Beavers Off To Alabama For NCAA Championships
April 15, 2002
WHAT'S IN STORE: The No. 13 Oregon State gymnastics team (14-11-1) heads east to Tuscaloosa, Alabama for the NCAA Championships, set for April 18-20 at the University of Alabama. OSU, which qualified for nationals for the third year in a row, will compete at 5 p.m. PDT on Thursday, April 18 in the evening session of the preliminary team competition. The afternoon session is set for 11 a.m. PDT on Thursday, with the Super Six scheduled for 5 p.m. PDT on Friday, April 19. Individual event finals will begin at 5 p.m. PDT on Saturday, April 20.
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets for the NCAA Championsips are available from the University of Alabama ticket office at 1-800-240-2300 or online at www.rolltide.com. Three-day passes are $40 for adults and $30 for youth and include admission to all four sessions.
LIVE STATS ON THE INTERNET: Fans unable to travel to Alabama for the NCAA Championships will be able to follow the competition through live scoring on Alabama's website, www.rolltide.com.
TELEVISION INFORMATION: A two-hour tape-delayed broadcast of the NCAA Championships will be aired on CBS (KVAL, Channel 13, locally) on Sunday, April 28 at 10 a.m. PDT. Bonnie Bernstein, Amanda Borden and Dominique Dawes will call the action.
THE FIELD: Oregon State will be joined by No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Alabama, No. 10 Stanford, No. 11 Minnesota and No. 15 Florida in the evening session. The afternoon session will be made up of No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 Utah, No. 5 Michigan, No. 6 LSU, No. 8 Nebraska and No. 12 Arizona. Twelve all-arounders from non-qualifying teams will also compete, with six in each session. The top three teams in each session will advance to Friday's Super Six finals, and the top four individuals on each event in each session will advance to Saturday's individual event finals. OSU will begin the meet on floor, as determined by a random draw conducted by the NCAA. Following is the complete rotation order for all six teams in OSU's session:
Rot. Vault Bye Bars Beam Bye FloorI Minn. Fla. Stan. UCLA Ala. OSUII OSU Minn. Fla. Stan. UCLA Ala.III Ala. OSU Minn. Fla. Stan. UCLAIV UCLA Ala. OSU Minn. Fla. Stan.V Stan. UCLA Ala. OSU Minn. Fla.VI Fla. Stan. UCLA Ala. OSU Minn.
HOW THEY GOT THERE: OSU qualified for the national championships in dramatic fashion, with a come-from-behind performance in the final rotation at regioanls. The Beavers trailed Oklahoma by .425 for the second spot heading into the final event, with OSU heading to floor and the Sooners to bars. OSU responded with a school record 49.625 on floor while OU scored a 49.025 on bars to move the Beavers into second place in the final standings. OSU finished the meet with a 196.800 - its highest score of the year. Utah won the meet with a 197.100, while Oklahoma took third with a 196.625. Several Beavers placed in the top 10 on at least one event as OSU used a team effort to advance out of regional competiton. Annie Campbell won floor (9.975), tied for fourth on beam (9.875) and tied for sixth on bars (9.85). Tanya Ricioli tied for second on bars (9.90), tied for third on floor (9.925) and tied for ninth on vault (9.80). Jerra Lopez tied for third on floor (9.925) and tied for sixth on bars (9.85). Elaine Yoder earned a share of fourth place on beam (9.875), while Daylee Ingalls tied for eighth on that event (9.85). Lindsay Nelson and Thï¿½rï¿½se Videan tied for seventh on floor (9.90).
ANNIE CAMPBELL TO MISS NATIONALS: All-around standout Annie Campbell ruptured the Achilles' tendon in her left leg in practice on Wednesday (4/10) and will miss the NCAA Championships. She will undergo surgery on Monday, April 15 and will not travel with the team to Alabama.
BEAVERS AT NATIONALS: OSU is making its third consecutive appearance and 19th overall trip to nationals (16 NCAA Championships to go along with three AIAW competitions). OSU placed 11th (193.775) at last year's meet and was 10th (194.750) in 2000. The Beavers made 10 straight appearances from 1987-1996 but did not qualify from 1997-1999. OSU's highest finish has been fourth, in 1982 and 1991 (The Beavers also finished fourth in the 1980 AIAW Championships). OSU has made two Super Six appearances, in 1995 and 1996. OSU has had five gymnsasts combine for seven individual national championships, all on beam and floor. The most recent came in 1993, when Amy Durham's perfect 10.0 gave her the title on floor.
