No. 9 Gymnasts Host No. 6 Arizona State On Friday

Feb. 4, 2003

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What's in store: Two top 10 teams will face off in Gill Coliseum this week as No. 9 Oregon State (5-3) hosts No. 6 Arizona State in the Younger Oil/Texaco Showdown at 7 p.m., Friday, February 7. Reserved seat tickets are $10 apiece. General admission tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and children.

Beavers break into the top 10: After posting a season-high 196.275 at Stanford last week, the Beavers upped their season average to 195.665. That moved them up to No. 9 in the latest rankings, good for OSU's highest ranking since early in February of the 1997 season when the Beavers were also ranked ninth. OSU is also ranked in all four individual events. The Beavers are eighth on floor, 10th on vault and bars, and 14th on beam. In addition, Tanya Ricioli is ranked on two events. She's 24th in the all-around with an average of 39.235, and her 9.870 average on beam ranks 21st. Rankings will be based on season averages until the February 24 poll, when the poll will be based on Regional Qualifying Scores.

Living scoring on the web: Fans who are unable to attend the meet can check www.osubeavers.com for live scoring updates throughout the meet.

Kids 12 and under get in free: Kids 12 and under can print out a coloring sheet off the www.osubeavers.com website's gymnastics page, decorate the sheet and present it at the meet on Friday to receive a free general admission ticket. Ten sheets will be selected at random to win a prize.

Sarah Curtis to exhibition: U.S. national team member Sarah Curtis will perform an exhibition on vault prior to Friday's meet. Curtis, a freshman at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis, is on the USA Gymnastics junior international team and was the 2001 junior national champion on vault.

Hey, it's good to be back home again: OSU will compete at home for three weeks in a row, a welcome occurence after competing on the road for four of the first five meets this season. After hosting No. 6 ASU this week, OSU faces Cal on Feb. 14 and No. 4 Utah on Feb. 21. After flying 13,468 miles for their January meets, the Beavers won't have to visit an airport during any of their February meets. OSU has one road meet this month - at No. 13 Washington on February 28 - but the team will bus to Seattle.

Last time out: The Beavers scored a season-high 196.275 at Stanford on January 31 to defeat San Jose State (193.425) and Seattle Pacific (187.825), but then-No. 9 Stanford won the four-way meet with a 196.575. Still, OSU's score was the 15th best in school history and was the first time the Beavers had scored a 196 in a meet that took place in January. Tanya Ricioli tied for first in the all-around competition with a 39.475, good for the 15th best all-around score in OSU history. She tied teammate Chrissy Lamun for first on floor with a 9.925 score, a career-high for both gymnasts. Ricioli also placed second on bars with a career-high 9.90. Lindsay Nelson, who placed third in the all-around with a career-high 39.325, led OSU on vault with a second-place 9.875, and Elaine Yoder scored a career-high 9.925 on beam to tie for second. As a team, OSU had season highs on floor (49.400) and beam (49.125).

Series records: The Beavers lead the all-time series with Arizona State 22-8-1. The two teams tied at ASU's Uno's Classic last season, with each scoring 195.800. The teams also met at last year's Pacific-10 Championships at Stanford, where OSU placed fourth (196.125) and ASU took sixth (194.125).

A look at the Sun Devils: ASU, which has scored a pair of 197-plus scores this year, ranks sixth in the latest rankings. The Sun Devils are led by Maggie Germaine, who ranks fourth in the all-around with an average of 39.608, and her 9.925 average on floor ties for sixth. Ashley Elsberry ranks sixth on beam (9.925).

Ricioli, Nelson among the top five: Tanya Ricioli scored a 39.475 to tie for first in the all-around at Stanford last week, and Lindsay Nelson added a career-high 39.325 to place third at that meet. For Ricioli, it was her fourth 39-plus score of the year and 11th of her career, which ranks third for the most 39-plus performances in an OSU career. Nelson's score was her third 39-plus performance this year and the seventh of her career, moving her into sole possession of fifth place. Chari Knight holds the record with 23.

Head coach Tanya Chaplin: Tanya Chaplin is in her sixth season as head gymnastics coach at OSU. She has guided the Beavers to three consecutive trips to the NCAA Championships and was named OSU's Female Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2001. In 1999, she was named Pacific-10 Coach of the Year. Chaplin has a career record of 49-37-1 for the regular season and 85-66-1 including postseason competition. She was an assistant coach at Washington for seven years before moving to OSU. Formerly Tanya Service, she was a six-time All-American and held six school records while competing for UCLA from 1986-89.

Gymnast Notes
Heidi Goehring:
Goehring has gotten back to her old form on bars after being hampered by a wrist injury in the offseason. She competed on bars in every meet but one as a freshman, but because of her limited training this fall, she sat out the event at OSU's first three meets this year. She's exhibitioned at the last two meets, highlighted by a 9.825 at Stanford last week for a score that tied her best mark of the 2002 season. She has also exhibitioned beam three times, hitting all three routines with a high of 9.75 in the season opener. She was in the official lineup at Arizona (1/17) but fell and scored a 9.30.

Daylee Ingalls: After competing only on beam as a freshman, Ingalls has become one of OSU's top vaulters this season. She's competed a 10.0-valued vault all season long and is averaging 9.815 on the event, second best on the team. She's scored a career-high 9.85 twice, most recently at Arizona (1/17) and had a 9.75 at Stanford last week. Ingalls has competed on beam four times and had a season-high 9.825 against UCLA (1/24).

Elizabeth Jillson: Jillson put together a near-flawless bar routine at Stanford last week until putting her hands down on her double layout dismount to result in a 9.45. When she hits though, the All-American is one of OSU's top scorers on the event. In the three routines she's hit this year, she's scored a 9.85 or better, including a pair of 9.875 marks, both against UCLA (1/2 and 1/24). Jillson was a first team All-American on the event last year.

