No. 12 Gymnasts Look To Earn Fourth Consecutive Trip To Nationals
April 8, 2003
A trip to nationals at stake: The No. 12 Beavers (14-9) head to Columbia, Mo., for the NCAA South Central Regional Championships at 4 p.m. PDT on Saturday, April 12. Joining OSU will be No. 1 UCLA, No. 13 Iowa, No. 19 Arizona, Missouri and Illinois-Chicago. The top two teams will advance to the NCAA Championships at Nebraska from April 24-26. In addition, the top two all-arounders whose teams do not advance will qualify for the NCAA Championships, as will any gymnast who wins an individual event title.
OSU looks to build on Pac-10 performance: The Beavers finished with a 196.650 - its best road score of the year - to place fifth at the Pacific-10 Championships. After a disappointing start on beam in the first rotation, where OSU finished with a 48.375 and had to count a fall, the Beavers bounced back and had season-highs on the other three events. Elizabeth Jillson and Chrissy Lamun scored 10.0s on bars and floor, respectively, to win Pac-10 titles on those events. It was the first perfect score for both gymnasts and OSU's first Pac-10 titles since the 1999 season. Jillson's 10.0 capped off a school-record 49.525 bars total for OSU, and Lamun's 10.0 highlighted a season-high 49.550 team total on floor. OSU tied its season-high of 49.200 on vault, led by Lindsay Nelson's fifth-place 9.90.
Beavers to start on floor: Oregon State will start the regional competition on floor and will finish with a bye. The rotation order is determined by a blind draw. Following is the complete rotation order.
Vault Bye Bars Beam Bye FloorI Iowa Mizzou UIC Ariz UCLA OSUII OSU Iowa Mizzou UIC Ariz UCLAIII UCLA OSU Iowa Mizzou UIC ArizIV Ariz UCLA OSU Iowa Mizzou UICV UIC Ariz UCLA OSU Iowa MizzouVI Mizzou UIC Ariz UCLA OSU Iowa
Beavers against the field: OSU has already competed against two of its five regional opponents this year. The Beavers have faced top-ranked UCLA three times this year, with the Bruins winning twice (in Hawaii on Jan. 2 and at the Pac-10 Championships on March 29) and OSU winning once (at OSU on Jan. 24). UCLA leads the all-time series, 25-9. OSU and Arizona have met twice in 2003, with the Wildcats winning a dual meet at Arizona (Jan. 17) and the Beavers prevailing at the Pac-10 meet, keeping the series even at 18-18. OSU has never competed against Iowa or Illinois-Chicago, and the Beavers and Missouri have met just once - back in 1984, with the Beavers coming out ahead in that meet.
OSU's NCAA Regional history: Oregon State has won eight NCAA West Regional titles, the most recent in 1992. OSU has placed second in the last three competitions to earn back-to-back-to-back trips to the NCAA Championships. This will be the first time since the NCAA began seeding teams in 1999 that the Beavers will travel outside of the west region. OSU hosted the regional championship in 1999, 2000 and 2002, so the Beavers were able to stay at home. The Beavers were among the 18 seeded teams in 2001, but OSU didn't have to travel out of region as the Beavers were sent to west region host UCLA.
Two Beavers earn All-Pac-10 Team honors: Elizabeth Jillson and Chrissy Lamun were among the gymnasts honored on the 2003 Pacific-10 Gymnastics All-Conference Team. Jillson was recognized on bars for the second year in a row, while Lamun was honored on floor. The All-Pac-10 Team is made up of six all-arounders and three gymnasts on each of the four individual events. The team is determined by a combination of scores at the Pacific-10 Championships and Regional Qualifying Scores prior to the conference championship meet, with each weighing 50 percent. Both Jillson and Lamun scored 10.0s at the Pac-10 meet to win conference championships.
