April 8, 2004
DENTON, Texas. - Junior Tiffany Chan tied her career high of 9.800 on balance beam while Hanna Anderson added a 9.750 in the event to lead UC Davis to a third-place 191.850 team score in the team preliminaries of the USAG Collegiate National Championships at Texas Woman's University's Pioneer Hall Thursday.
The fifth-seeded Aggies, by virtue of placing among the top four of the nine-team competition, advances to Friday's final. Centenary College of Louisiana won the prelims with a 193.275, exactly one point ahead of second-place TWU. Temple University also earned another day of team competition, placing fourth at 191.375. The Owls edged Cornell's 191.325 and Air Force's 191.275.
Additionally, Chan, Anderson and junior Nicole Doherty each advanced to Saturday's event championships by finishing among the top eight individuals in their respective events. Chan placed third on beam with her team-best score and shared second place on vault with a 9.825 mark. However, the two-time USAG floor exercise champion did not earn a shot to defend her title - she suffered an uncharacteristic fall on the dismount of her routine on that event.
Anderson finished in a four-way tie for eighth place on balance beam to advance to Saturday's competition. Doherty scored a 9.725 on bars to nab part of a five-way tie for sixth place on that apparatus.
"One of our main goals from the start of the season was to at least get to the final four, especially because we didn't make it last year." said UC Davis head coach Ray Goldbar. "Now we have to see how we do tomorrow. If we don't count the misses that we did tonight, we should score a high 193.
"It was a rough meet to get through. It was four hours long. Tomorrow, we just warm up and go. I think if we can get the right energy level, we can do well."
The Aggies got off to a strong start on floor exercise with Carolyn Kampf and Megan Nakagawa posting 9.725 and 9.750, respectively. But sophomore Mei Ling Clark, making her first floor appearance in six weeks, suffered an injury in her routine and was unable to continue. Freshman Julia Richards then turned in a 9.700 performance, followed by Chan, who was on her way to a 9.900 score when her fall trimmed a half-point from her total.
UC Davis recovered well during its subsequent vault rotation, scoring a 47.925 in the event. Nakagawa's 9.500 and Richards' 9.525 helped set the table for Chan, who anchored the event with her 9.825.
The Aggies scored a respectable 47.800 on uneven bars, despite the loss of Clark. Besides Doherty's qualifying mark, freshman Brandi Forte posted a 9.675 while Amber Weddell followed closely behind at 9.625. In terms of its team standing, UC Davis got some help when Cornell stumbled to a 47.075 and Air Force suffered a 46.300 in the same event.
Chan and Anderson led UC Davis to a 47.875 score on beam, the team's best on the event since posting a 48.275 in February. Doherty helped that cause with a 9.650 in the fifth slot of the lineup. More importantly, the team total helped the Aggies solidify their position of qualifying for the team final.
The USAG Collegiate Nationals is restricted to programs that offer six or fewer full grant-in-aid equivalents. In addition to winning the team title in 1999, UC Davis has twice placed second and finished third six times in Goldbar's tenure as head coach.
The team final begins at 7 p.m. CDT. The Aggies have drawn Olympic order - that is, vault-bars-beam-floor - as their competition order for the session.
USAG COLLEGIATE NATIONAL TEAM PRELIMINARIES - Denton, Texas
TEAM SCORES - 1. Centenary (La.) 193.275; 2. Texas Woman's 192.275; 3. UC Davis 191.850; 4. Temple (Pa.) 191.375; 5. Cornell 191.325; 6. Air Force 191.275; 7. Seattle Pacific 190.975; 8. Southern Connecticut 188.375; 9. Alaska Anchorage 182.325.
VAULT (top 8 plus additional Aggies) - 1. Dominique Ingram, UAA, 9.900; 2 (tie). Tiffany Chan, UC Davis; Erin Maguire, AFA, 9.825; 4. Alexis Zafferes, Temple, 9.725; 5 (tie). Laura Frank, AFA; Stephanie Pink, Bridgeport, 9.700; 7 (tie). Sarah Sullivan, SPU; Rebecca Lewis, AFA, Mandy Kolosovsky, UAA; Rachel Goldberg, Cornell, 9.650... T12. Megan Nakagawa, 9.600; T19. Nickie Bykhovsky, 9.550; 23. Julia Richards, 9.525; T36. Arianne Furman, 9.425; T54. Heidi Bortfeld, 9.125.
UNEVEN BARS - 1 (tie). Jennifer Jackson, CCL; Stephanie Ohler, Cornell, 9.825; 3 (tie). Kristina Menne, CCL; Dana Giametta, TWU, 9.775; 5. Deirdre Mattocks, Temple, 9.750; 6 (tie). Randi Bisbano, Cornell; Nicole Doherty, UC Davis; Jaynie Reynolds, SPU; Erin Davis, Temple; Amber McMeans, TWU; Erin McNabb, TWU, 9.725... T14. Brandi Forte, 9.650; T19. Amber Weddell, 9.625; T30. Arianne Furman, 9.475; 38. Hanna Anderson, 9.300; 45. Nickie Bykhovsky, 8.950.
BALANCE BEAM - 1. Sarah Racioppi, CCL, 9.825; 2 (tie). Tiffany Chan, UC Davis; Brianna Thomas, UAA; Shellen Goltz, Cornell, 9.800; 5 (tie). Kristina Menne, CCL; Kaela Meinert, CCL; Randi Bisbano, Cornell, 9.775; 8 (tie). Jessa Liegl, AFA; Jaynie Reynolds, SPU; Amber McMeans, TWU; Hanna Anderson, UC Davis, 9.750... T18. Nicole Doherty, 9.650; T37. Heidi Bortfeld, 9.350; 40. Julia Richards, 9.325; T41. Arianne Furman, 9.275.
FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Erin Maguire, AFA, 9.925; 2 (tie). Jessa Liegl, AFA; Sarah Racioppi, CCL, 9.900; 4 (tie). Kristina Menne, CCL; Debra Huss, SPU; Jennifer Bolli, TWU, 9.875; 7 (tie). Dominique Ingram, UAA; Kari Kelly, SPU, 9.825... T21. Megan Nakagawa, 9.750; T28. Carolyn Kampf, 9.725; T33. Julia Richards, 9.700; T39. Nicole Doherty, 9.675; T50. Tiffany Chan, 9.400.
ALL-AROUND (top 8 are All-Americans) - 1. Kristina Menna, CCL, 38.975; 2. Jessa Liegl, AFA, 38.950; 3. Dominique Ingram, UAA, 38.750; 4. Lauren Robinson, AFA, 38.450; 5 (tie). Erin Maguire, AFA; Kaela Meinert, CCL, 38.325; 7. Tara Mitchell, CCL, 38.275; 8. Mandi Burdick, UAA, 38.225.