Two Seniors Hit Career Highs In Gymnastics Home Finale

Valerie Yep scored a career-high 9.675 on floor exercise in her last home meet. She was one of three Aggies honored as part of Senior Appreciation Night.<br>(Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</i>)
 
Valerie Yep scored a career-high 9.675 on floor exercise in her last home meet. She was one of three Aggies honored as part of Senior Appreciation Night.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 
DAVIS, Calif. --- Junior Tiffany Chan won the individual vault and tied for second on floor exercise, while two Aggie seniors posted career-high scores in their last home meet, highlighting UC Davis' team score of 191.750 in a women's collegiate gymnastics dual meet with San Jose State at Recreation Hall Saturday. The visiting Spartans won the meet with a 194.250 total.

Senior Amber Weddell went 9.775 to place second on uneven bars while Valerie Yep scored a 9.675 mark on floor exercise. Both marks are career highs for the seniors, who were honored along with team captain Heidi Bortfeld as part of Senior Appreciation Night.

Chan scored 9.750 on vault to edge SJSU's Jennifer Greene, who scored 9.725. Additionally, the Aggie junior went 9.850 on floor, just behind Spartan Shirla Choy's 9.875. Choy also hit 9.825 on uneven bars to capture that event.

Greene, Greta Leach and Shirla Choy finished 1-2-3 in the individual all-around. Greene scored 38.925 for four events, while Leach - also the meet's top beam performer at 9.825 - was second at 38.875. Choy scored 38.475 for third place, with her only blemish being a fall on vault in the second rotation.

As a team, the Aggies scored 48.825 on floor exercise, the team's highest score in that event since last year's national meet. Chan and Yep finished the rotation with their 9.850 marks, with freshman Julia Richards not far behind at 9.800. Carolyn Kampf opened the event with a 9.700, followed by Megan Nakagawa's 9.725. Both marks tied season highs for each gymnast. Nicole Doherty added a 9.750 in the third position.

"We tried to raise our energy level and try to get a little more into all the events." said UC Davis head coach Ray Goldbar. "I think it helped on floor. We've been working on more presentation and more energy on floor It was nice to finish strong on floor. We had Mei [Ling Clark] out, so everyone had to hit. But Valerie filled in and did a good job. It was a nice team effort."

Weddell's career-high 9.775 on bars closed the second rotation for the Aggies. Doherty added a 9.675 and freshman Brandi Forte chipped in a 9.675 to help UC Davis compile a 47.825 on that apparatus.

Leach led a first-through-fifth sweep for SJSU on balance beam. Greene and Adriane Mertens shared second place at 9.800. Choy took fourth with a 9.775 and Elizabeth Major added a 9.750, giving the Spartans a 48.950 total on beam to finish the meet.

UC Davis competes next at Sacramento State on March 12, then the two teams meet again at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships on March 20.

WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS: SAN JOSE STATE 194.250, UC DAVIS 191.900.

Final Stats

VAULT - 1. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.750; 2. Jennifer Greene, SJSU, 9.725; 3. Amberly Klein, SJSU, 9.675.

UNEVEN BARS - 1. Shirla Choy, SJSU, 9.825; 2. Amber Weddell, UC Davis, 9.775; 3. Greta Leach, SJSU, 9.700.

BALANCE BEAM - 1. Greta Leach, SJSU, 9.825; 2 (tie). Adriane Mertens, SJSU; Jennifer Greene, SJSU, 9.800.

FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Shirla Choy, SJSU, 9.875; 2. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.850; 3. Jennifer Greene, SJSU, 9.825.

ALL-AROUND - 1. Jennifer Greene, SJSU, 38.925; 2. Greta Leach, SJSU, 38.875; 3. Shirla Choy, SJSU, 38.475.