No. 13 Gymnasts Travel To No. 5 Stanford In Friday Dual Meet

Feb. 28, 2001

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THIS WEEK: No. 13 Oregon State continues its three-week stint away from Gill Coliseum. The Beavers are on the road for the second week in a row, with this week's travels taking them to No. 5 Stanford for a 7:30 p.m. dual meet with the Cardinal on Friday, March 2.

BEAVERS JUMP UP SIX SPOTS IN RANKINGS AFTER SWITCHING TO RQS: This week marks the first week the rankings are based on Regional Qualifying Scores (RQS), and the Beavers jumped up six spots to 13th under the new format. Prior to this week, the rankings were based on season averages, which meant the Beavers had to count their 190.925 from the season opener. Under the RQS format, teams take their top six scores - three of which must be from away meets - and drop the highest of the six and average the remaining five scores to obtain the RQS. That means the Beavers are no longer including the score from the Michigan meet in the rankings, which helped boost OSU's ranking this week.

SEVERAL INDIVIDUALS NOW RANKED: With the rankings now done by RQS, several Beavers are nationally ranked on various events this week. Last week, the Beavers had gymnasts ranked nationally on only one event, this week, there's at least one OSU gymnast ranked on every event except all-around. Katrina Severin remains second on vault for the second week in a row, and she's ranked nationally on floor for the first time this year, checking in at 13th on that event. Stephanie Bychowski returned to the national rankings on bars and is fifth on the event this week. She'd been ranked as high as eighth earlier in the year but a fall two weeks ago dropped her out of the rankings until switching to RQS (thus allowing her to drop that fall). Bychowski also ranks 17th on beam, while Annie Campbell also made her debut in the national rankings on beam, ranking 23rd on that event. Lara Degenhardt, who's been ranked on vault all season, moved up one spot to 18th on that event this week.

RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S ACTION: The Beavers scored a 196.325 - their second highest score of the year - at Washington last week. Despite losing to the Huskies, OSU made it through the meet without having to count a fall for the first time all year. The Beavers still had three falls, but none of them counted. Annie Campbell tied her career-high on beam with a 9.90 to win the event for the fourth time this year, and she also posted a season-high 39.300 in the all-around. Stephanie Bychowski led OSU on bars with a 9.925, and Katrina Severin had OSU's top score on floor with a 9.925. Severin and Lara Degenhardt each scored a 9.875 on vault to lead the Beavers on that event.

TOUGH SCHEDULE CONTINUES FOR OSU: Oregon State has already faced four of the top nine teams in the country and will face two more top five teams in the next two weeks. The Beavers have already competed against No. 1 UCLA, No. 6 Nebraska, No. 7 Michigan and No. 9 Arizona State, and OSU travels to No. 5 Stanford this week before a trip to No. 3 Utah next week. While OSU lost to all four of those top nine teams, two of the losses were by .325 points or less, showing that the Beavers are competitive with the nation's top 10 teams.

OSU VS. THE CARDINAL: The Beavers are 18-6 all-time against Stanford. The teams met three times last year, including a dual meet in Corvallis. OSU was leading up until the final rotation, but Stanford picked up the 195.100-194.800 win after the Beavers had two falls and .400 in out of bounds deductions on floor in the last rotation. OSU did prevail over the Cardinal at both the Pac-10 Championships and the NCAA Region 1 Championships.

A LOOK AT THE CARDINAL: Stanford is coming off a 196.300 in a win at Arizona last week. Stanford is averaging a 196.250 for the year and has several gymnasts ranked nationally. Lindsay Wing is tied for second in the all-around, is ninth on vault, 10th on beam, and 22nd on floor. Jen Exaltacion is fifth on beam, and Lise Leveille is ninth on that same event. Caroline Fluhrer is tied for 15th on bars and 18th on vault. Robin Phelps rounds out the list of nationally ranked Stanford gymnasts, as she ranks 25th on vault.

SENSATIONAL SEVERIN: All-American Katrina Severin is ranked nationally on two different events. She's second in the nation on vault and tied for 13th on floor. The standout senior has won a total of 10 individual event titles this year: six on vault and two on both beam and floor. She's averaging a team-leading 9.903 on vault and became just the second Beaver to score a perfect 10.0 on that event two weeks ago when she was perfect against UCLA. She's scored a 9.90 or better on the event four times this season. She also has the team's top average on floor at 9.816, including a career-high 9.975 against the Bruins. Severin has scored a 9.90 or better on her floor routine five times this year, up until this season, she hadn't scored a 9.90 on floor since her freshman year in 1997. On beam, she's averaging 9.691, highlighted by a career-high 9.90 against Cal. She's scored a 9.85 or better three times on that event, including a 9.875 at Washington last week for her second-best score of the year on that event.

