Beavers Host BYU In Gymnastics Home Opener On Friday

Jan. 23, 2002

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THIS WEEK: After two weeks on the road, the Oregon State gymnastics team will get a chance to compete at home this week. The Beavers host Brigham Young in the Cellular One Season Opener at 7 p.m., Friday, January 25 in Gill Coliseum. Friday's meet against BYU is also autograph night. The team will sign trading cards after the competition.

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets for Friday's meet are $10 for reserved seats, $6 for adult general admission and $4 for senior citizens/child general admission. OSU students are admitted free with a valid student ID.

THE BEAVERS VS. THE COUGARS: Oregon State and BYU have met 22 times in gymnastics, with OSU holding a 19-3 advantage. The teams met once last season, at the NCAA West Regionals at UCLA with a trip to the NCAA Championships at stake. OSU took second with a 194.075, while BYU was third with a 193.050 to give the Beavers a spot in the national championship meet. The teams met twice in 2000, both during the regular season. OSU won a dual meet at BYU, and the Beavers also took the top spot at the Shanico Inn-vitational (BYU was third in that four-team meet).

A LOOK AT BYU: BYU hasn't competed since Jan. 11, when the team took third at the Bahamas Breeze meet with a 191.650 to finish behind NC State (192.550) and Kentucky (192.450). BYU All-American Kelly Parkinson-Evanson won vault with a 9.90 was second on bars (9.85) and floor (9.825).

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BEAVS: Oregon State dropped a close contest in its Pacific-10 opener last week, falling to California, 193.250-193.125, at Berkeley on Jan. 18. Still, there were several individual highlights for the Beavers. Jerra Lopez took first or second on four events. She won beam with a 9.80 and tied for first on floor with a 9.875, and she placed second on bars (9.875) and in the all-around (38.525). Elizabeth Jillson scored a 9.90 on bars, good for first place. Her score was the highest by any Beaver on any event so far this season.

BEAVERS AMONG NATION'S BEST ON BARS: One week after scoring an impressive 48.900 in the season opener at Denver, the Beavers improved on that mark at Cal. OSU's 49.100 team score on bars at California kept them in the top 10 nationally and also put two individuals in the national rankings as well. As a team, the Beavers are ninth in the nation on the event, while Elizabeth Jillson is 10th and Jerra Lopez is 22nd individually. With the strong team showing at Cal, the Beavers were able to walk away with a sweep of the top three places at that meet. Jillson was first with a 9.90, followed by Lopez with a 9.875 and Lindsay Nelson's third-place 9.85 score. OSU also counted scores from Th�r�se Videan (9.75) and Heidi Goehring (9.725).

SIX-FOR-SIX PERFORMANCE PUTS BEAVERS IN FLOOR RANKINGS: Oregon State's floor team went six-for-six to score a 49.025 at California last week to rebound from a disappointing performance in the season opener, where the Beavers had to count two falls on the event at Denver. OSU's performance at Cal puts the Beavers in a tie for 16th nationally on floor, based on season-high scores. Jerra Lopez tied for first with a 9.875 at Cal, while Tanya Ricioli and Elaine Yoder tied for third with 9.80 marks. OSU also counted a pair of 9.775 scores from Heather Justus and Lindsay Nelson. Yoder's scored tied her career-high from last year, while Nelson's score set a new personal best.

CAMPBELL EXPECTED BACK IN THE LINEUP THIS WEEK: Annie Campbell should compete for Oregon State this week after missing the first two meets of the season. Campbell missed the season opener at Denver two weeks ago because of an ankle sprain, but practiced on three events last week and was expected to return to the lineup at Cal. However, she did not make the trip to the Bay Area after her father passed away last week.

BEAVER FANS TO BE INTRODUCED TO SEVEN NEWCOMERS: Seven freshmen, making up nearly half of OSU's 15-member roster, will make their Gill Coliseum debut this Friday. Several are expected to compete in the meet. Th�r�se Videan has competed on three events at both of OSU's meets so far, with action on vault, bars and floor. Heather Justus (vault and floor) and Heidi Goehring (bars and beam) have each competed two events in both meets this season, while Daylee Ingalls (beam) and Meghan Jones (vault) have also been in the lineup. OSU's other freshmen are Alisha Stephenson and Christa Piazza.

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 34-26 for the regular season and 66-49 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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