Chan's Season High Carries Aggies Past Seawolves

Two-time national champion Tiffany Chan returned to form with a season-best 9.900 on floor exercise, to lift UC Davis to a .075 margin of victory over Alaska Anchorage Friday.<br>(Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</i>)
 
Two-time national champion Tiffany Chan returned to form with a season-best 9.900 on floor exercise, to lift UC Davis to a .075 margin of victory over Alaska Anchorage Friday.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

Feb. 13, 2004

DAVIS, Calif. - Junior Tiffany Chan landed a season-best 9.900 on floor exercise in the final performance of the meet to lift UC Davis to a 189.200 to 189.125 win over Alaska Anchorage in a women's collegiate gymnastics dual meet at Recreation Hall Friday evening before a crowd of 530.

The Aggies improve to 5-3 on the season.

Chan's score on floor pushed the team past the 48-point barrier for the second time season, registering a total of 48.250 in the final rotation. It also helped UC Davis recover from a 142.425 to 140.950 deficit after three events. The Seawolves posted a team score of 48.075 on floor exercise in the third rotation to take the lead over the Aggies, which scored a disappointing 45.900 on balance beam.

In the fourth rotation, the tables turned as UC Davis hit its season-best team score on floor and UAA turned in a 46.700.

"Tiffany got back to what she's capable of," said Aggie head coach Ray Goldbar. "She's added more event so she hasn't been able to focus on just floor like in the past."

Chan was also the Aggies' leader on vault, hitting 9.700 to take second in the meet. UC Davis put up 47.350 on vault, then climbed up to 47.700 on bars to take a .70 lead at the midway point. Junior Nicole Doherty kicked off the second rotation with a third-place 9.600 on bars, then freshman Brandi Forte anchored that lineup with a second-place 9.625. Doherty was also a bright spot for UC Davis on beam, turning in a first-place score of 9.725.

"Bars was good for where we are in the season," said Goldbar. "Compared to what we did in the last road meet [at Seattle Pacific], to get a 47.7 is almost a three-point improvement. It kept the momentum going."

UAA's Dominique Ingram won the individual all-around at 38.450, winning vault and bars with marks of 9.825 and 9.725, respectively. She also finished second to Chan on floor at 9.800. Senior Mandi Burdick placed second in the all-around with a 37.500 total, helped by a third-place 9.600 on vault.

 

 

Mei Ling Clark was the lone all-arounder for UC Davis. She placed third at 37.225, recording a 9.650 on floor to finish the meet.

The Aggies face San Jose State on February 20 for their next competition. The Seawolves head up Interstate 80 for a meet at Sacramento State Sunday.

WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS: UC DAVIS 189.200; ALASKA ANCHORAGE 189.125.

VAULT - 1. Dominique Ingram, UAA, 9.825; 2. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.700; 3. Mandi Burdick, 9.600.

UNEVEN BARS - 1. Dominique Ingram, UAA, 9.725; 2. Brandi Forte, UC Davis, 9.625; 3. Nicole Doherty, UC Davis, 9.600.

BALANCE BEAM - 1. Nicole Doherty, UC Davis, 9.725; 2. Rachael Lehmkuhl, UAA, 9.600; 3. Sara Randall, UAA, 9.550.

FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.900; 2. Dominique Ingram, UAA, 9.800; 3. Mandy Kolosovsky, UAA, 9.675.

ALL-AROUND - 1. Dominiqe Ingram, UAA, 38.450; 2. Mandi Burdick, UAA, 37.500; 3. Mei Ling Clark, UC Davis, 37.225.