DAVIS, Calif.--Junior Toni Petersen finished with a meet-high 38.750 in all-around to lead the Hornet gymnastics to a 190.850-190.275 victory over UC Davis Friday evening at Recreation Hall. It was the first meet in which the Hornets broke the 190-plateau this season.
Junior Toni Petersen
The Hornets led by nearly four points (145.300-141.350) over the Aggies after three rotations with season-high scores on vault (48.300) and floor while also recording a 48.475 on bars. In the final event, five of six competitors fell off the beam for the Hornets while UC Davis recorded a season-high 48.925 on floor. Petersen''s team-high 9.625 and sophomore Binta Coleman''s 9.275 allowed the Hornets to withstand the Aggies'' late rally.
Along with the all-around, Petersen led all competitors with a bars score of 9.775. The Fresno, Calif., native also finished second overall on beam with her 9.625. Coleman finished with a meet-high 9.725 on vault while also placing tied for third in all-around with a 38.150.
Also finishing in the top three for the Hornets were senior Lara Goold (9.7, 2nd) on vault, freshman Meloney Greer (9.750, 2nd) and senior Lori Gillette (9.725, 3rd) on bars and freshman Stefanie Aeder (9.825, 2nd) on floor.
Freshman Nirvana Zaher made her Hornet debut with a 9.625 on vault and a 9.65 on floor. The Cairo, Egypt, native missed the first two meets of the season due to final transcript clearance.
UC Davis was led by senior Brianne Bray''s 38.400 all-around which placed her second in the meet. The Aggies were without bar and floor champion Ericka Ruelas who missed the meet due to a family emergency.
The Hornets will host Boise State on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. in the team''s home opener at Hornet Gym.