Feb. 22, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis freshman Julia Richards posted career-high scores on both balance beam and floor exercise, but Sacramento State managed to score just enough on beam to beat the host Aggies by a 192.175 to 192.050 final in a women's collegiate gymnastics dual meet at Recreation Hall Sunday.
UC Davis moves to 5-6 on the season. The Hornets improve to 8-5 overall.
Richards scored a second-place 9.775 on balance beam, then landed a 9.800 to share first place on floor exercise with the Hornets' Stefanie Aeder. As a team, the Aggies recorded a season-high 48.600 on floor, but CSUS recovered from two early falls on balance beam to manage a 47.750 score in the last rotation, enough to hold onto its lead in the meet.
"I see improvement from week to week on floor. We're looking stronger and it makes such a big impression on the judges. If you look aggressive and you finish strong, it makes a big difference." said UC Davis head coach Ray Goldbar. "Julia is one of the freshmen who has had ups and downs on beam on floor. I think she is starting to come around and do what she's capable of."
Aggie junior Nicole Doherty edged Richards for the beam title, matching her career-high mark of 9.800. Junior Tiffany Chan was also an event-winner for UC Davis, scoring 9.825 on vault to beat out a second-through-seventh sweep by the Hornets.
CSUS had the only two all-arounders in the meet, with Binta Coleman capturing first place at 38.200 and Nirvana Zaher placing second with a 37.975 total. Meloney Greer won on uneven parallel bars with a 9.800 effort, giving her the edge of teammate Jessica Hoffman and UC Davis' Mei Ling Clark, both of whom scored 9.750 on that apparatus.
The Hornets took the lead after a 48.475 on vault in the second rotation. Greer and Tiffany Bass had their highest scores in the event at 9.700 while Hoffman added a 9.675 and Trista Condren went 9.650.
Clark also represented UC Davis with scores of 9.600 on vault and 9.725 on floor. Other Aggie highlights including Heidi Bortfeld's career-high 9.675 to lead off the beam rotation. In all, UC Davis set or tied nine career-best marks in the meet.
The Aggies' next meet is a dual at Cal St. Fullerton on February 27.
WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS: SACRAMENTO STATE 192.175, UC DAVIS 192.050.
VAULT - 1. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.825; 2. Nirvana Zaher, CSUS, 9.750; 3 (tie). Tiffany Bass, CSUS; Meloney Greer, CSUS, 9.700.
UNEVEN BARS - 1. Meloney Greer, CSUS, 9.800; 2. Mei Ling Clark, UC Davis; Jessica Hoffman, CSUS, 9.750.
ALL-AROUND - 1. Binta Coleman, CSUS, 38.200; 2. Nirvana Zaher, CSUS, 37.975.