March 20, 2009
USAFA, Colo. -
Sophomore Stacey Nicolini scored a season-high 9.800 to share first place in the individual vault standings as UC Davis compiled a third-place 191.425 team score at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's gymnastics championships at Cadet West Gym Friday evening.
Alaska Anchorage won the team title with a 192.825 total, while Seattle Pacific finished second at 191.700. Host Air Force was fourth in 191.050.
Nicolini's score matched that of UAA's Lauren Agostino for the vault title, helping the Aggies combine for a season-best 48.500 in the event. Junior Tanya Ho hit 9.725 in the fourth slot of the lineup, then junior Michelle Bobonski added a 9.700 in the fifth position to aid the team cause.
UC Davis also went 6-for-6 on floor exercise en route to a 48.600 team score. Junior Kendall McCann, who stuck a 9.725 on beam in the meet's first rotation, matched her career high of 9.750 on floor. Senior Andi Dolinsky finished the event with a 9.775, good for third place in the meet.
Air Force's Abbey Rogers was the meet's big winner. She scored a 38.900 in the all-around to edge the Seawolves' Leah Wilson, who was second at 38.775. Rogers also took home the MPSF titles on balance beam (9.850) and floor exercise (9.825). UAA's Kristy Boswell captured the bars crown with a 9.800 score.
Freshman Erika Van Dyke also enjoyed a solid two-event performance for UC Davis, leading the beam squad at 9.750 then contributing a 9.675 on floor. Bobonski turned in a 9.675 on beam to go with her vault score. In all, the Aggies had a 144.625 total heading into the final rotation, but counted a pair of falls to slip to a 46.800 on uneven bars.
Alaska Anchorage is the third different champion in the past three years. UC Davis captured its first title in 2008, while Seattle Pacific had claimed the previous two.
The All-MPSF squads will be announced on Monday.
2009 MPSF GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Hosted by the U.S. Air Force Academy
TEAM SCORES - 1. Alaska Anchorage, 192.825; 2. Seattle Pacific, 191.700; 3. UC Davis, 191.425; 4. Air Force, 191.050.
VAULT - 1 (tie). Stacey Nicolini, UC Davis; Lauren Agostino, UAA, 9.800; 3. Katie Shetley, AFA, 9.775.
UNEVEN BARS - 1. Kristy Boswell, UAA, 9.800; 2 (tie). Brianna Schwartz, SPU; Aftan Boudreaux, AFA, 9.725.
BALANCE BEAM - 1. Abbey Rogers, AFA; 9.850; 2. Kayla Kincade, AFA, 9.825; 3. Leah Wilson, UAA, 9.775
FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Abbey Rogers, AFA, 9.825; 2. Sherah Veron, SPU, 9.800; 3. Andi Dolinsky, UC Davis, 9.775.
ALL-AROUND - 1. Abbey Rogers, AFA, 38.900; 2. Leah Wilson, UAA, 38.775; 3. Brianna Schwartz, SPU, 38.575.