No. 14 Gymnasts To Compete At No. 5 Utah On Saturday

March 5, 2002

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THIS WEEK: The No. 14 Oregon State gymnastics team (5-5-1) hits the road for its final regular season dual meet this week. The Beavers travel to Salt Lake City to face No. 5 Utah at 6 p.m. PST on Saturday, March 9.

LIVE STATS ON THE INTERNET: Fans unable to attend to make the trip to Saturday's meet will be able to follow the competition through live scoring on Utah's website, www.utahutes.com.

BEAVERS FACE TOP COMPETITION FOR THIRD WEEK IN A ROW: OSU's meet at No. 5 Utah will mark the third meet in a row the Beavers will face a top 10 opponent. OSU competed against No. 8 Stanford last week, and the Beavers were at then-No. 10 (now No. 3) UCLA on Feb. 23. It won't get any easier next week, with No. 4 Michigan among the teams in the Shanico Inn-vitational on March 16.

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BEAVS: Oregon State dropped a dual meet to No. 8 Stanford but still managed its second best score of the season in the 196.700-196.000 loss to the Cardinal. OSU had five falls but only counted one of them. Three Beavers won an individual title. Jerra Lopez recorded a career-high 39.400 to pick up the first all-around title of her career, and she also won bars with a career-high 9.925. Annie Campbell was near perfection on floor, scoring a 9.975 to win that event. Th�r�se Videan won vault for the second time this year after scoring a career-high 9.90 against the Cardinal.

BEAVERS MOVE UP TWO MORE SPOTS TO 14TH: After scoring a 196.000 against Stanford last week, the Beavers were able to drop a 193.125 mark from their Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). That helped improve their RQS by nearly six-tenths, which moved the Beavers up from 16th to 14th in the latest rankings. The RQS, which determines the NCAA Regional qualifiers and seedings, is determined by taking a team's six highest scores, of which at least three must be from away meets. Of those six, the highest is dropped and the remaining five are averaged to obtain the RQS. OSU currently has an RQS of 195.215.

SPEAKING OF REGIONALS: The Beavers will host one of the six NCAA Regional competitions on Saturday, April 6. For the second year in a row, the NCAA will seed the top 18 teams in the country, with three top 18 teams competing at each regional site. The rest of the field will be made up of teams from within each geographic region. The top two teams at each regional meet will advance to the NCAA Championships, set for April 18-20 at the University of Alabama. Tickets for the regional competition in Corvallis can be purchased by calling the OSU ticket office at 1-800-GO-BEAVS. Tickets are $10 for reserved seats and $8 for general admission.

OSU VS. UTAH: The Beavers are 5-26 all-time against the Utes. Utah has won the last two meetings, including a 197.425-196.050 victory in Salt Lake City last season. OSU last defeated Utah in Corvallis in a 1999 dual meet.

A LOOK AT THE UTES: The fifth-ranked Utes will be at home for the first time since Jan. 25. Because of the Winter Olympics, Utah competed on the road the last five weeks. Last week, the Utes were at Brigham Young, where they defeated the Cougars, 197.250-195.525. Utah has the top-ranked beam team in the country, led by national leader Theresa Kulikowski. Shannon Bowles ranks third nationally on that same event. Kulikowski is also seventh on bars and eighth on floor, while Melissa Vituj is 10th on floor.

NELSON MAKES IT FOUR: Lindsay Nelson had a career-high 39.025 all-around score against Stanford last week, making her the 11th Beaver to surpass the 39.00 mark at least once in her career. Nelson is the fourth Beaver to do so this season, joining Annie Campbell (season-high of 39.450), Jerra Lopez (high of 39.400) and Tanya Ricioli (high of 39.300). That makes it the first time the Beavers have had four all-arounders score a 39.00 or better at least once in the same season. Three Beavers did so in 1997 and 1991. A complete list of all the Beavers who have scored a 39 follows.

