March 29, 2003
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -
Senior Lynn Schwaebe was UC Davis' lone all-conference honoree, sharing
sixth place on vault with a 9.700 score as the Aggies placed fifth at the
six-team Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's gymnastics championships
at the Hornet's Nest Saturday. UC Davis compiled a team total of 189.650
for the meet.
Host Sacramento State won its second MPSF title in as many years with
a 194.925, as Nirvana Zaher's 9.725 beam performance pushed the Hornets
past second-place San Jose State, which scored 194.500. Seattle Pacific
finished third at 193.000, upsetting Air Force, which posted a 192.050 total.
Alaska Anchorage placed sixth in the meet at 187.300.
Sophomore Tiffany Chan had the Aggies' highest score in any event, turning
in a 9.900 on floor exercise in the championship's opening rotation. That
mark capped a 48.925 team score in that event, then UC Davis added a 47.925
on vault to hold a 96.850 total at the midway point. Schwaebe recorded a
9.800 on floor while Vanessa Baume went for 9.775. Nicole Doherty and Michelle
Naito each scored 9.725. Mei-Ling Clark opened the meet with a career-high
The Aggies managed just a 46.550 on bars in the fourth of the six-rotation
meet. Doherty managed the highest bars score for UC Davis with a 9.475 in
the fourth slot.
The Aggie beam squad suffered five falls in the first three routines,
but recovered with a 9.450 by freshman Arianne Furman, a 9.650 by Doherty
and a 9.700 by Michelle Naito. However, the early breaks held UC Davis to
a season-low 46.250 on beam.
San Jose State's Shirla Choy and Danielle Albright took the top two places
in the individual all-around with scores of 39.400 and 39.375, respectively.
The Hornets' Nirvana Zaher placed third with a career-high 39.150.
Zaher and Albright shared the vault title at 9.775, edging Choy and CSUS
senior Jenny Diamond's 9.750 performances. Binta Coleman made her first
uneven bars appearance in five weeks, scoring a career-high 9.900 to tie
Choy for first place on that apparatus. Amberly Klein of SJSU was the outright
winner on balance beam with a 9.875 effort and Albright captured sole possession
of first place on floor with a 9.975.
The MPSF meet is the last competition for UC Davis until the USAG Collegiate
National Championships at Texas Woman's University from April 17-19.
2003 MPSF WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
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TEAM SCORES - 1. Sacramento State 194.925; 2. San Jose State,
194.500; 3. Seattle Pacific, 193.000; 4. U.S. Air Force Academy, 192.050;
5. UC Davis, 189.650; 6. Alaska Anchorage, 187.300.
ALL-MPSF FINISHERS (TOP 6):
VAULT - 1 (tie). Nirvana Zaher, CSUS; Danielle Albright, SJSU,
9.775; 3 (tie). Jenny Diamond, CSUS; Shirla Choy, SJSU, 9.750; 5. Jennifer
Christman, SPU, 9.725; 6 (tie). Jessica Hoffman, CSUS; Trista Condren, CSUS;
Laura Frank, USAF; Lynn Schwaebe, UC Davis, 9.700.
UNEVEN BARS - 1 (tie). Binta Coleman, CSUS; Shirla Choy, SJSU,
9.900; 3 (tie). Laura Frank, USAF; Jessa Liegl, USAF, 9.825; 5 (tie) Jessica
Hoffman, CSUS; Danielle Albright, SJSU, 9.800.
BALANCE BEAM - 1. Amberly Klein, SJSU, 9.875; 2 (tie). Kimiye
Narasaki, CSUS; Allison Todd, USAF; Danielle Albright, SJSU, Shirla Choy,
SJSU, Jennifer Green, SJSU, 9.825.
FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Danielle Albright, SJSU, 9.975; 2. Allison
Todd, USAF, 9.950; 3 (tie). Jenny Diamond, CSUS; Jessa Liegl, USAF; Shirla
Choy, SJSU; Corrie McDaniel, SPU, 9.925.
ALL-AROUND - 1. Shirla Choy, SJSU, 39.400; 2. Danielle Albright,
SJSU, 39.375; 3. Nirvana Zaher, CSUS, 39.150; 4. Allison Todd, USAF, 39.125;
5. Jessa Liegl, USAF, 38.675; 6. Mandi Burdick, UAA, 38.500.