Gymnastics Falls To Denver, 194.375-192.400

Jan. 12, 2002

DENVER - Tanya Ricioli won beam in her first competition since last year's season opener, but the 10th-ranked Oregon State gymnastics team dropped its season opener to No. 14 Denver at the Hamilton Gymnasium on Saturday. The Pioneers topped the Beavers, 194.375-192.400.

Ricioli, who scored a 9.80 on beam to tie for first on the event on her 21st birthday, also finished third in the all-around with a 38.525. OSU had four other gymnasts place in the top three on various events. Elaine Yoder took third on beam with a 9.775, and she placed third on floor with another 9.775. Elizabeth Jillson's 9.875 on bars earned second, while Jerra Lopez's 9.825 mark on that same event was good for third. Th�r�se Videan was third on vault with a 9.725.

OSU started the meet off strong, but the Beavers had to count two falls apiece on beam and floor in the final two rotations. The Beavers were also without all-arounder Annie Campbell, who didn't compete after spraining her right ankle in practice Thursday. Still, OSU's score was the highest season opening mark since the 1997 season.

'We've looked much better in the gym, and we didn't see that team tonight. We need to work on that before we go to Cal next week,' coach Tanya Chaplin said. 'Most likely Annie will be back on a few events, but it doesn't matter if she is or isn't. This team is capable of much more than how they performed tonight.'

The Beaver rookies showed promise in their first collegiate meet. Heidi Goehring's 9.75 mark on bars was the highest of any freshman. Videan competed on three events, with a third-place 9.725 on vault, a 9.70 on bars (filling in for Campbell on that event) and a 9.675 on floor. Meghan Jones scored a 9.60 on vault as Campbell's substitute. Daylee Ingalls and Heather Justus also saw action in the season opener.

'I thought the freshmen did a great job adjusting without Annie,' Chaplin said.

The Beavers scored 48.900 on bars in the opening rotation, highlighted by Jillson's and Lopez's routines, Denver scored a 48.700 on vault to give OSU the early lead after one rotation.

The Pioneers took over the lead at the halfway point, 97.600-97.050. DU tied OSU's 48.900 on bars, but the Beavers scored a 48.150 to allow to the Pioneers to take over the lead.

Denver had to count a fall on beam in the third rotation, but the Pioneers maintained a 145.450-144.825 lead after OSU had to count two falls on floor in that same rotation.

The Beavers' falls continued on beam, with Goehring and Ingalls posting back-to-back falls to start off the rotation, but Lindsay Nelson got OSU back on track with a 9.575. Yoder followed with a 9.775 before Ricioli's first-place 9.80 routine. However, Lopez fell twice in OSU's final performance, leaving OSU to count two falls.

Meet Results

Team Scores: Denver 194.375, Oregon State 192.400

Vault: 1. Ashley Shible (DU), 9.85, 2. Melanie Schiff (DU), 9.75, 3. Th�r�se Videan (OSU), 9.725. Other OSU Scores: Jerra Lopez, 9.65, Tanya Ricioli, 9.625, Meghan Jones, 9.60, Heather Justus, 9.55, Lindsay Nelson, 8.15 (Daylee Ingalls, 9.45 - exhibition)

Bars: 1. Melanie Schiff (DU), 9.90, 2. Elizabeth Jillson (OSU), 9.875, 3. Jerra Lopez (OSU), 9.825. Other OSU Scores: Tanya Ricioli, Heidi Goehring, 9.75, Th�r�se Videan, 9.70, Lindsay Nelson, 9.35 (Meghan Jones, 9.625 - exhibition)

Beam: T1. Tanya Ricioli (OSU), Michelle Kasuga (DU), 9.80, 3. Elaine Yoder (OSU), 9.775. Other OSU Scores: Lindsay Nelson, 9.575, Heidi Goehring, 9.275, Daylee Ingalls, 9.15, Jerra Lopez, 8.65 (Alisha Stephenson, 7.45 - exhibition)

Floor: 1. Ashley Shible (DU), 9.95, 2. Michelle Kasuga (DU), 9.90, 3. Elaine Yoder (OSU), 9.775. Other OSU Scores: Jerra Lopez, 9.725, Th�r�se Videan, 9.675, Tanya Ricioli, 9.35, Heather Justus, 9.25, Lindsay Nelson, 9.225 (Soni Meduna, 9.525 - exhibition)

All-Around: 1. Melanie Schiff (DU), 39.025, 2. Ashley Shible (DU), 38.825, 3. Tanya Ricioli (OSU), 38.525. Other OSU Scores: Jerra Lopez, 37.850, Lindsay Nelson, 36.300

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