No. 24 Gymnasts Travel To No. 13 California

Jan. 16, 2002

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THIS WEEK: The 24th-ranked Oregon State gymnastics team hits the road for the second time in two weeks, this time traveling to the Bay Area. OSU will face No. 13 California at 7:30 p.m. in Berkeley in the Pacific-10 opener for both teams.

THE BEAVERS VS. THE GOLDEN BEARS: Oregon State and California have met 33 times in gymnastics, with OSU winning all but one of those meets (Cal's only win came in 1986). The teams met three times last season, with OSU prevailing all three times. OSU won a dual meet in Corvallis, 195.575-195.000. The Beavers took fourth at Pac-10s, while Cal was seventh. OSU was second at the NCAA Regional meet, with Cal placing fourth.

A LOOK AT CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears defeated Cal State Fullerton, 193.925-192.175 at Fullerton on Saturday, Jan. 12. Freshman My-Lan Dodd won beam (9.90) and the all-around (39.125), tied for second on bars (9.75) and took third on floor (9.825) to lead Cal to the victory. Karissa Chock won vault with a 9.775.

RECAPPING THE SEASON OPENER: Tanya Ricioli won beam in her first competition since last year's season opener, but OSU dropped its season opener to No. 14 Denver last 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, also finished third in the all-around with a 38.525. Four other gymnasts placed in the top three on various events. Elaine Yoder placed third on both beam and floor, scoring 9.775 on both events. 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 last Thursday. Still, OSU's score was the highest season opening mark since the 1997 season.

BEAVERS AMONG NATION'S BEST ON BARS: OSU's 48.900 team score on bars at Denver last week ranks as one of the tops in the nation so far, checking in at ninth in the national rankings (based on high score this week). That's also OSU's best ever score on bars in a season opener. The Beavers were led by Elizabeth Jillson, who placed second with a 9.875 at Denver. Jillson's score puts her in a tie for 12th in this week's national rankings. Jerra Lopez turned in a 9.825 to place third, while Tanya Ricioli and Heidi Goehring tied for sixth with 9.75 marks. Th�r�se Videan added a 9.70 to round out the scores that counted in OSU's team total.

ROOKIES SHOW PROMISE AFTER FIRST MEET: Six of OSU's seven freshmen saw action at Denver last week. Th�r�se Videan competed on three events, the most of any freshmen. She placed third on vault with a 9.725 and scored a 9.70 on bars and a 9.675 on floor. Heidi Goehring turned in the highest score of any rookie, with a 9.75 on bars. Goehring also competed on beam but had a fall for a 9.275. Heather Justus also competed on two events, vault (9.55) and floor (9.25). Meghan Jones and Daylee Ingalls each saw action in the official lineup on one event and did an exhibition on another. Jones turned in a 9.60 for the vault team, while she earned a 9.625 on her exhibition bar routine. Ingalls had a 9.15 on beam, while her exhibition vault scored a 9.45. Alisha Stephenson performed an exhibition beam routine but had several falls.

RICIOLI, LOPEZ BACK IN COMPETITION: After missing most of last season with injuries, Tanya Ricioli and Jerra Lopez both competed in the all-around at Denver last week. Ricioli took third in the all-around with a 38.525 score. She tied for first on beam with a 9.80, and added a 9.75 on bars, a 9.625 on vault and but had a fall on her final tumbling pass for a 9.35 on floor. Lopez, who competed in just four meets a year ago, turned in OSU's second best score on bars, vault and floor. She placed third with a 9.825 on bars and had a 9.725 on floor and a 9.65 on vault. She struggled on beam though, with two falls for an 8.65. She finished the all-around with a score of 37.850 for the meet.

INJURY UPDATE: Annie Campbell missed the Denver meet after spraining her right ankle in practice last Thursday. She practiced on three events on Tuesday, and she's hopeful she'll be able to compete at California this week, although it's not certain if she'll be ready to go in the all-around.

HEAD COACH TANYA CHAPLIN: Tanya Chaplin is in her fifth season as head gymnastics coach at OSU. She has guided the Beavers to back-to-back trips to the NCAA Championships and has been named OSU's Female Coach of the Year the past two years. In 1999, she was named Pacific-10 Coach of the Year. Chaplin enters the 2002 season with a career record of 34-25 for the regular season and 66-48 including postseason competition. 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.

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