March 23, 2008
DAVIS, Calif. -
Freshman Michelle Hurlock finished in a three-way tie for the individual balance beam title, scoring a 9.850 to highlight UC Davis action in a four-team women's collegiate gymnastics meet at the Pavilion Sunday evening. As a team, the Aggies scored a season-best 194.275 to finish third in the meet. Stanford won the team race with a 197.000, while Sacramento State was second at 194.600. San Jose State finished fourth overall with a 193.900 score.
UC Davis moves to 10-11 for the year. The team total of 194.275 is the second-highest mark in school history, behind only a 194.350 at the 2004 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships.
Hurlock, who had previously appeared on beam only as an exhibition performer, tied Sacramento State's Marina Borisova and Stanford's Kelly Fee for the beam title. Other Aggie highlights include sophomore Lida Gehlen, who matched season high with a 9.850 on uneven bars, good for a four-way tie for third place in the meet. Senior Michelle Kulovitz hit a career-high all-around score of 38.825 while freshman Stacey Nicolini eclipsed her previous four-event best with a 38.625.
As a team, the Aggies scored a 48.675 on vault, ninth in school history; and a 48.825 on bars, fourth in UC Davis annals. Furthermore, head coach John Lavallee credited his team for hitting 24-for-24 routines -- that is, not suffering any falls in any of the four events.
Stanford posted at least a share for the title in all four events, plus the all-around. Cardinal senior Liz Tricase won the individual vault with a 9.950, Nicole Ourada and Allyse Ishino tied for the bars win at 9.875, Fee picked up her share of the beam title and Davis native Tenaya West tied Borisova for the floor win at 9.900.
Additionally, Stanford senior Tabitha Yim won the all-around at 39.450, boosted by a second-place 9.925 on vault and third-place 9.875 on floor. Borisova was second with a 39.275, just ahead of Cardinal sophomore Carly Janiga's 39.200.
UC Davis returns to action on Friday for the MPSF Championships, held at the Pavilion.
TEAM SCORES - 1. Stanford, 197.000; 2. Sacramento State, 194.600; 3. UC Davis, 194.275, 4. San Jose State, 193.900.
VAULT - 1. Liz Tricase, Stanford, 9.950; 2. Tabitha Yim, Stanford, 9.925; 3 (tie). Alycia Chan, Sac State; Nicole Ourada, Stanford, 9.875.
UNEVEN BARS - 1 (tie). Nicole Ourada, Stanford; Allyse Ishino, Stanford, 9.875; 3 (tie). Lida Gehlen, UC Davis; Alexis Tsurumoto, Sac State; Kelly Fee, Stanford; Carly Janiga, Stanford, 9.850.
BALANCE BEAM - 1 (tie). Michelle Hurlock, UC Davis; Marina Borisova, Sac State; Kelly Fee, Stanford, 9.850.
FLOOR EXERCISE - 1 (tie). Marina Borisova, Sac State; Tenaya West, Stanford, 9.900; 3 (tie). Nicole Ourada, Stanford; Tabitha Yim, Stanford; Carly Janiga, Stanford, 9.875.
ALL-AROUND - 1. Tabitha Yim, Stanford, 39.450; 2. Marina Borisova, Sac State, 39.275; 3. Carly Janiga, Stanford, 39.200.