No. 9 Beavers Host No. 13 Denver, Seattle Pacific On Friday

March 4, 2003

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What's in store: The No. 9 Beavers (10-4) wrap up the home portion of their schedule with the annual Shanico/Days Inn-vitational on Friday, March 7 at 7 p.m. Joining OSU in this year's meet are No. 13 Denver and Seattle Pacific. Reserved tickets are $10, with general admission seating available for $6 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and children.

There's no place like home: OSU enters this week's meet with a perfect 4-0 record at home in Gill Coliseum this year. The Beavers already have defeated No. 1 UCLA, No. 3 Utah, No. 6 Arizona State and California at home this season. If OSU wins the Shanico/Days Inn-vitational this week, the Beavers will finish with a perfect home record for the first time since 1998, Tanya Chaplin's first year at head coach. OSU was also undefeated at home in 1980, 1988, 1991, and 1992.

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.

Jillson to be recognized: Senior Elizabeth Jillson will be honored prior to Friday's meet, which will be her last in Gill Coliseum. Jillson has scored a 9.90 or better on bars 20 times during her career, including four meets this season. She's won the event 10 times and was a first team All-American as a junior last year.

Last time out: The Beavers finished second in a quadrangular meet at Washington last week. Despite struggles on beam, OSU finished with a 196.475 for its best road score of the year. No. 12 Washington won the meet with a 197.050, but OSU beat Boise State (194.575) and Sacramento State (191.775). Lindsay Nelson won the all-around for the second week in a row, this time finishing with a 39.475. Tanya Ricioli was second with a 39.375. Nelson took second on vault with a 9.925, and Ricioli had a 9.925 on beam to place second on that event. Elizabeth Jillson had a 9.925 to take second on bars, and Elaine Yoder was third on beam with a 9.90.

Beavers hold on to No. 9 spot: With a 196.475 at Washington last week, the Beavers improved their Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) to 196.360, allowing them to maintain their No. 9 ranking for the fifth week in a row. The RQS, which determines seedings for the NCAA regional competition, 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 bars, ninth on vault and 11th on beam and floor. The Beavers also have three gymnasts ranked nationally in individual events. Lindsay Nelson leads the way with three national rankings. She's 18th in the all-around, tied for 15th on vault and is 22nd on bars. Tanya Ricioli is 14th in the all-around and tied for 15th on beam. Elizabeth Jillson is ranked eighth on bars after jumping into the rankings for the first time this year. Wondering how she could go from being unranked to No. 8 in just one week? Since a gymnast must count at least three away scores in her RQS, Jillson was counting a 9.45 in a fall at Stanford. She had a 9.925 at Washington last week, allowing her to throw out the 9.45 and jump significantly in the rankings.

Series records: The Beavers hold a 3-2 lead in the series against Denver, but the Pioneers won the last meeting between the teams. Denver defeated OSU 194.375-192.400 last year at Denver in OSU's first meet of the year. OSU is 25-3 all-time against Seattle Pacific. The teams met at Stanford earlier this year (1/31), with OSU scoring a 196.275 to SPU's 187.825.

A look at the opponents: Denver is coming off a 196.300 in a win over Illinois, Western Michigan and Air Force. Michelle Kasuga, who ranks 22nd nationally in the all-around, tied the school record with a 39.725. She ranks fourth on bars and 15th on floor. Emily Bankhead ranks 15th as an all-arounder and is fifth on floor. Seattle Pacific had a season-high 192.075 in a win over Sacramento State last week, finishing more than two points better than its previous best. Melissa Stanton won bars with a season-high 9.85, and Corrie McDaniel had a 9.825 to win floor. SPU is ranked sixth in Division II.

Vaulting to the top: OSU's vault team has made significant strides from a year ago. The 2003 Beavers are averaging 49.069 and are ranked ninth in the country. Last year, OSU averaged just 48.581 and topped the 49.00 mark in just two meets. OSU has scored a 49-plus in seven of nine meets this year, with a high of 49.200 twice. Six vaulters have competed a 10.0-valued vault at least once, although OSU has not had six 10.0 vaults in the same meet. All seven vaulters who have competed have scored a 9.80 at least once. Lindsay Nelson, who ranks 15th nationally, has eight scores above a 9.80. Daylee Ingalls and Heather Justus have seven 9.80-plus scores each. Justus' feat is particularly notable as the maximum score she can earn is a 9.90.

Nelson in elite company: When Lindsay Nelson scored a career-high 9.925 on bars two weeks ago, 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 others 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.

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 Lindsay Nelson has four. Elizabeth Jillson, Chrissy Lamun 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 54-38-1 for the regular season and 90-67-1 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 missed the meet at Washington because of a sore hamstring, but she came up with a big clutch performance the week before in OSU's win over Utah. 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 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 that meet). 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, has officially competed on bars twice (she also has performed three exhibitions), with 9.875 and 9.825 marks. She's exhibitioned on beam four times, with two official competitions.

Daylee Ingalls: One of OSU's top vaulters, Ingalls had a 9.80 at Washington last week. She's competed the event in eight of OSU's nine meets, and she's scored a 9.80 or better in all but one of them for a season average of 9.819, second on the team. She had a career-high 9.875 against Cal (2/14) and scored a 9.85 in two other meets. Ingalls has also competed on beam in eight meets, with three marks of 9.80 or better. She matched her career-high from last year with a 9.85 in the Cal meet.

