April 3, 2004
CORVALLIS, Ore. - UC Davis junior Tiffany Chan tied her career high of 9.850 on vault to share 11th place as an at-large competitor at the NCAA West Region women's gymnastics meet at Oregon State Saturday night. Chan is the lone Aggie to qualify for the NCAA meet this season.
Each of the six regionals includes six teams plus five all-around competitors and an individual event specialist for each of the four events. The individual qualifiers are the top performers not on qualifying teams. Chan entered the meet ranked 26th in the West with a 9.800 regional-qualifying score on vault.
Oklahoma won the team title at the regional with a 197.100 score. The Sooners edged Alabama, which placed second at 196.900; and the host Beavers, who took third with a 196.850 total.
The meet also featured a particularly close competition in the individual all-around. Alabama's Jeana Rice scored a 39.550, barely ahead of Oklahoma's Ashley Cooney at 39.525 and OSU's Tanya Ricioli-Hebron, who finished third at 39.500.
Chan is the fifth Aggie student-athlete and the first woman to compete in an NCAA championships event this year. Due to its transition to Division I membership, UC Davis is ineligible to compete for NCAA championships in most sports. However, women's gymnastics was already a D-I member sport.
The Aggies' next competition is the USAG Collegiate Nationals, hosted by Texas Woman's University from April 8-10.
NCAA WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS WEST REGIONAL - Corvallis, Ore.
TEAM SCORES - 1. Oklahoma, 197.100; 2. Alabama, 196.900; 3. Oregon State, 196.850; 4. Boise State, 195.275; 5. UC Berkeley, 195.175; 6. Cal St. Fullerton, 193.000.
VAULT - 1 (tie). Ashley Miles, UA; Ashley Cooney, OU, 9.950; 3 (tie). Therese Videan, OSU; Angela Morales, OSU, 9.925... T11. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.850.
UNEVEN BARS - 1. (tie). Shannon Hrozek, UA; Jeana Rice, UA; Kasie Tamayo, OU, 9.900.
BALANCE BEAM - 1. Tanya Ricioli-Hebron, OSU, 9.950; 2. Kasie Tamayo, OU, 9.925; 3 (tie). Chrissy Lamun, OSU; Lindsay Ward, BSU; Erin LaBarr, OU; Lauren Shipp, Cal, 9.900.
FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Ashley Miles, UA, 9.950; 2. Jeana Rice, UA, 9.925; 3 (tie). Tanya Ricoli-Hebron, OSU; Erin LaBarr, OU; Ashley Cooney, OU, 9.900.
ALL-AROUND - 1. Jeana Rice, UA, 39.550; 2. Ashley Cooney, OU, 39.525; 3. Tanya Ricoli-Hebron, OSU, 39.500.