Oregon State Gymnastics Weekly Release: Week 4

Jan. 24, 2005

This week's action: The Beavers (3-2) return to the road this week traveling to the Bay Area for a dual meet at Stanford (0-1). The Cardinal are coming off of a close loss at No. 22 Washington Friday night. Stanford is currently unranked but finished third at the 2004 NCAA Championships.

OSU vs. Stanford: The Cardinal have only competed once this season after postponing their first meet until last Friday at Washington, which explains their status as unranked. Oregon State leads the all-time series 18-15 but have lost the last nine meetings with the Cardinal. The last victory for the Beavers came at the NCAA Regionals in Corvallis in 2000.

Stanford is led by junior Natalie Foley, who earned first-team, All-America honors in 2004 on the vault, bars, floor and all-around, while earning second-team honors on the beam. Foley is the reigning Pac-10 All-Around Champion and has received All-America honors eight times. Junior Glyn Sweets earned All-America accolades on vault and beam as a freshman before suffering through an injury riddled season in 2004.

Last week vs. No. 1 Utah: The Beavers got off to a good start hitting six-for-six on the vault for the first time this season. Although Utah held the lead throughout the meet, Oregon State showed improvement in most areas over last week. OSU posted scores of 9.8 or better on each apparatus after failing to do so the week prior, largely due to extremely tight scoring. Thérèse Videan tallied a 9.85 on the bars and Chrissy Lamun notched a 9.825 on the beam, the best scores that the Beavs have accomplished in 2005.

The OSU gymnasts finally showed their potential on the beam matching the Utes' effort with a 48.875 score, the best of the season for the Beavers which includes six season-highs including a 9.60 exhibition from Jacey Draper.

The Beavers stalled to end the meet with a pair of falls and an out of bounds deduction knocking the floor team from the No. 3 ranking to 25th.

Beavers in the rankings: Oregon State entered Friday's meet with Utah ranked 13th in the country, but having to count a fall on the floor exercise hurt the Beavs' final score dropping them a slot to 14th. Oregon State was ranked 12th in the preseason NACGC coaches' poll, but has been ranked as highly as 8th in 2005.

Oregon State is ranked 13th overall on the uneven bars, 17th on the vault, 18th on the balance beam, and 25th on the floor exercise. This is the first time this season that the Beaver beam team has been ranked. Also for the first time this season, no individuals are ranked in the top 25 on any event.

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.

Next time at Gill: Oregon State returns to its home floor of Gill Coliseum Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. when the Beavers host No. 17 Arizona State. will be back on the road next week at Stanford. The Cardinal has not competed yet this season, but was ranked third in the preseason coaches' poll.

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