Oregon State's 39.00+ All-Arounders

No. ofGymnast 39+ Scores High ScoreChari Knight 23 39.750 (1/29/93)Annie Campbell 13 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)Tanya Ricioli 5 39.300 (2/8/02)Amy Slack 4 39.275 (3/23/96)Jerra Lopez 2 39.400 (3/1/02)Randi Miller 2 39.175 (3/22/97)Lindsay Nelson 1 39.025 (3/1/02) Amanda Turko 1 39.025 (4/18/95)

STILL LOOKING TO GO 24-FOR-24: The Beavers have struggled with consistency this season and have had at least two falls in every meet. There have been just three meets this season when the Beavers did not have to count a fall (although that is an improvement from last season, when there were just two meets when a fall wasn't counted). OSU did not count a fall in its meets against Arizona (196.475), UCLA (194.925) and Washington (194.900). OSU counted four falls in the season opener (two beam, two floor), two at California (one vault, one beam), two against BYU (one bars, one beam), one at Arizona State (beam), and two at Cal State Fullerton (one vault, one beam) and one against Stanford (bars).

BEAVERS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS: Oregon State is ranked 11th nationally on bars and floor, and the Beavers are 16th in the nation on beam. The Beavers have had four gymnasts score at least a 9.90 on bars this season (Annie Campbell, Elizabeth Jillson, Jerra Lopez and Tanya Ricioli), while three Beavers have scored at least a 9.90 on floor (Campbell, Lopez and Ricioli). Campbell is the only Beaver to have scored a 9.90 on beam, but five of the six gymnasts in the beam lineup have scored a 9.85 at least once this year.

FORMER BEAVER TO PERFORM BEFORE SHANICO: Debbie Park (formerly Debbie Marland, an Oregon State gymnast from 1985-88) will perform prior to the Shanico Inn-vitational on March 16. Park, a rhythmic gymnast/figure skater, will perform an acrobatic rope routine in her return to Corvallis.

GYMNAST NOTES:

ANNIE CAMPBELL: Annie Campbell has been having an outstanding junior season. She's set or tied career-highs on three of four events in the last two weeks. Last week against Stanford, she set new career-highs on floor (9.975, previous best 9.95 in 2002 and 2000) and bars (9.90, previous best 9.875 in 2001). She tied her career-high on beam by scoring 9.925s at Cal State Fullerton (2/22) and UCLA (2/23) to equal her career-high set last season. She's come close to tying her personal best on vault too. She had a season-high 9.875 at Arizona State (2/8), just .025 off her career-high set in 2000 and 2001. Campbell has OSU's best average on three events - floor (9.892), bars (9.80) and beam (9.761). She's averaging an impressive 39.042 as an all-arounder, also best on the team. She's scored a 39.200 or better three times this year, highlighted by a season-best 39.450 against Arizona (2/15). Campbell has won a total of seven event titles this year, all coming in the last four weeks. She's won the all-around twice, to go along with three wins on floor and one apiece on vault and beam.

HEIDI GOEHRING: Heidi Goehring has competed on bars in eight of OSU's nine meets this year. Last week, she set a new career-high with a 9.775 against Stanford. Her previous best was a 9.75, which she had scored twice this season. She's averaging 9.519 on the event.

DAYLEE INGALLS: Daylee Ingalls has been a mainstay on beam this season, competing in all nine meets. When she hits, she is capable of high marks. She's scored a 9.80 or better four times, including a 9.825 against Stanford last week. She had a career-best 9.85 at Cal State Fullerton two weeks ago. However, she's also had three falls on the event, giving her a season average of 9.544.

ELIZABETH JILLSON: Elizabeth Jillson ranks ninth in the nation on bars, her only event. She has scored a 9.90 or better five times and has won the event four times. She's averaging a 9.642 on bars (includes two misses). Of the seven bar routines she's hit this year, she's scored no lower than a 9.85.

MEGHAN JONES: As a freshman walk-on, Meghan Jones has played a big role in her short time on the team. Jones has been in the lineup on vault in seven of the nine meets this year. She had a career-high 9.65 at Arizona State (2/8), and she has three scores of 9.60 as well. She's averaging 9.566 on the event. Jones has also performed exhibitions on two other events, with two on bars and five on beam. Her top score on both those events has been a 9.65 as well.

