Oregon State Gymnastics Weekly Release: Week 9
Feb. 28, 2005
This week's action: Oregon State (10-3) is home again this week for the final time this season. The quad-meet features a three top teams in No. 9 Iowa State, Northwest rival, No. 22 Washington, and up-and-coming UC Davis. Friday night also marks the final time that OSU's six seniors will perform in front of their home crowd.
OSU vs. Iowa State (9-1): Oregon State has only faced the Cyclones on three occasions but does hold a 3-0 lead in the series. Iowa State has two returning All-Americans, sophomore Janet Anson earned first-team status on vault and junior Erin Dethloff earned second-team honors on beam. ISU is highly ranked on all four events falling in at 8th on bars, 10th on beam, 11th on vault, and 12th on floor.
OSU vs. Washington (9-4): OSU has beaten the Huskies twice already this season, once at Cal State Fullerton in a quad meet and again at Seattle in a three-way with Arkansas. Oregon State now holds a 47-14 lead in the all-time series. It was just three weeks ago that the Beavers traveled to Seattle to post a season-high score of 195.975 to beat UW and Arkansas. Carly Dockendorf leads UW as a very impressive all-arounder.
OSU vs. UC Davis (7-8): The Beavers don't have much history with the Aggies but hold a 4-0 lead in the all-time series. Tiffany Chan will be one of the Aggies to watch after winning the beam and floor titles in their meet Sunday afternoon.
Last Friday against California and Seattle Pacific: OSU came out focused Friday night against California team so beaten up they could only travel seven gymnasts and SPU a team OSU had already beaten this season. In what could have been a bit of a let down competition for the Beavers, they rose to the occasion and provided an excellent performance and earned their second-highest score of the season. Thérèse Videan earned the floor title (9.875) and a share of the bars title (9.825) with Heidi Goehring, while Chelsea Plourde posted a remarkable 9.900 on the beam to earn that title and Megan Devencenzi staked claim to the vaulting award with a 9.850. The result of the meet was never really in doubt after each of OSU opponents had to count a fall in the first rotation. Meanwhile, the Oregon State gymnasts went 24-for-24 for the first time this season and including four clean exhibitions actually hit all 28 of their routines on the night.
Beavers in the rankings: Oregon State continues to move up in the rankings entering this week ranked 11th. Friday's performance moved the Beavers past Denver and Arkansas, but the reappearance of Alabama at No. 7 (after failing to report results the previous week) only allowed OSU to move one spot.
OSU's beam team continues to show it is a group to reckoned with moving up to 8th this week. Chrissy Lamun, ranked 28th, leads the squad while three other Beavers (Chelsea Plourde, Daylee Ingalls, and Heidi Goehring) are ranked in the top 60. The bars team remains 11th in the country despite a solid performance and Lamun is also the top-ranked Beaver on that event at 39th. Thérèse Videan is 49th and Goehring is 57th. Although the vaulting squad performed better than their season average, the vaulters slipped a spot in the standings to 13th. Megan Devencenzi (45th) and Angela Morales (49th) lead the group. The Beavers remain ranked 24th on the floor exercise, but more performances like last weekend's could move them up the standings quickly. Morales (71st) and Videan (86th) are the Beavers topped ranked floor performers.
This is the second 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.