Oregon State Gymnastics Weekly Release: Week 8

Feb. 21, 2005

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This week's action: Oregon State (8-3) returns home for the first time in three weeks with a three-way meet against Pac-10 rival California (5-4) and Northwest foe Seattle Pacific (2-10). The Beavers have earned five straight wins and posted three of their top four scores this season during the past four meets, including surpassing the 195-point mark in three straight meets.

OSU vs. California (5-4): Oregon State holds a commanding 37-3 lead in the all-time series with Cal, but the Bears beat the Beavers last season at Berkeley before OSU got payback at the Pac-10 Championships.

California is led by senior My-Lan Dodd, a reigning Pac-10 co-champion on beam. Dodd had her best meet of the season last week against Washington, when she earned the vault and all-around titles and finished second in the other three events.

OSU vs. Seattle Pacific (2-10): OSU leads the all-time series with the Falcons 28-3 and has not lost to SPU since 1976. Two weeks ago, Oregon State competed in a dual at SPU with the Beavers coming out on top 195.675-192.100. In that meet, OSU posted season-highs on bars and beam, with Chrissy Lamun, Lindsay Nelson and Chelsea Plourde tying for the bars title with scores of 9.850, and Daylee Ingalls, Lamun and Plourde tying for the beam title at 9.850 as well. In addition, Heidi Goehring and Angela Morales earned shares of the floor title with scores of 9.800.

Last Friday at Arizona: OSU beat Arizona last weekend marking the first time since 1980 that the Beavers had prevailed in Tucson in a regular season meet (the Beavs had beaten the Wildcats in Tucson at the Pac-10 Championships held in Tucson in 1997 and 2004). Despite not being nearly as sharp as the previous week in Seattle, Wash., the Beavers earned the victory with solid performances on all four events. Oregon State tumbled its way to a 195.075 to earn its fourth 195 of the season and third in a row. The victory was aided by three falls on bars and a pair on the floor for the Wildcats. Thérèse Videan earned a share of the bars title with a score of 9.875 and Chrissy Lamun earned a share of the beam title with a 9.875 of her own. It was Lamun's third straight beam title and fourth title overall in the last two weeks. Also on the positive side for the Beavs, Heather Justus returned to action on the floor exercise after missing the last four meets with a sprained elbow.

Beavers in the rankings: It was just three weeks ago that the Beavers' were ranked as low as 24th, but the outstanding performances of late have propelled them back into the upper rankings landing at No. 12 this week. Oregon State was ranked 13th in the preseason coaches' poll and has been as high as 8th.

This week the Beavers are ranked 11th on the uneven bars and the balance beam, 12th on the vault, and 24th on the floor exercise. The highest ranking individual for the Beavers is Chrissy Lamun, who is ranked 23rd on the beam with an average of 9.815 and 32nd on bars with an average of 9.805. Also ranked in the top 50 are Thérèse Videan (41st on bars), Heidi Goehring (45th on beam), Daylee Ingalls (47th on beam), Chelsea Plourde (49th on beam), Megan Devencenzi (42nd on vault) and Angela Morales (47th on vault).

This marks the first week that rankings are determined by Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). An RQS is based on a team's top six regular-season scores, with a minimum of three scores coming from away meets. To obtain the RQS, the team's (or gymnast's) highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged.

Change of Plans: OSU head coach Tanya Chaplin has announced that the Beavers have cancelled their previously scheduled meet at BYU. The meet, which was originally scheduled for Friday, March 11, was moved to the 10th by BYU. The change would result in OSU's student-athletes missing three days of school during 'dead week' (the week prior to finals). Chaplin did not want to subject her student-athletes to missing so much class prior to finals for a regular season 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.

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