No. 21 Gymnastics Squad Hosts No. 11 Arizona On Friday

Feb. 12, 2002

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THIS WEEK: The No. 21 Oregon State gymnastics team (3-3-1) returns home to face No. 11 Arizona in the Wilson Motors Challenge. The meet is set for 7 p.m., Friday, February 15.

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.

LIVE STATS ON THE INTERNET: Fans unable to attend Friday's meet will be able to follow the competition on the Oregon State website at www.osubeavers.com. Scores will be updated after each rotation.

BEAVERS BACK IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS: After a season-high 195.800 at Arizona State last week, Oregon State has returned to the national rankings for the first time since the preseason poll. The Beavers now carry an average of 193.845, good for 21st in the latest national rankings. OSU was picked 10th in the preseason coaches poll.

OSU VS. ARIZONA: The Beavers and Wildcats have met 32 previous times, with the series tied at 16-16. Arizona prevailed in a three-way meet (195.175-194.575) in Tucson last season, while the Beavers came away with a higher finish at the Pacific-10 Championships (196.550-195.525) a year ago.

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BEAVS: Oregon State picked up season-high marks on all four events to finish with a season-best 195.800 to tie for first at the Uno's Classic at Arizona State. The Beavers tied the Sun Devils for the meet title, while Cal State Fullerton took third (194.975) and Southern Utah fourth (192.375). OSU's score was the 17th best in school history. The Beavers came away with individual event titles on three of four events as well as the all-around. Annie Campbell claimed the all-around title with a 39.425, won vault with a 9.875 and tied teammate Jerra Lopez for first on floor with a 9.95. Elizabeth Jillson also picked up a win, tying for first with a 9.90 on bars. Fifteen season-highs were set or tied by a total of nine gymnasts. Campbell and Tanya Ricioli each set or tied season-highs on all four events, while seven others had at least one season-high score.

A LOOK AT ARIZONA: Arizona (7-2) is a much-improved team from last year, when it finished fifth at the Pacific-10 Championships. With the addition of six freshmen, the Wildcats are now ranked 11th nationally, with an average score of 195.204 a meet. Arizona is the top-ranked vault team in the nation, with two vaulters in the individual rankings as well. Andi McCabe is fourth with an average of 9.90 on the event, while Monica Bisordi is 14th with an average of 9.85. The Wildcats also have a strong floor team. They're ranked seventh on that event, with Katie Johnson (fourth, 9.929 average) and Randi Liljenquist (ninth, 9.912) ranked individually.

BEAVERS HAVE THREE 39+ ALL-AROUNDERS: Three Oregon State gymnasts have surpassed the 39.00 mark in the all-around this season. Annie Campbell became the first Beaver to claim an all-around title this year when she scored a season-high 39.425 at Arizona State last week. Tanya Ricioli had a career-high 39.300 in that same meet, while Jerra Lopez had a 39.175 against Washington two weeks ago. It's only the third time in program history that three all-arounders have scored a 39 or better in the same season. Amy Slack, Megan Murphy and Randi Miller did so in 1997, and Joy Selig, Chari Knight and Amy Durham did so in 1991. With Campbell's 39.425 at ASU, she now has scored a 39+ a total of 11 times, second only to Knight, who did so a school record 23 times. Ricioli's performance at ASU marked her third 39+ competition, while Lopez reached the mark for the first time against the Huskies. A total of 10 OSU gymnasts have scored a 39.0 or better. A complete list follows.

Oregon State's 39.00+ All-Arounders

No. ofGymnast 39+ Scores High ScoreChari Knight 23 39.750 (1/29/93)Annie Campbell 11 39.625 (3/17/01)Amy Durham 10 39.300 (4/15/93)Megan Murphy-Barcroft 6 39.625 (3/20/99)Joy Selig 6 39.400 (3/16/91)Amy Slack 4 39.275 (3/23/96)Tanya Ricioli 3 39.300 (2/8/02)Randi Miller 2 39.175 (3/22/97)Jerra Lopez 1 39.175 (2/1/02)Amanda Turko 1 39.025 (4/18/95)

ANOTHER 9.90, ANOTHER WIN: Elizabeth Jillson scored a 9.90 on bars for the third time this season in OSU's meet at Arizona State last week. Every time she's scored a 9.90 on bars this year, she's won or tied for first on that event. She also had a 9.90 and a victory at California (1/18) and at home against Washington (2/1).

