Top 10 Showdown Set For Friday As No. 9 Beavers Host No. 3 Utah

Feb. 18, 2003

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What's in store: No. 9 Oregon State (7-3) hosts No. 3 Utah (4-3) in the Precision Cuts Main Event at 7 p.m., Friday, February 21 at Gill Coliseum. Reserved seat tickets are $10 apiece. General admission tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and children.

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

Former Beaver to perform exhibition: Debbie (Marland) Park, who competed for the Beavers from 1985-88, will be the featured pre-meet entertainment on Friday. Park will perform an aerial tissu exhibition similar to the one she performed at last year's Shanico Inn-vitational. She is internationally known for her figure skating and acrobatic routines and has performed across the U.S., in Europe and on several cruise ships over the past year.

Last time out: The Beavers scored a season-high 197.025 in a win over California (194.550) last week. The score was the fourth best in school history. Tanya Ricioli scored a 39.425 to win the all-around for the third time this year. She tied teammate Elaine Yoder for first on beam with a 9.90, and Ricioli also claimed a share of the floor title with another 9.90. Elizabeth Jillson had a career-high 9.95 on bars to win that event for the second week in a row. As a team, the Beavers went 23-for-24 and had season-highs on bars (49.375) and beam (49.275).

Beavers remain in the top 10: OSU's 197.025 against Cal last week improved the Beavers' season average to 195.954, which secured their No. 9 ranking for the third week in a row. OSU is ranked ninth on bars, 10th on vault and floor, and 12th on beam. In addition, Tanya Ricioli is ranked on two events. She's 12th on beam with an average of 9.882, and her all-around average of 39.268 ranks 24th. This is the final week the rankings will be based on season averages. They will switch to Regional Qualifying Scores next week.

Series records: The Utes lead the all-time series with OSU, 28-5. The Beavers last beat the Utes in a 1999 dual meet in Corvallis, when OSU had a then-school record 197.325 to beat Utah (196.700). The teams met twice last year. Utah posted a 197.350-195.475 dual win in Salt Lake City, and the Utes were sent to Corvallis for the NCAA Regional Championships. Utah won the regional meet with a 197.100, while the Beavers took second with a 196.800.

A look at the Utes: Utah, which has five All-Americans on its roster, has scored above a 196.500 in all but one of its six meets this year. Most recently, the Utes picked up a 196.900-194.500 win at Arizona last week. All-American Melissa Vituj ranks ninth nationally in the all-around with an average of 39.429 this year. She's second in the nation on floor (9.95) and third on beam (9.942). Twelve-time All-American Theresa Kulikowski ranks second on bars (9.95) and has won the event in all three meets she's competed. All-American Kim Allan ranks eighth on that same event (9.896).

Seven-Eleven: Seven of the 11 gymnasts who have competed for the Beavers this year have won at least one individual event title. Tanya Ricioli leads the Beavers with eight, and Chrissy Lamun has three. Angela Morales, Elizabeth Jillson and Lindsay Nelson have two apiece, and Elaine Yoder and Heather Justus each have one win. Three different Beavers have won on vault, bars and floor, and two have claimed wins on beam.

9.80 is enough: Enough to create some tough competition for lineup spots on vault and bars, that is. Seven Beavers have now competed on bars this year, and all seven have scored a 9.80 or better at least once. Tanya Ricioli has done so six times, with a high of 9.925. Elizabeth Jillson and Lindsay Nelson each have five 9.80-plus scores, with Jillson having a high of 9.95 and Nelson 9.875. Meghan Jones has three 9.80-plus scores (four counting an exhibition), with a high of 9.825, and Chrissy Lamun has scored a 9.80 or higher three times, with a top score of 9.875. Th�r�se Videan has scored a 9.80 twice, and Heidi Goehring has scored a 9.825 once (twice including an exhibition routine). It's the same situation on vault, where seven Beavers have been in the lineup at least once this season, and all seven have scored a 9.80 or better at least once. Nelson and Heather Justus each have six such scores (both have a high of 9.90), and Daylee Ingalls has five (9.875 high). Angela Morales has four (9.90), and Ricioli has two (9.85). Videan (9.825) and Jones (9.80) have one apiece. Friday's lineups are still up in the air on the two events, with each of the seven in the mix on both events.

