Gymnastics Enjoys Breakthrough Meet at San Jose

Feb. 20, 2004


SAN JOSE, Calif. - Junior Tiffany Chan posted career-high scores on both vault and balance beam, while sophomore Hanna Anderson shattered her previous best on beam, highlighting UC Davis' season-high 192.350 team score in a women's gymnastics triangular meet at San Jose State Friday.

The Aggies finished third in the meet, trailing the second-place Spartans, which scored 193.925. Sacramento State edged the meet hosts with a winning mark of 194.050.

Chan scored a 9.850 to win on vault, added a second-place 9.800 on beam, and rounded out the night with a second-place 9.875 on floor exercise. Anderson's 9.825, good for second place in the meet, crushed her previous best of 9.500 from earlier this season.

Sophomore Mei Ling Clark was UC Davis' lone all-arounder, matching her previous career high with a 38.400 total. She scored a personal-best 9.550 on vault and added a 9.700 on floor. Other Aggies scoring career-high marks were Nickie Bykhovsky at 9.750 on uneven bars, Brandi Forte at 9.700 on bars and Julia Richards at 9.600 on vault.

As a team, the Aggies posted 2004-best totals on balance beam (48.275) and floor (48.300). The meet total is also the highest by UC Davis since the 2002 season.

San Jose State's Jennifer Greene won the individual all-around at 39.125, barely edging Nirvana Zaher of CSUS, who scored 39.100. Shirla Choy placed third with a four-event total of 39.075. Greene also captured the floor exercise title at 9.900 while Choy won bars with a 9.925. Sac State's Binta Coleman won the balance beam with a 9.900 effort.

The Aggies and Hornets face off again on Sunday at Recreation Hall.




TEAM SCORES - 1. Sacramento State, 194.050; 2. San Jose State, 193.925; 3. UC Davis, 192.350.

VAULT - 1. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.850; 2. Jessica Hoffman, CSUS, 9.825; 3. Nirvana Zaher, CSUS, 9.775.

UNEVEN BARS - 1. Shirla Choy, SJSU, 9.925; 2 (tie). Liz Major, SJSU; Brittney Peterson, SJSU, 9.875.

BALANCE BEAM - 1. Binta Coleman, CSUS, 9.900; 2. Hanna Anderson, UC Davis, 9.825; 3. Tiffany Chan, 9.800.

FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Jennifer Greene, SJSU, 9.900; 2. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.875; 3. Shirla Choy, SJSU, 9.850.

ALL-AROUND - 1. Jennifer Greene, SJSU, 39.125; 2. Nirvana Zaher, CSUS, 39.100; 3. Shirla Choy, SJSU, 39.075.