Gymnasts Score 194.900 In Loss To No. 6 Nebraska

Jan. 14, 2001

LINCOLN, Neb. - All throughout the preseason, the talk was about how much more depth the Oregon State gymnastics had this year compared to the past.

The No. 12 Beavers had a chance to prove it Sunday against No. 6 Nebraska at the Devaney Sports Center.

While OSU lost the meet, 195.225-194.900, the Beavers overcame tremendous obstacles in Sunday's meet after a disappointing season opener Friday.

The Beavers had 10 falls and lost All-American all-arounder Tanya Ricioli for the season and vault and bars specialist Elizabeth Jillson indefinitely to injuries at Michigan on Friday. That left with the Beavers with six lineup spots to fill for Sunday's meet against the Huskers.

Annie Campbell and Lindsay Nelson each competed in the all-around Sunday after competing just two events apiece Friday. Soni Meduna and Marissa Bruch, who each competed one event at Michigan, made the lineup in two events at Nebraska.

Campbell stepped up to win the all-around with a total of 39.075, while Nelson placed third with a 38.725. Meduna and Bruch responded with career-highs on bars and beam respectively.

'We threw some new athletes in today and they stepped up and did the job. I am so proud that they came back strong after all the adversity that was thrown at them at Michigan,' said coach Tanya Chaplin.

'Lindsay, Annie, Soni and Riss really stepped up to the challenge. I think the team had a lot more fun tonight,' Chaplin said. 'Even Tanya and Liz helped in other ways by getting those who were competing mentally prepared. Those who weren't competing were still a part of this accomplishment.'

OSU got off to a great start by hitting all six of its bar routines to score a 49.175 in the first rotation, with four scores of 9.80 or better. Stephanie Bychowski and Jerra Lopez tied for second place with a 9.90, with Lopez's score being a career-high. The Beavers also a 9.825 from Lara Degenhardt and a 9.80 from Nelson. Campbell added a 9.75, while Meduna turned in a career-high 9.675.

The Beavers kept the momentum going with a 48.525 on vault, highlighted by Katrina Severin's 9.875 that ended up tying for second place. Degenhardt also chipped in a 9.85 vault to place fourth. Campbell notched a 9.675, followed by a 9.575 from Nelson and a 9.55 from Lopez.

After two rotations, the Beavers trailed Nebraska 98.325-97.700, but OSU took over the lead after the third rotation even though the Beavers had to count a fall on floor. Nebraska had three falls on the beam to give OSU the lead heading into the final rotation. Severin tied her career-high with a 9.90 on her floor routine, while Campbell scored a 9.825 on her routine.

Nebraska regained its lead after a solid 49.400 team score on floor, led by Amy Ringo's school-record tying 9.95. The Beavers kept it close with a strong outing by the beam team, which took four of the top five places. Bychowski scored a career-high 9.90 to win the event. OSU also got 9.825 marks from Campbell and Severin to tie for fourth place, while Nelson's 9.775 earned fifth place.

Meet Results

Team Scores: Nebraska, 195.225, Oregon State 194.900

Vault: 1. Gina Bruce (NU), 9.90, T2. Katrina Severin (OSU), Alecia Ingram (NU), 9.875, 4. Lara Degenhardt (OSU), 9.85, 5. Libby Landgraf (NU), 9.80. Other OSU Scores: Annie Campbell, 9.675, Lindsay Nelson, 9.575, Jerra Lopez, 9.55, Soni Meduna, 9.025.

Bars: 1. Julie Houk (NU), 9.95, T2. Stephanie Bychowski (OSU), Jerra Lopez (OSU), Alecia Ingram (NU), Jess Wertz (NU), 9.90. Other OSU Scores: Lara Degenhardt, 9.825, Lindsay Nelson, 9.80, Annie Campbell, 9.75, Soni Meduna, 9.675.

Beam: 1. Stephanie Bychowski (OSU), 9.90, 2. Gina Bruce (NU), 9.85, T3. Katrina Severin (OSU), Annie Campbell (OSU), 9.825, 5. Lindsay Nelson (OSU), 9.775. Other OSU Scores: Marissa Bruch, 9.70, Jerra Lopez, 8.50.

Floor: 1. Amy Ringo (NU), 9.95, 2. Katrina Severin (OSU), 9.90, T3. Jess Wertz (NU), Alecia Ingram (NU), Tami Harris (NU), 9.875. Other OSU Scores: Annie Campbell, 9.825, Marissa Bruch, 9.675, Lindsay Nelson, 9.575, Jerra Lopez, 9.200, Lara Degenhardt, 9.175.

All-Around: 1. Annie Campbell (OSU), 39.075, 2. Alecia Ingram (NU), 38.825, 3. Lindsay Nelson (OSU), 38.725, 4. Tami Harris (NU), 38.450.

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