Road warriors: Utah's trip to Corvallis this week marks the fourth straight road meet for the Utes, who haven't competed in Salt Lake City since January 24. Meanwhile, the Beavers are home for third week in a row this week, but they competed on the road four times in January, including three consecutive road trips to open the season. OSU's three-week home stand ends this week, though, as the Beavers travel to Washington next week.

Ricioli, Nelson among the top five: Tanya Ricioli scored a 39.425 to win the all-around against California last week, good for her sixth 39-plus score of the year. It was also the 13th such score of her career, which ranks third for the most 39-plus performances in an OSU career. Lindsay Nelson added a 39.275 against Cal for her fourth 39-plus mark of the year and eighth for her career, which ranks fifth all-time. 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 51-37-1 for the regular season and 87-66-1 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 officially returned to the bars lineup last week against Cal, and she turned in a 9.825 to tie her best score from a year ago. Goehring was a mainstay in the bars lineup as a rookie last year, but a wrist injury limited her training in the offseason. She did not compete on bars in OSU's first three meets, but she performed exhibition routines at the three meets leading up to the Cal meet and scored between a 9.70 and a 9.825 in those performances. Goehring has also exhibitioned beam four times, 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: Ingalls had a career meet against California last week, setting personal bests on both of her events. She led OSU with a career-high 9.875 on vault, and she scored a 9.85 on beam to equal her career-best set last year. Ingalls has vaulted in every meet but one, and she's scored a 9.80 or better on all but one of her vaults. Her 9.825 average ranks second on the team. Ingalls has competed on beam in six of the seven meets as well. Prior to her 9.85 last week, her top score this year was a 9.825 against UCLA (1/24).

Elizabeth Jillson: Jillson has won the bars title at OSU's last two meets. Against Cal last week, Jillson matched her career-high with a 9.95 (she had a similar score as a sophomore in 2001). She won her first title of the year the week before, when her 9.90 against Arizona State (2/7) was good for first place. She has scored a 9.85 or better on the event five times this year, and she was a first team All-American on bars last year.

Meghan Jones: Jones has been a key contributor on both vault and bars for the Beavers this year. She's competed both events in every meet, whether in an official role or in exhibition. She was in the bars lineup in the first six meets and scored a 9.80 or higher three times, highlighted by a career-best 9.825 at Arizona (1/17). She exhibitioned the event against Cal last week and turned in another 9.825, although the score did not count. It's been the other way around for vault. She exhibitioned the first five meets but has been in the official lineup in the last two meets. She had a career-high 9.80 against Arizona State (2/7) in her first official performance of the year, and she followed up with a 9.775 against Cal last week.

Heather Justus: Justus celebrated her 20th birthday with three solid performances against California last week. She scored a 9.825 on her floor routine, and she added a 9.80 on her vault. Justus, who has competed on those two events in every meet this season, also performed an exhibition routine on bars for the first time last week and scored a 9.725. She's averaging 9.775 on floor and has had a season-high 9.825 three times. She's scored a 9.80 or better on six of her seven vaults this year, with a high of 9.90 against UCLA (1/2). She picked up her first collegiate win on any event when she tied for first with a 9.875 on vault against Arizona State (2/7).

Chrissy Lamun: The freshman is making an impact early on in her college career, competing on bars, beam and floor for the Beavers. She's scored a 9.80 or better at least twice on all three events. Her best event has been floor, having won the event in three of OSU's seven meets. She had hit her routine in the first six meets but fell on her final pass against Cal last week. Still, she's averaging 9.814 on the event and has scored a career-high 9.925 twice. She's scored a 9.80 or better three times on bars, with a season-best 9.875 against ASU (2/7) and a 9.85 last week against Cal. Her top beam score was a 9.85 at Stanford (1/31), and she had a 9.825 at Arizona (1/17).

