19th-Ranked Gymnasts Host Boise State on Friday

Feb. 6, 2001

THIS WEEK: The No. 19 Oregon State gymnastics team (1-5) hosts Boise State (2-2) in the Wilson Motors Challenge at 7 p.m., Friday, February 9.

TICKET INFORMATION: Reserved seats are available for $10, while general admission tickets are available for $6 (adults) and $4 (senior citizens/youth, HS and under). OSU students are admitted free with a valid ID. Two-for-One coupons are available at area BI-MART stores. Doors to all OSU gymnastics meets open one hour prior to the start of the meet.

NATIONAL GIRLS IN SPORT DAY: In conjunction with National Girls in Sport Day, all girls age 12 and under will be admitted free to Friday's meet against Boise State.

BEAVERS MOVE UP ONE SPOT IN RANKINGS: Despite finishing third in a three-way meet at Arizona with Denver, the Beavers still moved up one spot in the rankings, jumping up to 19th. Rankings are based on season averages, and OSU's score of 194.575 at Arizona improved the team's average to a 193.940. Rankings will be based on season averages until February 26, when the Regional Qualifying Score will determine the rankings. The Regional Qualifying Score is based on a team's top six scores - three of which must be from away meets. Of those six scores, the highest is dropped and the remaining five are averaged.

RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S ACTION: The Beavers placed third in a three-way meet at Arizona with Denver on February 2. OSU led after two events, but the Beavers lost the lead after a disappointing rotation on floor (two falls and another routine that had a start value of just 9.60 after leaving out some key elements). In the end, OSU scored a 194.575, behind Arizona's 195.175 and Denver's 194.825. Even though OSU finished third, the Beavers captured individual victories on three events. Katrina Severin won vault with a career-high 9.975. Stephanie Bychowski and Elizabeth Jillson tied for first on bars with a 9.95, a career-high for both of them. Annie Campbell tied her career-best of 9.90 on the balance beam to win that event.


Marissa Bruch, on moving forward after injuries, losses: 'We've decided to put what's happened behind us and start fresh this week. We've realized that this team has a lot of depth, even with all these injuries, and we just need to put it all together. That's what we're focusing on this week.'

Lara Degenhardt, on the team's new focus after last week's loss at Arizona: 'We came together as a team and decided to step it up in the gym and on the competition floor and show everyone what Oregon State gymnastics is really all about.'

A LOOK AT BOISE STATE: Boise State is coming off a season-high 194.525 in a win over Cal State Fullerton last week. The Broncos are ranked 23rd nationally as a team on bars and two Boise State gymnasts are ranked individually on the event: Annie Kaus (21st, 9.862 avg.) and Breanne Holmes (T25th, 9.856 avg.). The Broncos also have one of the nation's top floor performers, as Tiffany Weston ranks eighth nationally with an average of 9.90 on that event.

OSU VS. THE BRONCOS: The Beavers are 18-1 all-time against Boise State. The teams met just once last year, at the NCAA Region 1 Championships in Corvallis. OSU placed second with a 196.175, while the Broncos were fifth with a 193.650. The last time the two teams met in the regular season was a 1999 dual meet, when OSU prevailed, 192.600-191.750, at Boise.

SEVERIN RANKED THIRD IN THE NATION: After performing a near-perfect vault at Arizona last week, All-American Katrina Severin has jumped to third in the national rankings on vault with an average of 9.890 on the event. She also ranks first in the Pac-10 and first in Region 1. Severin scored a 9.975 on her vault at Arizona last week, a new career-high for the senior. That score also gave her the victory on that event, marking the third week in a row and fourth time this season that's she won the vault title. With her 9.975, she became the sixth Beaver to score that high on a vault (only one OSU gymnast has ever received a 10.0 on a vault, Severin joins four others who scored a 9.975). While she did struggle on her other two events (beam and floor) at Arizona, where she recorded rare falls on both events, Severin has been of OSU's top gymnasts on those two events as well this season. She's won both events twice this season, with highs of 9.925 on floor and 9.90 on beam, both new career-bests. She's scored a 9.90 or better on her floor routine in three of five meets. Her 9.765 average on floor is the best on the team, and she's averaging a 9.60 on beam.

