April 16, 2005
ITHACA, N.Y. - Senior Tiffany Chan ended her Aggie career with national titles on both balance beam and floor exercise, highlighting UC Davis action in the event finals of the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals at Cornell Saturday. She also added an All-America award on vault, placing fourth in that event.
In all, four UC Davis gymnasts won a total of eight All-America honors by virtue of their top-eight finishes in their respective events.
Chan scored 9.775 to give her almost a full-point edge over Debra Huss of Seattle Pacific on balance beam. Chan and Huss tied for the meet title on floor at 9.850. The two championships are Chan's third and fourth such awards in her four-year career. Additionally, her fourth-place score of 9.500 on vault brought her career All-America total to seven.
Freshman Michelle Kulovitz and sophomore Julia Richards each were double All-Americans in Saturday's session. Kulovitz placed second on vault at 9.637 then added an eighth-place 9.175 on beam. Richards finished eighth on vault at 9.137 then finished in a three-way tie for third on floor exercise, recording a 9.775.
Sophomore Brandi Forte also won her first USAG All-America honor, scoring 9.625 on uneven bars to grab a share of fourth place in the event.
The eight All-Americans and two national titles marks the most successful year for UC Davis since the 2002 meet, when the program claimed 14 top-eight finishes and a trio of gold medalists.
Chan joins Ericka Ruelas as the only UC Davis gymnasts to win national titles in three different years. Ruelas captured five titles from 2000 to 2002.
Furthermore, Chan is just the fourth Aggie to earn All-America honors in each of her four years. Ruelas won 11 such awards in her career, Cheryl Sidel earned 10 honors from 1991 to 1994, and Erika Cronk claimed one award each year rom 1995 through 1998.
Seattle Pacific led the meet with three champions. In addition to her tie with Chan on floor, Huss tied Texas Woman's University's Brisa Fuentes for the top spot on uneven bars. Falcon Kari Kelly edged Kulovitz for the vault title at 9.712.
UC Davis placed in a tie for third in the meet, scoring 191.500 in Friday's team final.
2005 USA GYMNASTICS COLLEGIATE NATIONAL EVENT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Women's results only. Top eight are awarded as All-Americans.
VAULT - 1. Kari Kelly, Seattle Pacific, 9.712; 2. Michelle Kulovitz, UC Davis, 9.637; 3. Jessa Liegl, Air Force, 9.612; 4. Dominique Ingram, Alaska Anchorage, 9.537; 4. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.500; 6. Jessica Brozovitch, Texas Woman's, 9.462; 7. Alexis Zafferes, Temple, 9.312; 8. Julia Richards, UC Davis, 9.137.
UNEVEN BARS - 1 (tie). Brisa Fuentes, Texas Woman's; Debra Huss, Seattle Pacific, 9.750; 3. Courtney Arno, Texas Woman's, 9.700; 4 (tie). Brandi Forte, UC Davis; Dominique Ingram, Alaska Anchorage, 9.625; 6. Cathy Schnell, Cornell, 9.550; 7. Beth Fittery, Rutgers, 9.425; 8. Stephanie Zick, Rutgers, 8.925; 9. Jaynie Reynolds, Seattle Pacific, 8.850.
BALANCE BEAM - 1. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.775; 2. Debra Huss, Seattle Pacific, 9.700; 3. Corrie McDaniel, Seattle Pacific, 9.650; 4 (tie). Jamie Burton, Alaska Anchorage; Megan Gilbert, Cornell, 9.625; 6. Randi Bisbano, Cornell, 9.550; 7. Courtney Arno, Texas Woman's, 9.475; 8. Michelle Kulovitz, UC Davis, 9.175; 9. Hanna Anderson, UC Davis, 9.150.
FLOOR EXERCISE - 1 (tie). Tiffany Chan, UC Davis; Debra Huss, Seattle Pacific, 9.850; 3 (tie). Corrie McDaniel, Seattle Pacific; Julia Richards, UC Davis; Sarah Racioppi, Centenary, 9.775; 6. Brittany Abney, Texas Woman's, 9.700; 7. Sarah Sullivan, Seattle Pacific, 9.600; 8. Stephanie Zick, Rutgers, 9.100; 9. Thecla Gavin, Texas Woman's, 8.900.