Gymnasts Look Strong In Intrasquad

Dec. 16, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State gymnastics team, in preparation for its season opener in less than three weeks, had an intrasquad competition on Sunday. Between seven and nine gymnasts competed on each event. While scores were unofficial, the Beavers would have scored close to a 194 based on their top five scores on each event.

'I'm pleased with the team's performance at this point in the preseason. We have some work to do between now and January 2, but it's good to know where we stand at this point,' coach Tanya Chaplin said. 'We have some things to clean up, but this helps us get an idea of what ourlineup might look like in our first meet.'

Seven Beavers performed on vault, with five of them doing vaults worth a 10.0 value. Daylee Ingalls turned in the team's top score with her yurchenko half off layout front, and Angela Morales added a solid effort on her handspring pike half to lead the vault team. Therese Videan and Tanya Ricioli also did a pike half, and Lindsay Nelson performed the same vault as Ingalls. Chrissy Lamun started things off with a solid yurchenko layout, and Heather Justus did a handspring pike. Meghan Jones, who could be a key competitor in OSU's vault lineup this year, did not compete because of a sprained ankle suffered last week. She is training a yurchenko full.

'For December, it was a solid performance on vault. I'm really encouraged by what I saw. There's still room for improvement, but we could have an outstanding season on vault this year,' said Michael Chaplin, OSU's vault coach.

Ricioli was OSU's top performer on bars, scoring a 9.85 for the highest mark by any Beaver on any event at the intrasquad, and All-American Elizabeth Jillson also put together a strong routine. Jillson also showcased her toe-on, toe-off reverse hecht, a new skill that she's been training but hasn't yet worked into her routine. OSU also saw solid performances from Videan and Lamun. Annie Campbell, coming back from a ruptured achilles injury at the end of last season, looked strong on her bar routine, although she did not perform her dismount.

'For this time of the year, they looked really strong and showed their handstands well. By what I saw, we're in really good routine shape and ready to go for the season,' said Dick Foxal, OSU's bars coach.

Justus, who did not compete on beam last year, was OSU's top finisher on beam on Sunday, with Elaine Yoder and Ricioli close behind. Nelson and Morales also were solid.

'Determining the beam lineup is going to be a challenge. We have a lot of strong gymnasts, but we need to find a lineup that's going to hit consistently. We'll watch the team closely these next couple weeks to see who ends up competing in that first meet,' Tanya Chaplin said.

The competition for spots in the floor lineup is tough, as nearly every gymnast hit on the event at the intrasquad. Ricioli and Lamun led the way with 9.825 and 9.80 scores, respectively. Morales performed a double layout and should be a key factor on the event, and Nelson also turned out a strong routine. Justus, Ingalls, Videan, Yoder and Michelle Dickinson also performed on floor.

'Our floor team looked strong Sunday, and that was good to see. We're still trying to figure out a couple of our lineup spots, but this will definitely be a strong event for us,' said Tanya Chaplin.

Oregon State opens the season on January 2 with a dual meet against UCLA in Honolulu.

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