Feb. 15, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. --- In her first collegiate meet as a four-event performer, UC Davis sophomore Nicole Doherty won the individual all-around at 37.950 in a women's collegiate gymnastics dual at Recreation Hall Saturday. Seattle Pacific won the meet with a final score of 188.600, edging the host Aggies, who scored 187.525 overall.
Senior Michelle Naito also made her all-around debut for UC Davis, finishing third at 37.350. SPU's Corrie McDaniel was second overall with a 37.550, helped by a first-place score of 9.800 on balance beam in the meet's final performance. That mark pushed the Falcons past the Aggies for the final team standing. After a slow start on uneven bars (8.950), McDaniel posted a 9.600 on vault to share first place on that event. Then she hit her beam routine to complete the fourth rotation.
With numerous Aggie veterans suffering from a variety of injuries, four UC Davis gymnasts - Mei-Ling Clark, Sophia Chaban, Sabrina Seus and Cynthia Thung - made their 2003 debut in the dual. Clark scored 9.200 on vault and 9.300 on floor in her first competition. Chaban put up a respectable 9.300 on uneven bars to close the second rotation.
"I think it can help make the team stronger," said UC Davis head coach Ray Goldbar on his new-look lineup. "We haven't had alternates in events. If we got someone hurt, we hadn't had very many options."
The Aggies recorded its highest team score on floor exercise, recording a 47.700 despite just five competitors. Jenna Mayfield won the event at 9.650, while Vanessa Baume (9.625), Doherty (9.600) and Naito (9.525) helped sweep the top four places.
Other UC Davis highlights included Lynn Schwaebe, who nailed her major release to win on uneven bars with a 9.800; and Vanessa Baume, who shared first place on vault with her 9.600 effort. Doherty led the Aggies on beam with a second-place score of 9.675.
SPU enjoyed its best event at the start of the meet, scoring a 47.750 on uneven bars. Melissa Stanton posted a 9.725 to lead her team, while Kristin Strid added a 9.625 and Jennifer Christman turned in a 9.600 performance. Strid also added a 9.625 on beam to help the Falcons toward a 47.475 event score.
The two teams meet again on February 21 at Seattle Pacific's Brougham Pavilion.
TEAM SCORES - 1. Seattle Pacific, 188.600; 2. UC Davis, 187.525.
VAULT - 1 (tie). Vanessa Baume, UC Davis; Corrie McDaniel, SPU, 9.600; 3. Jaynie Reynolds, SPU, 9.525.
UNEVEN BARS - 1. Lynn Schwaebe, UC Davis, 9.875; 2. Melissa Stanton, SPU, 9.725; 3. Kristen Strid, SPU, 9.625.