No. 9 Beavers Back On The Road This Week
Feb. 25, 2003
On the road again: After three straight weeks at home, the Beavers must hit the road this week. The No. 9 Beavers (8-3) will head up I-5 for a quadrangular meet at No. 12 Washington at 7 p.m., Friday, February 28. Boise State and Sacramento State round out the participating teams. The Beavers will start the meet on bars. Washington will start on vault, Boise State on beam and Sacramento State on floor.
Gymnastics Giant Killers?: In 1967, it was the Oregon State football team that was making waves for beating the nation's top teams and earning the nickname 'Giant Killers'. This year, it's the OSU gymnastics team that's walking away victorious over the nation's best. Last week, the Beavers beat No. 3 Utah, 196.900-196.325, good for their third win over a top six team this year (OSU beat No. 1 UCLA on Jan. 24 and beat No. 6 Arizona State on Feb. 7). The win over the Utes was OSU's first against Utah since 1999 and marked just the sixth time the Beavers had beaten the perennial power. Even more notable was the fact the Beavers were without one of their top all-arounders, as All-American Tanya Ricioli missed the meet because of illness. The rest of the team stepped up, though, as OSU finished with its second highest score of the year and sixth best in program history. Lindsay Nelson won her first career all-around title with a career-high 39.575, matching the eighth-best score in school history. Elizabeth Jillson won the bars title for the third meet in a row after tying her career-high of 9.95 for the second straight week.
Rankings switch to RQS, Beavers remain ninth: The national rankings will be based on Regional Qualifying Scores (RQS) for the rest of the season after being tabulated by season average up until this week. OSU, which has an RQS of 196.200, remains in the No. 9 spot, where it's been the last four weeks. The RQS is determined by taking a team's top six scores (at least three of which must come from away meets), dropping the highest and averaging the remaining five. OSU is ranked eighth on vault and bars, 10th on floor, and 11th on beam. Tanya Ricioli continues to be ranked in the all-around and on beam, and Lindsay Nelson joined her in the national rankings this week. Ricioli, who was 24th in the all-around based on season averages, jumped to ninth under the RQS method. She's ranked 18th on beam. Nelson checked in at 20th in the all-around and is 18th on bars and 25th on vault.
Raising the bar record: All six gymnasts who were in the lineup on bars last week against Utah set or tied their personal bests as the Beavers broke the school record with a 49.500 on the event (the old mark of 49.475 was set at the 1999 Pacific-10 Championships). Elizabeth Jillson matched her career-high of 9.95 for the second week in a row to win the event for the third time this month. Lindsay Nelson contributed a 9.925, bettering her previous best of 9.875. Heidi Goehring, Meghan Jones and Chrissy Lamun all scored a 9.875. Lamun's mark tied her career-high; for Goehring and Jones, the 9.875s replaced their previous highs of 9.825. Thï¿½rï¿½se Videan tied her career-high of 9.80, but the Beavers did not need to count her score.
Series records: The Beavers hold the advantage against all three of this week's opponents. OSU is 43-12 all-time against Washington, 21-1 against Boise State and 3-0 against Sacramento State. The Beavers beat the Huskies three times last year (in a dual meet at OSU, at the Pac-10 Championships and at the NCAA Regional Championships). OSU and BSU last met in 2001, when the Beavers beat the Broncos in both a dual meet and at regionals. OSU and Sacramento State haven't competed against each other since the 1999 NCAA regional meet, where the Beavers finished ahead of the Hornets.
A look at the opponents: Washington is coming off two road meets last week, highlighted by a 196.725 at the Master's Classic at Nebraska, where the Huskies placed second behind No. 5 Nebraska in the four-team meet. Four Huskies are ranked nationally. Emily Pritchard is 23rd in the all-around and seventh on bars. Kelly McDonald ranks eighth on vault, and Stacy Wong is 13th on that same event. Carly Dockendorf is 17th on bars. Boise State is coming off a 194.550-193.325 win over Cal State Fullerton last week. Bronco gymnasts won or tied for first on all four events, with at least one gymnast scoring a 9.90 or better on each apparatus. Sacramento State will be facing the Huskies for the second week in a row after meeting in a triangular meet at California last week (Cal 196.475, Washington 194.850, CSUS 189.775). The Hornets had seven falls in that meet.