SWEET HOME ALABAMA? OSU has done especially well at nationals when the meet is at Alabama. In 1991, the Beavers placed fourth with a 192.350. In 1996, the last time Alabama hosted, OSU advanced to the Super Six and placed fifth with a 196.525 after scoring a 195.700 in the preliminary session.
NIGHT OWLS? Since the NCAA began Super Six competition in 1993, the Beavers have advanced to the finals twice (in 1995 and 1996). Both times, the Beavers were in the evening session of the preliminary competition. OSU has been to the NCAA Championships six times since the Super Six began. OSU competed in the evening session in 1994, 1995 and 1996. The Beavers finished seventh in '94 to miss out on the Super Six but went on to place sixth in '95 (fifth in prelims) and fifth in '96 (fourth in prelims). The Beavers competed in the afternoon session in 1993, 2000 and 2001 and did not advance to the finals, finishing 7th in '93, 10th in '00 and 11th in '01.
OSU VS. THE FIELD: The Beavers have faced five of the 11 teams joining them at nationals already this season, going 1-8 against those teams. OSU placed fourth at the Pacific-10 Championships (196.125), finishing behind the other three Pac-10 teams that qualified for nationals (UCLA, 197.625, Arizona, 197.050, Stanford, 196.150). Stanford and UCLA also prevailed in regular season dual meets, but the Beavers did defeat Arizona during the regular season. OSU and Utah met twice, with the Utes coming out ahead both times (a 197.350-195.475 dual in Salt Lake on March 9 and at last week's NCAA West Regionals). The Beavers hosted Michigan on March 16, with the Wolverines narrowly edging OSU, 196.700-196.675.
BEAVERS HAVE FOUR 39-PLUS ALL-AROUNDERS FOR THE FIRST TIME: All four of the Beavers who have competed in the all-around this season have scored above a 39.00 this year, making this the first season the Beavers have had four different gymnasts do so in the same year. Annie Campbell has done so five times in 2002, highlighted by a season-best 39.575 (3/16). Tanya Ricioli has also topped the 39.00 mark five times this year, with a career-high 39.450 at regionals (4/6). Lindsay Nelson has done so four times - all in her last four all-around performances, highlighted by a career-best 39.275 (3/16). Jerra Lopez had a career-high 39.400 against Stanford (3/1), one of two 39-plus scores for her this season. OSU had three all-arounders score a 39.00 or better in 1991 and 1997. A complete list of all the Beavers who have scored a 39-plus follows.
Oregon State's 39.00+ All-Arounders No. ofGymnast 39+ Scores High ScoreChari Knight 23 39.750 (1/29/93)Annie Campbell 15 39.625 (3/17/01)Amy Durham 10 39.300 (4/15/93)Tanya Ricioli 7 39.450 (2/8/02)Megan Murphy-Barcroft 6 39.625 (3/20/99)Joy Selig 6 39.400 (3/16/91)Lindsay Nelson 4 39.275 (3/16/02)Amy Slack 4 39.275 (3/23/96)Jerra Lopez 2 39.400 (3/1/02)Randi Miller 2 39.175 (3/22/97)Amanda Turko 1 39.025 (4/18/95)
BEAVERS HAVE TWO MAKE ALL-PAC-10 TEAM: Annie Campbell and Elizabeth Jillson were named to the All-Pacific-10 Team, with Campbell recognized as an all-arounder and Jillson honored on bars. The team is made up of five all-arounders and three gymnasts on each of the four individual events. The team is determined by a combination of scores at the Pacific-10 Championships and Regional Qualifying Scores prior to the conference meet, with each weighing 50 percent in the totals. Jillson scored a 9.925 on bars at the conference meet, her seventh score of 9.90 or better this season. Campbell scored a 38.825 in the all-around at Pac-10s despite a miss on bars to earn a spot on the all-conference team.
