No. 14 Gymnasts Head To No. 4 Utah For Final Dual Meet

March 9, 2004

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This week's action: The No. 14 Beavers travel to No. 4 Utah for their final dual meet of the season. OSU will take on the Utes at 6 p.m. PST, Friday, March 12.

Beavers go 24-for-24 to set school record and win Salbasgeon Suites Invitational: OSU went 24-for-24 for the first time this season, scoring a 49.400 or better on all four events to finish with a school record 197.675 to win the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational last week. It was the third week in a row the Beavers had topped the 197 mark; they had scored 197.175s in their previous two meets. OSU gymnasts won or tied for first on every event in the Salbasgeon meet. Chelsea Plourde won the all-around (39.650) and vault (9.975) titles. Heidi Goehring won bars for the second week in a row with another 9.95, and Chrissy Lamun had a 9.95 to win the beam title. Tanya Ricioli-Hebron tied for first on floor with a 9.925. Fox Sports Northwest will air a one-hour replay of the meet, with the first replay scheduled forMarch 13 at 6 p.m. Additional replays will air on March 15 (2 p.m.) and March 17 (7 p.m.).

Plourde named Pac-10 Co-Gymnast of the Week: Chelsea Plourde's 39.650 performance in last week's Salbasgeon Suites Invitational earned her Pac-10 Co-Gymnast of the Week honors, sharing the honor with ASU's Ashley Kelly. Plourde's 39.650 broke her own OSU freshman record and tied for the second highest all-around score in school history. She won vault with a career-high 9.975 and placed second on bars with a career-high 9.925. She was third on floor with a 9.90 and added a 9.85 on beam.

OSU vs. Utah: Oregon State is just 6-28 all-time against Utah, but the Beavers did pick up one of those wins last year when OSU defeated the Utas 196.900-196.325 in a dual meet in Corvallis. OSU has never beaten Utah in Salt Lake City.

A look at Utah: Utah jumped to No. 4 in the latest rankings after scoring 197.950 at Washington last week, good for the highest away score and third best score overall in Utah history. The week before, Utah had a 198.050 at home for the second-best score in program history. Two Utes are ranked among the nation's top all-arounders. Annabeth Eberle is fourth, and Melissa Vituj is 18th. Vituj is also ninth on floor, 15th on beam and 18th on vault. Eberle is second on vault and 21st on floor. Rachel Tidd is ninth on vault and 10th on bars.

Plourde highest ranked freshman all-arounder in the country: Chelsea Plourde ranks 17th in the nation as an all-arounder, and she's the highest ranked freshman in the country. She's averaging 39.414 in nine all-around appearances and has been OSU's top finisher in eight meets. She had a high score of 39.650 last week - breaking her own OSU freshman record and tying for the second-best score in OSU history. She's also ranked 22nd on beam, with two 9.95s on the event. Tanya Ricioli-Hebron is tied for 21st on floor; she has a high of 9.95 on that event.

Ricioli-Hebron looking to tie record: Tanya Ricioli-Hebron has scored 39-plus in the all-around in seven of the nine meets this season, moving her closer to Chari Knight's school record of 23 career all-around performances with scores of 39 or higher. After her 39.525 last week, Ricioli-Hebron has 22 scores of 39 or higher, needing just one more to tie Knight for the school record. Knight, who competed from 1991-1994, also holds the school record for a single-meet score with a 39.750 in 1993. Another senior all-arounder, Annie Campbell, entered the year also chasing that record, but a knee injury has since sidelined her. Campbell has scored a 39-plus in 16 meets during her career, but she's missed the last six meets because of the injury.