CAMPBELL'S CORNER: Annie Campbell hit all four routines for the first time this season at ASU last week, and the result was an outstanding performance. She won the all-around with a 39.425, improving her season-high score by .700 points. She tied for first on floor with a 9.95, matching her career-high set as a freshman in 2000. She also won vault with a season-high 9.875, the highest vault score by a Beaver this season. The three victories were her first of the season. Campbell also added season-high scores of 9.825 on bars and 9.775 on beam. Her all-around score is the second highest for her career (she had a career-best 39.625 last season). For the year, Campbell is averaging 38.875 in three meets as an all-arounder (she missed the first two competitions this season), highlighted by a 9.858 average on floor to rank second on the team in that event. She's averaging 9.783 on bars, 9.642 on vault and 9.595 on beam.

LOPEZ CONTINUES TO FLOOR THE COMPETITION: Jerra Lopez picked up her third victory on floor when she scored a 9.95 on the event at Arizona State last week. She also won the event with a career-high 9.975 against Washington (2/1) and a 9.875 at California (1/18). Lopez is averaging a team-best 9.880 on the event, which also ranks 24th nationally. Lopez also leads the team with a 9.825 average on bars, highlighted by a season-high 9.875 at California. She won the event with a 9.825 against Brigham Young (1/25). Lopez also has one victory on beam, coming with a season-high 9.80 at California. Her top vault score is a 9.725, which she's scored in the last two meets. She's averaging a 38.660 as an all-arounder, with her best being a career-high 39.175 against Washington.

RICIOLI HAS CAREER-BEST MEET: Tanya Ricioli had a career-best 39.300 to place third in the all-around at ASU last week (her previous best was a 39.200 in 2000). She matched her season-high with a 9.90 on floor (her second 9.90 of the year), had a career-high 9.85 on bars, a season-high 9.825 on beam and a season-high 9.725 on vault. Her beam score is the highest by any Beaver gymnast on that event this year. She has claimed two individual event titles this season, one on beam (a 9.80 at Denver in the season opener) and one on bars (a 9.825 on bars against BYU on 1/25). For the year, Ricioli is averaging 38.735 as an all-arounder. Her best event has been floor, with an average of 9.755. She's averaging 9.675 on both bars and vault and 9.630 on beam.

OTHER GYMNAST NOTES:

HEIDI GOEHRING: Heidi Goehring has competed on at least one event at all five meets this season, although she has had problems with consistency in her first year at the collegiate level. In five meets on bars, she has scored as high as 9.75 twice, but she also has two falls on the event for a 9.395 average. She competed on beam in the first three meets (and did an exhibition in the fourth meet), but fell all four times.

DAYLEE INGALLS: Daylee Ingalls has been a mainstay on beam this season, competing in all five meets. However, she has been somewhat up and down on the event. Two weeks ago against Washington, she took second with a career-high 9.80, but she's also had two falls on the event (in her very first collegiate meet as well as last week at ASU), giving her a season average of 9.435. Ingalls also exhibitioned on vault in the first two meets of the year.

MEGHAN JONES: As a freshman walk-on, Meghan Jones has played a big role in her short time on the team. Jones has vaulted in all five meets (including one exhibition), and she scored a career-high 9.65 last week at ASU. In five meets, she's averaging 9.565 on vault. Jones has also performed exhibitions on two other events, with two on bars and three on beam. Her top score on both those events has been a 9.65 as well.

HEATHER JUSTUS: After a rough start to her collegiate career (she had misses on both vault and floor in the season opener), freshman Heather Justus has come on strong the last four weeks to make a mark on the squad. She's competed vault and floor all five meets. After a disappointing 9.250 on floor in the season opener, Justus has hit her last four floor routines and has scored a season-high 9.80 at the last two meets. Justus has also played a key role on the vault team. She's one of three Beavers to have scored a 9.80 on the event this season, with a season-high of 9.80 at California (1/18). She's averaging a 9.625 on the event, third best on the team.