Elizabeth Jillson: February was good to Jillson, who scored a 9.90 or better on bars in all four meets last month. She won the event in three of those contests. She tied her career-high of 9.95 against Cal (2/14) and Utah (2/21) to claim wins in those meets, and she also won with a 9.90 against Arizona State (2/7). She wrapped up the month with a second-place 9.925 at Washington last week. She ranks eighth in the country on bars and has scored a 9.85 or better seven times this year. She was a first team All-American last year.

Meghan Jones: Jones continues to put up strong numbers for OSU. Last week at Washington, she turned in a 9.85 on bars, just shy of the career-high 9.875 she had against Utah the week before. She's scored a 9.80 or better six times (includes one exhibition) and is averaging 9.761 for the year. Jones was also expected to vault at Washington, but she tweaked her ankle during the touch warmup and did not compete. Jones, who had scored a career-high 9.80 in two of the last three meets prior to Washington, is probable this week.

Heather Justus: Justus has been a mainstay on vault and floor all season. She's averaging 9.783 on floor and has had a season-high 9.825 four times, including last week's meet at Washington. She's scored a 9.80 or better on vault in seven of the nine meets, including a 9.85 at Washington last week. She had a career-high of 9.90 in the season opener and is averaging 9.725. She won the event with a 9.875 against Arizona State (2/7) for her first collegiate event title. She's exhibitioned on bars twice, with a high of 9.725 (2/14), and once on beam (9.675, 1/2).

Chrissy Lamun: After struggling somewhat on floor (her best event) in the two meets prior to last week, Lamun rebounded with a team-best 9.875 at Washington last week. She's scored a 9.825 in every meet but the two before the meet in Seattle and is now averaging 9.807 on the event. She's been solid on bars the last four weeks, scoring 9.85 or better in all four, including a career-high 9.875 twice. She's averaging 9.744 on the event. Lamun also competes on beam and has scored a 9.80 better three times, with a career-high 9.925 against Utah (2/21).

Angela Morales: Like Lamun, fellow rookie Morales has been a solid contributor on three events (vault, beam and floor). Her best event has been floor, where she has a team-best 9.85 average. She's scored a career-high 9.925 twice, won the event once, and has scored a 9.80 or better in every meet but one. She also has one win on vault, which came at Arizona (1/17) when she had a career-high 9.90. She's averaging 9.783 on that event, with five scores of 9.80 or better. On beam, she has three marks of 9.80 or better, with a career-high 9.825 against California (2/14). She's averaging 9.722 for the season.

Lindsay Nelson: Nelson has come on strong the last two meets, winning the all-around in both competitions. She had a career-high 39.575 in OSU's win over No. 3 Utah (2/21) to earn Pacific-10 Gymnast of the Week honors, and she followed up with a 39.475 to win the all-around at Washington last week. Her two solid performances have put her in the national rankings on three events - 15th on vault, 18th in the all-around and 22nd on bars. Her score against Utah tied for the eighth-best score in school history, and her score at UW was good for a tie for 15th. Her performance against Utah also put her into another elite group, as she scored a career-high 9.925 on her bar routine, making her one of only two Beavers to score a 9.90 on every event at least once in her career. She's had a career-high 9.925 on vault three times (twice this year), a high of 9.90 on beam in this year's season opener and a 9.90 on floor in the NCAA West Regionals last season. Nelson leads the Beavers with averages of 9.858 on vault and 9.85 on bars. She's scored a 9.85 or better on vault in all but two meets and has one win on the event. She's had a 9.85 or better on bars in six of the nine meets, with one win. She's averaging 9.811 on floor, with scores of 9.825 or better in the last five meets (highlighted by two 9.875 marks). She's scored 9.80 or better on beam in the last three meets and had a career-high 9.90 in the season opener. In all, she has five marks of 9.90 or better and 24 of 9.80 or better this year. She's averaging 39.172 as an all-arounder.

Tanya Ricioli: The All-American came back strong at Washington last week after missing the Utah meet (2/21) because of illness. She finished with a 39.375 at Washington to place second, and she was also second on beam with a 9.925, her third 9.925 on beam this year. She ranks 15th nationally on the event, and her average of 9.888 is the team's best. She's also nationally ranked as an all-arounder, checking in at 14th and averaging 39.281. Ricioli 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 9.847 on floor, 9.80 on bars and 9.747 on vault. She has season- and career-highs of 9.925 on bars, beam and floor and has combined for nine 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 score, 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. She's had a career-high 9.825 on bars at Washington last week after having a 9.80 in three other meets this year for an average of 9.772. She also came up big on vault last week. She was expected to exhibition, but Meghan Jones tweaked her ankle during touch warm-up so Videan was a last minute substitute. She ended up with a 9.75, her best vault score in three weeks and her fourth best score of the year (she's averaging 9.733). She had a season-high 9.825 against Arizona State (2/7). 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 9.708. 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 beam lineup all season, but she's been particularly key lately, scoring a 9.90 or better in four of OSU's last five meets. She's scored a 9.90 in the last three 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 9.764 for the season. She has also performed six exhibition floor routines this year, with a high of 9.80.

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