Jan. 19, 2007
SEATTLE, Wash. - Freshman Tanya Ho and senior Carrie Lujan finished 1-2 in the individual vault and scored 38-plus marks in the all-around to lead UC Davis to a winning total of 191.175 in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's collegiate gymnastics dual meet at Brougham Pavilion Friday evening. Host Seattle Pacific finished second at 189.225.
The meet represents the first Aggie victory for first-year head coach John Lavallee. UC Davis evens its record to 1-1 for the year.
Lujan and Ho helped the vault squad score a 48.700, second in school history only behind the team's 48.875 from one week earlier. Seniors Julia Richards and Brandi Forte tallied 9.625 and 9.700 respectively, then junior Michelle Kulovitz carded a 9.750 in the fourth slot of the order. Lujan then hit 9.800, followed by the winning 9.825 by Ho.
The Aggies outscored the Falcons on three of the four events, recording 47.075 on balance beam and 48.150 on floor exercise. SPU had the edge on uneven bars, with Brianna Schwartz claiming the individual win at 9.725 to help her team to a 47.300. UC Davis finished with a 47.250 on bars, getting a second-place 9.700 from Forte, a 9.625 from Ho and a 9.650 from freshman Lida Gehlen to erase a slow start in the meet.
In the third rotation, junior Andi Dolinsky hit a career-high 9.800 to anchor UC Davis to its 48.150 total. Richards (9.625) and Ho (9.675) put the team out to a strong start, while Lujan turned in a 9.600 performance. In the same rotation, SPU struggled to a 46.575 on balance beam to fall behind by more than two full points in the team standings.
Lujan scored a 9.625 to lead the Aggies on balance beam, finishing her all-around total at 38.200. Ho posted 9.575 in the sixth slot of the lineup, rounding out her all-around mark at 38.700. Friday's meet was the all-around debut for both gymnasts.
Falcon senior Debra Huss won the all-around at 38.725, scoring a meet-high 9.850 on floor exercise to edge Ho for the medal. Huss also tied Lujan for second place on beam at 9.625. Sophomore Danna Nelson also was an event-winner for SPU, claiming 9.650 on balance beam.
UC Davis is next in action on January 26 for a triangular meet at Cal State Fullerton.
TEAM SCORES - 1. UC Davis, 191.175; 2. Seattle Pacific, 189.225.
UNEVEN BARS - 1. Brianna Schwartz, SPU, 9.725; 2 (tie). Brandi Forte, UC Davis; Ashley Domres, SPU, 9.700.
BALANCE BEAM - 1. Danna Nelson, SPU, 9.650; 2 (tie). Debra Huss, SPU; Carrie Lujan, UC Davis, 9.625.