Back-toback season-highs keep beam team No. 7: OSU's beam team had a season-high 49.400 in the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational last week after posting a then-season-high 49.375 against Stanford the week before. The back-to-back season-highs have kept the beam team ranked seventh in the country in the last two rankings. The Beavers were ranked 10th prior to jumping up to seventh. Chelsea Plourde, who ranks 22nd nationally on the event, has scored 9.90 or better four times this year - including two 9.95 performances. Chrissy Lamun has also scored 9.95 (last week), and she has a 9.925 as well. Heidi Goehring, Tanya Ricioli-Hebron and Elaine Yoder all have season-highs of 9.875. Annie Campbell, who has missed the last six meets with an injury, had scored as high as 9.90 before being sidelined.

Bars team ranked ninth: Oregon State's bars team is ranked ninth in the country, and the Beavers are averaging 49.300 - the best of any of the four events. OSU has scored 49.100 or higher in the last eight meets, including 49.425 last week. The Beavers had a season-high 49.500 against Washington, just missing the school record by .025. Five gymnasts have scored a 9.90 or higher this season. Heidi Goehring has had a career-high 9.95 in the last two meets for the highest score by any OSU gymnast this year, and she had a 9.90 in another meet. Chrissy Lamun, Chelsea Plourde and Tanya Ricioli-Hebron all have highs of 9.925. Annie Campbell had scored as high as 9.90 before her injury.

A look at the rankings: It's easy to get confused by the rankings, especially the last two weeks. Two weeks ago, the Beavers lost to Stanford but moved up from 16th to 13th in the rankings. Last week, though, OSU defeated five teams and has a school record score, but dropped from 13th to 14th. In gymnastics, wins and losses aren't as important as the scores, because that's how the rankings are calculated. Rankings are based on Regional Qualifying Scores (RQS), which determine how teams are seeded for NCAA Regional Championships. The RQS is factored by taking a team's (or individual's) top three scores from away meets and the team's three other highest scores (can be home or away). Of those six, the high score is dropped and the remaining five are averaged to obtain the RQS. Oregon State currently has an RQS of 196.710, which ranks 14th nationally. OSU will improve its RQS by scoring anything higher than 195.550 at Utah this week.

That sounds like a broken record: OSU's floor score of 49.700 against Stanford two weeks ago broke the school record of 49.625 set at the 2002 NCAA Regional Championships. OSU followed the Stanford meet with a 49.450 floor score at the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational, good for the team's second-best score of the year on the event. With the exception of Chrissy Lamun (who scored a 10.0 to win the Pac-10 title last year), every gymnast in the floor lineup has set or tied a career-high in one of the last two meets. Chelsea Plourde and Tanya Ricioli-Hebron scored 9.95s to tie Lamun for first place in the meet against Stanford. The 9.95 was a season-high for all three. It tied a career-high for Ricioli-Hebron and was a new personal best for Plourde. Angela Morales tied her career-high with a 9.925, and Th�r�se Videan set a new career-high with a 9.925 against Stanford. OSU didn't count a then-season-high 9.85 from Heather Justus, who tied her career-high of 9.875 (set as a freshman in 2002) in last week's Salbasgeon Suites Invitational. OSU is ranked 16th in the national rankings on floor.

The Fab Four: Only four gymnasts in OSU history have scored a 9.90 or better on all four events at least once, and all four are on this year's roster. Two have joined the elite group in the last three weeks. Tanya Ricioli-Hebron scored her first career 9.90 on vault at UCLA to become the third Beaver to join the group, and Chelsea Plourde followed a week later when she scored a 9.95 on floor against Stanford. Plourde, who also has highs of 9.975 on vault, 9.95 on beam and 9.925 on bars, is the first freshman to score a 9.90 on all four events. Ricioli-Hebron, a senior, first reached the 9.90 mark on beam and floor as a freshman in 2000 and earned her first 9.90 on bars as a sophomore in 2002 (she now has highs of 9.95 on beam and floor and 9.925 on bars). Her previous career-high on vault was a 9.875 set her freshman year. Fellow seniors Annie Campbell and Lindsay Nelson - both currently sidelined with injuries - are the other two gymnasts who have at least one 9.90 on every event; both were juniors when they reached the milestone.