STILL LOOKING TO GO 24-FOR-24: Consistency has been OSU's biggest problem this season. The Beavers have made 23 routines in two meets, resulting in the team's two highest scores of the year (196.800 at regionals and 196.675 at the March 16 Shanico Inn-vitational). But other than those two meets, the Beavers have missed at least two routines in every meet. As a result, the Beavers have had to count at least one missed routine in eight of 13 meets this year. OSU did not count falls at regionals, the Shanico or against Arizona (196.475), Washington (194.950) and UCLA (194.925). However, OSU counted four missed routines 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), two at Cal State Fullerton (one vault, one beam), one against Stanford (bars) one at Utah (beam) and one at the Pacific-10 Championships (bars).
FLOORING THE COMPETITION: OSU did not count a score lower than 9.90 on floor at the regional competition, resulting in a school record 49.625. In fact, five of the six gymnasts on the floor team set or tied career highs. Annie Campbell led the way with a 9.975, her third of the season. Jerra Lopez and Tanya Ricioli scored 9.925s, with Ricioli matching her career high set as a freshman in 2000. Lindsay Nelson and Thï¿½rï¿½se Videan set new personal bests with 9.90 marks, and Heather Justus turned in a career high 9.875 that the Beavers ended up dropping. OSU's floor team ranks 11th nationally and is averaging 49.100 on the event (although that includes a 47.775 in the season opener). The Beavers have scored a 49.00 or better nine times on floor this season.
BEAM TEAM COMES THROUGH WHEN IT COUNTS: Beam has been the Beavers' biggest nemesis all season. OSU 's highest score on the event entering regionals was a 49.025 vs. Stanford (3/1), and the Beaver had gone six-for-six just twice in 12 meets (vs. Arizona, 2/15, and at Pac-10s, 3/23). While the Beavers did have a fall on the event at regionals, OSU did not have to count a score lower than 9.80 on beam for the first time all year, finishing with a season high 49.225. Annie Campbell and Elaine Yoder scored 9.875s (with Yoder's matching her career high set as a freshman), while Daylee Ingalls tied her career high with a 9.85. OSU also counted a 9.825 from Tanya Ricioli and a season high 9.80 from Lindsay Nelson.
BEAVERS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Beavers are ranked nationally as a team on every event, and three gymnasts are ranked individually. OSU is ranked 11th on bars and floor, 17th on beam and 20th on vault. Annie Campbell is ranked on two individual events, checking in at 12th on floor and 23rd on beam. Elizabeth Jillson ranks 11th on bars, while Jerra Lopez is 20th on floor.
SISTER ACT: The Dixon twins will get a chance to go head-to-head for the first time in their collegiate careers at the NCAA Championships. Lyndsay Dixon and the Beavers will go against twin sister Leigh, a member of Minnesota's team, in the team preliminaries. OSU has competed against several other Big Ten schools (including Michigan and Michigan State this year) during Lyndsay's career, but the Beavers haven't faced Minnesota since 1996. In addition to the Dixon twins representing two of the six teams in the evening session, the Dixon family will have another tie to the teams in that session. Lyndsay's older sister, Anne, competed for UCLA from 1994-97.
HITTING THE BOOKS: Four Beavers were named to the Pacific-10 All-Academic Team this season. Jerra Lopez earned second honors, while Elizabeth Jillson, Lindsay Nelson and Elaine Yoder were honorable mention picks. In order to be eligible, an athlete must be at least a sophomore and have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
ANNIE CAMPBELL: Prior to suffering an Achilles' tendon injury on Wednesday, Annie Campbell had been having the best season of her collegiate career. She'd won a total of 10 individual event titles (five floor, two all-around, two beam, 1 vault), the most of any Beaver. Most recently, she won the NCAA West Regional title on floor after scoring a 9.975 on the event last week. She set or tied career-high marks on all four individual events this year. At the Pacific-10 Championships (3/23), she scored a career high 9.925 on vault to tie for third on that event. She also had a career high 9.975 on floor three times, a career high 9.925 on beam three times and a career high of 9.90 on bars (3/1). She ranks 12th in the nation on floor and was averaging 9.860 (second on the team) on that event. Campbell also ranks 23rd nationally on beam and had a team-best 9.798 average on that event. She was named Pacific-10 Gymnast of the Week on March 19 for her performance in the Shanico Inn-vitational, where she had a season-high 39.575 in the all-around, good for the eighth best score in school history. She claimed top honors on floor (9.975) and beam (9.925) in that meet. Her all-around score in that meet makes her just the second Beaver to score above a 39.500 twice in her career (joining seven-time All-American Chari Knight as the other). Campbell scored a 9.80 or better 27 times this season (five vault, six bars, eight beam, eight floor) and a 9.90 or better 12 times (seven floor, three beam, 1 vault, 1 bars). As an all-arounder, Campbell was averaging a team-best 39.095 and scored a 39.200 or higher five times this season.
