Gymnastics Team Awards Announced

June 7, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State gymnastics coaching staff announced its team awards for the 2002 season Friday, just days after the team was named OSU's Female Team of the Year at the annual Bennys Awards.

Junior Annie Campbell and senior Jerra Lopez were named co-Most Valuable Gymnasts. Campbell won a total of 10 event titles, most on the team, but missed the NCAA Championships because of an Achilles' tendon injury the week before nationals. She was named to the All-Pac-10 Team as an all-arounder and was Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week on March. Campbell scored a 9.975 on floor three times, including the NCAA West Regional Championships to win that title. Lopez won nine individual titles. She ranked 20th nationally on floor and scored a 9.90 or better six times to go along with 9.90-plus marks on bars and one on beam.

Sophomore Lindsay Nelson was awarded Most Improved Gymnast. Nelson came on particularly strong at the end of the season, scoring a 39.00-plus in the all-around in four of her last five competitions. During the season, she posted career-highs of 9.925 on vault, 9.90 on floor and 9.875 on bars.

Th�r�se Videan was named Newcomer of the Year. The rookie competed on vault and floor in every meet, scoring a 9.80 or better 16 times (nine on floor, seven on vault) and a career-high of 9.90 on both events. She won vault twice her freshman season. Videan also competed on bars in four meets.

Five gymnasts combined for the most consistent awards. Sophomore Tanya Ricioli and freshman Meghan Jones were Most Consistent on vault, with both hitting every vault in competition this past season. Campbell, Lopez and Nelson shared Most Consistent honors on bars, with each missing just one routine all season. Campbell was Most Consistent on beam, hitting all but one routine, while Lopez hit every floor routine her senior year to earn Most Consistent on that event.

Freshman Christa Piazza was honored as the team's Scholar Athlete, while Lopez, Nelson and freshmen Heather Justus and Alisha Stephenson shared academic achievement honors with Piazza.

Junior Elizabeth Jillson was recognized for being an event finalist on bars, earning first team All-American honors and placing 11th in the country on that event.

A pair of freshmen -- Heidi Goehring and Videan -- earned the Clutch Performance Award.Goehring filled in for the injured Campbell on beam at the NCAA Championships and ended up scoring a career-high 9.80 -- the team's best beam score at nationals. Goehring hadn't competed beam since January 25 until being called on to replace Campbell at NCAAs. Videan's clutch performance came at Cal State Fullerton, where she was a late addition to the bars lineup when Goehring was unable to compete. Videan scored a 9.675 as the team's lead-off competitor on that event.

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