No. 14 Gymnasts Score 197.450 At No. 4 Utah

March 12, 2004

SALT LAKE CITY - The No. 14 Oregon State gymnastics team set a school record on beam but was narrowly edged out by No. 4 Utah 197.675-197.450 at the Huntsman Center. It was OSU's second-best score of the year and the fourth consecutive meet the Beavers have topped the 197 mark.

Four OSU gymnasts scored 9.90 or higher on beam as the Beavers turned in a school-record 49.600 on the final rotation. Chelsea Plourde (9.975), Tanya Ricioli-Hebron (9.95) and Angela Morales (9.90) all set or tied career-highs and Chrissy Lamun added another 9.90 for OSU as the Beavers broke the previous mark of 49.575 set in 2001.

Plourde ended up winning the event, and Heidi Goehring also pick up an individual win with a 9.925 to tie for first on bars. Ricioli-Hebron scored a 39.525 to place second in the all-around and tied an OSU record in the process. It was her 23rd career score of 39.00 or higher, tying Chari Knight for the most in OSU history.

'We've continued to push the envelope. Our goal is to improve each week,' coach Tanya Chaplin. 'We're going into finals week starting on Monday, and I was really pleased with the focus and mental effort they had tonight.'

The Beavers jumped out to a solid start with a 49.325 on bars. Goehring's 9.925 led the Beavers as she finished her third consecutive meet with a score above a 9.90. She ended up tying Utah's Melissa Vituj and Rachel Tidd for first place, giving Goehring her third consecutive victory on the event. Ricioli-Hebron added a 9.875 for OSU, and Plourde and Heather Justus gave the Beavers a pair of 9.85s. Lamun's 9.825 rounded out the counting scores for OSU.

Utah got off to an early lead with a 49.500 on vault, highlighted Rachel Tidd's first-place 9.975 and Kristen Riffanacht's 9.925.

OSU kept the momentum going with a 49.200 on vault, good for its second-best score of the year on the event. Plourde's 9.90 ended up tying for third, and Morales tied her season-high of 9.875 to place fifth. Th�r�se Videan turned in a 9.85, and Justus scored her fourth 9.80 of the year. Ricioli-Hebron's 9.775 was also counted.

The Utes scored a 49.525 on bars to improve their lead to 99.025-98.525 at the halfway point.

The Beavers narrowed the gap somewhat after posting a 49.325 on floor while Utah posted a 49.100 on beam to cut the lead to 148. 125-147.850 after three rotations. Ricioli-Hebron led OSU with a 9.925 on floor, and Lamun scored a 9.90. Morales added a 9.875, with Videan scoring 9.825. The Beavers also counted a 9.80 from Justus. Melissa Vituj led Utah with a 9.95 on beam, but the Utes had to count a 9.65 after their second competitor fell.

While OSU was setting its school record on beam, the Utes finished out with a 49.550 on floor. Vituj's 9.95 earned first place.


Team Scores: No. 4 Utah 197.675; No. 14 Oregon State 197.450

All-Around: 1. Melissa Vituj (Utah) 39.675; 2. Tanya Ricioli-Hebron (OSU) 39.525; 3. Annabeth Eberle (Utah) 39.450; 4. Chelsea Plourde (OSU) 39.400; 5. Chrissy Lamun (OSU) 39.275

Vault: 1. Rachel Tidd (Utah) 9.975; 2. Kristen Riffanacht (Utah) 9.925; T3. Chelsea Plourde (OSU), Annabeth Eberle (Utah) 9.90; 5. Angela Morales (OSU) 9.875; T6. Th�r�se Videan (OSU), Melissa Vituj (Utah), Stephanie Kim (Utah) 9.85; T9. Heather Justus (OSU), Veronique Leclerc (Utah) 9.80; 11. Tanya Ricioli-Hebron (OSU) 9.775; 12. Chrissy Lamun (OSU) 9.65 (OSU exhibition - Christa Piazza 9.425)

Bars: T1. Heidi Goehring (OSU), Rachel Tidd (Utah), Melissa Vituj (Utah) 9.925; T4. Nicolle Ford (Utah), Dominique D'Oliveira (Utah) 9.90; T6. Tanya Ricioli-Hebron (OSU), Annabeth Eberle (Utah) 9.875; T8. Heather Justus (OSU), Chelsea Plourde (OSU) 9.85; 10. Chrissy Lamun (OSU) 9.825; 11. Veronique Leclerc (Utah) 9.75; 12. Th�r�se Videan (OSU) 9.70

Beam: 1. Chelsea Plourde (OSU) 9.975; T2. Tanya Ricioli-Hebron (OSU), Melissa Vituj (Utah) 9.95; T4. Chrissy Lamun (OSU), Angela Morales (OSU), Nicolle Ford (Utah) 9.90; 7. Heidi Goehring (OSU) 9.875; 8. Natalie Nicoloff (Utah) 9.85, 9. Annabeth Eberle (Utah) 9.75; 10. Kristen Riffanacht (Utah) 9.65; T11. Elaine Yoder (OSU), Gabriella Onodi (Utah) 9.325 (OSU exhibition - Th�r�se Videan 9.30)

Floor: 1. Melissa Vituj (Utah) 9..95; T2. Tanya Ricioli-Hebron (OSU), Annabeth Eberle (Utah), Gritt Hoffman (Utah) 9.925; 5. Chrissy Lamun (OSU) 9.90; T6. Angela Morales (OSU), Stephanie Kim (Utah), Veronique Leclerc (Utah) 9.875; 9. Kristen Riffanacht (Utah) 9.85; 10. Th�r�se Videan (OSU) 9.825; 11. Heather Justus (OSU) 9.80; 12. Chelsea Plourde (OSU) 9.675 (OSU exhibition - Christa Piazza 9.775)

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