Aggies Share Third At USA Gymnastics Nationals

April 15, 2005

ITHACA, N.Y. - Senior Tiffany Chan tied a four-year-old school record on balance beam and recorded the meet's best score on floor exercise but UC Davis suffered a season low on vault to fall out of the running for its second team title at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals at Cornell.

The Aggies tied for third place with Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rival Seattle Pacific. Both teams scored 191.500. Rutgers, in its first year in the USAG division, won the meet at 193.025. Texas Woman's University placed second with a 192.175 total.

Chan scored a 9.900 on beam to match Ericka Ruelas' 2001 school mark, set at Seattle Pacific in a dual meet. She also had a 9.875 on floor to earn a 0.50 win over SPU's Debra Huss and TWU's Rachel Goddard. Individual places are not compiled in the team final, but Chan's scores were tops for each event.

Balance beam was a bright spot in general for UC Davis, which makes its eighth third-place finish in 15 years at the USAG national meet. The Aggies posted a meet-high 48.550, just off their season-best 48.575 from Thursday's preliminaries. Sophomore Julia Richards and freshman Michelle Kulovitz aided that effort, scoring 9.775 and 9.675, respectively.

UC Davis suffered a 46.525 on vault, its lowest total for that apparatus since the 2004 season opener. Sophomore Nickie Bykhovsky was a highlight in the event, however, posting a fourth-best score of 9.550.

Arianne Furman and Nicole Doherty also sparked the Aggies on uneven bars, both scoring identical 9.650 marks to share sixth place in the meet.

Rutgers had the meet's highest team scores on bars (48.500), beam (48.550) and floor exercise (48.725). Its winning mark of 193.025 barely missed its previous season-best tally of 193.100.



The USAG meet concludes Saturday with the individual event championships. Five Aggies -- Chan, Kulovitz, Richards, Brandi Forte and Hanna Anderson -- will compete in a total of 10 events in that session.

Ithaca, N.Y. (host: Cornell University)
April 15, 2005

No individual places compiled.

TEAM SCORES - 1. Rutgers, 193.025; 2. Texas Woman's, 192.175; 3 (tie. UC Davis, Seattle Pacific, 191.500.