Five Gymnasts Sign Letters Of Intent With Oregon State

Nov. 13, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State gymnastics program has signed five Level 10 standout performers to national letters of intent for the 2001-2002 school year, head coach Tanya Chaplin announced Monday.

The signees are Heidi Goehring (Bismarck, ND), Daylee Ingalls (Gridley, Calif.), Jennifer Owens (Petaluma, Calif.), Alisha Stephenson (Louisville, Colo.) and Th�r�se Videan (Peralta, NM).

'We are excited about this year's recruiting class. We knew we would have a lot of big shoes to fill. We're losing many of our top athletes from this year's senior class, and it was important for us to recruit strong all-around athletes that can step right into those seniors' roles,' Chaplin said. 'We feel like we have achieved that goal with this recruiting class. This is a very dynamic group of young athletes who are motivated both academically and athletically. They are all strong leaders within their own communities and clubs. They will fit right into the University and our gymnastics program here at Oregon State.'

Goehring placed second on bars at the 2000 USAG Junior Olympic Championships. She was also the all-around champion at the 2000 USAG Region 4 Championship and was the North Dakota state all-around champion as well. She is a five-time USAG Junior Olympic qualifier. She trains under coach Curt Sherbrooke at Bismarck Gymnastics. Goehring was also recruited by Michigan, Iowa State, Nebraska and Denver, and she plans to major in engineering.

Ingalls trains in Sacramento under coaches Eli and Debbie Rodriguez at Byers Gymnastics, the same club where current Beaver Elizabeth Jillson trained. Ingalls placed third in the all-around at the Region 1 Championships and was a 2000 Junior Olympic National qualifier. She chose OSU over Washington and Oklahoma. Ingalls is interested in computer science.

Owens placed fourth in the all-around and on floor at the 1999 USAG California State Championships and was 10th in the all-around at the 1999 Region 1 Championships. She was out with an injury during the 2000 Region 1 Championships and thus was unable to qualify for the Junior Olympic Nationals. Owens is coached by Ben Corr and Katie McGinely at Rohnert Park Gymnastics, which is where current OSU gymnast Tanya Ricioli trained. Owens, who chose OSU over Arizona State, BYU, West Virginia and Minnesota, plans to major in exercise and sport science.

Stephenson took ninth place on beam at the 2000 USAG Junior Olympic Championships, the same year she also placed second on floor and fourth all-around at the Region 3 Championships. She was also the 2000 Colorado state champion on vault and beam. In 1999, she took second on beam and fourth all-around at the Colorado state meet. Stephenson was also considering Utah State, Denver and Boise State. She trained with Pat Boyle and Nicole Otterson at Gymnastics Unlimited, which current Beaver Lindsay Nelson also attended.

Videan placed fifth on vault at the 2000 USAG Junior Olympic Championships, and she was seventh all-around and second on bars at the Region 3 Championships. In 1999, Videan was fourth all-around and on beam at the 1999 USAG Junior Olympic national competition. She trains under coaches Joe Comancho and John Charzuk at Albuquerque Gymnastics School, where OSU assistant coach Michael Chaplin began his gymnastics career. She is considering a major in exercise and sport science.

OREGON STATE GYMNASTICS SIGNEES

* Heidi Goehring, 5-1, Bismarck, ND (Century HS/Bismarck Gymnastics)* Daylee Ingalls, 5-2, Gridley, Calif. (El Camino HS/Byers Gymnastics)* Jennifer Owens, 5-0, Petaluma, Calif. (Casa Grande HS/Rohnert Park Gymnastics)* Alisha Stephenson, 4-11, Louisville, Colo. (Boulder HS/Gymnastics Unlimited)* Th�r�se Videan, 5-0, Peralta, NM (La Cueva HS/Albuquerque Gymnastics School)
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