No. 20 Gymnasts Host Cal State-Fullerton In Friday's Home Opener

Jan. 13, 2004

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The home opener: The No. 20 Beavers will compete at home in Gill Coliseum for the first time this year when they host Cal State-Fullerton on Friday, January 16 at 7 p.m. Reserved seats are available for $10; general admission seating is $6 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and children. OSU will sign autographs after the meet.

Follow the meet on the internet: Fans unable to attend Friday's meet can follow along on the internet at www.osubeavers.com, where updates will be provided throughout the evening.

48 hours: For Oregon State, the biggest challenge of the Super Six Challenge was just getting there, as snow and ice in the Northwest caused the Beavers to spend nearly 48 hours just traveling to Tuscaloosa. OSU left Corvallis at 7 p.m. Tuesday to head to Portland for a flight Wednesday morning. The drive, usually less than two hours, took three and a half hours because of icy roads. The team then left the hotel at 6:15 a.m. for the airport, where it stayed for 10 hours while waiting for updates on delays, cancellations and rebookings. The Beavers eventually boarded a bus for a four-hour drive to Seattle, where they would catch a 6:30 flight to Cincinnati the next morning. OSU finally arrived in Tuscaloosa at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, missing its scheduled practice on Thursday but still in time for the competition on Friday.

Recapping the Super Six Challenge: Oregon State scored a 193.775 to finish fifth at the Super Six Challenge, which No. 3 Alabama won (196.725), followed by No. 7 Florida (195.950), No. 2 Georgia (195.550), and No. 13 Oklahoma (195.275). No. 18 Denver was sixth with a 193.600. Oregon State had several misses, many of which coach Tanya Chaplin attributed to the team's fatigue from all the travel. Still, the Beavers had several solid routines. Annie Campbell, competing for the first time since an achilles injury just before the 2002 NCAA Championships, had a 9.85 on floor for OSU's highest score on any event. Campbell was also one of four Beavers with a 9.825 on beam; Chrissy Lamun, Chelsea Plourde and Tanya Ricioli-Hebron also had similar scores. Lamun had the team's top bars score at 9.80, and Plourde had the top vault score with a 9.775. Plourde finished with a 39.100 all-around score to finish sixth overall in her first collegiate competition.

Beavers beaming with six-for-six performance: Oregon State was the only team to hit all six of its beam routines at the Super Six Challenge. OSU's 49.075 team score on the event was second at the competition and was good enough to put the Beavers in eighth place in the national rankings for that event. Four Beavers tied for 10th in the individual standings at the Super Six meet, with Annie Campbell, Chrissy Lamun, Chelsea Plourde and Tanya Ricioli-Hebron all scoring 9.825 marks. OSU also counted Elaine Yoder's 9.775, throwing out a 9.70 from Angela Morales.

Freshman makes immediate impact in debut: Freshman Chelsea Plourde wasted little time making her presence known on the competition floor. She hit all four of her routines to finish as OSU's top all-arounder in her first collegiate competition. She had one of the team's top three scores on all four events. She tied for the team-high of 9.825 on beam and had the team's best score on vault with a 9.775. Plourde also added a 9.775 on bars, the second-best score on that event, and her 9.725 floor score was third on the team. Her all-around score of 39.100 placed sixth for the meet.

Two senior all-arounders going for record: Seniors Annie Campbell and Tanya Ricioli-Hebron each enter their final season with 15 career all-around scores of 39.00 or higher, tying them for second on OSU's career list. They need eight more to tie seven-time All-American Chari Knight for the school record of 39-plus performances. Knight had 23 such scores from 1991 to 1994, including a school record 39.750 in 1993. Campbell had a career-high 39.625 in 2001, tying for the fourth highest all-around score in OSU history and the highest by someone other than Knight. Ricioli-Hebron had her career-high of 39.575 last season. She had a 39.525 in last year's season opener, good for the highest all-around score by a Beaver in the first meet of a season.

OSU vs. Cal State-Fullerton: Oregon State is 11-7 all-time against Cal State-Fullerton. The teams last met in 2002, when the teams met twice. OSU defeated the Titans 194.400-193.950 in a dual meet in Fullerton, and the Beavers also topped the Titans 195.800-194.975 in a quad meet at Arizona State.

A look at Cal State-Fullerton: The Titans opened the 2004 season last week at home against California, with the Golden Bears winning 193.125-192.625. Oregon State is 11-7 all-time against Cal State-Fullerton. Erica Ficarotta won the floor title with a 9.875, while Kristy Parker and Kim Runciman tied for the beam title with a 9.725. Cal State Fullerton did not have anyone compete 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 56-40-1 for the regular season and 98-75-1 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.

Injuries hit early on: OSU's depth will get a true test this season, as the Beavers have already lost three gymnasts for the season. Meghan Jones suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car in Corvallis on September 20. She is continuing her rehabilation in her hometown of Medford, Ore. In addition, Daylee Ingalls and Lindsay Nelson both have been sidelined with season-ending knee injuries. The trio accounted for eight routines last season. Nelson competed as an all-arounder (high of 39.575), Jones was in the vault (high of 9.90) and bars (9.875) lineups, and Ingalls competed vault (9.875) and beam (9.85).

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