April 10, 2004
DENTON, Texas -
Junior Nicole Doherty tied for first place on the uneven bars at 9.625 to lead three Aggies earning a total of four All-America awards at the USAG Collegiate National Event Finals Saturday at Texas Woman's's Pioneer Hall.
Junior Tiffany Chan placed second on vault at 9.787 and eighth on balance beam with a 9.250. Sophomore Hanna Anderson shared fifth place on beam with a 9.650 effort.
This marks the fifth straight year that UC Davis has boasted at least one individual national champion. Chan accounts for two of those years, having won the floor title in both 2002 and 2003.
"I'm very happy but surprised, too," said Doherty. "I was just happy to be here [in the event finals] so I wasn't trying to place. I didn't even watch anyone before me. I didn't know my score had held up, so I had no idea I had won until they announced the scores and Ray [Goldbar] was giving out the awards."
While Chan is a third-year veteran at the national event championships, this is the first trip for both Doherty and Anderson. In fact, Anderson did not become a regular part of the Aggies' beam lineup until midway through the season. She had the team's best beam score of the year on February 20, scoring a career-high 9.825 at San Jose State.
"It was a rough season, but it was a good way to end it," said Anderson. "I'm exciting about next season and I'm less nervous. I feel that I can compete now."
Alaska Anchorage freshman Dominique Ingram won the vault competition with a 9.925, far ahead of the rest of the field. She also claimed the floor title at 9.900.
Chan's score just edged third-place Erin Maguire of Air Force, who posted a 9.775. Doherty matched Centenary's Jennifer Jackson for the bars title, and Jessa Liegl of Air Force captured the beam championship witha 9.800.
USAG COLLEGIATE NATIONAL EVENT CHAMPIONSHIPS (Women's results only)
VAULT - 1. Dominique Ingram, Alaska, 9.925; 2. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.787; 3. Erin Maguire, Air Force, 9.775; 4, Alexis Zafferes, Temple, 9.737; 5 (tie), Laura Frank, Air Force; Sarah Sullivan, Seattle Pacific Univ, 9.650; 7, Stephanie Pink, Bridgeport, 9.437.
BARS - 1 (tie). Nicole Doherty, UC Davis; Jennifer Jackson, Centenary, 9.625; 3 (tie). Randi Bisbano, Cornell; Deirdre Mattocks, Temple, 9.525; 5. Kristina Menne, Centenary, 9.500; 6. Jaynie Reynolds, Seattle Pacific, 9.350; 7. Erin Davis, Temple, 9.200.
BEAM - 1. Jessa Liegl, Air Force, 9.800; 2 (tie). Jaynie Reynolds, Seattle Pacific; Shellen Goltz, Cornell, 9.750; 4. Randi Bisbano, Cornell, 9.725; 5 (tie). Amber McMeans, Texas Woman's; Hanna Anderson, UC Davis; Kaela Meinert, Centenary, 9.650; 8. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.250.
FLOOR - 1. Dominique Ingram, Alaska, 9.900; 2. Sarah Racioppi, Centenary, 9.825; 3 (tie). Jessa Liegl, Air Force; Debra Huss, Seattle Pacific, 9.800; 5. Kari Kelly, Seattle Pacific, 9.775; 6. Jennifer Bolli, Texas Woman's, 9.750; 7. Erin Maguire, Air Force, 9.650.