Gymnasts To Take On Top-Ranked UCLA

Feb. 13, 2001

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THIS WEEK: The No. 21 Oregon State gymnastics team hosts defending national champion and current No. 1 UCLA (2-2) in the Precision Cuts Main Event at 7 p.m., Friday, February 16.

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.

MEET TO BE TELEVISED: This week's meet will be televised tape-delayed on FOX Sports. The meet will air on FOX Sports Northwest at 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 20. Bob Akamian and Judy Corwin will commentate.

MEET WILL FEATURE SEVERAL OF THE NATION'S TOP GYMNASTS: Friday's meet with the Bruins will showcase a number of All-Americans, national champions, Olympians and former national team members. OSU has three current All-Americans (Lara Degenhardt and Katrina Severin, along with the injured Tanya Ricioli), while UCLA's roster includes eight-time All-American Mohini Bhardwaj as well as All-Americans Kristin Parker and Onnie Willis. The Bruins' roster also features three 2000 Olympians (Jamie Dantzscher and Kristen Maloney - United States, and Yvonne Tousek - Canada. In addition, Alyssa Beckerman was the alternate on the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team.). Other former national team members are UCLA's Jeanette Antolin, Doni Thompson, Bhardwaj and OSU's Soni Meduna.

BEAVERS/BRUINS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS: In addition to the numerous All-Americans and national team honors that OSU and UCLA bring to this week's meet, several OSU and UCLA gymnasts are in the current individual national rankings. OSU's Katrina Severin ranks third in the nation on vault, while teammate Lara Degenhardt is 20th on that event. OSU's Stephanie Bychowski is eighth nationally on bars. UCLA's Mohini Bhardwaj is the top-ranked all-arounder in the country, and she's ranked first on floor (in fact, she's averaging a 10.0 on that event) and sixth on vault and bars. Onnie Willis is second in the all-around, 10th on beam, 21st on floor and 24th on bars. Jamie Dantzscher is third in the all-around, first on bars and fourth on floor. Rounding out the list of UCLA's nationally ranked all-arounders are Kristin Parker (9th AA, 7th BB, 13th FX), Kristen Maloney (13th AA, 2nd FX), and Malia Jones (21st AA, 22nd BB). In addition, Yvonne Tousek ranks seventh on floor, while Jeanette Antolin is 21st on that same event. Doni Thompson is 15th on bars.

RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S ACTION: The Beavers captured a 195.525-192.750 win over Boise State last week, good for OSU's second highest score of the year. The Beavers swept the individual event titles as well. Annie Campbell won the all-around with a season-high 39.250, and she also took first on beam with a 9.85 score. Lara Degenhardt turned in her best score of the year on floor to win that event with a 9.95 routine. Katrina Severin won vault for the fourth week in a row with a 9.90, while Stephanie Bychowski took top honors on bars for the fourth consecutive week with a 9.90 score as well.

OSU VS. THE BRUINS: The Beavers are 8-16 all-time against UCLA. The teams met three times last year, although not in a dual meet. The Bruins finished first at all three of those meetings last season. UCLA took first (196.925) at a quad meet in L.A., while the Beavers were third (193.375) at that meet. UCLA and OSU finished first and second respectively at both the Pac-10 and NCAA Region 1 Championships. UCLA won Pac-10's with a 197.700 to OSU's 196.575, while the Bruins scored a 197.025 to OSU's 196.175 at regionals. With the one-two finish at regionals, both teams qualified for nationals but competed in different sessions.

SEVERIN RANKED THIRD IN THE NATION: All-American Katrina Severin continues to lead the Pac-10 and the west region in vaulting. The senior is ranked third in the country with an average of 9.892 on her vaults, an average that is tops in the Pac-10 and the region. She's won the event five times this year, including the last four meets. She's scored a 9.90 or better at the last three meets, highlighted by a near-perfect career-high 9.975 at Arizona two weeks ago. 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). Severin is also putting up solid numbers on her other two events (beam and floor). 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 six meets, and her average of 9.771 on floor is the best on the team. She's averaging a 9.633 on beam, third best on the squad.

BYCHOWSKI RAISING THE BAR: Stephanie Bychowski continues to turn in strong numbers on bars this season. Last week against Boise State, she notched a 9.90 to win the event for the fourth week in a row. She's scored a 9.90 or better in every meet but one this year, highlighted by a career-high 9.95 at Arizona. Bychowski is averaging a team-best 9.904 on bars, good for eighth-best in the nation. She also competes on beam for the Beavers and is averaging 9.729 on that event, second best on the squad. She set a personal best of 9.90 at Nebraska for her first victory on the event this season. She also won the event with a 9.825 routine against Arizona State.

