Oregon State Gymnastics Weekly Release: Week 11
March 14, 2005
This week's action: Oregon State (13-3) returns to action Saturday after a week away from competition. The Beavers are set to travel to Arkansas where they will also face Nebraska and UCLA. All four teams are jockeying for position for the NCAA Regionals which take place early next month. Nebraska will host the South Central Region, but the other three teams will travel for regionals and are seeking favorable match-ups.
OSU vs. Arkansas: Oregon State has a very short history with the Razorbacks. Earlier this season, the Beavers faced Arkansas for the first time in history upsetting the LadyBacks on the final rotation in a triangular meet at Washington. The Arkansas program which is only in its third season of existence has no seniors and is led by junior Katie Hardman, who tied Chrissy Lamun for the beam title in the teams' previous match-up.
OSU vs. UCLA: The Beavers and Bruins have faced off 38 times with UCLA coming out on top 29 times. The teams faced each other early in the season at Gill Coliseum when the then-No. 1 Bruins came out on top in a low-scoring meet. In that meet, Kristen Maloney won two titles and Tasha Schwikert took the all-around for the Bruins. This time around UCLA will be without two-time Canadian Olympian Kate Richardson, who suffered a season-ending injury.
OSU vs. Nebraska: OSU has faced the Huskers previously on 11 occasions with the most recent match-up coming in 2000 with the Beaves coming out on top. 2003 NCAA All-Around and Floor Champion Richelle Simpson, who has recorded a 10.0 on three events (vault, beam, floor) in her career, leads Nebraska. Simpson receives support from sophomore Kristi Esposito a first-team All-American in 2004 on the beam and all-around. Just two weeks ago, the Huskers held the top ranking in the country, putting two teams formerly ranked No. 1 in this week's quad.
Last Time Out at the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational: The Beavers extended their winning streak to ten wins in the past six weeks beating then-No. 9 Iowa State, then-No. 22 Washington and UC Davis. In that time OSU has beaten six ranked teams including three that were ranked higher than the Beavs at the time of competition. Three individual titles by Yuki Lamb (vault), Chrissy Lamun (beam), and Thérèse Videan (floor) propelled the Beavers to victory in the quadrangular meet.
OSU Meet Set for on TV: Oregon State's most recent meet, the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational (3/4) is scheduled to be televised on FSN, Thursday, March 17 at 12 p.m. The tape delayed broadcast features the Beavers' victory in the quad meet with Iowa State, Washington, and UC Davis and is commentated by Todd McKim and Judy Corwin. The broadcast includes a short feature on OSU freshman Kim Sedlak.
Time Change: The scheduled start time for the Pac-10 Championships hosted by California has been set for 3 p.m. The start time had originally been reported as 6 p.m.