Feb. 27, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. -
Tiffany Chan was a double-event winner, scoring a career-high 9.875 on balance beam and posting her season-best floor exercise score of 9.900 to lift UC Davis to a season-high 193.225 team score and wins over San Jose State and Alaska Anchorage in a women's collegiate gymnastics triangular meet at the Pavilion Sunday.
The Spartans took second place in the meet with a 193.000 total while the Seawolves were third with a 190.575. All three teams are members of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
The Aggies improve to 7-8 on the year with that score. The 193.225 ranks sixth all-time in school history.
"It feels good to put it all together in a meet with judges who are recognizing our routines," said UC Davis head coach Ray Goldbar. "I was very pleased with beam. We were aggressive and very confident and it resulted with our putting up good scores."
"Vault was one of the best meets we've had and, as a team, bars was as good as it has been during the year. We were a little short-handed on floor. When Julie and Tiffany hit, the others need to back them up."
Sophomore Julia Richards also highlighted the meet, scoring career highs of 9.875 on floor and 9.825 on beam, each good for second in the meet. Senior Nicole Doherty added a 9.775 to help UC Davis take a 1-2-3 sweep in that event. As a team, the Aggies scored a 48.275 on beam, the highest of the year and tied for seventh in the school record book.
San Jose State's Jennifer Greene won the individual all-around with a 38.825 total, edging teammate Greta Leach, who took second with a 38.800 four-event total. UAA's Dominique Ingram placed third in the all-around at 38.725.
"This will put our RQS [regional-qualifying score] to about 190," added Goldbar. "We've been fighting some tough judging early, but I thought we did well and earned our scores today."
Leach and Michelle Minotti were also event-winners for the Spartans. Leach claimed the win on bars with a 9.875, well ahead of the 9.800 tie between Brandi Forte of UC Davis and teammate Greene. Minotti won the vault with a 9.775 mark, just ahead of second-place Ingram at 9.750.
Michelle Kulovitz was another place-winner for UC Davis with her third-place 9.700 on vault. Her score helped anchor a solid 47.825 team effort in the meet's first rotation.
UC Davis' next action is a Oregon State in the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational. Iowa State and Washington will also square off with the Aggies and host Beavers in that March 4 meet.
TEAM SCORES - 1. UC Davis, 193.225; 2. San Jose State, 193.000; 3. Alaska Anchorage, 190.575.
ALL-AROUND - 1. Jennifer Greene, SJSU, 38.825; 2. Greta Leach, SJSU, 38.800; 3. Dominique Ingram, UAA, 38.725.
VAULT - 1. Michelle Minotti, SJSU, 9.775; 2. Dominique Ingram, UAA, 9.750; 3 (tie). Michelle Kulovitz, UC Davis; Jennifer Greene, SJSU, 9.700.
UNEVEN BARS - 1. Greta Leach, SJSU, 9.875; 2 (tie). Brandi Forte, UC Davis; Jennifer Greene, SJSU, 9.800.
BALANCE BEAM - 1. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.875; 2. Julia Richards, UC Davis, 9.825; 3. Nicole Doherty, UC Davis, 9.775.
FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.900; 2. Julia Richards, UC Davis, 9.875; 3 (tie). Casey Jay, SJSU; Michelle Minotti, SJSU, Jennifer Greene, SJSU, 9.825.