Beavers Third at North Central Regional, Miss Shot at Nationals

April 9, 2005

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - No. 12 Oregon State (20-10) gave solid performances on all four events Saturday night, but it just wasn't enough to earn a spot at the NCAA Championships meet in two weeks. Needing to finish in the top two, of the six team field, OSU was ousted by a squad from No. 13 BYU that had a great beam team as well as solid performances on vault and bars.

Opening the evening's festivities on beam, the Beavers most consistent event throughout the season, navigated solid routines but small bobbles in the early going gave OSU a deficit the Beavers were unable to overcome. Chrissy Lamun and Chelsea Plourde negotiated excellent routines to anchor the Beavers' beam team scoring 9.80 and 9.85 respectively. Scores of 9.675 by Courtney Dennison and Heidi Goehring and Angela Morales' 9.65 were also counted by the Beavers.

Following a bye rotation, OSU went to work on the floor exercise. The Beavers began a valiant comeback behind the efforts of a pair of freshmen as Claire Pierce, subbing for a hobbled Morales, and Megan Devencenzi got the Beavers off to a solid start with scores of 9.70 and 9.80 respectively. A beautiful routine by Lamun earned a 9.825 before Heather Justus (9.875) and Thérèse Videan (9.85) improved the team tally to 49.050, marking the first time since Feb. 25, against California, that they had topped the 49-point mark on the floor. Goehring added a 9.70 on floor.

Having closed the gap on Utah to .150 the Beavers took their momentum to the vault on a mission to get into the top two spots and to earn a trip to the NCAA Championships. Plourde led off the OSU vault lineup with a 9.825 getting things headed in the right direction for the Beavs. Videan followed with a 9.80 and Justus provided a 9.85. Freshman Yuki Lamb stuck her landing for another 9.85 and Daylee Ingalls and Devencenzi each scored 9.775 to complete the OSU scoring.

Having topped the 49-point barrier for the second event in a row, the Beavers found themselves .075 ahead of BYU with the momentum and a bye before their final event, bars. While the Beavers were regrouping for the final push, BYU posted an incredible 49.250 on beam, including the top three beam scores of the night, to complete its scoring.

Needing to score 49.175 to tie BYU, which would amount to a season-high on the apparatus, the Beavers fought valiantly to the finish. Seniors Goehring, Videan and Lindsay Nelson each notched scores of 9.80 and Lamun tallied a team-best 9.825. Justus' score of 9.65 from the lead-off spot was the final counting score for OSU.

Despite a solid effort on all four apparatus, the Beavers were unable to overcome their slow start and BYU's outstanding beam performance and came up .30 short of the Cougars.

The third-place finish puts a premature end to the Beavers' season, for the third season in a row, and signifies the conclusion of the careers of six seniors (Goehring, Ingalls, Justus, Nelson, Videan and Christa Piazza).

Meet ResultsTeam Scores: No. 1 Utah 196.800; No. 13 BYU 195.975; No. 12 Oregon State 195.675; No. 20 Minnesota 193.975; No. 22 Southern Utah 193.450; Iowa 192.350.

Vault: 1. Annabeth Eberle (Utah) 9.975; T2. Ashley Postell (Utah), Rachel Tidd (Utah) 9.875. OSU Scores: Heather Justus, Yuki Lamb 9.85; Chelsea Plourde 9.825; Thérèse Videan 9.80; Megan Devencenzi, Daylee Ingalls 9.775.

Bars: 1. Ashley Postell (Utah) 9.925; 2. Rachel Tidd (Utah) 9.875; T3. Annabeth Eberle (Utah), Nicolle Ford (Utah) 9.850. OSU Scores: Chrissy Lamun 9.825; Heidi Goehring, Lindsay Nelson, Thérèse Videan 9.80; Heather Justus 9.65; Chelsea Plourde 8.95.

Beam: T1. Marie-Helene Claveau (BYU), Dayna Smart (BYU) 9.900; 3. Jaime Mabray (BYU) 9.875. OSU Scores: Chelsea Plourde 9.85; Chrissy Lamun 9.80; Heidi Goehring, Courtney Dennison 9.675; Angela Morales 9.65; Daylee Ingalls 9.625.

Floor: 1. Annabeth Eberle (Utah) 9.950; 2. Gritt Hofmann (Utah) 9.925; T3. Kristen Riffanacht (Utah), Carolyn Yernberg (UM) 9.900. OSU Scores: Heather Justus 9.875; Thérèse Videan 9.85; Chrissy Lamun 9.825; Megan Devencenzi 9.80; Heidi Goehring, Claire Pierce 9.70.

All-Around: 1. Annabeth Eberle (Utah) 39.625; 2. Nicolle Ford (Utah) 39.425; 3. Jaime Mabray (BYU) 39.275.

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