Angela Morales: Like Lamun, fellow rookie Morales has been a solid contributor on three events (vault, beam and floor). She has scored a 9.80 or better on all three events at OSU's last two meets. Last week against Cal, she had a season-high 9.825 on beam to go along with a 9.85 on vault and a 9.875 on floor. The previous week against Arizona State, she had a career-high 9.925 on floor as well as a 9.85 on vault and a 9.80 on beam. Morales has won two individual titles this year, tying for first on floor against ASU and winning vault with a career-high 9.90 at Arizona (1/17). Overall, her best event has been floor, where she's averaging 9.843, second best on the team. She's scored a 9.80 or better in every meet but one. She's averaging 9.782 on vault, with a 9.80 or better four times. She's had a 9.80 or better three times on beam for an average of 9.721.

Lindsay Nelson: Nelson, one of OSU's two all-arounders, has the team's top averages on both vault and bars. She's averaging a team-best 9.839 on vault and has scored a 9.85 or better five times. She had a season-high 9.90 to win the event at Michigan State (1/10). On bars, she's averaging 9.836 and has had a career-high 9.875 three times this year, most recently against Arizona State (2/7). She also had a 9.875 at Arizona, where she won the event, and at Stanford (1/31). Last week against Cal, she scored a 9.825 on vault, bars and floor and added a 9.80 on beam to finish with a 39.275, her third best all-around score of the year. She had a career-high 39.325 at Stanford. Nelson is averaging 39.071 and has topped the 39.00 mark four times this season. She had a season-best 9.875 on floor against ASU and is averaging 9.796 after scoring a 9.825 or better in the last three meets. She had a career-high 9.90 on beam in the season opener against UCLA (1/2).

Tanya Ricioli: The All-American won three individual titles against California last week, giving her a team-best eight for the year. She won the all-around with a 39.425, good for her third all-around title of the year. She tied for first with 9.90 marks on both beam and floor to pick up her second title on each event this year. She actually had her best score against Cal on bars, where she set a career-high with a 9.925 to place second, but she does have one win on that event this year as well. She's averaging 39.268 in the all-around, good for the 24th best average in the nation. She had a career-high 39.525 in the season opener and has topped the 39.400 mark three times, most recently against Cal last week. She's also ranked 12th on beam with a team-best average of 9.882, highlighted by a career-high 9.925 twice. She also has the team's top average on floor (9.854) and matched her career-high of 9.925 at Stanford (1/31). She's averaging 9.789 on bars after her career-high 9.925 last week, and she's averaging 9.743 on vault, highlighted by a season-high 9.85 in the season opener. In all, Ricioli has scored a 9.90 or better eight times this year (three each on beam and floor and two one bars). 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 No. 1 Bruins. She had a 39.250 in the all-around in that meet, with her 9.875 on floor clinching the victory. Her 39.525 in the season opener was good for the 11th best all-around score in OSU history and set a school record for an all-around score in a season opener. With that performance, she became just the second OSU all-arounder to score 39.500 in January and the fourth to score a 39.500 in any month.

Th�r�se Videan: Videan has competed on bars and floor in every meet this year, and she's been in the vault lineup in all but one meet. Last week against Cal, she matched her career-high of 9.80 on bars and she turned in a 9.825 on floor for the third week in a row, just missing her season-high of 9.85 from the season opener. She's averaging 9.761 on both events. She's averaging 9.739 on vault, highlighted by a season-high 9.825 against Arizona State (2/7). She exhibitioned vault in the one meet she wasn't in the lineup (last week against Cal), and she's exhibitioned beam four times, with a high of 9.70 at Michigan State (1/10), although she hasn't officially competed on that event.

Elaine Yoder: Yoder has competed on beam in all seven meets and is averaging 9.725 on the event. She's scored a 9.90 or better in two of OSU's last three meets. She had a career-high 9.925 at Stanford (1/31) to earn a share of second place on the event, and she won the event for the first time in her career by tying for first with a 9.90 against California last week. She'd never scored a 9.90 prior to this year, with her previous career-best being a 9.875, which she scored once in 2002 and twice in 2001. Yoder has also performed five exhibition floor routines this year, with a high of 9.80.

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