Elilzabeth Jillson Places 11th On Bars At NCAA Championships

April 20, 2002

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Elizabeth Jillson scored a 9.7875 on bars in the individual event finals at the NCAA Championships on Saturday to tie for 11th place.

Alabama's Andree' Pickens won the national championship on bars with a 9.925. A total of 13 gymnasts -- including three Olympians -- competed on the event.

'I was really proud of (Elizabeth). She kept her composure and stayed focused. This is a different environment, and she did a wonderful job,' said coach Tanya Chaplin.

Jillson, a junior, was competing in event finals for the first time. She advanced to finals after scoring a 9.85 to place fourth in the evening session of Thursday's preliminary competition. She was named a first team All-American for that performance, earning OSU's 10th All-American honor on bars and 63rd overall. Jillson narrowly missed All-American honors as a sophomore when she finished one place shy of that status.

'It was an honor to represent Oregon State, but I wish I could have done better. This wasn't my best routine, but I'm very pleased I made it to finals,' Jillson said. 'It was awesome to be here, and I know my teammates are proud of me.'

She is the first Beaver to advance to event finals on bars since 1996, the last time nationals were held at Alabama. Heather Bennett placed second with a 9.95 at that meet, matching OSU's highest NCAA finish on bars (Chari Knight also placed second in 1991).

'This experience is going to strengthen her for next year, and she'll continue to lead the team on the event,' said Chaplin. 'This is a great experience for her to be able to take back and share with the team.'

UCLA's Jamie Dantzscher won the vault title with an average score of 9.957 on her two vaults, narrowly edging out Georgia's Marline Stephens (9.950). Dantzscher also won the floor title with a 9.95, sharing the championship with LSU's Nicole Arnstad. Michigan's Elise Ray scored a 9.925 on beam to win the national title on beam.

Results

Bars:1. Andree' Pickens, Alabama - 9.9252. Doni Thompson, UCLA - 9.91253. Onnie Willis, UCLA - 9.9004. Natalie Barrington, Alabama - 9.8875T5. Jamie Dantzscher, UCLA - 9.8625T5. Theresa Kulikowski, Utah - 9.8625T5. Alexis Maday, Iowa - 9.8625T5. Yvonne Tousek, UCLA - 9.86259. AJ Lamb, Nebraska - 9.837510. Julie Houk, Nebraska - 9.8000T11. Elizabeth Jillson, Oregon State - 9.7875T11. Elise Ray, Michigan - 9.787513. Chelsa Byrd, Georgia - 9.750

Other Events

Vault (Two vaults, scores are averaged):1. Jamie Dantzscher, UCLA - 9.95652. Marline Stephens, Georgia - 9.95053. Andree' Pickens, Alabama - 9.92504. Elise Ray, Michigan - 9.86255. AJ Lamb, Nebraska - 9.85006. Alexis Brion, Alabama - 9.83757. Alexis Maday, Iowa - 9.82508. Kendall Beck, Stanford - 9.76309. Jessica Wertz, Nebraska - 9.744010. Cory Fritzinger, Georgia - 9.5565Chelsa Byrd, Georgia - Scratch

Beam:1. Elise Ray, Michigan - 9.9252. Jeana Rice, Alabama - 9.912T3. Theresa Kulikowski, Utah - 9.900T3. Kristin Sterner, Alabama - 9.9005. Andree' Pickens, Alabama - 9.8636. Lise Leveille, Stanford - 9.838T7. Alyssa Beckerman, UCLA - 9.825T7. Shannon Bowles, Utah - 9.8259. Shannon Hrozek, Alabama - 9.80010. Calli Ryals, Michigan - 9.78711. Cory Fritzinger, Georgia - 9.76212. Lindsay Wing, Stanford - 9.75013. Jamie Dantzscher, UCLA - 9.425

Floor:T1. Nicole Arnstad, LSU - 9.950T1. Jamie Dantzscher, UCLA - 9.953. Shannon Bowles, Utah - 9.925T4. Alexis Brion, Alabama - 9.9125T4. Talya Vexler, Georgia - 9.9125T6. Andree' Pickens, Alabama - 9.900T6. Calli Ryals, Michigan - 9.900T6. Onnie Willis, UCLA - 9.9009. Lauren Companioni, LSU - 9.87510. MaryAnne Kelley, Minnesota - 9.87511. Theresa Kulikowski, Utah - 9.862512. Kristin Sterner, Alabama - 9.862513. Janessa Grieco, Michigan - 9.85014. Annie Laaatsch, Minnesota - 9.82515. Melissa Vituj, Utah - 9.825

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