Clark Wins All-Around As Aggies Remain Undefeated

Jan. 22, 2004

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DAVIS, Calif. --- Sophomore Mei Ling Clark posted a winning score of 9.750 on the uneven bars to contribute toward a first-place finish in the individual all-around at 38.400, leading UC Davis to a 191.125-190.375 win over Seattle Pacific in a women's collegiate gymnastics dual meet at Recreation Hall Thursday.

The Aggies remain undefeated for the season, improving to 3-0. The Falcons drop to 0-2 on the year.

UC Davis started strong on vault as Tiffany Chan landed a 9.750 score to win the event. A trio of freshmen - Megan Nakagawa, Nickie Bykhovsky and Julia Richards -?went 9.575, 9.550 and 9.600, respectively, to set up Chan's winning performance.

Clark's 9.750 then led a 1-2-3 Aggie sweep on bars. Nicole Doherty placed second at 9.700 while Nickie Bykhovsky and Arianne Furman shared third place at 9.575. Brandi Forte chipped in a 9.525 to help UC Davis break the 48-point barrier on bars for the first time since the 2002 season. With a 47.825 on vault and 48.125 on bars, the Aggies led 95.950 to 94.350 at the midpoint of the meet.

"We were so much more focused tonight than last weekend," said UC Davis head coach Ray Goldbar. "We got out to a good start on vault. Everybody pulled it off. We went up by four points on vault and bars."



Debra Huss helped SPU gain ground in the second half of the meet, turning in a 9.775 on floor exercise and a 9.825 on beam to capture both event titles. Junior Kari Kelly added a second-place 9.700 on floor for the Falcons.

The UC Davis beam squad helped keep the SPU out of reach in the third rotation, posting a 48.050 mark. Chan matched her career high with a second-place 9.775, Richards contributed a 9.725 and Clark and Doherty each recorded 9.675 scores to lead the charge.

The Aggies endured a relatively disappointing fourth rotation, scoring 47.125 on floor exercise. Clark put up a 9.625 and Megan Nakagawa scored 9.575 to highlight the event.

"Beam was excellent. I was surprised that we were so flat on floor. We usually finish strong. We just need to get back and work on some skills," said Goldbar.

Huss placed second in the all-around at 37.525 while Corrie McDaniel finished third at 36.550. McDaniel struggled on floor with a 7.900, but finished the meet with a solid 9.750 on beam.

UC Davis heads north for back-to-back meets at Alaska-Anchorage on January 30 and 31.

UC DAVIS 191.125, SEATTLE PACIFIC 190.375.

VAULT - 1. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.750; 2. Julia Richards, UC Davis, 9.600; 3(tie). Megan Nakagawa, UC Davis; Kari Kelly, SPU, 9.575.

UNEVEN BARS - 1. Mei Ling Clark, UC Davis, 9.750; 2. Nicole Doherty, UC Davis, 9.700; 3(tie). Nickie Bykhovsky, UC Davis; Arianne Furman, UC Davis; Annastasia Ahr, SPU, 9.575.

BALANCE BEAM - 1. Debra Huss, SPU, 9.825; 2. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.775; 3. Corrie McDaniel, SPU, 9.750.

FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Debra Huss, UC Davis, 9.775; 2. Kari Kelly, SPU, 9.700; 3. Mei Ling Clark, UC Davis, 9.625.

ALL-AROUND - 1. Mei Ling Clark, UC Davis, 38.400; 2. Debra Huss, SPU, 37.525; 3. Corrie McDaniel, SPU, 36.550.