OSU in the rankings: In addition to being ranked 12th overall, the Beavers are seventh on bars, 12th on floor, 14th on vault and 20th on beam. Two gymnasts are ranked individually as well. Elizabeth Jillson is tied for 11th on bars. Tanya Ricioli is tied for 23rd on beam.
Beavers raise the bar record, again: For the second time this season, OSU has broken the school record on bars. The Beavers scored a 49.525 at the Pac-10 Championships (3/29), breaking the mark of 49.500 they set against Utah (2/21) earlier this year. Prior to this season, OSU's best ever score on the event was a 49.475, which came at the 1999 Pac-10 meet. OSU's most recent record-setting performance was highlighted by Elizabeth Jillson's 10.0 to win the Pac-10 title on the event. The Beavers also got a pair of career-high 9.90 marks from Chrissy Lamun and Thï¿½rï¿½se Videan at the conference meet. OSU also counted a 9.875 from Tanya Ricioli and a 9.85 from Lindsay Nelson. Nelson had a career-high of 9.925 against Utah in OSU's first record-setting bars performance this year, and Ricioli had a career-high 9.925 in another meet this season. Meghan Jones, who has also been in the bars lineup all season, had her career-high of 9.875 against Utah to help OSU set its first record this season. As a team, OSU ranks seventh nationally on the event.
Vaulting to the top: OSU's vault team has made significant strides from a year ago. The 2003 Beavers are averaging 49.077 and are ranked 14th in the country. Last year, OSU averaged 48.581 and topped the 49.00 mark in just two meets. OSU has scored a 49-plus in nine of 12 meets this year, with a high of 49.200 three times (most recently at the Pac-10 Championships). Six vaulters have competed a 10.0-valued vault, 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, and five of them have scored a 9.90 or better. Lindsay Nelson has 11 scores above a 9.80, including a 9.925 twice. Angela Morales has scored a 9.90 twice, and Meghan Jones, Heather Justus and Thï¿½rï¿½se Videan each have one 9.90 mark this season. OSU's other two vaulters, Daylee Ingalls and Tanya Ricioli, have highs of 9.875 and 9.85, respectively. Nelson leads the Beavers with a 9.860 average, and Morales' average of 9.806 is second.
Nelson in elite company: When Lindsay Nelson scored a career-high 9.925 on bars against Utah (2/21), she became only the second OSU all-arounder to score 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 Annie Campbell (9.975 on floor, 9.925 on vault and beam, 9.90 on bars) in the elite group. Seven other all-arounders have come close, with a 9.90 or better on three 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. Several non-all-arounders, including two current Beavers, have also scored a 9.90 or better on the three events they've competed. Chrissy Lamun has yet to compete on vault, but she's scored a 9.90 or better on bars, beam and floor. Thï¿½rï¿½se Videan has not competed on beam, but she's had scores of 9.90 or better on vault, bars and floor.
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 Elizabeth Jillson and Chrissy Lamun have five wins apiece. Lindsay Nelson has four, Angela Morales has three, 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.
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 been the OSU gymnastics team that's walking away victorious over the nation's best. OSU has beaten three teams that were ranked in the top six at the time of the competition. Those wins include one over one of the teams the Beavers will go up against in this week's regional meet. OSU beat No. 1 UCLA in a Jan. 24 dual meet, 195.750-95.475. OSU also beat then-No. 6 Arizona State (now ranked No. 3), 196.325-195.750, on Feb. 7 and posted a 196.900-196.325 win over then-No. 3 Utah (now No. 8) on Feb. 21.
24-for-24: OSU will be looking for its second 24-for-24 performance of the year at regionals. The Beavers hit all 24 routines at Michigan State on January 10, and OSU went 23-for-24 in three other meets this year. OSU has not counted a fall in six meets this year but has had to count at least one miss in six other competitions. Beam has given the team the most trouble, with OSU having to count at least one miss in five of those six meets. The Beavers had to count two falls on beam in three of those meets. OSU has had to count a fall on bars twice and a miss on vault once.