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 3. 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). Tickets for the regional meet are available at the OSU Ticket Office (1-800-GO-BEAVS). Reserved seats are available for $12; general admission tickets are $8, with a $3 GA rate available to OSU students and children.

OSU's depth gets tested this season: The Beavers, who have already lost three gymnasts to season-ending injuries, have put their depth to another test in recent weeks. Annie Campbell, an all-arounder in the first three meets, had arthroscopic knee surgery six weeks ago and has missed the last six meets. Her status will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis. Out for the season are Lindsay Nelson, an all-arounder last season, Daylee Ingalls, a vault/beam competitor last year, and Meghan Jones, a vault/bars performer last season. Ingalls and Nelson are out with knee injuries. Jones suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car in September and is rehabbing in her hometown of Medford, Ore.

Head coach Tanya Chaplin: Head coach Tanya Chaplin is in her seventh season as head gymnastics coach at OSU. She enters this week's meet with a 64-44-1 record for regular season action and is 106-79-1 including postseason competition. 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:
Annie has missed the last six meets after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery six weeks ago. Her status will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis. Prior to the knee injury, Annie had competed as an all-arounder in three meets. After opening the year with all-around scores of 38.650 and 38.875 in the first two meets, Campbell returned to top form against Washington, scoring a 39.350 with 9.90s in three events. She tied her career-high of 9.90 on bars (she 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 had a 9.65 on vault in all three meeets. Annie missed all of last season to rehab from an Achilles injury suffered the week prior to the 2002 NCAA Championships.

Heidi Goehring: Heidi has won bars at the last two meets, scoring career-high 9.95 marks both times to pick up her first collegiate event titles. She has now scored 9.80 or better on her last eight bar routines. She had a then-career-high 9.90 against Washington, and she's scored 9.875 in two other meets. Goehring also has replaced Campbell in the beam lineup at the last six meets, and she has scored 9.825 or better in the last five. She had career-highs of 9.875 at UCLA and in last week's Salbasgeon Suites Invitational, and she had a 9.85 against Stanford. Prior to this season, her career-high was a 9.80 set at the 2002 NCAA Championships - where she also filled in for Campbell, who was injured just prior to that meet as well.

Heather Justus: Heather had her best meet of the season last week, when she tied her career-highs on two events and matched her season-high on another. She had a 9.875 on floor, matching her personal best set as a freshman in 2002, and her 9.85 on bars tied a career-high set earlier this season. She added her third 9.80 of the year on vault last week. Heather has scored 9.825 or better on her last four floor routines, and she's scored 9.80 or better on her last three bar routines.

Chrissy Lamun: Chrissy, normally a regular on three events, has competed all-around at the last six meets after joining the vault lineup while filling in for Campbell. She's finished with 39-plus scores four times, including a personal best 39.300 in last week's Salbasgeon Suites Invitational, when she had a career-high 9.95 to win beam. She added a 9.875 on floor, a 9.80 on bars and a 9.675 on vault. Chrissy's best event overall this year has been bars, averaging 9.850 to rank second on the team. She had a career-high 9.925 at UCLA after tying her previous best of 9.90 against Arizona the week before. She's also scored three 9.875s on the event this year. Chrissy has scored 9.90 or higher three times on floor, with a season-high of 9.95 against Stanford. Prior to her 9.95 beam routine last week, she had a season-high 9.925 vs. Arizona. She's scored 9.825 or better seven times, including the last six meets. On vault, she had a career-high 9.70 against Arizona. Chrissy has won five individual titles this year, with two on floor and beam and one on bars. In all, she has scored a 9.80 or higher 20 times this year, eight times on bars, seven on beam and five on floor. Chrissy is the reigning Pac-10 co-champion on floor, scoring a 10.0 at last year's Pac-10 Championships.