Meghan Jones: A walk-on, Jones has been in the bars lineup all season and has scored a 9.80 or better three times, most recently posting a 9.80 at Stanford last week. She had a career-high 9.825 at Arizona (1/17) to place third, and she placed fifth with a then-career-high 9.80 at Michigan State with Auburn(1/10). Jones could crack the vault lineup as well. She was expected to be one of OSU's top vaulters this season, but a December ankle sprain slowed her down on the event. She's training a yurchenko full, but because of her ankle, she exhibitioned a layout in the first three meets. She's exhibitioned the full at the last two meets and turned in a 9.75 at Stanford last week, which would have been a career-high had it been an official routine.

Heather Justus: A mainstay on vault and floor as a freshman, Justus remains in the lineup on those two events as a sophomore. She moved to the anchor position on vault at Stanford last week and posted a 9.825, her second-best score of the year on the event. She's hit four of five vaults this year, and she's scored a 9.80 or better on all four that she hit. She's hit all five floor routines this year, with a high of 9.825 against UCLA in the season opener. She's averaging 9.755 on the event.

Chrissy Lamun: The freshman is making an impact early on in her college career, competing on bars, beam and floor for the Beavers. Her 9.870 average on floor is the team's best. She won the event for the second time in three weeks after posting a career-high 9.925 at Stanford to tie for first. She scored a 9.90 in the season opener and scored a 9.825 or better in the other three meets. She had a career-high 9.850 on beam at Stanford last week, topping her previous best of 9.825 at Arizona (1/17). Her 9.80 on bars against UCLA (1/24) is her best score on that event so far.

Angela Morales: Like Lamun, fellow rookie Morales has been a solid contributor on three events (vault, beam and floor). Floor has been her best event so far, with an average of 9.820. Her best score is a 9.875, which she had last week at Stanford and against UCLA in the season opener. She's scored 9.80 or better in every meet but one. She picked up her first collegiate victory with a win on vault at Arizona on January 17 when she scored a 9.90 for her best score on any event this year. She had a 9.80 against UCLA (1/24) and is averaging 9.755 for the season. Her top beam score was a 9.80 at Michigan State (1/10), and she's had a pair of 9.775s, most recently at Stanford.

Lindsay Nelson: The junior is coming off the best all-around meet of her career after a personal-best 39.325 performance at Stanford last week to finish third among a field of eight all-arounders. She led the Beavers with a 9.875 on vault to place second, matched her career-high on bars with a 9.875 to tie for fourth, had a season-high 9.85 on floor and added a 9.725 on beam. She's already won two individual event titles this season after winning just one in her first two seasons. She had a 9.875 on bars at Arizona (1/17) to win the event for the first time, and she won vault for the second time in her career when she turned in a 9.90 at Michigan State (1/10). Her 9.840 average on vault is the best on the team, as is her 9.830 average on bars. She's averaging 39.070 as an all-arounder, with three scores in the 39-plus range.

Tanya Ricioli: The All-American is off to a great start in her junior year. She was named the Pacific-10 Gymnast of the Week on January 28 after her efforts against UCLA (1/24) helped the Beavers upset the then-No. 1 Bruins. She had a 39.250 in the all-around in that meet, with her 9.875 on floor clinching the victory. Ricioli followed that up with a 39.475 at Stanford last week, good for the second best all-around score of her career (her 39.525 in this year's season opener is her career best). Ricioli tied for first in the all-around at Stanford, and she tied for first on floor after tying her career-high of 9.925. She also tied her career-high of 9.90 on bars to place second on the event, and she added a 9.85 on beam and a 9.80 on vault. Ricioli is averaging 39.235 in her five all-around efforts this year, and her average ranks 24th nationally. She also ranks nationally on beam, checking in at 21st with a team-best average of 9.870. She's scored a 9.85 or better on beam in every meet this year, highlighted by a career-high 9.925 in the season opener. She's scored as high as 9.85 at least once on each of the other events as well (9.925 on floor, 9.90 on bars and 9.85 on vault). Her season average of 9.860 on floor is the second best on the team, and she's averaging 9.755 on bars and 9.750 on vault. She's scored in the 39-plus range in the all-around in four of the five meets this year, giving her 11 such scores for her career (third-best in OSU history). Her career-high 39.525 in the season opener was good for the 11th best all-around score in OSU history and set an OSU school record for an all-around score in a season opener. With that performance, Ricioli became just the second OSU all-arounder to score 39.500 in the month of January and the fourth to score a 39.500 in any month. She's won the all-around twice this year and has one victory apiece on bars and floor.

Th�r�se Videan: After competing primarily on vault and floor as a freshman, Videan has made her way into the bars lineup as well (she competed that event just three times last year). Her best score on any event this year was a 9.85 on floor in the season opener, and she had a career-high 9.80 on bars at Michigan State (1/10). Her top vault score has been a 9.775, which she's scored twice, most recently at Arizona (1/17). Last week at Stanford, she had a 9.825 on floor and a 9.775 on bars, both of which were her second-best scores of the year on those events. She also added a 9.675 on vault at that meet. She's averaging 9.755 on bars, 9.730 on vault and 9.735 on floor. Videan has also exhibitioned beam three times this year, with a high of 9.70.

Elaine Yoder: Yoder has competed on beam in all five meets and is coming off the best routine of her career. She led the Beavers with a career-high 9.925 routine at Stanford to earn a share of second-place on the event. Her previous best was a 9.875, which she scored once in 2002 and twice in 2001. Prior to the Stanford meet, her best score this year was a 9.80 against UCLA the week before (1/24). Yoder has also performed four exhibition floor routines this year, with a high of 9.80.

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