LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Washington junior Tiffany Simpson placed fourth on the floor exercise and fifth in the vault during the event finals of the the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships. Simpson's performance on floor (9.900) was the best finish ever by a Husky in the event at the NCAAs. Simpson scored 9.7 on both of her vaults when she failed to hit a perfect landing on either attempt. Her finish was the second best showing ever by a Husky in the event at the NCAAs. Yumi Modre won the vault championship in 1987.
Senior Klara Kudilkova, who also qualified for the event finals, placed eighth on vault and 12th on floor. Both gymnasts qualified as first-team All-Americans in the event during Thursday's team competition where the Huskies finished seventh.
Stanford's Larissa Fontaine and Florida's Susan Hines tied for first in the vault competiton with scores of 9.8625. UCLA's Heidi Moneymaker won the uneven bars with a score of 9.950. There was a three-way tie on the balance beam at 9.875 between Florida's Betsy Hamm and Georgia's duo of Jenni Beathard and Kim Arnold. UCLA's Stella Umeh and Georgia's Karin Lichey tied for top honors on floor exercise with 9.950 scores.
1998 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships
Los Angeles, Calif.
Vault: 1. (tie) Susan Hines (Florida) and Larissa Fontaine (Stanford) 9.8625, 3. Heather Kabnick (Michigan) 9.8000, 4. Kim Arnold (Georgia) 9.7625, 5. Tiffany Simpson (UW) 9.700, 6. Karin Lichey (Georgia) 9.6875, 7. Mohini Bhardwaj (UCLA) 9.5625, 8. Klara Kudilkova (UW) 9.3875
Bars: 1. Heidi Moneymaker (UCLA) 9.950, 2. Nikki Peters (Michigan), 3. Jenni Beathard (Georgia) 9.875
Beam: 1. (tie) Betsy Hamm (Florida), Jenni Beathard (Georgia) and Kim Arnold (Georgia) 9.875
Floor: 1. (tie) Stella Umeh (UCLA) and Karin Lichey (Georgia) 9.950, 3. Kim Arnold (Georgia) 9.925, 4. (tie) Simpson (UW), Jull Fisher (Mass) , Sarah Cain (Michigan) and Kabnick (Michigan) 9.900