HEIDI GOEHRING: Heidi Goehring has competed on bars in 12 of OSU's 13 meets. She's scored a 9.80 or better twice, with a career high 9.825 in the Shanico Inn-vitational (3/16) and a 9.80 at regionals (4/6). She's averaging 9.567 on the event.
DAYLEE INGALLS: Daylee Ingalls has been a mainstay on beam this season, competing in all 13 meets. She's scored a 9.85 or better four times, highlighted by a career high 9.85 twice, at regionals (4/6) and at Cal State Fullerton (2/22). She's scored a 9.725 or better in OSU's last five meets and is averaging 9.613 for the season.
ELIZABETH JILLSON: Elizabeth Jillson ranks 11th in the nation on bars, her only event. An All-Pacific-10 Team selection on the event, she has scored a 9.90 or better seven times and has won the event four times. Jillson has scored a season-high 9.925 three times, most recently at the Pacific-10 Championships to place fourth at that meet. She's averaging a 9.715 on the event (includes two misses). Of the 11 routines she's hit this year, she's scored no lower than a 9.825. Jillson placed ninth on the event at the NCAA Championships last year, just missing out on All-American honors. However, Jillson was performing a a double back dismount last year but has upgraded to a more difficult double layout dismount this season.
MEGHAN JONES: A freshman walk-on, Meghan Jones has been in the lineup on vault in 11 of the 13 meets this year. She's had her three highest scores of the year in OSU's last three meets. She had a career-high 9.70 in the Shanico Inn-vitational (3/16), and she followed that up with 9.675 marks at the Pacific-10 Championships (3/23) and at regionals (4/6). She's averaging a 9.600 on the event.
HEATHER JUSTUS: Heather Justus is one of two freshmen to compete on two events for the Beavers. She's made the lineup on floor in every meet and has competed vault in every meet but one. She's scored a 9.80 or better 10 times - seven times on floor and three on vault. She had a career high 9.875 on floor at regionals to improve on her previous best of 9.85 set just two weeks earlier at the Pacific-10 Championships (3/23). Prior to that, her best mark was a 9.80, which she had scored five times. She's averaging 9.744 on the event and has hit her last 12 floor routines after a fall in the season opener. She's had some problems with consistency on vault, however. She's scored a 9.80 three times, most recently at Utah (3/9), but is averaging 9.596 as a result of some misses.
JERRA LOPEZ: Jerra Lopez has won nine individual event titles this season, second among the Beavers. She's won the all-around once, and she has four wins on floor, three on bars and one on beam. She set a new career high in the all-around with a 39.400 against Stanford (3/1) to claim an all-around title for the first time in her career. Lopez ranks 20th nationally on floor and is averaging a team-best 9.885 on the event. She has scored a 9.90 or better six times this season, highlighted by a career-high 9.975 against Washington (2/1). She's also scored a 9.95 twice on the event and most recently had a 9.925 at regionals to clinch OSU's spot at nationals. She's scored a 9.80 or better on bars in 11 of 13 meets, including a career high 9.925 and a pair of 9.90s, giving her a season average of 9.785 (also best on the team). She had a career high 9.90 on beam at the Shanico Inn-vitational (3/16), and she's scored as high as 9.725 on vault five times this year (most recently at regionals). Lopez is averaging 38.690 in 10 meets as an all-arounder.
