Gymnasts Set School Record In Opener In Hawaii

Jan. 2, 2003

KANEOHE, Hawaii - The No. 13 Oregon State gymnastics team turned in its best ever season-opening score while competing in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Kokokahi Gymnastics on the island of Oahu on Thursday night.

No. 1 UCLA scored a 197.600 to beat Oregon State, but OSU's 195.675 set a school record for a season-opening score for the Beavers.

'We were really motivated, especially by the way we ended our season last year. We've worked really hard and are getting stronger. We had a tremendous amount of freshmen last year, and now they have some experience they didn't have last year, and that's made a big difference,' said coach Tanya Chaplin. 'We're really grateful for the experience we had in Hawaii. We were treated wonderfully, and the athletes really enjoyed themselves.'

UCLA swept the individual events, with Jamie Dantzscher claiming the all-around (39.775) and floor (10.0) titles and sharing the bars title with Onnie Willis (9.95), who also won vault (9.95). Kate Richardson won beam with a 9.95.

Still, OSU had several career-highs and top five finishes. Tanya Ricioli had a career-high 39.525 in the all-around, highlighted by a career-best 9.925 on beam to tie for second. Lindsay Nelson set a new personal best with a 39.300 all-around score, with a career-high 9.90 on beam. Heather Justus had a perfect score on vault with a career-high 9.90 to place second. Ricioli and Chrissy Lamun tied for third on floor with a pair of 9.90s.

The Beavers kicked the 2003 season off with a solid 48.900 rotation on bars. Elizabeth Jillson led the way with a 9.875 to tie for fourth place, and Ricioli added a 9.85. OSU got a 9.775 from Nelson and a 9.725 from Therese Videan. Lamun scored a 9.675 in her collegiate debut. Meghan Jones competed on bars for the first time in her career. She scored a 9.40 after taking several steps on her dismount.

OSU carried the momentum over to vault, where it finished with a 49.200. Justus' handspring pike front was perfect for a 9.90, and Nelson scored a 9.875 to tie for fourth. Daylee Ingalls scored a career-high 9.85, with Ricioli matching that score. Angela Morales scored a 9.725 on her first collegiate vault, and Videan added a 9.70.

Highlighted by Lamun's and Ricioli's 9.90 routines on floor, OSU finished with a 49.350 and didn't count a score lower than 9.825. Morales chipped in a 9.875, with Videan adding a 9.85. Justus scored a 9.825, allowing OSU to throw out Nelson's 9.75.

Ricioli and Nelson turned in career-highs of 9.925 and 9.90 respectively on beam. Elaine Yoder added a 9.75, but OSU had three falls forcing the Beavers to count Morales' 9.35 and Lamun's 9.30 for a 48.225 score.

Meet Results
Team Scores:
No. 1 UCLA 197.600, No. 13 Oregon State 195.675

Vault: 1. Onnie Willis (UCLA) 9.95; T2. Heather Justus (OSU), Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA) 9.90; T4. Lindsay Nelson (OSU), Kate Richardson (UCLA) 9.875; T6. Daylee Ingalls (OSU), Tanya Ricioli (OSU) 9.85; 8. Jeanette Antolin (UCLA) 9.825; 9. Kristin Parker (UCLA) 9.80; 10. Angela Morales (OSU) 9.725; 11. Therese Videan (OSU) 9.70; 12. Yvonne Tousek (UCLA) 8.45 (OSU exhibition - Meghan Jones 9.35)

Bars: T1. Onnie Willis (UCLA), Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA) 9.95; 3. Yvonne Tousek (UCLA) 9.925; T4. Elizabeth Jillson (OSU), Malia Jones (UCLA) 9.875; 6. Tanya Ricioli (OSU) 9.85; 7. Kate Richardson (UCLA) 9.825; 8. Kristin Parker (UCLA) 9.80; 9. Lindsay Nelson (OSU) 9.775, 10. Therese Videan (OSU) 9.725, 11. Chrissy Lamun (OSU) 9.675, 12. Meghan Jones (OSU) 9.40. (OSU exhibition - Daylee Ingalls, 9.775)

Beam: 1. Kate Richardson (UCLA) 9.95; T2. Tanya Ricioli (OSU), Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA), Yvonne Tousek (UCLA), Onnie Willis (UCLA) 9.925; 6. Lindsay Nelson (OSU) 9.90; 7. Elaine Yoder (OSU) 9.75; 8. Kristin Parker (UCLA) 9.425; 9. Angela Morales (OSU) 9.35; T10. Chrissy Lamun (OSU), Malia Jones (UCLA) 9.30; 12. Daylee Ingalls (OSU) 9.25. (OSU exhibitions - Heidi Goehring 9.75, Heather Justus 9.675, Christa Piazza 9.45, Michelle Dickinson 8.70)

Floor: 1. Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA) 10.0; 2. Kate Richardson (UCLA) 9.95; T3. Chrissy Lamun (OSU), Tanya Ricioli (OSU), Alyssa Beckerman (UCLA) 9.90; 7. Angela Morales (OSU) 9.875; 8. Therese Videan (OSU) 9.85; T9. Heather Justus (OSU), Onnie Willis (UCLA) 9.825; 11. Lindsay Nelson (OSU) 9.75; 12. Kristin Parker (UCLA) 9.575 (OSU exhibitions - Elaine Yoder 9.80, Michelle Dickinson 9.275)

All-Around: 1. Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA) 39.775; 2. Onnie Willis (UCLA) 39.650; 3. Kate Richardson (UCLA) 39.600; 4. Tanya Ricioli (OSU) 39.525; 5. Lindsay Nelson (OSU) 39.300; 6. Kristin Parker (UCLA) 38.600; 7. Yvonne Tousek (UCLA) 38.200

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