Angela Morales: Angela is one of the team's most consistent gymnasts, hitting 26 of 27 routines so far this season after going 38 for 39 as a freshman last year. Her best event this year has been floor, where she's had two 9.925s (tying her career-high from last year) and a 9.90. She's scored 9.80 or better in the last seven meets and won the event with her 9.90 against Arizona. Angela has scored 9.85 or better on vault in five of the last six meets, with a high of 9.875 against Arizona. Her top beam score was a 9.85 against Stanford to tie her personal best from a year ago. She has two 9.775 this season as well.

Chelsea Plourde: The freshman is having an outstanding rookie season. She has been OSU's top all-arounder in eight of the nine meets and ranks 17th in the nation as an all-arounder - the highest ranking of any freshman in the country. She's averaging 39.414, with a career-best 39.650 last week to break her own OSU freshman record (she'd had a 39.525 twice already this season; Chari Knight had a 39.500 in 1991). The 39.650 earned a share of Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week honors and ties for the second-highest score in OSU history. Chelsea has personal bests of 9.975 on vault, 9.95 on beam and floor, and 9.925 on bars, making her the first OSU freshman ever to score 9.90 or better on all four events at least once. Plourde has the team's top averages on all four events - 9.847 on vault, 9.858 on bars, 9.872 on beam, and 9.836 on floor. In addition to ranking among the nation's top all-arounders, she's tied for 22nd on beam. Plourde has won 14 individual titles this season, with five all-around wins to go along with four wins on vault, three on beam, and one apiece on bars and floor. She's scored 9.90 or higher 11 times, and 32 of the 36 routines she's competed have earned scores of 9.80 or better (seven apiece on each of the four events). All 36 of her scores have counted in the team totals this season.

Tanya Ricioli-Hebron: The All-American has competed all-around in all nine meets this year, with a season-high 39.525 twice - in last week's Salbasgeon Suites Invitational and at UCLA. She's scored 39.00 or higher in seven meets, moving her closer to Chari Knight's school record of 23 career 39-plus performances. Ricioli-Hebron enters this week's meet with 22 such performances, so another 39-plus effort this week would give a tie for the record. The senior has won seven individual titles this year, most recently tying for first on floor with a 9.925 last week. In all, she's won four titles on floor and three on bars. She's scored 9.90 or higher on six of her last seven floor routines, highlighted by a career-high-tying 9.95 against Stanford. She's scored 9.90 or better five times on bars, with a high of 9.925 against Washington to tie her career-high. On vault, she's scored 9.825 or better in the last five, with a career-high 9.90 twice. Her first 9.90 vault made her the third Beaver to record a 9.90 on all four events at least once in a career. Although her season-high on beam is a 9.875, she's scored as high as 9.95 on that event. She's scored 9.825 or better six times on the event this year. In all, she has a total of 13 scores of 9.90 or higher and 26 scores of 9.80 or higher this season. With her two 39.525 all-around scores, she became the second Beaver to score 39.500 or higher four times in a career (she had a 39.525 and a 39.575 last season).

Th�r�se Videan: Th�r�se had one of her best meets of the season last week, when she scored 9.85 or better on all three of her events. She had a season-high 9.875 on vault, bettering her previous of 9.80, and her 9.875 on floor was her second-best score of the year on that event (she had a career-high 9.925 against Stanford). She added a 9.85 on bars, also her second-best score of the season (she had a 9.875 against Washington). Th�r�se, the team's lead-off performer on bars, has scored 9.80 or better seven times on the event this season. She has six scores of 9.80 or better on floor, including marks of 9.85 or higher in the last three meets. She's scored 9.80 or better twice on vault.

Elaine Yoder: Elaine has competed on beam in all nine meets, and she's scored 9.85 or better on her last three routines. She's had season-highs of 9.875 in the last two meets, and she had a 9.85 at UCLA. The 9.875 against Stanford was the team's second-best in that meet, and her 9.875 in the Salbasgeon Invitational last week tied for the second-best score for OSU.

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