Gymnasts Off To No. 17 Arizona State For Uno's Classic With Cal State Fullerton, Southern Utah

Feb. 5, 2002

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THIS WEEK: The Oregon State gymnastics team (1-3) will travel to the desert for Arizona State's UNO's Classic at 6 p.m. PST, Friday, February 8. The Beavers, who will start the meet on bars, will join the 17th-ranked Sun Devils along with Cal State Fullerton and Southern Utah in the quad meet.

THE BEAVERS VS. THE FIELD: The Beavers and Southern Utah will be meeting for the first time, but OSU regularly competes against Arizona State and Cal State Fullerton. The Beavers hold a 21-8 advantage over the Sun Devils and are 9-7 all-time against the Titans. ASU came away victorious by the narrowest of margins last year in a dual meet in Corvallis, when the Sun Devils held on for a 193.750-193.725 win over the Beavers. OSU placed fourth at last year's Pac-10 Championships, while ASU was fifth. The Beavers also topped Fullerton, 197.625-194.175, at the Shanico Inn-vitational in Corvallis last year as well.

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BEAVS: Oregon State posted a season-high score en route to picking up its first win of the year with a 194.950-193.850 victory over Washington at home on Friday, February 1. The Beavers did not have to count a fall for the first time this season. OSU came away with three individual winners as well. Elizabeth Jillson won bars for the second time this year with her 9.90 score, while Jerra Lopez had a career-high 9.975 on floor for her second floor title of the season. Th�r�se Videan's 9.825 score on vault marked the highest by any Beaver vaulter this season and also gave her a share of the vault title. The meet will be replayed on Fox Sports Net Northwest at noon, Thursday, February 7.

A LOOK AT THE UNO'S CLASSIC FIELD: Arizona State (2-2) moved up from 19th to 17th in the national rankings after a 195.025-191.525 road win at California last week. Maggie Germaine and Rhonda Robinette each won two events for ASU. The duo tied for first on bars with 9.85 scores, while Germaine also won vault (9.825) and Robinette won beam (9.85)... Southern Utah (1-2) is coming off a 195.10-190-525 loss at No. 16 Iowa. The Thunderbirds had to count at least one fall on every event but floor... Cal State Fullerton took last week off but had a season-high score in a 192.600-187.175 win over Cal State Santa Barbara on January 26. Kelly Mathiasen won beam (9.90) and vault (9.80) to lead the Titans, who posted the top two scores on all four events.

LOPEZ JOINS THE '39' CLUB: Jerra Lopez became the 10th Beaver all-arounder to reach the 39.0 score after an impressive outing against Washington last week. She scored a career-high 39.175, bettering her previous best of 38.950 set just the week before against BYU. Lopez's stellar performance was highlighted by a near-perfect floor routine that earned a 9.975 score, good for first place. It was her second win of the year on that event and her fourth victory overall this season (she also has one win apiece on bars and beam). Lopez rounded out her solid meet against Washington with a third-place 9.80 on bars and fifth-place marks of 9.725 on vault and 9.675 on beam. Lopez, who ranks 18th in the nation on bars, leads the Beavers with a 9.831 average on that event this year. She's on the verge of cracking the top 25 on floor as well. Her team-best average of 9.863 on floor ranks 28th nationally.

JILLSON GETS BACK ON TRACK: A week after falling twice on bars, Elizabeth Jillson returned to top form to score a 9.90 and win the event against Washington last week. That performance marked Jillson's second victory of the year on bars, she also won the event with a 9.90 at Cal on January 18. She scored a 9.875 in the season opener.

VICTORY FOR VIDEAN: Th�r�se Videan became the first of OSU's seven freshmen to win an event when she scored a 9.825 on her vault against Washington last week to tie for first in that meet. She's also the first Beaver to win that event this year. Her score is the highest by any Beaver so far this year, and it's her highest on any event. Videan also matched her season-high with a 9.80 on her floor routine against the Huskies, she had a 9.80 on floor against BYU as well. She's competed on vault and floor in all four meets.

