No. 10 Beavers To Compete At No. 22 BYU On Saturday

March 12, 2003

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What's in store: The No. 10 Beavers (12-4) wrap up dual meet action on the road at No. 22 Brigham Young on Saturday, March 15. Meet time is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. PST.

Last time out: The Beavers posted a season-high 197.050 to beat No. 13 Denver (194.150) and Seattle Pacific (190.625) in last week's Shanico/Days Inn-vitational. OSU gymnasts won every individual event, highlighted by Tanya Ricioli's winning four titles, which ended up earning her Pacific-10 Gymnast of the Week honors for the second time this season. She posted a career-high 39.575 to win the all-around, won beam with a career-high 9.95 and tied her career-high of 9.925 to win floor. Ricioli also won bars with a 9.90, tying teammate Elizabeth Jillson and Denver's Michelle Kasuga for first. Angela Morales won the vault title with a 9.875, her second-best score of the year on that event.

Beavers in the rankings: While OSU had a season-high 197.050 last week, the Beavers dropped one spot to 10th in this week's rankings. Rankings are based on the Regional Qualifying Score (RQS), which 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 improved its RQS to a 196.500 last week (replacing a 196.325 with a 197.050). However, Michigan narrowly passed OSU because the Wolverines dropped a 195.750 and replaced it with a 196.775, enough to pass OSU by 0.06 points. OSU is eighth on bars, 10th on vault and floor, and 13th on beam. The Beavers also have three gymnasts ranked nationally in individual events. Tanya Ricioli leads the way with three national rankings. She's 14th in the all-around, tied for 11th on beam and 23rd on bars. Lindsay Nelson is 18th in the all-around and tied for 21st on beam. Elizabeth Jillson is tied for 13th on bars.

More on the RQS: The Regional Qualifying Score determines which teams will qualify for the NCAA Regional Championships and where those teams will be seeded. Washington is hosting the West Regional this year, but because of OSU's ranking, the Beavers won't necessarily be headed to Seattle. The top 18 teams (based on RQS) will be seeded, with three teams being sent to each of the six sites (Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri and Utah also are hosting). The three remaining teams at each site will come from within each respective geographic region. Regionals will be held on April 12.

Series records: The Beavers are 19-4 all-time against BYU. Falls cost OSU in a 194.400-192.950 loss in Corvallis last year, but the Beavers had a five-meet winning streak in the series prior to last year's loss.

A look at BYU: After just one 10.0 in school history (1992), BYU had two in one meet as the Cougars finished second with a 195.425 in a home quadrangular last week, losing to Southern Utah but beating Central Michigan and Utah State. Kari Lords won beam with a 10.0, and Brogan Jacobsen's 10.0 on floor capped off a season-high 49.600 rotation on that event.

There's no place like home: Upon picking up the wins over Denver and Seattle Pacific in the final home meet of the year last week, the Beavers finished the season 6-0 at home. It was OSU's first undefeated home season since 1998, Tanya Chaplin's first year at head coach. OSU was also undefeated at home in 1980, 1988, 1991, and 1992.

Beavers beaming after last week's meet: After a disappointing beam rotation at Washington (2/28), the Beavers bounced back to record a season-high on the event last week against Denver and Seatlle Pacific. The Beavers had a fall and several major breaks en route to a 48.800 in Seattle, but they came through with a season-high 39.350 last week. OSU took the top five spots in the meet, with Tanya Ricioli winning the event with a career-high 9.95. Chrissy Lamun had her second-best score of the year with a 9.90 to place second, and Lindsay Nelson's 9.875 was good for third place and her second-best score of the season. Angela Morales tied her career-high of 9.825 to place fourth, and Elaine Yoder was fifth with a 9.80.

Vaulting to the top: OSU's vault team has made significant strides from a year ago. The 2003 Beavers are averaging 49.075 and are ranked 10th 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 eight of 10 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 nine 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 against Utah (2/21), 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 12, and Lindsay Nelson and Elizabeth Jillson have four apiece. Chrissy Lamun and Angela Morales each have three wins, and Elaine Yoder and Heather Justus each have one. 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 56-38-1 for the regular season and 92-67-1 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 performed exhibitions on both bars and beam in last week's meet. She had a 9.90 on her beam routine, which would have tied for second place and been a new career-high had the routine been official (Her career-high is a 9.80 at last year's NCAA Championships). She added a 9.775 on her exhibition on bars last week. Goehring, who has been hampered with various injuries all season, has officially competed on bars and beam twice apiece this year. She scored a career-high 9.875 on bars against Utah and had a 9.825 in her other official appearance. Including four exhibitions, she's averaging 9.796. She fell on both of her official beam routines but has hit four of her five exhibitions for an average of 9.579.

Daylee Ingalls: One of OSU's top vaulters, Ingalls has scored a 9.80 or better in seven of the nine meets she's competed in. She had a career-high 9.875 against California (2/14) and is averaging 9.808, second-best on the team. Ingalls has also competed on beam in nine 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: Jillson has scored a 9.90 or better on bars in OSU's last five meets, and she's won the event in four of those meets. She scored a 9.90 last week to tie for first in the final home meet of her career. She had career-high 9.95s to win against Utah (2/21) and California (2/14), and she had a 9.90 to win against Arizona State (2/7). She had a 9.925 at Washington (2/28) to place second in that competition. Jillson, who was a first team All-American on bars last year, ranks 13th in the nation on the event.

