Oregon State Gymnastics Weekly Release: Week 6

Feb. 7, 2005

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This week's action: The Beavers (4-3) returns to the road this week visiting a couple other Pacific Northwest schools when they take on No. 19 Washington, along with No. 12 Arkansas in a three-way Friday night. Then, Saturday the Beavers compete against a top Division II team in Seattle Pacific.

OSU vs. Washington (8-1): Oregon State beat the Huskies in the teams' first meet of the season at Cal State Fullerton. OSU now leads the all-time series with UW 46-14 and has won three in a row. The Beavers' last loss to the Huskies came at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships. The two teams will square off two more times this season, March 4th at Gill Coliseum in the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational and again at the Pac-10 Championships March 26. Washington is led by senior Carly Dockendorf, who scored a 10.0 on floor in the teams' previous meeting this season. Dockendorf is currently ranked ninth in the country on the floor exercise and 10th overall in the all-around.

OSU vs. Arkansas (3-2): This is the first meeting of the season between the two schools with the Beavers traveling to Fayetteville for a quad on March 19. OSU has never faced the Gym'Backs as this is just the third year of existence of women's gymnastics at Arkansas. Cassie Drew is ranked 13th and Katie Hardman is 22nd in the country on the beam for the Gym'Backs.

OSU vs. Seattle Pacific (0-5): OSU leads the all-time series with the Falcons 27-3 and has not lost to SPU since 1976. The Beavers host the Falcons at Gill Coliseum Feb. 15.

Last week vs. Arizona State: Oregon State had a solid night on three of four events posting the highest scores of the season on vault (48.950), beam (48.825) and floor (48.700). Unfortunately, struggles on the bars prevented the Beavers from posting a much higher score overall. Daylee Ingalls had an excellent night matching a season-high on beam (9.800) and putting up her second-highest score on vault (9.775). She also stepped in on bars, replacing an ill Chelsea Plourde, to lead off the Beavs with a solid 9.675 in her first action on the apparatus this season. Angela Morales won the floor title, her first of the season, with a 9.875. Christa Piazza performed as a competitor for the first time in her career leading off the floor exercise for OSU with a 9.650.

Beavers in the rankings: OSU began the difficult climb back towards the top 10 with their 194.300 performance Friday night. The Beavers picked up three spots moving to No. 21 and are presented with the opportunity to upend two teams ranked above them in #12 Arkansas and #19 Washington. 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 15th on the uneven bars, 18th on the balance beam, 23rd on the vault, and 29th on the floor exercise. The highest ranking individual for the Beavers is Megan Devencenzi, who is ranked 35th on the vault with an average of 9.825.

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).

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