THE DAYLEE NEWS: Daylee Ingalls took second with a career-high 9.80 on beam to lead the team against Washington last week, improving her score by two-tenths (her previous best was a 9.60 against BYU). She's the third Beaver (joining Tanya Ricioli and Jerra Lopez) to score a 9.80 on beam this year, OSU's highest score on that event. Ingalls has competed on beam in all four meets, and her scores have gone up each time. After a fall in the seaon opener, she's scored 9.525, 9.60 and 9.80. She has not competed on any other events, although she did exhibition on vault in the first two meets of the year.

BEAVERS RANKED NATIONALLY ON TWO EVENTS: While the Beavers are still looking to move into the top 25 as a team this year, OSU is ranked nationally on two events. The Beavers are 16th on bars (48.6625 average) and 18th on floor (48.781 average). OSU had a season-high 49.400 on floor last week for its second meet with a 49-plus on floor. OSU's season-high on bars is a 49.100, at California on January 18. Six Beavers have scored a 9.80 or better on floor, including three gymnasts with marks of 9.90 or better. Jerra Lopez had a career-high 9.975 last week and has won the event twice this season, while Annie Campbell (9.925) and Tanya Ricioli (9.90) also scored in the 9.90 range last week. Th�r�se Videan, Heather Justus and Elaine Yoder have each scored a 9.80 at least once. On bars, five Beavers have reached the 9.80 mark. Elizabeth Jillson has scored a 9.90 twice and has two victories on the event, while Lopez and Ricioli have also claimed wins on bars. Lopez has scored as high as 9.875, followed by Lindsay Nelson (9.875), Ricioli (9.825) and Campbell (9.80).

BEAVERS STILL LOOKING TO GO 24-FOR-24: While the Beavers did not have to count a fall for the first time this year in their win over Washington last week, OSU still had three falls in that meet (one each on vault, beam and floor) and is still searching for a 24-for-24 performance. Prior to the meet with the Huskies, OSU had to count at least two falls in every meet. Beam has been the biggest problem, with eight falls on the year. OSU had to count two falls in the season opener and one at each of the next two meets. The Beavers have had six falls on vault, with two of them counting. On floor, the team has had four falls, with two of them counting (both in the season opener). OSU has had three falls on bars, couting one. The team struggled with consistency last season as well. OSU had at least one fall in every meet a year ago and had just two meets in which the team did not have to count a fall.

RICIOLI NOTCHES SEASON-HIGH: Tanya Ricioli turned in a season-high all-around score of 38.775 against Washington as she did not have a fall on any event for the first time this year. She had a season-high 9.90 on floor to go along with a 9.675 on vault and a pair of 9.60 scores on bars and beam. Prior to the UW meet, she had to count one fall in her all-around total in each meet (floor in the season opener, bars in the second meet and beam in the third meet). She had a season-high 9.825 on bars against BYU two weeks ago to tie her career-high set at Michigan State in her very first collegiate competition as a freshman in 2000. That score also earned her a tie for first place against BYU, good for her second victory of the year. Her first victory of the season came on beam, when she won the event at Denver with a season-high 9.80 in the first meet of the year. Her best vault score was a 9.70 against BYU. She's averaging a 38.594 in the all-around, 9.719 on floor, 9.663 on vault, 9.631 on bars and 9.581 on beam.

CAMPBELL'S CORNER: Annie Campbell has competed in the all-around in the last two meets after missing the first two meets of the year. Last week against Washington, she scored a 38.725 despite a fall on beam. She took second on floor with a 9.925 and tied for third with a 9.75 on vault, both of which were season-high scores for her. She also added a 9.725 on bars after scoring a 9.80 on the event against BYU in her first meet. She scored a 9.325 on her beam routine against the Huskies but had a 9.675 in her first meet.

NELSON'S NEWS: After being limited to bars against BYU because of an injury, Lindsay Nelson was back in action on all four events against Washington last week, although her floor routine was an exhibition performance. Nelson had season-highs of 9.625 on both vault and beam, and she added a 9.70 on bars. Had her exhibition score of 9.70 on floor been official, she would have finished the meet with an all-around score of 38.650, which would have bettered her season-high by more than a point. Her top score of the year on any event is a 9.85 on bars, when she placed third at Cal on January 18. Her best floor score was a career-high 9.775, also at Cal.

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 has a career record of 35-27 for the regular season and 67-50 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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