BYCHOWSKI RAISING THE BAR: Stephanie Bychowski continues to turn in strong numbers on bars this season. Last week at Arizona, she notched a career-high 9.95 to win the event for the third week in a row. That 9.95 score raised her season average to a team-high 9.905, which also ranks eighth in the nation on the event. Prior to her 9.95, she had scored a then-career-high 9.925 the previous two weeks. Bychowski also competes on beam for the Beavers and is averaging 9.715, second best on the squad. She set a personal best of 9.90 at Nebraska for her first victory on the event this season,and she also won the event with a 9.825 routine against Arizona State.

DEGENHARDT GETS BACK ON TRACK ON FLOOR: After having a fall on her first four floor routines of the season, Lara Degenhardt changed some of her tumbling and scored a 9.875 to lead the Beavers on floor at Arizona and hit all three of her routines (vault, bars and floor) for the first time this season. Degenhardt had been doing some very difficult tumbling (including a double front , which is an `E' skill, the highest level of difficulty). But after inconsistencies in the first four meets, she changed her tumbling to reflect some of the skills she did last year, when she earned All-America honors on the event. While Degenhardt struggled on floor in the early part of the year, she's been solid on both her other events all year long. She's ranked 20th in the nation on vault, with an average score of 9.815 on the event. She's scored a 9.80 or better at every meet but one, highlighted by a season-best 9.875 against Cal two weeks ago. On bars, she's averaging 9.810 for the second-best average on the team. Like vault, she's scored a 9.80 or better at every meet but one. She turned in a career-high 9.875 at the Cal meet.

BEAVERS LOOKING FOR CONSISTENCY: The Beavers are still looking to get through a meet without having to count a fall, and when they do, they are looking at scoring possibly in the 196 range. Two weeks ago, OSU scored a season-high 195.575 even though the Beavers had to count two falls in that meet (against Cal on January 28). Even with the two falls, the Beavers still won that meet, but they haven't been as fortunate in other meets. Of OSU's five losses this season, nearly all were decided by less than .500 (the automatic deduction for a fall). Just one fewer fall against three of those five opponents would have resulted in Beaver wins. In one other instance, two fewer falls would have given OSU another win as well. The Beavers have been very consistent on vault - they're averaging a 48.610 to rank 14th in the nation - and haven't had to count a fall on the event. But, the Beavers have struggled with consistency on the other events. OSU's bars scores have ranged from a near-school record 49.400 to a 48.050, and the Beavers have had two falls on the event at two different meets this year. Beam scores have ranged from 49.025 all the way to a 47.400, and the Beavers have had to count a fall on beam at four of the five meets this season. OSU also has yet to make it through a meet without at least one fall on floor, and the team has had to count at least one fall on floor in four of the five meets. Scores have ranged from a season-high 48.850 to 47.050 at Michigan, where four of the six competitors fell.


MARISSA BRUCH: For the second meet in a row, Marissa Bruch scored at least a 9.80 on each of her two events (beam and floor). At Arizona last week, the senior scored a 9.80 on both events, with her 9.80 on floor being the team's second best of the meet. The previous week, she scored a 9.825 on both events against Cal. The 9.825 on beam was Bruch's career-best, and it also earned her a fourth-place finish on that event. Her 9.825 on floor at that meet was just .025 off her career-best mark. Bruch has now scored a 9.80 or better on floor at OSU last three meets and is averaging a 9.660 on the event, good for the second best average on the team. She's averaging a 9.669 on the balance beam for the team's third highest average on that event.

ANNIE CAMPBELL: After winning the all-around competition with a score of 39.075 at Nebraska on January 14, Annie Campbell has been in search of another solid all-around effort. She's turned in some high marks this season but has yet to have a repeat of the Nebraska meet where she hit all four routines (V-9.675, UB-9.75, BB- 9.825, FX- 9.825). Last week at Arizona, the sophomore tied her career-high on beam with a 9.90 to win that event, but she took an extra swing on bars and fell on floor to finish the night with a 38.225. The previous week, she tied her career-high on bars with a 9.80 but fell on beam and finished with an all-around mark of 38.600. Three weeks ago against ASU, she had a season-high 9.70 on vault, but fell on bars (8.95) and stumbled on floor (9.55). Campbell leads the Beavers with an average of 9.720 on beam and has won the event twice this season (at Michigan and at Arizona). She's averaging 9.655 on floor, 9.65 on vault and 9.435 on bars.

