No. 20 Gymnasts Head To Bay Area To Face California

Jan. 27, 2004

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This week's action: The No. 20 Beavers hit the road after competing at home the last two weeks. OSU travels down to the Bay Area to take on California at 7:30 p.m., Friday, January 30.

Recapping last week's meet: OSU came from behind to defeat then-No. 9 Washington 196.050-196.025 on Friday, January 23. After having to count a fall on vault in the first rotation, the Beavers bounced back with season-high marks on the other three events. Chelsea Plourde won the all-around title for the second consecutive week, finishing with a 39.475 against the Huskies. She also tied for first on vault with a 9.85. Tanya Ricioli-Hebron won bars for the second week in a row, tying her career-high of 9.925 to tie for first against UW. The win gave coach Tanya Chaplin her 100th career victory. The meet will be replayed on FOX Sports Northwest four times. The first replay will air at 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 27. Additional replays will be shown February 1 (4 p.m.), February 2 (noon) and February 4 (1 p.m.).

Plourde makes her way into record books: Chelsea Plourde has only competed in three college meets, but she's already made her way into the Beaver record books. Her all-around score of 39.475 against Washington ties for the 16th best all-around score in OSU history. It's the second highest all-around score by a Beaver freshman. Only seven-time All-American Chari Knight, who had a 39.500 once as a freshman in 1991, scored higher than Plourde as a rookie. Plourde has averaged 39.267 in her first three meets, good enough to rank 22nd nationally.

Beavers get a rare January 196.00: Oregon State's score of 196.050 against Washington last week was the 24th best score in OSU history and marked just the second time the Beavers scored a 196.00 in the month of January. OSU had a 196.275 at Stanford on January 31 last year for the team's first ever 196.00 in a January.

Bars team posts top score in the country: Oregon State's 49.500 on bars against Washington just missed tying the school record of 49.525 set at last year's Pacific-10 Championships, but the 49.500 does tie for the top score in the nation this season (UCLA also had a 49.500 on the event last week). The rankings switched to season averages this week, however, so the Beavers dropped to No. 9 on the event. The team struggled on its dismounts in the season-opening Super Six Challenge, where two gymnasts fell on their dismounts and another took several steps as the team finished with a 48.225. In the last two weeks, though, the Beavers have scored 49.375 and 49.500. Tanya Ricioli-Hebron won the event in both those meets, with a 9.90 against Cal State-Fullerton and a career-high-tying 9.925 against Washington. Annie Campbell, Heidi Goehring and Chelsea Plourde all set or tied their career-highs with 9.90s against Washington. Chrissy Lamun had a season-high 9.875 against Washington, and Th�r�se Videan had a season-high 9.875 in the meet with Fullerton.

OSU vs. California: Oregon State is 35-2 all-time against California, including two wins last year. The Beavers beat the Golden Bears 197.025-194.550 in a dual meet in Corvallis. At the Pac-10 Championships at UCLA, OSU was fifth with a 196.650 to Cal's seventh-place 195.925.

A look at California: My-Lan Dodd, an NCAA individual qualifier last year, led the Golden Bears to a 195.950 score with wins over Arizona State (194.250), Utah State (193.925) and San Jose State (193.875) last week. Dodd won the all-around with a 39.625, .450 points ahead of teammate Karissa Chock, the second-place finisher.

Two senior all-arounders going for record: Tanya Ricioli-Hebron and Annie Campbell are chasing down Chari Knight for the school record for 39.00-plus all-around scores in a career. Knight had a school-record 23 such scores during her 1991-94 at OSU, but the record could fall this season. With a 39.400 and a 39.075 so far this year, Ricioli-Hebron has upped her total to 17 career 39.00-plus performances. Campbell had a 39.350 against Washington last week, improving her career total to 16 meets at 39.00 or higher. 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 (Knight owns the school record of 39.750, set in 1993, as well as the next two highest scores.). Ricioli-Hebron had her career-high of 39.575 last season.

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).

Road to NCAA Championships goes through Corvallis: For the fourth time in six years, the road to the NCAA Championships will go through Corvallis, as Oregon State will host an NCAA Regional Championship meet for the 13th time (OSU last hosted in 2002). This year's regional competition is set for April 6. Six teams will compete at each of the six regional sites, with the top two teams at each regional advancing to the NCAA Champiomships, to be held at UCLA from April 15-17. Oregon State has made it to nationals the last two times the Beavers hosted a regional competition (2000 and 2002; OSU also went to nationals in 2001, when it competed at UCLA for regionals).

