No. 13 Gymnasts Headed To Seattle For Pac-10 Championships

March 21, 2001

THIS WEEK: Postseason competition kicks off this weekend with the Pacific-10 Championships. The competition is set for 6 p.m., Saturday, March 24 at Bank of America Arena in Seattle. The conference meet should be one of the best in recent years, as all seven Pac-10 schools that have gymnastics are ranked in the Top 25. Joining OSU will be No. 1 UCLA, No. 6 Stanford, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 16 Washington, No. 24 Arizona and No. 25 California.

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets for the Pac-10 Championships are $9 for reserved seats. General admission tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children (under 12). College students who have a vaild student ID can also purchase a $4 general admission ticket.

PAC-10s TO BE TELEVISED: Saturday's Pacific-10 Championships will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by FOX Sports Net. Jim Watson and Kathy Johnson-Clarke will call the action. Replay times on FOX Sports Net Northwest are Friday, March 30 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 31 at 12:30 p.m. Times in other FOX regions may vary.

ROTATION ORDER: Oregon State will start the competition on floor and will finish with a bye. Following is the complete rotation order:

Team	Rot. 1	Rot. 2	Rot. 3	Rot. 4	Rot. 5	Rot. 6	Rot. 7ASU	Bye	Vault	Bye	Bars	Beam	Bye	FloorArizona	Vault	Bye	Bars	Beam	Bye	Floor	ByeUCLA	Bye	Bars	Beam	Bye	Floor	Bye	VaultStanford	Bars	Beam	Bye	Floor	Bye	Vault	ByeCal	Beam	Bye	Floor	Bye	Vault	Bye	BarsWashington	Bye	Floor	Bye	Vault	Bye	Bars	BeamOSU	Floor	Bye	Vault	Bye	Bars	Beam	Bye

BEAVERS AT PAC-10s: Oregon State has won four Pac-10 team titles, with the most recent coming in 1996. OSU has placed second at the last three conference meets, most recently scoring a 196.575 at Arizona State last season. UCLA is the two-time defending Pac-10 champion. OSU has had 23 individual Pac-10 championships, including current senior Lara Degenhardt, who scored a perfect 10.0 on floor at the 1999 Pac-10 meet.

SEVERAL BEAVERS RANKED NATIONALLY: For the third week in a row, the Beavers have at least one gymnast ranked nationally on every event (except all-around). Katrina Severin is fourth in the country on vault and seventh on floor, while Stephanie Bychowski is eighth on beam and 10th on bars. Elizabeth Jillson is tied for 20th on bars, while Lara Degenhardt dropped out of the vault rankings but moved into the top 25 on floor, tying for 19th.

A SENIOR NIGHT TO REMEMBER: OSU's four seniors made a statement in their final home meet at Gill Coliseum. Each of the seniors scored at least one 9.925 or better to help the Beavers win the Shanico Inn-vitational with a school record 197.625 last Saturday. Katrina Severin scored a 9.90 or better on all three of her events, with a 9.95 on floor, a career-high 9.925 on beam and a 9.90 on vault. Lara Degenhardt won floor with a 9.975 and had a season-high 9.95 on vault to go along with a 9.875 on bars. Marissa Bruch won her first ever collegiate event title with a career-high 9.95 on beam and she added a 9.85 on floor as well. Stephanie Bychowski rebounded from a fall on bars to score a 9.925 on beam in her final performance at Gill.

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER, PART TWO: As if Marissa Bruch's career-high 9.95 (including a 10.0 from one judge) for a victory on beam wasn't enough to remember her final meet in Gill Coliseum, she received an unexpected surprise shortly after the meet. Bruch's boyfriend, Steve Rodriguez, proposed to her while the finals scores were being tallied. She said, 'Yes.'

