Jan. 22, 2004
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,"
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.