Head Coach Tanya Chaplin: Head coach Tanya Chaplin, in her seventh season as head gymnastics coach at OSU, picked up her 100th career win last week against Washington, the team she spent seven years as an assistant coach with before taking over the OSU program. After last week's win, Chaplin's career record stands at 58-40-1 for the regular season and 100-75-1 including postseason competition. During her time at OSU, Chaplin has guided the Beavers to three 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. Formerly Tanya Service, she was a six-time All-American and held six school records while competing for UCLA from 1986-89.

Gymnast Notes
Annie Campbell:
The senior all-arounder is back in action after missing all of last season while rehabbing from an Achilles injury suffered the week prior to the 2002 NCAA Championships. After opening the season with all-around scores of 38.650 and 38.875 in the first two meets this year, Campbell returned to top form against Washington last week, scoring a 39.350 with 9.90s in three events. She tied her career-high of 9.90 on bars (she also had a 9.90 once in 2002), and added 9.90 marks on beam and floor as well. She had a 9.65 on vault against the Huskies. The three 9.90s were her first of the season; prior to the meet with Washington, her top scores were a 9.85 on floor and a 9.825 on beam, both at the Super Six Challenge. Her top bars score was a 9.775 against Cal State-Fullerton. She's had a 9.65 on vault in all three meeets.

Heidi Goehring: For the second week in a row, Goehring set a personal best on bars. A week after tying her best of 9.875 against Cal State-Fullerton (she had a similar score once in 2003), Goehring improved on that mark with a 9.90 against Washington last week. She's upgraded her dismount to a full twisting double layout, one of the skills that gave her trouble at the Super Six Challenge (she fell at the first meet). Goehring also has performed exhibitions on beam the last two weeks, scoring 9.775 both times.

Heather Justus: Justus has led off the vault lineup in all three meets this year. Her top score was a 9.675 at the Super Six Challenge. She had a 9.625 against Cal State-Fullerton, but fell against Washington last week. Justus performed her first exhibition on bars last week as well, receiving a 9.85 score on that routine.

Chrissy Lamun: Although she's the reigning Pacific-10 co-champion on floor, Chrissy's best event this year has been bars. She had a team-best 9.80 at the Super Six Challenge and has followed up with 9.875 marks the last two weeks to lead the team with a 9.85 average on the event. She tied for the team-high of 9.825 on beam at the season opener, although she has fallen at the last two meets. Chrissy, who scored a 10.0 to win a share of the Pac-10 floor title last year, scored a season-best 9.875 on her new routine last week after struggling with her opening tumbling run in the first two meets.

Angela Morales: Morales continues to be solid as the team's lead-off performer on beam, with a 9.675 against Washington last week. She had a season-best 9.775 against Cal State-Fullerton, good for the team's top score at that meet. She had a season-high 9.875 on floor against Washington, good for her first 9.80 score on any event this year. Her top vault score was 9.675 against Cal State-Fullerton.

Chelsea Plourde: The freshman is making an immediate on the Beaver squad, finishing as the team's top all-arounder in all three meets. She's won the all-around at the last two, with a 39.475 against Washington and a 39.225 against Cal State-Fullerton. She was sixth with a 39.100 at the Super Six Challenge. With an average of 39.267 in those three meets, Plourde ranks 22nd nationally. Plourde also has won or tied for first on vault at the last two meets, tying for first with a season-high 9.85 against Washington and winning with a 9.80 against Fullerton. She led the Beavers with a season-high 9.925 on beam and had a season-best 9.90 on bars against Washington en route to the 39.475 - the second-best ever all-around score by a Beaver freshman. Plourde's top score of 9.825 on floor came against Cal State-Fullerton.

Tanya Ricioli-Hebron: The All-American had her best meet so far this season last week against Washington, finishing with season-highs on all four events to tie for second in the all-around with a season-best 39.400. She won bars for the second week in a row, tying her career-best set last year with a 9.925, a week after leading the team with a first-place 9.90 against Cal State-Fullerton. Ricioli-Hebron also had season-highs of 9.90 on floor, 9.875 on beam and 9.70 on vault in the meet with Washington. In addition to her two wins on bars, she has one win on floor, tying for first with a 9.85 against Cal State-Fullerton.

Th�r�se Videan: Videan is the lead-off performer on OSU's bars team, and she's gotten the team off to a good start in all three meets. She had a season-high 9.875 against Cal State-Fullerton to go along with a 9.825 against Washington and a 9.775 at the Super Six Challenge for an average of 9.817. She had a season-best 9.80 on floor against Fullerton, and her vault score of 9.75 in that same meet also is her season-best.

Elaine Yoder: Yoder has competed on beam in all three meets, and she's put up solid marks both times, with season-highs of 9.775 at the Super Six Challenge as well as last week against Washington. She had 9.70 against Cal State-Fullerton.

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