No. 12 Oregon State Recovers From Jittery Start to Win First Meet

Jan. 7, 2005

FULLERTON, Calif. - The No. 12 Oregon State gymnastics team scored 195.20 to top No. 21 Washington (194.625), Cal State Fullerton (193.225) and Sacramento State (192.275) at Titan Gymnasium Friday night.

The Beavers had to count a fall from the balance beam, their first event of the night, but recovered to have a solid night the rest of the way.

Junior Angela Morales claimed the vault title with a score of 9.90 and the Beavers had several other top three performances with freshman Megan Devencenzi and senior Heather Justus tying for second on vault with marks of 9.875. Senior Heidi Goehring, 9.825, and junior Chrissy Lamun, 9.80, took second and third in the uneven bars, while Justus and Morales tied for second on the floor exercise with scores of 9.950.

'We struggled early with the beam,' said head coach Tanya Chaplin. 'But I am very pleased with how they fought through the rest of beam and continued to improve event by event.'

Oregon State's season got off to a bit of a rocky start when they were forced to count a fall from the balance beam. But solid scores of 9.725 and 9.75, by Lamun and Chelsea Plourde respectively, to finish the event got the Beavers headed in the right direction.

When the Beavers took got to the floor exercise for their next rotation, they had erased gotten the first-meet jitters out their system with an impressive performance that netted a 49.525 score. The 9.95 routines of Justus and Morales, along with a 9.925 by Thérèse Videan helped to push the Beavers into second place after two rotations. All five counting scores for the Beavers matched or set personal bests.

The Beavers attacked the vaulting table with a five-for-six effort on finishing with a 49.050. Freshman Courtney Dennison led off for the Beavers with a 9.60, and Devencenzi followed her 9.875. Justus finished the scoring for OSU with a score of 9.875 and Daylee Ingalls added a 9.80. Redshirt freshman Kim Sedlak, competing in her first gymnastics competition in four years, recorded a solid 9.85 on vault in an exhibition.

Oregon State managed to extend its slim lead over the Huskies with a solid performance on the uneven bars. Goehring posted the high-score for the bars team with a 9.825 to secure the victory. Lamun, 9.80, and Plourde, 9.775, provided excellent routines and Videan and senior Lindsay Nelson notched 9.75 scores to complete the scoring for OSU.

The Beavers return to Corvallis for their first home meet of the season next Friday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. against two-time defending national champion UCLA at Gill Coliseum.


Team Scores: No. 12 Oregon State 195.20, No. 21 Washington 194.625, Cal State Fullerton 193.225, Sacramento State 192.275.
Vault: 1. Angela Morales (OSU) 9.90; T2. Megan Devencenzi (OSU), Heather Justus (OSU), Jessica Hoffman (SAC) 9.875. Other OSU Scores: Daylee Ingalls 9.80; Courtney Dennison 9.60; Thérèse Videan 8.35.
Bars: 1. Alexis Tsurumoto (SAC) 9.85; 2. Heidi Goehring (OSU) 9.825; 3. Chrissy Lamun (OSU), Meloney Greer (SAC) 9.80. Other OSU Scores: Chelsea Plourde 9.775; Lindsay Nelson 9.75; Thérèse Videan 9.75; Heather Justus 9.45.
Beam: 1. Carly Dockendorf (UW) 9.825; T2. Stefanie Aeder (SAC), Kelly McDonald (UW) 9.80. OSU Scores: Chelsea Plourde 9.75; Chrissy Lamun 9.725; Daylee Ingalls 9.55; Claire Pierce 9.45; Heidi Goehring 9.25; Angela Morales 9.10.
Floor: 1. Carly Dockendorf (UW) 10.0; T2. Heather Justus (OSU), Angela Morales (OSU), Chelsea Bakken (UW), Tacia LaBatte (UW) 9.95. Other OSU Scores: Thérèse Videan 9.925; Heidi Goehring 9.875; Claire Pierce 9.825; Megan Devencenzi 9.20.
All-Around: 1. Carly Dockendorf (UW) 39.30; 2. Erica Ficarrotta (CSUF) 39.00; 3. Brittany Hoffman (CSUF) 38.675.

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