Oregon State Gymnastics Weekly Release: Week 5

Jan. 31, 2005

This week's action: The Beavers (3-3) return to the friendly confines of Gill Coliseum to face No. 23 Arizona State (3-3), Friday night at 7 p.m. The Sun Devils lost to UCLA last week 193.400-194.275 and are in the medst of a three-meet losing streak of their own.

OSU vs. Arizona State: The Sun Devils opened the season at the Maui Invitational beating Maryland, Alaska-Anchorage and Boise State in convincing fashion. Since then, ASU has lost three consecutive meets to ranked teams (Washington, Arizona and UCLA). Oregon State leads the all-time series 24-10-1. The teams split the series in 2004 with the Beavers losing in the regular season meet at Tempe, Ariz. and OSU prevailing at the Pac-10 Championships.

Arizona State is led by junior Ashley Kelly, who won the national title on the balance beam in 2004. Kelly earned first-team, All-America honors on beam and all-around, and received second-team accolades on vault and floor.

Last week vs. Stanford: OSU started the night with a strong performance on the uneven bars, with Chrissy Lamun tying her season-high of 9.800, while Thérèse Videan tallied a 9.725 despite a strained calf. The Beavers had to replace three 10.0 vaults of Videan, Heather Justus and Megan Devencenzi by using three gymnasts who had vaulted in competition this season. The Beavs landed six-for-six on the vault for the second week in a row with all three first-times (Jacey Draper, Yuki Lamb and Plourde) all counting. Although Oregon State held a slim lead going into the third event a pair of falls on the floor exercise and wobbles on the beam allowed the Cardinal to record the victory. Devencenzi posted a season-high 9.800 on the floor as she put her powerful tumbling on display in front of her home crowd. Angela Morales put together another solid meet as she earned a 9.825 on the vault, a 9.725 on the floor and tied her season-high of 9.600 on the beam.

Beavers in the rankings: Oregon State tumbled in the rankings to 24th this week just behind Pac-10 rivals Washington (No. 21), Arizona (No. 22) and this week's opponent No. 23 Arizona State. Oregon State was ranked 12th in the preseason NACGC coaches' poll, but has been ranked as high as 8th in 2005.

Oregon State is ranked 14th on the uneven bars and 20th on the balance beam. This is the first time this season that the beam team has been ranked as the squad has recovered from a rough first meet.

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).

Hitting the road: After hosting the Sun Devils this Friday, the Beavers take to the road for two weeks with three meets in that span. OSU travels to Seattle, Wash. for a pair of meets next weekend competing at No. 21 Washington in a three-way with No. 13 Arkansas Friday, Feb. 11 and then competing at Seattle Pacific the following evening. The following Friday the Beavers to Arizona to take on the No. 22 Wildcats.

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