ELIZABETH JILLSON: Elizabeth Jillson has performed two incredible bar routines at OSU's last two meets after having to miss the previous two competitions because of a knee injury. Last week at Arizona, the sophomore scored a career-high 9.95 on bars for her first victory of the season. The week before, she scored a 9.90 against California in her first meet back since the injury. Jillson injured her knee while vaulting at Michigan in the season opener and missed meets against Nebraska and Arizona State. After back-to-back scores of 9.90 or better, Jillson has upped her season average to 9.683 on bars (she fell and scored a 9.20 on the event in the season opener). She's now scored a 9.90 or better on bars in four collegiate competitions. She had one 9.925 and one 9.90 score as a rookie last season.

SONI MEDUNA: A week after scoring a career-high 9.65 on her vault against California, Soni Meduna turned in another 9.65 vault at Arizona as she continues to improve on the event. She also added a 9.625 on bars and a 9.40 on floor at the Arizona meet. Meduna has competed on bars at all five meets this year and is averaging 9.640, with a career and season-high of 9.725 against California. She's vaulted at the last four meets and competed on floor at the last three meets. Her top floor score of the year is a 9.75, which she scored against Arizona State.

LINDSAY NELSON: Lindsay Nelson, who sprained her left ankle on a beam dismount against Arizona State on January 19, is back in the lineup, at least on one event. Nelson missed the meet against California on January 28, but she did compete on bars at last week's meet against Arizona and Denver and scored a 9.775 on that routine. The freshman looks to add another event this week, as she's listed as probable for vault against Boise State. Prior to the injury, Nelson had competed as an all-arounder in one meet, scoring a 38.725 at Nebraska. Her top scores on each event this season are a 9.80 on bars, 9.775 on beam, 9.675 (ex.) on floor and 9.625 on vault.

MEGAN SURATT: Megan Suratt made her first official appearance in a collegiate gymnastics meet when she led off the Beaver beam team at Arizona. The sophomore scored a 9.25 after falling on her aerial but performing solidly for the rest of the routine. Prior to that meet, Suratt had never competed on beam in college. In fact, the only collegiate routines she'd performed up until then were exhibition bar routines. Her top score on bars is a 9.55 from the meet against California on January 28.

ELAINE YODER: Elaine Yoder competed on three events for the first time at OSU's meet against Arizona and Denver. She'd competed on vault and beam the week before and made the floor lineup for the meet at Arizona after the Beavers lost another all-arounder to an injury at the previous meet. Yoder responded with her best meet of her young college career. She scored a 9.775 on her first collegiate floor routine, and she turned in a career-high 9.825 on beam to place fourth at the three-way meet. She also added a career-best 9.65 on her vault.

RICIOLI, LOPEZ OUT FOR THE SEASON: The Beavers have lost Tanya Ricioli and Jerra Lopez for the season. Both gymnasts are out after rupturing an Achilles tendon while competing on floor. Ricioli injured her left Achilles in the season opener at Michigan, while Lopez injured her right Achilles in a home meet against California.

JENNIE THOMPSON AT OSU: Former U.S. National Team member Jennie Thompson is enrolled at Oregon State and is working with the team while she completes her studies. She does not have collegiate eligibility and will not be competing. Thompson was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1992 until retiring in June, 2000. She competed at two World Championships, won the 1999 Visa American Cup and was the 1993 Junior National Champion.

HEAD COACH TANYA CHAPLIN: Tanya Chaplin is in her fourth season as head coach of the OSU gymnastics program. Last year she guided the Beavers to their first trip to nationals since 1996 and was named Oregon State's Female Coach of the Year. Including this year's totals, Chaplin's career record is 30-20 for the regular season and 55-34 including postseason competition. In 1999, she was named Pacific-10 Coach of the Year after the Beavers posted a 16-8 record in 1999 and finished second at the Pac-10 Championships, where OSU set a school record with a 197.400 score. She was an assistant coach at Washington for seven years before moving to OSU. Formerly Tanya Service, she was a six-time All-American and held six school records while competing for UCLA from 1986-89.

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