Feb. 9, 2003
BERKELEY, Calif. --- Senior Flora Bare posted a career-high 9.850 on balance beam to anchor a season-best team score of 48.500 in that event as UC Davis finished fourth with a team total of 187.175 in a four-way women's gymnastics meet at UC Berkeley's Haas Pavilion Sunday.
The host Golden Bears won the meet with a school-record 196.375. Cal St. Fullerton was second at 194.000 while Boise State took third with a 193.650 total.
UC Davis started the meet in strong fashion as Heidi Bortfeld and Arianne Furman each scored career-best 9.625s on beam. Nicole Doherty then hit 9.575, Lynn Schwaebe posted a season-high 9.700 and Michelle Naito added a 9.700 to set up Bare's performance. The Aggies' beam score of 48.500 ranks as the fourth-highest in school history, but that first-rotation triumph was short-lived as Bare suffered a potentially season-ending injury during the first tumbling pass of her floor exercise routine.
"It's disappointing and hard to stay positive after that, but the worst thing they can do is worry about getting hurt themselves," said UC Davis head coach Ray Goldbar. "They have to stay aggressive, get out there and go after it."
Tiffany Chan scored a 9.825 and Arianne Furman added a 9.500 to finish off the second rotation with a 46.950 on floor exercise, but the injury-plagued Aggies had to finish the meet with just five competitors on vault and uneven bars.
"We started off great with the season-high score on beam. But after Flora got hurt, we didn't respond well," said Goldbar. "Only Tiffany and Arianne came through on vault, and Ari and Lynn on bars.
On vault, Chan and Furman recorded solid marks of 9.650 and 9.425, but the squad counted three misses in that event to take a 46.725. UC Davis then fell to 45.000 on uneven bars despite a strong 9.800 effort by Lynn Schwaebe.
Cal's My-Lan Dodd enjoyed a career day, scoring a school-record 39.425 in the all-around. She also won on bars at 9.925, beam at 9.900 and shared first place with a 9.900 on floor exercise. Fullerton's Kelly Mathiasen had a strong outing, posting third-place marks of 9.775 on vault and 9.875 on bars.
The Aggies return home for a dual meet against longtime USAG rival Seattle Pacific on February 15.
Team Scores: 1. California 196.375; 2. Cal State Fullerton 194.000; 3. Boise State 193.650; 4. UC Davis 187.175.
All-Around: 1. My-Lan Dodd, Cal, 39.425; 2. Britani Pittullo, Cal, 39.050; 3. Brittany Hoffman, Fullerton, 38.950.
Vault: 1. Janet McKnight, Cal, 9.85; 2. Monique Chang, Cal, 9.825; 3. Kelly Mathiasen, Fullerton, 9.775.
Bars: 1. My-Lan Dodd, Cal, 9.925; 2. Monique Chang, Cal, 9.900; 3. Kelly Mathiasen, Fullerton, 9.875.
Beam: 1. My-Lan Dodd, Cal, 9.900; 2. Brittany Hoffman, Fullerton, 9.875; 3. Miho Maeda, Cal & Breanne Holmes, Boise, 9.875.
Floor: 1. (tie) Monique Chang, Cal, My-Lan Dodd, Cal, Stephanie Kim, Cal, 9.900; 4. Britani Pittullo, Cal, 9.850