Zaher Defends Vault Title As Hornets Claim MPSF Championships

March 25, 2005

Final Stats

DAVIS, Calif. - Nirvana Zaher won the individual all-around at 39.025 and shared the vault title with a 9.875 mark to lead Sacramento State to a first-place score of 194.550 in the fourth-annual Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's gymnastics championships at the UC Davis Pavilion Friday.

San Jose State, which is battling for the sixth slot at the NCAA West Regional, finished in a distant second with a 192.025 total. The host Aggies finished third at 191.400, Seattle Pacific was fourth at 190.275, Air Force took fifth with a 189.850 and Alaska Anchorage rounded out the six-team field with a 189.275 total.

With her win, Zaher defends her vault title for the third straight year. She has won or shared five MPSF titles in her career.

Sacramento State also claimed event wins on floor exercise, as Stefanie Aeder posted a 9.800 to edge Zaher by a mere .025; and on uneven bars, as Alexis Tsurumoto's score of 9.900 was a full tenth ahead of any other competitor.

UC Davis' Tiffany Chan matched a career-high 9.875 to claim the balance beam title. However, one of the Aggies' pleasant surprises came from junior Hanna Anderson. Anderson, who had only surpassed the 9-point barrier once this season, matched her career best with a 9.825 to lead off that event.

UC Davis also posted a 48.075 on vault, its second score of 48 or better this season for that apparatus. Chan led the Aggies with a 9.775 in that event, while sophomore Joanne Pizzo carded a 9.700.

Dominique Ingram scored a 9.875 on vault to share that event title with Zaher, highlighting Alaska's meet. Debra Huss placed third in the all-around with a 38.650 to lead Seattle Pacific. Her teammate, Corrie McDaniel, was SPU's top event placewinner, finishing third on floor exercise.

San Jose State got a second-place 38.700 total from all-arounder Michelle Minotti. She tied for fourth on vault at 9.775, matched that place on bars at 9.725, and finished fifth on floor with a 9.675.



Sacramento State's score edges its previous 2005 best, a 194.525 set coincidentally against UC Davis on March 13.

March 25, 2005, UC Davis

TEAM SCORES - 1. Sacramento State, 194.550; 2. San Jose State, 192.025; 3. UC Davis, 191.400; 4. Seattle Pacific, 190.275; 5. Air Force, 189.850; 6. Alaska Anchorage, 189.275.

VAULT - 1 (tie). Nirvana Zaher, SAC; Dominique Ingram, UAA, 9.875; 3. Jennifer Greene, SJSU, 9.825; 4 (tie). Michelle Minotti, SJSU; Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.775; 6 (tie). Kari Kelly, SPU; Casey Jay, SJSU, 9.750.

UNEVEN BARS - 1. Alexis Tsurumoto, SAC, 9.900; 2. Jessica Hoffman, SAC, 9.800; 3. Brandi Forte, UC Davis, 9.775; 4 (tie). Jennifer Greene, SJSU; Kimiye Narasaki, SAC; 9.725; 6 (tie). Meloney Greer, SAC; Lauren Robinson, AFA, 9.700.

BALANCE BEAM - 1. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.875; 2 (tie). Stefanie Aeder, SAC; Melissa Genovese, SAC; 9.850; 4 (tie). Debra Huss, SPU; Hanna Anderson, UC Davis; Amberly Klein, SJSU, 9.825.

FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Stefanie Aeder, SAC, 9.800; 2. Nirvana Zaher, SAC, 9.775; 3. Corrie McDaniel, SPU, 9.725; 4. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.700; 5. Michelle Minotti, SJSU, 9.675; 6 (tie). Debra Huss, SPU; Carrie Kinghorn, SAC; Trista Condren, SAC, 9.650.

ALL-AROUND - 1. Nirvana Zaher, SAC, 39.025; 2. MIchelle Minotti, SJSU, 38.700; 3, Debra Huss, SPU, 38.650; 4. Carrie Kinghorn, SAC, 38.475; 5. Jennifer Greene, SJSU, 38.425; 6. Jessica Portlock, UAA, 38.250; 7. Sashonna Iwaniec, AFA, 38.125; 8. Lauren Robison, AFA, 38.050.