DEGENHARDT GETS CAREER-HIGH ON BARS: Lara Degenhardt scored a career-high 9.90 on her bar routine at Washington last week. She's now scored a 9.90 at least once on every event she's competed on in college (Her top floor score is a 10.0, and her best vault score is a 9.975. She's never competed beam in college.). Degenhardt has the team's best average of bars this year with a 9.831 -- that's even more impressive considering she'd only scored above a 9.825 on bars once before this season (back in 1999). She's got an identical average on vault, with her 9.831 vault average ranking second on the team. She's ranked 18th in the nation on that event and has scored a 9.80 or better in every meet but one this year. She's scored a season-high 9.875 twice, including last week at Washington. Her average on floor is a 9.60, but she's averaging 9.913 in the last four weeks. After inconsistent performances on the event in the first four meets (she fell in all four of those meets), she changed her tumbling passes and has hit every routine since then (four meets). Her top score was a 9.975 against UCLA, just missing her second career perfect 10.0 on that event. She was crowned the Pac-10 champion on floor with a 10.0 in 1999. She's one of only two Beavers to receive a perfect score on that event.

BYCHOWSKI BACK ON TRACK: Stephanie Bychowski had an uncharacteristic fall on bars two weeks ago, but she returned to true form at Washington last week. She scored a 9.925 on bars, good for her sixth score of 9.90 or better on that event this season. She's averaging 9.813 on the event and ranks fifth in the nation - her highest ranking of the year on the event. She's won bars four times this year and had a career-high 9.95 at Arizona on Feb.2. Bychowski is also ranked 17th nationally on beam , and she leads the team with a 9.775 average on that event. She's won the event twice this season and had a career-high 9.95 against UCLA. She also had a then-career-high 9.90 at Nebraska in the second meet of the year.

CAMPBELL NOTCHES SEASON-HIGH: Annie Campbell turned in a season-high 39.300 all-around score at Washington, good for the third week in a row and fourth time this season that she's surpassed the 39.0 mark. Campbell had a career-high tying 9.90 on beam to tie for first against the Huskies, and she added a 9.90 on floor, a season-high 9.75 on vault and a 9.75 on bars as well in that meet. Campbell, who ranks 23rd nationally on beam, has now won beam four times this year. She's scored a 9.90 twice (both on the road) and is averaging 9.769 on that event, second best on the team. Her 9.747 average on floor is also second on the team (among team members competing in at least half the team's meets), and her average of 9.675 on vault is the team's third best on that event. She also has an average score of 9.569 on bars. She's had 13 scores of 9.80 or better on various events this season. The only event on which she hasn't reached the 9.80 mark yet this year is vault. However, she has scored a 9.70 or better on that event four times this season while performing a vault that has a maximum value of 9.80. She is working on upgrading to a 10.0 start value vault and may perform that vault this week at Stanford. Her top floor score has been a 9.925 (against UCLA), and her top bars score was a career-high 9.825 against Boise State. She's won the all-around twice this year and is averaging 38.807 in the all-around.

YODER CONTINUES TO IMPRESS ON BEAM: Elaine Yoder scored a career-high 9.875 on beam for the second week in a row when the Beavers competed at Washington last week. The freshman has now scored a 9.80 or better on beam in OSU's last four meets. She's now averaging a 9.694 (third best on the team) for the year and has hit her last seven routines after falling in the season opener. Yoder has also put up solid numbers on floor since making that lineup four weeks ago. In four meets on floor, she's averaging 9.756 with a high of 9.80 against UCLA. Yoder has also vaulted in the last five meets (six counting an exhibition) and has had a career-high 9.65 twice (both on the road - at Arizona and at Washington). She's averaging 9.467 on that event.

THE SCOOP ON SONI: Soni Meduna had an outstanding meet at Washington, where she turned in career-high marks on two of her three events. She scored a career-high 9.75 on bars in OSU's first routine of the meet, and she followed up with a career-high 9.70 on vault. She later scored a 9.725 on floor. Meduna has competed on bars in all eight meets this season, with an average of 9.603 per routine. In addition to her 9.75 this past week, she's had two 9.725 routines this year. She's competed on vault in every meet but the season opener and is averaging 9.507. Her best event (based on average scores) is floor, with an average of 9.664 on her floor routines. She's competed on floor at the last six meets (seven, including an exhibition at Nebraska) with a high of 9.80 against Boise State.