Nelson in elite company: When Lindsay Nelson scored a career-high 9.925 on her bar routine against Utah last week, she became only the second Beaver to record a 9.90 or better on all four events at least once in her career. Nelson, who also has personal bests of 9.925 on vault and 9.90 on beam and floor, joined current Beaver Annie Campbell (9.975 on floor, 9.925 on vault and beam, 9.90 on bars) in the elite group. Seven other Beaver all-arounders have come close, with a 9.90 or better on three of the floor events. Current Beaver Tanya Ricioli has scored a 9.90 or better on every event but vault, the same event that kept Joy Selig, Chari Knight, Amy Slack and Jerra Lopez from the elite group. Bars stopped Megan Murphy-Barcroft, and beam kept Amy Durham off the list.
There's no place like home: After last week's win over Utah, OSU is a perfect 4-0 at home in Gill Coliseum this season. The Beavers will look to go undefeated at home this season when they host No. 13 Denver and Seattle Pacific in the annual Shanico/Days Inn-vitational on Friday, March 7, the final home meet of the year. The last time the Beavers went undefeated in Gill Coliseum was in 1998, Tanya Chaplin's first year at head coach. OSU was also undefeated at home in 1980, 1988, 1991, and 1992.
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 Elizabeth Jillson, Chrissy Lamun and Lindsay Nelson have three apiece. Angela Morales has won two titles, 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 and in the all-around.
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 52-37-1 for the regular season and 88-66-1 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.
Heidi Goehring: Credit Goehring with a big clutch performance last week. The sophomore was slated to compete on bars against Utah, but when teammate Tanya Ricioli fell ill, Goehring found out just hours before the meet that she'd actually be competing on bars, beam and floor. She came through with a career-high 9.875 on bars and scored a 9.65 on her very first collegiate floor routine (she'd never even exhibitioned the event prior to Friday). She fell on her beam routine for a 9.375, but OSU didn't need to count her score. Goehring, who was slowed by a wrist injury in the offseason and early in the regular season, looks to have earned her return to the bars lineup. She was a regular on the event last year, but missed the first three meets this year because of her wrist. She exhibitioned the next three meets and has scored a 9.825 and a 9.875 in the last two meets, her first two official competitions of the year on the event. She's exhibitioned on beam four times, with two official competitions.
Daylee Ingalls: Ingalls had a pair of 9.80 marks on vault and beam in OSU's win over Utah last week. The previous week against California (2/14), she had personal bests on both events, with a career-high 9.875 on vault and 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 9.821 average ranks second on the team. Ingalls has competed on beam in seven of the eight meets as well. She's scored a 9.80 or better three times and is averaging 9.618.
Elizabeth Jillson: February has been good to the All-American, who has placed first on bars in all three of OSU's meets this month. She matched her career-high of 9.95 in the last two meets (Cal on 2/14 and Utah on 2/21) to claim the title in those meets, and she also won with a 9.90 against Arizona State (2/7). She has scored a 9.85 or better on the event six times this year, and she was a first team All-American on bars last year.
Meghan Jones: Jones had a pair of career-highs in last week's win over Utah. She started the night off by tying her personal best of 9.80 on vault and followed up with a career-best 9.875 on bars to aid in the school record on that event. She's competed on bars in every meet but one (although she did exhibition in that meet) and has scored a 9.80 or better five times (includes the exhibition) for a season average of 9.750. She exhibitioned on vault in the first five meets and has been in the lineup in the last three. Including the exhibitions, she's averaging 9.584, but she's averaged 9.792 in her three official competitions (three of her exhibitions were out of a 9.80 start value, and her three official vaults were a 10.0 value).
Heather Justus: Justus has been a mainstay on vault and floor all season. She's averaging 9.778 on floor and has had a season-high 9.825 three times, with a 9.80 against Utah last week. She's scored a 9.80 or better on vault in six of the eight meets, with a high of 9.90 in the season opener and an average of 9.709. She won the event with a 9.875 against Arizona State (2/7) for her first collegiate event title. She's performed exhibition routine on bars at the last two meets, with a high of 9.725 (2/14). She exhibitioned beam in the season opener for a 9.675.