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 56-39-1 for the regular season and 94-72-1 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: Goehring has competed twice on bars and three times on beam, although she has performed several other exhibitions on the two events this season. She had a career-high 9.875 on bars against Utah (2/21), and she had a 9.825 against Cal (2/14) in her other official bar routine. Including five exhibitions, her season average is 9.782. She's had falls on her three official beam routines, but she's hit four of her five exhibitions, highlighted by a 9.90 against Denver and Seattle Pacific (3/7). She has competed once on floor, scoring a 9.65 against Utah in her first collegiate performance on the event.
Daylee Ingalls: Ingalls has been a key contributor on vault and beam for the Beavers this season. Her 9.803 average on vault ranks third on the team, and she's scored 9.80 or better in seven of the 10 meets she's competed the event. She had a career-high 9.875 against California (2/14) and had a 9.85 in two other meets. Ingalls has also competed on beam in 10 meets, with four marks of 9.80 or better, most recently picking up a 9.80 at the Pac-10 Championships. She matched her career-high from last year with a 9.85 in the Cal meet.
Elizabeth Jillson: Jillson heads into regionals fresh off her first career 10.0 on bars, which she scored at the Pac-10 Championships to claim of share of the title after placing in the top five on the event at the 2001 and 2002 conference championships. She was the fifth Beaver to receive a perfect score on bars and the fifth to win a Pac-10 title on the event. She has scored a 9.90 or better on bars six times this year and has won the event five times. Prior to her 10.0, she had a high score of 9.95 three times, including twice this season (Utah, 2/21, and California, 2/14). Jillson, who was a first team All-American on bars last year, is tied for 11th in the national rankings.
Meghan Jones: Jones has scored a 9.85 or better on vault in OSU's last three meets. She had a career-high 9.90 on her yurchenko full at BYU (3/15) and had a 9.85 at the Pac-10 Championships (3/29) and in the Shanico/Days Inn-vitational (3/7). She's competed vault six times and has scored a 9.80 or better in all but one of them. She's competed on bars in every meet but one (although she exhibitioned in that meet) and had a career-high 9.875 against Utah (2/21). She's scored 9.80 or better on the event eight times (nine counting her exhibition), including a 9.825 at Pac-10s. She's averaging 9.775.
Heather Justus: Justus has been a mainstay on vault and floor all season. She's averaging 9.788 on floor and has had a season-high 9.825 six times, including OSU's last two meets. She's scored a 9.80 or better on vault in seven of the 12 meets. She had a career-high of 9.90 in the season opener and is averaging 9.698. 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 scored her first career 10.0 on floor at the Pac-10 Championships to tie for the conference title on that event. She's the third Beaver to record a perfect score on floor and the fifth to win a Pac-10 Championship on the event. In addition, she's the first OSU gymnast to record a 10.0 as a freshman and the second Beaver to win a Pac-10 title as a freshman (Chari Knight won the first of her six Pac-10 titles in 1991, when she won bars her freshman year). With the win at Pac-10s, Lamun has now won the floor title in five of OSU's meets this year. Prior to her 10.0 routine at Pac-10s, Lamun's best score was a 9.95 at BYU (3/15), and she'd scored a 9.90 or better in three other meets as well. She's averaging 9.840 on the event. Lamun also had another career-high at the Pac-10 meet, posting a personal best of 9.90 on her bar routine. She'd had a 9.875 in two meets earlier in the season and has had a 9.80 or better six times this year. Her top beam score was a 9.925 against Utah (2/21), and she's scored a 9.80 or better four times on the event.
Angela Morales: Morales has been one of the most consistent gymnasts on the team. She's hit 35 of the 36 routines she's performed this year, missing only on beam in the first meet of the season. She has the team's second-best average on all three of the events she competes. Overall, her best event has been floor, where she averages 9.860. She's scored a career-high 9.925 three times, won the event once, and has scored a 9.80 or better in every meet but one. She averages 9.806 on vault and has two wins on the event. She's had a career-high 9.90 twice, both on the road (at Arizona and at BYU), and she's scored a 9.80 or better in eight meets. On beam, she has five marks of 9.80 or better. She had a career-high 9.85 at BYU and is averaging 9.744.