LINDSAY NELSON: Lindsay Nelson is coming off one of her best overall meets of the season. At ASU last week, she turned in a season-high 9.775 on beam and also scored a 9.775 on bars, good for her second score of the year on that event. She exhibitioned on vault and floor in that meet as well. Her vault score, a 9.65, was her best of the year, although it did not count. She scored a 9.75 on floor, which is her second best mark of the year on that event. Nelson has competed on at least one event in every meet this year. She started off the season as an all-arounder in two meets but then was limited to bars in the third meet because of an injury. The following week she was back to four events (three official, with an exhibition on floor), and last week she did all four as well (with the two exhibitions). Nelson's best event has been bars, with an average of 9.665 and a high of 9.85 at Calfiornia (1/18) in the second meet of the season. Her top beam score is 9.775, set at ASU last week, and her top floor score is also a 9.775, a career-high she set at California. Her top official vault score is a 9.625, which she earned against Washington (2/1).

TH�R�SE VIDEAN: Th�r�se Videan has made an immediate impact as a freshman. She has competed on vault and floor in all five meets, with a career-high of 9.875 on floor at ASU last week and a career-high of 9.825 on vault two weeks ago against Washington. That 9.825 vault earned her a share of first place in that meet, making her the first of OSU's seven freshmen to win an event this season. Through five meets, Videan is averaging 9.770 on floor and has scored a 9.80 or better in the last three meets. She's averaging 9.585 on vault. Videan has also competed on bars, with official appearances in the first two meets and exhibitions in the last three. Her top score is a 9.75, at Calfiornia (1/18). She's averaging a 9.675 on that event.

ELAINE YODER: Elaine Yoder has competed on beam and floor in all five meets this year. She leads the team with a 9.680 average on beam and placed in the top three at the first three meets, highlighted by season-high scores of 9.775 in the first two meets. Yoder also started the season strong on floor, with a 9.775 in the season opener and a career-high-tying 9.80 in the second meet, but she had problems on the event at OSU's two home meet s (9.575 and 9.225). However, she got back on track at ASU last week and tied her career-high with another 9.80 to improve her season average to 9.635.

BEAVERS STILL LOOKING TO GO 24-FOR-24: Oregon State has struggled with consistency this season and is looking for a 24-for-24 performance. The Beavers have had at least three falls in every meet this season and have had only one meet (Washington) where they did not have to count a fall. At ASU last week, OSU had two falls on beam and one on bars but still managed a season-high 195.800 score. Beam has been the biggest problem this season, with 10 falls on the year. OSU had to count two falls in the season opener and one at three other 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 four 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.

BEAVERS RANKED NATIONALLY ON BARS, FLOOR: In addition to being ranked 21st nationally as a team, the Beavers are in the national rankings on bars and floor as well. OSU is ranked 16th on both those events. OSU's floor team has been particularly impressive in the last couple weeks. The Beavers scored a then-season-high 49.400 against Washington two weeks ago, but then bettered that mark with a 49.475 at Arizona State last week. OSU is now averaging a 48.920 on that event. On bars, the Beavers scored a season-high 49.150 at ASU last week to improve their season average to 48.760. All six gymnasts in the current floor lineup have scored at least a 9.80 this season, including three gymnasts who have scored a 9.90 or better twice this year. Jerra Lopez has scored a 9.975 and a 9.95, while Annie Campbell has a 9.95 and a 9.925 and Tanya Ricioli has a pair of 9.90 scores. Th�r�se Videan scored a career-high 9.875 last week, and Heather Justus and Elaine Yoder have each scored a 9.80 twice this season. On bars, five Beavers have reached the 9.80 mark. Elizabeth Jillson has scored a 9.90 three times, and Lopez has scored as high as 9.875. Lindsay Nelson and Ricioli have scored a 9.85, and Campbell has added a 9.825 for OSU.

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 37-27-1 for the regular season and 69-50-1 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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