No. 8 Oregon State Ready for Home Opener Friday Against No. 2 UCLA

Jan. 10, 2005

This week's action: Oregon State returns to Gill Coliseum Friday night at 7 p.m. for the first time in 2005 with a home meet against two-time, defending national champion UCLA. Friday's meet is the first of a two-week homestand for the Beavers, who host No. 1 Utah Friday Jan. 21.

Moving on up: Oregon State entered the season ranked 12th according to the preseason NACGC coaches' poll. But an impressive season-opening performance resulted in a score of 195.20 as the Beavers won the quad meet hosted by Cal State Fullerton. The mark posted by OSU bumps the team up to No. 8 in the national rankings, which are based on highest score.

OSU vs. No. 2 UCLA: Having won the first meet of the season, OSU sits at 3-0 on the season, while UCLA was edged by No. 1 Utah at Provo. The Bruins posted an impressive score of 197.30 against the Utes. The Beavers trail in the all-time series 9-28 with the last victory coming in 2003 when OSU won 195.75 - 195.475. Last season the Beavers beat the Huskies on two occasions beating them 196.050-196.025 in a dual at Corvallis and again 197.075-196.425 at the Pac-10 Championships.

The Bruins' squad features three Olympians, Kate Richardson a two-time Olympian for Canada, and 2000 U.S. Olympians Kristen Maloney and Tasha Schwikert. UCLA comes to Corvallis following a season-opening loss at Utah. Despite the loss, the Bruins are ranked second after posting a 197.3 score. Currently, UCLA has the no. 1 team on the uneven bars, the balance beam and the vault, while the floor exercise team ranks eighth.

Taking the prize: Junior Angela Morales notched the top score on the vault scoring 9.90 to take the title at the Cal State Fullerton meet. Also posting high scores were senior Heather Justus and freshman Megan Devencenzi who tied for second with 9.875 scores. The Beavers had a pair of placers on the bars as well with senior Heidi Goehring and junior Chrissy Lamun taking second and third with scores of 9.825 and 9.80 respectively. Justus and Morales also tied for second on the floor exercise with career best scores of 9.95.

Beavers to host 2006 NCAA Championships: Oregon State and Gill Coliseum have been selected as the site of the NCAA Championships in 2006. OSU has twice previously hosted the event in 1990 and 1993 with the Beavers finishing seventh both times. Individually, both times Oregon State has hosted the Championships, a Beaver has become a national champion. In 1990, Joy Selig won on the beam and floor and in 1993 Amy Durham claimed the top spot on the floor.

The road to the championships: The 2005 NCAA Championships are set for April 21-23 at Auburn, Ala. Teams must place first or second at the NCAA Regional Championships on April 9 to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Regional hosts in 2005 are Washington (West), Nebraska (South Central), Alabama (Central), Florida (Southeast), Utah (North Central) and New Hampshire (Northeast). Oregon State has made 19 national championship appearances (16 NCAA, three AIAW) in 27 seasons. The Beavers have missed Nationals the past two seasons by the narrowest of margins, falling .025 short in 2003 and .050 short in 2004. Still there are five Beavers who competed for the last Oregon State squad to reach nationals (Heidi Goehring, Daylee Ingalls, Heather Justus, Lindsay Nelson, and Thérèse Videan).

Head coach Tanya Chaplin: Head coach Tanya Chaplin enters her eighth season as head gymnastics coach at Oregon State with a career record of 65-48-1 in the regular season and 113-87-1 overall. Tanya has led 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.

Associate head coach Michael Chaplin: After spending seven season as an assistant coach at Oregon State, Michael Chaplin has been promoted to associate head coach to begin his eighth season with the Beavers. Michael works primarily with OSU's vaulters and as the floor coach as well as serving as the recruiting coordinator for the Beavs. Michael was named the West Region Co-Assistant Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2003, sharing his most recent honor with fellow Beaver assistant Dick Foxal. He was a two-time All-American at UCLA and was a member of the Bruins' 1987 national championship team.

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