Meghan Jones: Jones had a career-high 9.85 on her vault last week to place second against Denver and Seattle Pacific. The second-place finish was the best ever for Jones on any event (she was third on bars with a 9.825 at Arizona earlier this year). She has now scored a 9.80 or better on vault in three of the four meets she's officially competed this year (she also performed five exhibitions). She's scored 9.80 or better on bars six times (seven counting one exhibition), with a 9.825 last week. She had a career-high 9.875 against Utah (2/21) and is averaging 9.768.

Heather Justus: Justus has been a mainstay on vault and floor all season. She's averaging 9.780 on floor and has had a season-high 9.825 four times, most recently at Washington (2/28). She's scored a 9.80 or better on vault in seven of the 10 meets. She had a career-high of 9.90 in the season opener and is averaging 9.730. 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: Lamun has put up strong numbers on all three of her events (bars, beam and floor) as a rookie. She has won floor in three of OSU's meets this year, has scored a career-high 9.925 twice and is averaging 9.813 on the event, with a 9.875 at the last two meets. She had a career-high 9.925 on beam against Utah (2/21) and had a 9.90 last week, placing second in that meet. She's scored a 9.80 or better on bars five times, with a high of 9.875 twice and an average of 9.703.

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 the team's second-best average at 9.853. 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 two wins on vault, most recently last week against Denver and Seattle Pacific with a 9.875, her second-best score of the year. Her other win came at Arizona (1/17) when she had a career-high 9.90. She's averaging 9.793 on that event, with six scores of 9.80 or better. On beam, she has four marks of 9.80 or better, with a career-high 9.825 twice, most recently last week. She's averaging 9.733 for the season.

Lindsay Nelson: Nelson, one of only two Beavers ever to score a 9.90 or better on all four events at least once in her career, has come on strong the last three meets, winning the all-around in two of them and placing second in the other. 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 tie for for the eighth best score in OSU history. She had a 39.475 to win at Washington (2/28) and had a 39.325 to place second against Denver and Seattle Pacific last week. She's scored 39-plus in seven of 10 meets this year for an average of 39.188, and she ranks 18th nationally. Nelson is also ranked on vault, checking in at a tie for 21st. She leads the Beavers with a 9.855 average, scoring 9.80 or better in every meet but one. She's had a career-high 9.925 twice and won the event with a 9.90 at Michigan State (1/10). Nelson also has OSU's best average on bars at 9.848, with a 9.80 or better in all but two meets. She had a career-high 9.925 against Utah and won the event at Arizona (1/17). She's averaging 9.810 on floor, with a season-high of 9.875 twice, most recently against Utah (her career-high of 9.90 came at last year's NCAA regional meet). She had a career-high 9.90 on beam in the season opener and had a 9.875 last week for her second-best score of the year. In all, she has five marks of 9.90 or better and 28 of 9.80 or better this year.

Tanya Ricioli: The All-American had the best meet of her college career last week against Denver and Seattle Pacific, winning four individual titles and setting career-highs in three of them. She won the all-around with a career-best 39.575, tying for the eight-best score in OSU history. She also won beam with a career-high 9.95 and tied her career-best of 9.925 to win floor. She also won bars with a 9.90, just missing her career-high of 9.925 (set against Cal on 2/14). Her four wins boosted her season win total to a team-best 12 (four all-around, three apiece on beam and floor, and two on bars) and earned her Pacific-10 Gymnast of the Week honors for the second time this year (she was also honored for her role in OSU's upset of No. 1 UCLA in January). With her 39.575, she became the first Beaver gymnast other than Chari Knight to score higher than 39.500 twice in the same season (Ricioli had a then-career-high of 39.525 in the season opener, a school record for the first meet of the year). She's scored 39.250 or better in eight of her nine all-around performances this year, averaging 39.314 and ranking 14th nationally. She's averaging a team-best 9.894 on beam, with five scores of 9.90 or better (including the last four meets), and ranks 11th in the nation. She also checked into the national rankings on bars this week, tying for 23rd. She's scored a 9.90 or better three times on that event and is averaging 9.811, second on the team. She has a team-best 9.856 average on floor, with four marks of 9.90 or better. Her best vault score, a 9.85, came in the season opener. She's had a 9.80 in two other meets, for an average of 9.753. In all, Ricioli has scored a 9.90 or better 12 times and a 9.80 or better 27 times this season.

Th�r�se Videan: Videan had her best meet of the season last week against Denver and Seattle Pacific, scoring a 9.80 or better on all three of her events for the first time in the same meet (although one of her routines was an exhibition). She matched her season-high of 9.85 on floor and had a 9.80 on her bar routine. Additionally, Videan scored a 9.85 on an exhibition vault, which would have been a season-high and earned her a share of second place had the score counted. She's competed on floor in every meet, averaing 9.723 with five 9.80-plus scores. She's also been in the lineup on bars in every meet, with a career-high 9.825 at Washington (2/28) and 9.80 marks in four other competitions for a 9.775 average. She's vaulted in every meet, although two of them have been as exhibitions. She had a season-high of 9.825 against Arizona State (2/7) and is averaging 9.745 including the two exhibitions.

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 six meets. She had a career-high 9.925 at Stanford (1/31) to place second and lead the Beavers in that meet, and she had a 9.90 three other meets, including the California contest (2/14) where she tied for first to claim her first individual title in collegiate competition. She chipped in a 9.80 against Denver and Seattle Pacific last week to improve her season average to 9.768, second-best on the team. She has also performed seven exhibition floor routines this year, with a high of 9.80.

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