Lindsay Nelson: One of only two Beavers ever to score a 9.90 or better on all four events at least once in her career, Nelson has scored a 9.90 or better five times on vault (four times this season, with a high of 9.925 twice), and once each on the other three events (career-high of 9.925 on bars came against Utah this year, career-high of 9.90 on beam was in this year's season opener, and her career-best 9.90 on floor was at last year's NCAA West Regional Championship). Nelson is the only Beaver to compete all-around in all 12 meets this year, averaging 39.169. She had a career-high 39.575 (tying the eighth-best score in OSU history) against Utah to earn Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week honors for her role in OSU's upset of the then-No. 3 Utes. She also won at Washington (2/28), where she had a 39.475. Her 9.860 average on vault is the team's best. She's scored 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). She also had a 9.90 at the Pac-10 Championships to tie for fifth on the event. Nelson also has OSU's best average on bars at 9.846, 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 9.815 on floor, with a season-high of 9.875 twice, most recently at Pac-10s. She had a career-high 9.90 on beam in the season opener and has had five scores of 9.80 or better this year. In all, she has six marks of 9.90 or better and 34 of 9.80 or better this season.
Tanya Ricioli: The All-American is having the best season of her collegiate career. She's been named Pacific-10 Gymnast of the Week twice (first for her role in OSU's upset of No. 1 UCLA on 1/24 and again after winning four events in a win over then-No. 13 Denver and Seattle Pacific on 3/7). She's won a total of 12 individual titles this year (four all-around, three on beam and floor and two on bars). She's averaging 39.273 in 10 all-around appearances, highlighted by a career-best 39.575 against Denver and SPU to tie for the eighth-best score in school history. She had a 39.525 in the season opener and is one of only two Beavers to score higher than 39.500 twice in the same season. Her averages of 9.877 on beam and 9.868 on floor are the team's best this year. She had a career-high 9.95 on beam in the meet with Denver and SPU, and she's scored 9.90 or better five times. She's tied for 23rd nationally on the event. Ricioli had a career-high 9.95 on floor at the Pac-10 Championships to tie for fifth, and she's had a 9.90 or better in five other meets. Her 9.820 average on bars ranks second on the team. She had a career-high 9.925 against Cal (2/14) and has two other 9.90 marks. Her best vault score was a 9.85 in the season opener, and she's averaging 9.718 on the event. In all, Ricioli has scored a 9.90 or better 14 times and a 9.80 or better 32 times this season.
Thï¿½rï¿½se Videan: Videan heads into NCAA regional competition fresh off her best meet of the season at the Pac-10 Championships. She had a career-high of 9.90 on bars, tied her season-high of 9.85 on floor and had a 9.85 on vault for her second-best score of the year on that event. She's competed on bars and floor in all 12 meets this year, and she's vaulted in 10 of them (12, counting two exhibitions). She's averaging 9.788 on bars and has scored a 9.80 or better seven times. Prior to receiving the 9.90 at Pac-10s, her best score was a 9.825 against Utah (2/21). On floor, she's averaging 9.735, scoring above 9.80 six times with a high of 9.85 three times. Her vault average is 9.767, with three 9.80-plus marks (four including an exhibition). She had a season-best 9.90 at Brigham Young (3/15) to tie her career-high set as a freshman last year.
Elaine Yoder: Yoder has competed on beam in every meet, and she's put up some solid marks throughout the year. She had a career-high 9.925 at Stanford (1/31) and she's scored 9.90 in three other meets. She won the event for the first time in her collegiate career when she had a 9.90 against Cal (2/14) to tie for first. She's averaging 9.669 on the event. She has also performed seven exhibition floor routines this year, with a high of 9.80.