CAMPBELL PUTS ON A SHOW: Annie Campbell had the best meet of her college career at last week's Shanico Inn-vitational. In fact, her performance was one of the best ever by any OSU gymnast. Campbell scored a career-high 39.625 to place first in the all-around competition for the third time this year. Campbell's score ties the fourth best all-around score in school history. Seven-time All-American Chari Knight scored higher than that three times, while Campbell's score matched Megan Murphy-Barcroft's 39.625 from 1999. Campbell set or tied individual career-highs on three of the four events and had a season-high on the other. She had a career-high 9.925 on beam to tie for third on that event, while she also tied for third with a career-high-tying 9.90 vault. Her third place score of 9.925 on floor was a season-high, and she had a career-high 9.875 on bars to tie for fourth on that event. Campbell scored the 9.90 on vault while competing a vault with a 10.0 start value for just the second time this season. Up until the meet at Utah two weeks ago, she had been competing a Yurchenko layout vault worth a maximum of 9.80. With the new vault, she's upped her average on the event to a 9.709 to rank third on the team on that event. Campbell's top events are beam and floor, with averages of 9.745 and 9.748, respectively (both rank second on the team). She has won beam four times this season. Prior to her 9.925 beam routine this past weekend, she had scored a career-high 9.90 twice this season (both on the road). She has also scored a 9.90 or better on floor three times, including two 9.925 routines. Campbell is averaging 9.641 on bars. She's had 22 scores of 9.80 or better on various events this season (seven on floor, seven on beam, six on bars and two on vault). She's won the all-around three times, has scored a 39+ five times and is averaging 38.885 when competing all four events. Before her 39.625 last week, her previous season-high was a 39.300 and her previous career-high was a 39.375.

SENSATIONAL SEVERIN: All-American Katrina Severin is ranked in the top 10 nationally on two different events. She's fourth in the nation on vault and seventh on floor. The standout senior has won a total of 11 individual event titles this year: seven on vault and two on both beam and floor. She needs just one more vault victory this year to become the first Beaver to win eight vault titles in a single season since All-America Tina Barnes in 1987. Severin's averaging a team-leading 9.902 on vault and became just the second Beaver to score a perfect 10.0 on that event when she did so against UCLA. She's scored a 9.90 or better on the event seven times this season, including the last three meets. She also has the team's top average on floor at 9.848, including a career-high 9.975 against the Bruins. Severin has scored a 9.90 or better on her floor routine eight times this year, including marks of 9.925 or better at the last five meets. Up until this season, she hadn't scored a 9.90 on floor since her freshman year in 1997. On beam, she's averaging 9.743, highlighted by a career-high 9.925 last week in the Shanico Inn-vitational. She's scored a 9.85 or better six times on that event, including the last five meets.

DYNAMITE DEGENHARDT: Lara Degenhardt has scored a 9.80 or better on her last 21 routines (including vault, bars and floor, dating back to Feb. 2). At last week's Shanico Inn-vitational, she scored season-highs of 9.975 on floor and 9.95 on vault to go along with a 9.875 on bars. Her 9.975 floor score earned her a first-place finish on that event, good for her second victory this season. Degenhardt has the team's best average on bars (9.839) and has scored a 9.80 or better in every meet but one, highlighted by a career-high 9.90 at Washington last month. Degenhardt's average is impressive in itself, but it's even more impressive considering that she'd scored above a 9.825 on bars only once before this season (she had a 9.85 once as a sophomore). She has the team's second-best average on vault, with a 9.843. Like bars, she has scored a 9.80 or better in every meet but one this year. She's scored a 9.875 three times, her previous season-high until last week's 9.95. Her average on floor is a 9.684, but she's averaging 9.910 since changing her tumbling a month into the season. 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. That's also pushed her into the national rankings on the event, as she's 19th in the nation on floor this week. She's scored a 9.975 twice and has scored a 9.875 or better in every routine since making the switch. 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.

LIZ A WHIZ ON BARS: Elizabeth Jillson is in the national rankings on bars for the second week in a row, with a No. 20 ranking this week. She scored a 9.90 on the event at last week's Shanico Inn-vitational for her third consecutive 9.90 routine. She's now scored a 9.90 or better six times this year, highlighted by a career-high 9.95 at Arizona. She's averaging a 9.731 on the event and has won bars twice this season, tying for first at Arizona and adding a 9.90 in a win at Stanford. She missed two meets with a knee injury (she was injured on vault in the first meet of the year), but she's been solid for most of the year. With six scores of 9.90 or better this year, she's now scored a 9.90 or better on bars in eight collegiate competitions. She had one 9.925 and one 9.90 score as a rookie last season.

RISS'S PIECES: Marissa Bruch had the biggest night of her collegiate career last week at the Shanico Inn-vitational. On senior night, Bruch captured her first-ever individual event title with a career-high 9.95 on the balance beam. She followed that up with a near-career-high on floor with a 9.85 (just .025 away from tying her previous best). That's the second meet in a row and fifth time this season that she's scored a 9.80 or better on both events at the same meet. She's scored a 9.80 or higher five times on beam and six times on floor this year. She's averaging 9.695 on beam and 9.614 on floor.

