Beavers Place 12th At NCAA Championships
April 18, 2002
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Elizabeth Jillson advanced to Saturday's individual event finals, but the Oregon State gymnastics team had eight missed routines and ended up in 12th place at the NCAA Gymnastics Championships at Coleman Coliseum on Thursday.
OSU scored a 192.925 in the evening session of the competition. Alabama took first with a 197.300, while UCLA was a close second at 197.100. Stanford also advanced to Friday's Super Six team finals after scoring a 196.050. Minnesota (195.700) and Florida (195.675) also competed in the evening session.
Utah (196.775), Georgia (196.650) and Nebraska (196.575) advanced out of the afternoon session into Friday's Super Six competition.
The Beavers were without six of their routines from regionals because of recent injuries, and the loss of those routines got the Beavers off to a slow start. All-arounder Annie Campbell missed the meet after rupturing her Achilles' last week, and All-American Tanya Ricioli's sprained ankle limited her to bars and beam after competing in the all-around at regionals.
OSU had five of its falls on its first events - floor and vault, two events Campbell and Ricioli were particularly strong on, and coach Tanya Chaplin said that attributed to some of the team's problems early on.
Heather Justus started the Beavers off strong with a 9.75 on floor, but the next two competitors - who were filling in for Campbell and Ricioli - had some problems. Soni Meduna scored a 9.40, which OSU had to count when Elaine Yoder fell and scored a 9.10. Lindsay Nelson got the Beavers back on track with a 9.60, with Thï¿½rï¿½se Videan following up with a 9.80. Jerra Lopez closed out the rotation with a 9.85 to give OSU a 48.400 on its first event.
OSU's attempt to rebound from the disappointing start on floor appeared to be successful as the first three vaulters all hit. Meghan Jones scored a 9.55 to lead off the vault team, with Lopez following up with a 9.60. Heather Justus added a 9.75, but the next three vaulters all fell to force the team to count a 9.30 from Videan and a 9.20 from Nelson. The Beavers dropped Daylee Ingalls' 8.90 score but still finished with a 47.400 - OSU's second lowest score of the year on that event.
After those two events, the Beavers had a bye and Chaplin talked to the team about regrouping for the final two events.
'We talked about what was causing us to be so tight. Tanya and Annie are solid (on vault and floor), and we've come to depend on them on those events,' Chaplin said. 'I think we were trying too hard to make up for them and doing things differently. We talked about how we needed to change and refocus our energy.'
After a bye, Videan scored a 9.70 to lead off what would be a six-for-six performance on bars. Heidi Goehring earned a 9.75 on OSU's second routine, and Nelson followed with a 9.80. Ricioli then scored a 9.65, but the Beavers dropped her score after Lopez (9.825) and Jillson (9.85) turned in OSU's two highest marks on the event to complete a 48.925 team score.
Jillson ended up tying for fourth, earning first team All-American honors and advancing for a chance to win an individual national championship on Saturday. She becomes the 10th Beaver All-American on bars and the first since Deanne Droegemueller in 1998.
'I'm really proud of our bars team, and I'm really pleased with how they responded,' Chaplin said. 'Liz relaxed and did what she needed to do, and I'm happy for her. She's worked very hard and really deserves this.'
After a solid outing on bars, the Beavers looked to keep the momentum going on beam but had a few misses to close out the night.
Goehring led the Beavers with a season-high 9.80 on beam as Campbell's replacement. It was Goehring's first time competing on beam since January 25, and it was the first beam routine she hit this season. Ingalls was close behind with a 9.775, and Nelson added a 9.75 but the rest of the Beavers had problems on the event. Yoder had a major wobble but stayed on the beam for a 9.575, and Ricioli (9.30) and Lopez (9.075).
'There were some bright spots. I'm really proud of Heidi. She did an incredible job. I told her no matter how she felt not to change anything just because we're at nationals. She was solid as a rock,' Chaplin said. 'I'm also really proud of Tanya. She worked through the pain and almost worked too hard. I think that's what caused her fall.'
Team Scores (includes both sessions): Super Six qualifiers: 1. Alabama, 197.300, 2. UCLA, 197.100, 3. Utah, 196.775, 4. Georgia, 196.650, 5. Nebraska, 196.575, 6. Stanford, 196.050. Others: 7. Michigan, 196.175, 8. Louisiana State, 195.850, 9. Minnesota, 195.700, 10. Florida, 195.675, 11. Arizona, 194.975, 12. Oregon State, 192.925.
All-Around (includes both sessions): 1. Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA), 39.675, 2. Andree Pickens (Ala.), 39.625, 3. Theresa Kulikowski (Utah), 39.600, 4. Elise Ray (Mich.), 39.525. OSU scores: T38. Jerra Lopez, Lindsay Nelson, 38.350.
Individual Events (Evening Session Only - Top Four Advance to Event Finals)
Vault: 1. Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA), 9.95, T2. Andree Pickens (Ala.), Alexis Brion (Ala.), Alexis Maday (Iowa), Kendall Beck (Stan.), 9.90. OSU Scores: T23. Heather Justus, 9.75, 36. Jerra Lopez, 9.60, 37. Meghan Jones, 9.55, 40. Thï¿½rï¿½se Videan, 9.30, 41. Lindsay Nelson, 9.20, 42. Daylee Ingalls, 8.90
Bars: T1. Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA), Doni Thompson (UCLA), 9.90, 3. Yvonne Tousek (UCLA), 9.875, T4. Elizabeth Jillson (OSU), Alexis Maday (Iowa), Natalie Barrington (Ala.), Andree Pickens (Ala.), Onnie Willis (UCLA), 9.85. Other OSU Scores: T9. Jerra Lopez, 9.825, T11. Lindsay Nelson, 9.80, T19. Heidi Goehring, 9.75, T33. Thï¿½rï¿½se Videan, 9.70, 38. Tanya Ricioli, 9.65
Beam: T1. Kristin Sterner (Ala.), Andree Pickens (Ala.), 9.95, 3. Jeana Rice (Ala.), 9.925, T4. Shannon Hrozek (Ala.), Alyssa Beckerman (UCLA), Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA), Lise Leveille (Stan.), Lindsay Wing (Stan.), 9.875. OSU Scores: T23. Heidi Goehring, 9.80, T28. Daylee Ingalls, 9.775, T32. Lindsay Nelson, 9.75, 36. Elaine Yoder, 9.575, 37. Tanya Ricioli, 9.30, 42. Jerra Lopez, 9.075
Floor: 1. Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA), 9.95, T2. Alexis Brion (Ala.), Andree Pickens (Ala.), 9.925, T4. Onnie Willis (UCLA), MaryAnne Kelley (Minn.), Annie Laatsch (Minn.), Kristin Sterner (Ala.), 9.90. OSU Scores: T12. Jerra Lopez, 9.85, T25, Thï¿½rï¿½se Videan, 9.80, T34. Heather Justus, 9.75, 40. Lindsay Nelson, 9.60, 42. Soni Meduna, 9.40, 43. Elaine Yoder, 9.10