HEATHER JUSTUS: Heather Justus is one of two freshmen who compete on two events for the Beavers. She's made the lineup on vault and floor in all nine meets. She's scored as high as 9.80 six times - four on floor and two on vault. She's averaging a 9.711 on floor and has hit her last eight routines after a fall in the season opener. She's had a career-high 9.80 on that event four times, including last week against Stanford. She's had some problems with consistency on vault. She's scored a 9.80 twice, most recently against Arizona (2/15), but is averaging 9.561 as a result of some misses.

JERRA LOPEZ: Jerra Lopez added two more individual victories to her resume last week against Stanford, giving her nine individual titles this season, more than any other Beaver gymnast. She set a new career-high in the all-around with a 39.400 to claim an all-around title for the first time in her career. She also won bars with a career-high 9.925 against the Cardinal. For the season, she has four victories on floor, three on bars, one on beam and one in the all-around. Lopez is tied for 21st nationally on floor and is averaging 9.878 on the event (second best on the team). She has scored a 9.90 or better four times this season, highlighted by a career-high 9.975 against Washington (2/1). She's scored a 9.80 or better on bars in seven of nine meets, including a 9.90 and a 9.925, giving her a season average of 9.758 (also second on the team). Her season-best beam score is a career-high 9.875 at UCLA (2/23), and she's scored as high as 9.725 on vault four times this year. Lopez is averaging 38.775 as an all-arounder. She had a then-career-high 39.175 against Washington before improving that mark against Stanford last week.

LINDSAY NELSON: Lindsay Nelson has competed in the all-around at two of the last three meets and a total of four times this season. Last week, she scored a career-high 39.025 to place second against Stanford. She scored a career-high 9.85 on floor to go along with a pair of 9.75 marks on bars and beam and a season-high-tying 9.675 on vault to finish with the career-high performance. Nelson began the season as an all-arounder but had some injuries early on that kept her off the lineup on some events. She's competed on bars in all nine meets this season and is averaging a 9.719, with a season-best 9.85 at California (1/18). She's been in the beam lineup in every meet but one and had a season-best 9.775 at Arizona State (2/8). She's had a season-high 9.675 on vault in the last two meets she competed on the event (Stanford, 3/1, at CS-Fullerton, 2/22). Her top floor score came last week when she had the career-best 9.85 against Stanford.

TANYA RICIOLI: Tanya Ricioli took a break from the all-around last week, competing in three events against Stanford. She had competed as an all-arounder in OSU's first eight meets, including back-to-back competitions in southern California a week before the Stanford competition. She has scored a 9.80 or better on various events a total of 14 times this season, with at least one 9.80 mark on every event. Ricioli scored a season-high 9.80 on vault against Stanford last week, and she has five 9.80+ scores on floor (season-high 9.90 twice), four 9.80+ marks on bars (career-high 9.875 on 2/15 vs. Arizona) and four 9.80+ marks on beam (season-high 9.85 twice). She has the team's top average on vault at 9.714 and second best on beam at 9.708. In eight all-around performances, she's averaging 38.863, highlighted by three scores above 39.00 - including a career-high 39.300 at Arizona State (2/8). Ricioli has won four individual event titles this season, one apiece on vault, bars, beam and all-around.

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 nine meets and on bars in three meets (eight counting five exhibitions). She's scored a 9.80 or better nine times - five times on floor and four times on vault. Last week against Stanford, she scored a career-high 9.90 on vault to win the event for the second time this season. With that score, she became the first Beaver to score a 9.90 on vault this year. Her 9.692 average on the event ranks second on the team. She tied her season-best on floor with a 9.875 last week (she also had a 9.875 at Arizona State on 2/8). She's averaging a 9.738 on the event. Videan also matched her season-high on bars last week, scoring a 9.75 in an exhibition routine to tie her official season-high set at Cal (1/18). She's averaging 9.675 on bars, including the exhibition routines.

ELAINE YODER: Elaine Yoder has competed on beam and floor in all nine meets this year. She struggled against Stanford week, falling on beam for the first time this season and also having a fall on floor. Still, she has put up strong numbers throughout the year. She had a career-high 9.85 on floor against Arizona (2/15) and a season-high of 9.85 on beam at Cal State Fullerton (2/22). She's averaging 9.60 on floor and 9.583 on beam.

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 39-29-1 for the regular season and 71-52-1 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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