NELSON BACK ON THREE EVENTS: Lindsay Nelson has competed on three events at the last two meets after seeing limited action prior to that because of an ankle injury. In last week's meet at Washington, she scored a career-high 9.70 on vault to go along with a 9.85 on bars and a 9.40 on beam. The previous week she scored career-highs of 9.875 on bars and 9.825 on beam to go along with a then-career-high 9.675 on vault. That meet against UCLA was the first time she competed on three events since spraining her ankle on beam on January 19. She missed one meet (Cal) completely, was back in the bars lineup at Arizona and competed on bars and vault against Boise State before adding beam to her repertoire two weeks ago. Prior to the injury, Nelson had competed as an all-arounder in one meet, scoring a 38.725 at Nebraska (she was slated to compete all-around against ASU but after the injury on beam she was unable to compete on floor at that meet.). Nelson is averaging 9.733 on bars with four scores of 9.80 or better. She's averaging 9.621 on vault and 9.550 on beam. She's competed on floor twice this year for an average of 9.625.

LIZ A WHIZ ON BARS: Elizabeth Jillson fell on her bar routine at Washington last week, but she's been solid for the majority of the meets. Prior to scoring the 9.05 at Washington, Jillson had scored a 9.875 or better in the previous four meets, highlighted by a career-high 9.95 at Arizona. Liz injured her knee on vault in the season opener and missed the next two meets because of the injury, but returned to score a 9.90 in her first meet back. She followed that with the 9.95 at Arizona, added a 9.875 against Boise State and had a 9.90 against UCLA before suffering the fall against the Huskies. She's now averaging 9.646 for the year. She's scored a 9.90 or better on bars in five collegiate competitions. She had one 9.925 and one 9.90 score as a rookie last season.

BRUCH'S NEWS: Marissa Bruch had some struggles at Washington last week, but the senior has put up key performances in other meets this year. Last week at UW, she fell on floor in her second tumbling pass and scored a 9.15, and she scored a 9.575 on beam routine. However, the previous week against UCLA, she turned in career-high marks on both events, with a 9.90 on beam and a 9.875 on floor. She's scored a 9.80 or better on floor four times this year, with an average of 9.588. She also has three scores of 9.80 or better on beam, with an average of 9.629.

SURATT'S BEAM SCORES CONTINUE TO SHINE: Megan Suratt scored a career-high 9.90 on her beam routine against UCLA, and she added a 9.80 at Washington, but both routines were exhibitions so they didn't officially count. She was in the official lineup at the two meets prior to the UCLA meet but had falls on both those routines and scored a 9.25 and a 9.225. Those two routines were her first official collegiate competitions - and her first on beam at all. Prior to then, she had performed exhibition routines on bars. Her top score on bars was a 9.55 from the meet against California on January 28.

DIXON EXHIBITIONS ON BARS: Lyndsay Dixon has not officially competed this season, but she has performed exhibition bar routines at the last three meets. She's averaging 9.362, with her best score (9.675) coming against UCLA.

BEAVERS NOW LOOKING TO GO 24-FOR-24: OSU did not count a fall in its meet at Washington last week, marking the first time this year that the Beavers made it through a meet without counting a fall. However, the Beavers still haven't met their goal of going 24-for-24 in a meet, as they still had three falls against the Huskies. OSU's most consistent event has been vault, averaging a 48.678 and ranking 16th in the nation. That's the one event the Beavers haven't had to count a fall on, and the Beaver vaulters have hit all but three vaults this year. But OSU has had seven falls on bars, 12 on floor and 13 on beam. OSU's bars scores have ranged from a near-school record 49.400 to a 48.050, and the Beavers have had two falls on the event at three different meets this year. Beam scores have ranged from a school record 49.400 all the way to a 47.400, and the Beavers have had to count a fall on beam at five of the eight meets this season. OSU has had just two meets without a fall on floor and has had to count at least one fall in four meets. Team scores have ranged from 49.550 down to a 47.050 at Michigan, where four of the six competitors fell.

RICIOLI, LOPEZ OUT FOR THE SEASON: Tanya Ricioli and Jerra Lopez are out for the season. Both are out after rupturing an Achilles tendon. Ricioli injured her left Achilles in the season opener at Michigan, while Lopez injured her right Achilles at home against California.

HEAD COACH TANYA CHAPLIN: Tanya Chaplin is in her fourth season as head gymnastics coach at OSU. Last year she guided the Beavers to their first trip to nationals since 1996 and was named OSU's Female Coach of the Year. Including this year's totals, Chaplin's career record is 31-22 for the regular season and 56-36 including postseason competition. In 1999, she was named Pacific-10 Coach of the Year after the Beavers posted a 16-8 record in 1999 and finished second at the Pac-10 Championships, where OSU set a school record with a 197.400 score. She was an assistant coach at Washington for seven years before moving to OSU. Formerly Tanya Service, she was a six-time All-American and held six school records while competing for UCLA from 1986-89.

JENNIE THOMPSON AT OSU: Former U.S. National Team member Jennie Thompson is enrolled at Oregon State and is working with the team while she completes her studies. She does not have collegiate eligibility and will not be competing. Thompson was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1992 until retiring in June, 2000. She competed at two World Championships, won the 1999 Visa American Cup and was the 1993 Junior National Champion.

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