Gymnasts Lose Close One By .025 To Arizona State

Jan. 19, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State's Katrina Severin scored a 9.90 on floor in the final routine of the night and for a moment it looked like the Beavers had defeated Arizona State in the Cellular One Season Opener at Gill Coliseum on Friday night.

But the judges were still looking over two scoring inquiries, and when all was said and done, ASU came away with a narrow 193.750-193.725 win over the Beavers after the judges upped one OSU floor score (by .05) and one ASU beam score (by 0.1).

Severin ended up winning all three events she competed. Her 9.90 on floor tied her career-high and marked the second week in a row she scored a 9.90 on the event. She also won vault with a score of 9.825, and she tied for first with a 9.825 on beam as well. It was her second vault title of the season.

Stephanie Bychowski also won both of her events. She won bars with a career-high-tying 9.925 for her first victory of the night, and she tied Severin and ASU's Rhonda Robinette for first-place on beam.

While Severin and Bychowski hit all of their routines, many of their teammates struggled with consistency. OSU had two falls apiece on both bars and beam and struggled on a couple floor routines as well. ASU only had to count one score below 9.500 for the night.

'Our consistency got us again,' said head coach Tanya Chaplin. 'We need to start hitting our routines.'

The Beavers got off to a solid start with a 48.525 on vault for the second meet in row. Severin led the vaulters with her 9.825, while OSU got a 9.75 from Lara Degenhardt and a 9.70 from Annie Campbell and 9.625's from Lindsay Nelson and Jerra Lopez. ASU turned in a 48.675 on bars to take the early lead after one rotation.

OSU made up some ground in the second rotation despite having to count a fall on bars. Bychowski's 9.925 and Degenhardt's 9.80 (which tied ASU's Kelly Cowley for second place) led the way to a 48.400 team score. That gave OSU a slim 96.925-96.875 lead over the Sun Devils, who scored a 48.200 on vault on their second event.

ASU regained the lead after OSU struggled on beam. Lindsay Nelson led off with a 9.175 after falling on her dismount and injuring her ankle, taking her out of the meet. Marissa Bruch then scored a 9.35, and Lopez fell twice for an 8.825, which meant the Beavers had to count Nelson's fall. Campbell picked it up with a 9.775, followed by Severin and Bychowski's first-place performances to give the Beavers a 47.950. Elaine Yoder's exhibition routine scored a 9.725 but did not count in the team totals.

The Sun Devils had problems of their own on floor, having to count a 9.275, but their team score of 48.175 was enough to give ASU a slim .175 lead heading into the final rotation.

OSU's floor team turned in a season-high 48.850, led by Severin's 9.90. Lopez added a 9.85, while Bruch scored a 9.80. ASU had a fall on beam but didn't have to count it as the Sun Devils scored a 48.700 on the event. After Severin's routine, it appeared that OSU had come away with a 193.675-193.650 win, but inquiries resulted in a couple changes. Soni Meduna's floor score went up to a 9.75 from a 9.70, but ASU's Margaret Wojciak saw her beam score go from a 9.55 to a 9.65 to give the Sun Devils the win in the end.

ASU's Laura Moon won the all-around with a score of 38.875. Lopez was OSU's top all-arounder and placed third with a 38.050.

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