Chrissy Lamun: The freshman turned in career-highs on two of her three events in the win over Utah last week. She led the Beavers with a career-high 9.925, shattering her previous best of 9.85 set at Stanford (1/31). She also matched her top score of 9.875 on bars, which she also had against Arizona State (2/7). She's now scored a 9.80 or better 13 times on her three events (bars, beam and floor). She's won the floor title in three meets this year, has scored a 9.925 twice and is averaging 9.797 on the event. She's averaging 9.731 on bars and 9.581 on beam.
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 eight of her last nine routines (a 9.775 on beam last week against Utah was her only sub-9.80 mark the last three meets). She's had a career-high 9.925 on floor in two of the last three meets, winning the event against Arizona State (2/7) and leading the team against Utah. She's scored a 9.80 or better on floor in every meet but one and is averaging 9.853, second best on the team. She's averaging 9.784 on vault, with a career-high 9.90 at Arizona (1/17) to win the event. She's scored a 9.80 or better five times, including the last three meets. She had a career-high 9.825 on beam against California (2/14) and has three marks of 9.80 or better this year for an average of 9.728.
Lindsay Nelson: Nelson made her way into the OSU record books and the national rankings with a career night against Utah last week. She had a career-high 39.575 to win her first career all-around title, with her score matching the eighth best in OSU history. Nelson became the fifth Beaver to score a 39.500 or better in a meet, reaching her career-high with a pair of career-high 9.925s on vault and bars to go along with a 9.875 on floor and a 9.85 on beam. With the 9.925 on bars, she became only the second Beaver to score a 9.90 or better on all four events at least once in her career. In addition, her strong performance against the Utes moved her into the national rankings in three categories, checking in at 18th on vault, 20th in the all-around and 25th on bars. Nelson leads the Beavers with a 9.85 average on vault and has scored a 9.825 or better in every meet but one, with two marks of 9.90 or better. She also leads OSU with a 9.847 average on bars, with scores of 9.825 or better in all but two meets. She has one win apiece on the two events, winning vault with a 9.90 at Michigan State (1/10) and placing first with a 9.875 on bars at Arizona (1/17). She's averaging 9.806 on floor, with a season-high of 9.875 in two of the last three meets. She's averaging 9.631 on beam, highlighted by a career-high 9.90 in the season opener. Her all-around average is 39.134.
Tanya Ricioli: The All-American missed last week's meet against Utah because of illness, but she's been one of OSU's top gymnasts this year. She ranks ninth nationally in the all-around and 18th on beam and has won a team-best eight individual titles this year. She has three all-around titles to go along with two titles on both beam and floor and one on bars. She's averaging 39.258 in the all-around, and she has the team's top averages on beam (9.882) and floor (9.854). She's averaging 9.789 on bars and 9.743 on vault. She has season and career highs of 9.925 on bars, beam and floor and has combined for eight scores of 9.90 or better on those events this year. She had a season-high 9.85 on vault in the season opener. 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. She had a career-high all-around score of 39.525 in the season opener and has topped the 39.400 mark three times, most recently against Cal (2/14). Her 39.525 was good for the 11th best all-around score in OSU history at the time 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.
Thï¿½rï¿½se 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. She's had a career-high 9.80 on bars three times this year, including the last two meets, and has a season average of 9.766. She's scored 9.80 or better four times on floor, highlighted by a season-high 9.85 in the season opener, and is averaging 9.763. She's averaging 9.731 on vault, with a season-high 9.825 against Arizona State (2/7). She's exhibitioned beam four times, with a high of 9.70 at Michigan State (1/10), but she hasn't officially competed on that event.
Elaine Yoder: Yoder has been in the lineup all season, but she's been particularly key lately, scoring a 9.90 or better in three of OSU's last four meets. She scored a 9.90 in the last two meets, including the California contest (2/14) where she tied for first to claim her first individual title in collegiate competition. She had a career-high 9.925 at Stanford (1/31) to place second and lead the Beavers. Yoder is averaging 9.747 for the season. She has also performed five exhibition floor routines this year, with a high of 9.80.