Women's Gymnastics Upsets Oregon State by .025
Jan. 19, 2001
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- In a spectacular team effort, Arizona State's women's gymnastics squad hit 20-of-24 routines to defeat Oregon State 193.750-193.725 in front of 2,907 fans at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore., Friday.
The Sun Devils, who move to 1-2 on the season, defeated OSU in a regular-season road meet for the first time since 1983 despite scoring only three marks at 9.8 or above. The Beavers, who had eight such scores of 9.8 or better on the night, fell to 0-3.
Laura Moon, the junior transfer from Maryland who was limited to one event at the Maui Invitational due to injury, competed in all four events against OSU. Two weeks after setting a personal best in the uneven bars of 9.95, Moon scored no higher than 9.725 against the Beavers. However, she scored no lower than 9.7 and finished as the lead all-around competitor with 38.875 points.
Sophomore Margaret Wojciak and freshman Maggie Germaine were equally steady for the Sun Devils. Wojciak finished second in the all-around at 38.475, while Germaine finished with a tied-for-fourth-place 37.975, that was boosted by 9.75s on bars and the balance beam.
Yet as impressive as ASU's iron-women were, so too were the Sun Devils' spot performers. Junior Rhonda Robinette was called on for two events, but her 9.825 on beam was ASU's highest score of the night and led to a 48.700-47.950 triumph on the apparatus, senior Kristin Fanning was also called upon for two events, and led the way on the floor exercise with a 9.8, in her only appearances of the meet, sophomore Ashley Ellsberry turned in the second-best ASU totals on beam and floor with 9.75s.
In addition to their conquest on beam, ASU also claimed the bars with a total of 48.675. Senior Kelly Cowley's 9.8 led the way, but Germaine's 9.75 and Moon's 9.725 were close behind. The Beavers, who got a 9.925 on the apparatus from Stephanie Bychowski, settled for a team total of 48.400.
OSU was not a stranger to high individual scores. In fact, Robinette's one-third share of the crown on bars was the only thing that kept the Beavers from a complete individual first-place sweep of the four disciplines.
The Beavers' Katrina Severin took first individually on vault (9.825) and floor (9.9) as OSU picked up event wins in both events.
If Friday's nail-biter didn't get the blood flowing, hearts will surely be pumping next week when the Sun Devils look to win their 21st consecutive home meet against their 30th consecutive home opponent in the 2001 season home-opener against defending national champion UCLA at 7:30 p.m. in Wells Fargo Arena.
Complete results available above in PDF format.
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