Beavers Go 24-For-24 In Comeback Win

Jan. 10, 2003

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The 13th-ranked Oregon State gymnastics team put together its first 24-for-24 performance in Tanya Chaplin's six years at OSU, and the result was a come-from-behind win over Auburn at the Michigan State Invitational on Friday night.

The Beavers finished with a 195.825, while Auburn posted a 195.350. Michigan State finished third with 191.800.

'I'm thrilled to see how they've held up over two really long road trips,' said Chaplin, whose Beavers have traveled five time zones over the last week after opening the season in Hawaii eight days ago. 'To go 24-for-24 shows how much we've continued to improve. I'm really pleased how they are pushing themselves and each other.'

OSU trailed the Tigers 146.725-146.650 heading into the final event, but the Beavers saved their best for last with a 49.175 on bars for their best score on any event. Meanwhile, Auburn posted a 48.625 to allow the Beavers to come back. Tanya Ricioli's 9.875 led OSU's bar team and earned first place, while Lindsay Nelson and Elizabeth Jillson added a pair of 9.85s to tie for second. OSU also counted 9.80 marks from Th�r�se Videan and Meghan Jones, who both set career-highs on the event.

'We didn't tell them (they were behind heading into bars). We tell them to focus on their own routines and not worry about the scores. The coaches knew, though,' Chaplin said.

The Beavers opened the meet on beam, the event they had three falls on in their season opener last week. This time though, OSU went through its lineup without a fall. Angela Morales started things off with a 9.80, and Ricioli anchored the rotation with a team-best 9.85. In between, OSU got 9.75s from Nelson and Daylee Ingalls, a 9.625 from Lamun and a 9.55 from Elaine Yoder.

After one event, OSU was tied for first with Michigan State, whose 48.775 on vault equaled OSU's beam total. Auburn turned in a 48.575 on bars.

OSU continued its solid performance on floor, where the Beavers hit all six routines. For the second week in a row, Lamun and Ricioli led the floor team after a pair of 9.825 marks on Friday. OSU also counted a 9.75 from Heather Justus as well as 9.725 routines from Nelson and Morales to end up with a 48.850.

Auburn used a strong beam team to move into the lead at the halfway point. Led by first-place 9.90 beam routines from Kayce Stein and Cheryl Alexander, the Tigers had a 97.750 after two events. OSU was in second with a 97.625, followed by the Spartans at 97.450.

Nelson led off the Beaver vault team with a first-place 9.90 on her yurchenko layout half in the third rotation, with Ingalls following with a 9.80 on the same vault. Justus matched that score on her handspring front pike. OSU also counted Videan's 9.775 and Ricioli's 9.75 for a 49.025.

Ricioli and Nelson took first and second in the all-around. Ricioli's 39.300 gave her the victory, and Nelson scored a 39.225 for second.

Meet Results
Team Scores:
1. Oregon State 195.825; 2. Auburn 195.350; 3. Michigan State

Vault: 1. Lindsay Nelson (OSU), 9.90; 2. Sarah Alexander (MSU), 9.825; T3. Daylee Ingalls (OSU), Heather Justus (OSU), Christy Linder (MSU) 9.80. Other OSU Scores: Th�r�se Videan, 9.775; Tanya Ricioli, 9.75; Angela Morales, 9.75. (Exhibition: Meghan Jones, 9.075).

Bars: 1. Tanya Ricioli (OSU), 9.875; T2. Elizabeth Jillson (OSU), Lindsay Nelson (OSU), 9.85; 4. Courtney Puckett (AU), 9.825, T5. Meghan Jones (OSU), Th�r�se Videan (OSU), 9.80.Other OSU Score: Chrissy Lamun, 9.775 (Exhibition: Daylee Ingalls, 9.625).

Beam: T1. Kayce Stein (AU), Cheryl Lancaster (AU), 9.90; 3. Julie Devaty (MSU), 9.875. T4. Tanya Ricioli (OSU), Courtney Puckett (AU), 9.85. Other OSU Scores: Angela Morales, 9.80; Daylee Ingalls, 9.75; Lindsay Nelson, 9.75; Chrissy Lamun, 9.625; Elaine Yoder, 9.55 (Exhibitions: Heidi Goehring, 9.725; Th�r�se Videan, 9.70).

Floor: 1. Mary Neil Pate (AU), 9.85; T2, Chrissy Lamun (OSU), Tanya Ricioli (OSU), 9.825; T4. Natica Johnson (AU), Kayce Stein (AU), Lauren Simpson (MSU), 9.80. Other OSU Scores: Heather Justus, 9.75; Lindsay Nelson, 9.725; Angela Morales, 9.725; Th�r�se Videan, 9.70. (Exhibitions: Elaine Yoder, 9.60; Daylee Ingalls, 7.975).

All-Around: 1. Tanya Ricioli (OSU), 39.300; 2. Lindsay Nelson (OSU), 39.225; 3. Courtney Puckett (AU), 39.025.

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