Aggies Post Strong Finish To Claim Dual Win

Jan. 31, 2004

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - UC Davis captured individual titles on three events and eclipsed the 48-point barrier on floor exercise to post a 189.675 to 188.325 win over Alaska Anchorage in a women's collegiate dual meet at Wells Fargo Sports Complex Saturday.

The Aggies improve to 4-1 on the season, and avenge the full-point loss to the Seawolves from the previous evening.

Freshman Nickie Bykhovsky led a 1-2-3 UC Davis sweep in the vault competition, scoring a career-high 9.600. She edged teammate Tiffany Chan, who posted a 9.575; and Mei Ling Clark, who added a 9.525. Chan also enjoyed a return to form on floor exercise during the subsequent rotation, recording a season-best 9.800 - the highest score by any Aggie on any apparatus this season. UC Davis junior Nicole Doherty won the balance beam at 9.725 in the meet's final performance.

Brianna Thomas won the all-around for UAA, scoring a career-high total of 38.125 points. She also added a career-best 9.700 on beam to take second place, in between Doherty and Aggie freshman Joanne Pizzo, who landed a 9.625 score.

Nakagawa turned another strong night after winning Friday's vault competition. In addition to her third-place finish on vault, she tied for third place on floor with a career-best 9.725. UC Davis freshman Brandi Forte enjoyed a solid follow-up to Friday's uneven bars win, taking second in that event with a 9.600 score.

Clark was UC Davis' lone all-around competitor. She overcame a relatively slow start to score 9.575 on floor and 9.475 on beam for a four-event mark of 37.325.

The Aggies' next competition is a dual at Seattle Pacific on February 7.



WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS: UC Davis 189.675, Alaska Anchorage 188.325

VAULT - 1. Nickie Bykhovsky, UC Davis, 9.600; 2. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.575; 3. Megan Nakagawa, UC Davis, 9.525.

UNEVEN BARS - 1. Dominique Ingram, UAA, 9.625; 2. Brandi Forte, UC Davis, 9.600; 3. Nicole Doherty, UC Davis, 9.550.

BALANCE BEAM - 1. Nicole Doherty, UC Davis, 9.725; 2. Brianna Thomas, UAA, 9.700; 3. Joanne Pizzo, UC Davis, 9.625.

FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.800; 2. Mandi Burdick, UAA, 9.775; 3 (tie). Megan Nakagawa, UC Davis; Mandy Kolosovsky, UAA, 9.725.

ALL-AROUND - 1. Brianna Thomas, UAA, 38.125; 2. Mandi Burdick, UAA, 37.350; 3. Mei Ling Clark, UC Davis, 37.325.