; 2. Nickie Bykhovsky
, UC Davis, 9.550; 3. Brandi Forte, UC Davis, 9.275.
BALANCE BEAM - 1. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.775; 2. Arianne Furman,
UC Davis, 9.550; 3. Wendy Wiederholt, UWO, 9.525.
FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.675; 2. Joanne Pizzo,
UC Davis, 9.650; 3. Megan Nakagawa, UC Davis, 9.25.
ALL-AROUND - 1. Jenny Romano-Joseph, Springfield, 36.150; 2. Justine
Russell, UWO, 34.850.