LINDSAY NELSON: Lindsay Nelson has come on strong the last few weeks, scoring a 39-plus in her last four all-around performances. She scored a 39.250 at regionals, and she was OSU's top all-arounder at the Pacific-10 Championships (3/23), scoring 39.150 to place eighth. The week before that, she had a career-high 39.275 in the Shanico Inn-vitational (3/16), and she had a 39.025 against Stanford (3/1) for her first career 39-plus performance. During that span, she has set or tied career highs on three events. At the Shanico meet, she won her first collegiate event title by scoring a career high 9.925 on vault (bettering her previous career-high of 9.70 set as a rookie last year). She had a career high 9.90 on floor at regionals, and her 9.875 score on bars at Pac-10s tied her personal best set last year. Her best event this year has been bars, the one event she's competed in all 13 meets. She's averaging 9.758 (second on the team) and has scored 9.825 or better seven times. She's been in the beam lineup in every meet but one and had a season high 9.80 at regionals. She's been in the floor lineup eight times and has scored a 9.80 or better on her last six routines to improve her average to 9.748. Nelson has vaulted in eight meets as well and is averaging 9.514. She has upgraded from a yurchenko layout (worth a 9.80) to a yurchenko front layout half (worth a 10.0) and has performed that vault at the last three meets.
TANYA RICIOLI: All-American Tanya Ricioli has competed as an all-arounder in 12 of 13 meets this season (she competed only three events against Stanford on 3/1, a week after having to compete in the all-around on back-to-back nights in southern California). She has scored a 9.80 or better on various events a total of 26 times this season, with at least five 9.80 marks on every event. She has eight 9.80-plus scores on floor, eight on bars, five on beam and five on vault. She's coming off a career high 39.450 all-around mark at regionals, good for her fifth 39-plus performance of the year. Her top score on any event this year has been on floor, the event she earned second team All-American honors on as a freshman. She tied her career high (previously set in 2000) with a 9.925 at regionals after having scored a 9.90 three times earlier this season. She also had a career high on bars at regionals, scoring a 9.90 to place place second at that meet. Her top score on beam this season is 9.85, which she's scored twice (at Cal State Fullerton, 2/22 and at UCLA, 2/23). She had a season high 9.85 on vault at the Pacific-10 Championships (3/16) and has scored a 9.80 or better on that event in the last five meets, including a team-best 9.80 at regionals. She has the team's best average on vault (9.746), and she's averaging 9.738 on both bars and floor to go along with a 9.665 average on beam. She's averaging 38.902 in the all-around. Ricioli has won four individual event titles this season, one apiece on vault, bars, beam and all-around.
THï¿½Rï¿½SE VIDEAN: Thï¿½rï¿½se Videan has made an immediate impact as a freshman. She has competed on vault and floor in all 13 meets and on bars in three meets (nine counting six exhibitions). She's scored a 9.80 or better 15 times - eight times on floor and seven times vault. She's won vault twice this season (including a career high 9.90 for a win against Stanford on 3/1), making her the only freshman to win an event title this year. She had scored a 9.80 or better on vault at five straight meets, including a 9.875 at the Pacific-10 Championships (3/23), but the streak came to an end at regionals when she scored a 9.675. For the season, she's averaging 9.723 on vault - second best on the team. On floor, she's averaging 9.781 and is coming off a career high 9.90 at regionals after scoring a 9.875 in three meets throughout the season. On bars, she's scored as high as 9.75 twice, in an official routine at Cal (1/18) and in an exhibition against Stanford. She's averaging 9.678 on bars, including the exhibition routines.
ELAINE YODER: Elaine Yoder has competed on beam in all 13 meets, scoring a 9.80 or better four times. Most recently, she had a 9.875 at regionals to lead the team on the event and tie her career high set last year. She also had the team's top beam score at the Pacific-10 Championships, where she scored a 9.85. She's averaging 9.613 on the event. Yoder had competed on floor in the first nine meets but has not competed the event in the last four meets. She had a career-high 9.85 against Arizona (2/15) and scored a 9.80 in two other meets. She's averaing 9.60 on the event.
HEAD COACH TANYA CHAPLIN: Tanya Chaplin is in her fifth season as head gymnastics coach at OSU. She has guided the Beavers to three consecutive 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 44-34-1 for the regular season and 80-58-1 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.