DEGENHARDT DYNAMITE ON FLOOR OF LATE: Lara Degenhardt scored a season-high 9.95 on her floor routine last week for her first victory on any event this season. The previous week, she scored a 9.875 on floor to end a four-meet streak of falling on that event. The difference? Tumbling. Degenhardt had been doing some very difficult tumbling (including a double front , which is an `E' skill, the highest level of difficulty) in the early part of the season. After some inconsistencies in the first four meets, she changed her tumbling to reflect some of the skills she did as a junior, when she earned All-America honors on the event. It's paid off, as her scores were the best on the team at both meets since switching to the old tumbling. She's also been solid on both her other events all year long. She's ranked 20th in the nation on vault, with an average score of 9.821 (second on the team). She's scored a 9.80 or better at every meet but one, highlighted by a season-best 9.875 against Cal three weeks ago. On bars, she's averaging 9.810 for the team's second-best average. She also has the team's second-best average on bars at 9.813. 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 STILL LOOKING FOR A FALL-FREE SCORE: The Beavers are still looking to get through a meet without having to count a fall, but when they do, they are looking at scoring possibly in the 196 range. Last week, OSU scored a 195.525 even though the Beavers had to count a fall in that meet. It was the second time this season OSU scored above 195.500 despite counting a fall. The Beavers managed to win those two meets, but OSU hasn'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 48.617, ranked 16th 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. But, they've steadied out at the last three meets, scoring above a 49.00 the last three weeks. 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 five of the six meets this season. OSU did manage to make it through last week's meet with no falls on floor - the first time all season they've been fall-free on that event. That resulted in a season-high 49.125. The team has had to count at least one fall in four of the six meets, and scores have ranged from last week's 49.125 down to a 47.050 at Michigan, where four of the six competitors fell.


MARISSA BRUCH: Marissa Bruch has put up solid marks on both beam and floor this season despite two misses last week. Prior to last week's fall on floor, the senior had scored a 9.80 or better on the event three weeks in a row. She's now averaging 9.613 on the event this year. She's also scored a 9.80 or better on two beam routines this year, including a career-high 9.825 three weeks ago. She's averaging 9.585 on beam this season.

ANNIE CAMPBELL: After winning the all-around competition with a score of 39.075 at Nebraska on January 14, Annie Campbell had been looking for another solid all-around effort. It finally came last week against Boise State, where she won the all-around with a season-best 39.250. It was the first time since that meet at Nebraska that she hit all four of her routines in the same meet. At last week's meet against Boise State, she won beam with a 9.85, placed second with a season-high 9.875 on floor, turned in a career-high 9.825 on bars and added a 9.70 on vault. Her beam title was her second consecutive first-place finish on that event and her third beam title of the year. Two weeks ago at Arizona, the sophomore tied her career-high on beam with a 9.90 for her first 9.90 on any event this season. She leads the Beavers with an average of 9.742 on beam. Her average of 9.692 on floor is second on the team, and she's third on the squad with a 9.658 average on vault. She has an average of 9.500 on bars.

LYNDSAY DIXON: Lyndsay Dixon has not officially competed this season, although she did perform her first exhibtition routine of the year last week against Boise State. The sophomore turned in a 9.575 on bars in the exhibition performance.

ELIZABETH JILLSON: Elizabeth Jillson has scored a 9.875 or better on bars since her return from a knee injury, and those three routines have upped her season average on the event to a 9.731 (including a 9.20 and a fall in the season opener). Jillson injured her knee on a vault at the first meet of the year and had to sit out two meets. She's been back in full force on bars since returning to the lineup. Last week she placed second with a 9.875. The previous week she scored a career-high 9.95 at Arizona for her first victory of the season, and in her first meet back after the injury, she scored a 9.90. 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: After struggling on her floor routine at Arizona two weeks ago, Soni Meduna made up for it by turning in one of the best floor routines of her college career against Boise State last week. The junior scored a 9.80, just .025 off her career-best. That mark tied for fourth place in the meet against the Broncos. In that same meet, Meduna tied her career-best on bars with a 9.725. She did stumble on vault a bit and turned in a 9.475 after scoring a career-high 9.65 at the previous two meets. Meduna has competed on bars at all six meets this year and is averaging 9.6540, with a career-high of 9.725 twice. She's vaulted at the last five meets and competed on floor at the last four meets.

LINDSAY NELSON: Lindsay Nelson, who sprained her left ankle on a beam dismount against Arizona State on January 19, is steadily making her way back in the lineup on various events. She was back in the lineup on two events against Boise State last week, and she scored a career-high 9.825 on bars and tied her season-best with a 9.625 on vault in that meet. The previous week (at Arizona), she competed only on bars and scored a 9.775. She did not compete at all in the meet against Cal (the meet the week after her injury). Prior to the injury, Nelson had competed as an all-arounded in one meet, scoring a 38.725 at Nebraska. She has a season-high of 9.775 on beam and 9.675 (ex.) on floor.

MEGAN SURATT: Megan Suratt has competed on beam at the last two meets, marking the first official competitions of her collegiate career. She scored a 9.225 last week against Boise State and had a 9.25 the week before. Both times she's fallen have been on the same skill: her aerial. Prior to these last two meets, 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 has competed on three events at OSU's last two meets and has put up solid numbers both times. Last week against Boise State, she scored a 9.80 on beam, good for the second straight week she'd scored a 9.80 or better on that event. She added a 9.70 on floor and 9.575 on vault in the BSUmeet. The previous week, she scored a 9.825 on beam, 9.775 on floor and 9.65 on vault. For the year, Yoder is averaging a 9.633 on beam (she had a fall in the first meet of the season but has hit all five of her other routines on that event). She's averaging 9.506 on vault in four meets, and she's averaging of 9.738 on floor in two meets.

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. Ricioli injured her left Achilles in the season opener at Michigan, while Lopez injured her right Achilles in a home meet against California.

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 31-20 for the regular season and 56-34 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.

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.

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