BEAM ME UP, BYCHOWSKI: Stephanie Bychowski has been phenomenal on beam over the last five weeks, and the national rankings show that. She's moved up to a tie for eighth in the country after some outstanding routines as of late. She scored a 9.875 or better in the last five meets, including two career-high 9.95 marks as well as a 9.925 routine. She's now averaging a 9.814 (best on the team) for the year. She's scored a 9.80 or better eight times and has won the event three times. Bychowski has also put up strong numbers on bars, although she's shown some inconsistency in recent weeks. After hitting her first six routines of the year (including five 9.90+ marks), she's had three falls in the last five weeks. But, when she hits, she scores high. Of the eight routines she's made this year, all but one scored a 9.90 or better, including two career-high 9.95 scores. She's won the event five times, is ranked 10th in the nation and is averaging a 9.670. She'll be looking to win the Pac-10 title on bars after finishing second with scores of 9.925 at the last two conference meets.

MEDUNA MAKES HER MARK: It wasn't a 10.0, but Soni Meduna was perfect last week. The junior scored a career-high 9.80 on her vault at the Shanico meet last week. Her vault, a handspring front tuck, is worth a maximum of 9.80, which meant her vault was perfect. Her previous best was a 9.70 at Washington. She's now averaging a 9.563 on the event. Meduna also posted another career-high at last week's competition by scoring a 9.775 on her bar routine. She added a 9.775 on floor for her second-best score of the year on that event last week. Soni has competed on bars in every meet this year and has an average of 9.570 on the event. She's made the floor lineup nine times (nine counting an exhibition) with a high score of 9.80against Boise State. Her average on that event is a 9.625.

NELSON BACK IN THE ALL-AROUND, UNOFFICIALLY: Lindsay Nelson competed on all four events at last week's Shanico Inn-vitational, marking the first time since Jan. 14 (at Nebraska )that she competed all four events. But, her score didn't officially count as an all-around competition since her floor routine was an exhibition performance. Nelson has been limited since the Nebraska meet because of an ankle sprain she suffered on beam during the Arizona State meet the following week (pulling her out of floor, and thus also the all-around at that meet). Nelson has officially competed every event but floor at the last five meets. After the injury, she missed one meet completely, was back in the bars lineup at Arizona and competed on bars and vault against Boise State before rejoining the beam lineup five meets ago. Her best event has been bars, having scored a 9.825 or better at the last six meets. She's averaging 9.769 on that event, with her best score (9.875) coming at last week's Shanico and against UCLA. She's averaging 9.633 on vault, with a season-high 9.70 last week as well as at Washington. Her top beam score is a 9.825, also against UCLA, and she's averaging 9.556 on that event. She scored a 38.725 in her only official all-around appearance, and she's competed on floor three times (two exhibitions) this year for an average of 9.667 on that event. Her exhibition score of 9.75 last week was a season-high for her. Had it been official, she would have had a 39.00 all-around score.

YODER PUTTING UP SOLID MARKS: Elaine Yoder has been putting up solid marks on her three events this season (she doesn't compete bars). Her best event is beam, with five scores of 9.80 or better, including a career-high 9.875 twice (vs. UCLA and at Washington). Last week she scored a 9.85 to rebound after a fall the previous week. She's averaging 9.675 on that event and had hit eight straight beam routines until her fall at Utah (9.35). Yoder has scored a 9.70 or better in all seven meets she's competed on floor. She's averaging 9.746 on that event since making the lineup seven weeks ago, with highs of 9.80 against UCLA and int he Shanico. Yoder has also vaulted in eight meets (nine counting an exhibition) and has had a career-high 9.65 four times (three on the road, one at home last week). She's averaging 9.522 on that event.

BEAVERS LOOKING TO GO 24-FOR-24: OSU came closer to its goal of hitting 24-for-24 at last week's Shanico meet when the Beavers had just one fall for the night. It was just the second meet this year the Beavers didn't have to count a fall, and it was the first meet the Beavers had less than three falls. The only other meet the Beavers didn't have to count a fall was at Washington on Feb. 25. OSU's most consistent event has been vault, averaging a 48.748 and ranking 21st in the nation. Last week the Beavers reached the 49+ mark for the first time, with a season-high 49.250 on vault. Vault'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 11 falls on bars, 14 on floor and 16 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 four different meets this year. Beam scores have ranged from a school record 49.575 last week all the way to a 47.400, and the Beavers have had to count a fall on beam at six of the 11 meets this season. OSU has had just four meets without a fall on floor and has had to count at least one fall in five 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 34-24 for the regular season and 59-38 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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