Gymnasts Third At Tri-Meet With Arizona, Denver

Feb. 2, 2001

TUCSON, Ariz. - The No. 20 Oregon State gymnastics team got four scores of 9.90 or better - all personal bests - from four different gymnasts, but the Beavers placed third in a tri-meet with Arizona and No. 24 Denver on Friday night.

OSU finished with a 194.575 - its third-highest score of the year - but the host Wildcats scored a 195.175 to win the meet. Denver placed second with a 194.825.

All four Beavers who scored a 9.90 or better won their individual events. Katrina Severin turned in a near-perfect 9.975 on her vault to win the event for the third week in a row. Stephanie Bychowski and Elizabeth Jillson both scored 9.95 on their bar routines, while Annie Campbell won beam with a 9.90.

But the Beavers continued their inconsistencies that have plagued them this season, having to count a fall on both beam and floor.

'I'm frustrated with the end result, especially on beam and floor. We had this meet and we let it slip through our fingers,' coach Tanya Chaplin said. 'We've been thrown a lot of injuries and we've had some changes in our lineup. But only one of our misses was a new person, and the others were veterans, so we're trying to figure some things out.'

OSU opened the competition with a strong 49.150 team score on bars anchored by Jillson's and Bychowski's 9.95 scores. Lara Degenhardt added a 9.85, while Lindsay Nelson turned in a 9.775 in her return from a sprained ankle, although the injury has still sidelined her on the other events.

The Beavers couldn't keep the momentum going into the second rotation, where they had two falls on beam thus overshadowing strong performances from Campbell and Elaine Yoder, who turned in a season-high 9.825. Marissa Bruch also added a 9.80, and Stephanie Bychowski scored a 9.775, but Katrina Severin and Megan Suratt both fell, leaving OSU to count Suratt's 9.25.

Degenhardt led the way for the Beavers on floor with a 9.875, marking the first time this season she's hit her floor routine. Bruch turned in her second 9.80 of the night, while Yoder scored a 9.775 on her first collegiate floor routine. But Campbell and Severin both fell, forcing the Beavers to count a 9.275.

Because of the falls on beam and floor, the Beavers entered the final rotation in third place, although just .325 separated first and third place. Arizona's score stood at 146.150, followed by Denver at 145.975 and OSU at 145.825.

Severin's near-perfect vault anchored a Beaver vault team that had just five vaulters because of injuries but still managed a 48.75 - the second best vault score of the season as a team. Degenhardt scored a 9.80, while Campbell added a 9.675 and Meduna and Yoder each turned in 9.65 scores but it wasn't enough to overtake the Pioneers or Wildcats.


Team Scores: 1. Arizona, 195.175, 2. Denver, 194.825, 3. Oregon State, 194.575

Vault: 1. Katrina Severin (OSU), 9.975, 2. Ashley Shible (DU), 9.925, T3. Lara Degenhardt (OSU), Emily Bankhead (DU), 9.80, 5. Randi Liljenquist (UA), 9.775. Other OSU Scores: Annie Campbell, 9.675, Soni Meduna, 9.65, Elaine Yoder, 9.65.

Bars: T1. Stephanie Bychowski (OSU), Elizabeth Jillson (OSU), 9.95, T3. Lara Degenhardt (OSU), Kara Fry (UA), Melanie Schiff (DU), 9.85. Other OSU Scores: Lindsay Nelson, 9.775, Soni Meduna, 9.625, Annie Campbell, 9.375.

Beam: 1. Annie Campbell (OSU), 9.90, T2. Randi Liljenquist (UA), Melanie Schiff (DU), 9.85, T4. Elaine Yoder (OSU), Sheehan Lemley (UA), 9.825. Other OSU Scores: Marissa Bruch, (OSU), 9.80, Stephanie Bychowski, 9.775, Megan Suratt, 9.25, Katrina Severin, 9.225.

Floor: 1. Randi Lilquenquist (UA), 9.95, 2. Jennifer Ebdon (DU), 9.90, T3. Lara Degenhardt (OSU), Mary Reiss (UA), 9.875, 5. Kara Fry (UA), 9.850. Other OSU Scores: Marissa Bruch, 9.Elaine Yoder, 9.775, Soni Meduna, 9.40, Annie Campbell, 9.275, Katrina Severin, 9.225

All-Around: 1. Randi Liljenquist (UA), 39.375, 2. Jennifer Ebdon (DU), 39.175, 3. Melanie Schiff (DU), 39.050. OSU Score: Annie Campbell, 38.225

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