No. 19 Gymnasts Head To Washington In Search Of First Road Win

Feb. 20, 2001

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THIS WEEK: The No. 19 Oregon State gymnastics team looks for its first road win of the year when it faces Washington in a dual meet at 2 p.m., Sunday, February 25 in Seattle.

MEET TO BE TELEVISED: Sunday's meet against the Huskies will be televised tape-delayed on FOX Sports. The meet will air on FOX Sports Net Northwest at 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 27. Bob Akamian and Judy Corwin will commentate. It will be the second meet in a row that the Beavers will be on TV, last week's meet against UCLA will air on FOX Sports Net Northwest at 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 20.

RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S ACTION: The Beavers captured a season-high 196.375 score in a loss to No. 1 UCLA (198.250) last week, and OSU gymnasts set several personal bests and school records in the process. Katrina Severin won vault for the fifth week in a row, scoring a perfect 10.0 against the Bruins to become just the second Beaver with a perfect vault. The Beaver beam team set a school record with a 49.400 team score, led by Stephanie Bychowski (9.95) and Marissa Bruch (9.90). OSU's floor team just missed the school record by a mere .025, finishing the night with a combined 49.550. Severin and Lara Degenhardt tied for second with near-perfect scores of 9.975. Elizabeth Jillson turned in OSU's top score on bars, with a third-place 9.90, but the Beavers had to count a fall on that event. OSU's team score tied for the seventh-best in school history.

OSU VS. THE HUSKIES: The Beavers are 39-10 all-time against Washington. The teams met three times last year, including a dual meet in Corvallis (which OSU won, 192.100-191.650). OSU edged the Huskies for second place at Pac-10s, 196.575 to UW's third-place 195.900. The teams also met at the NCAA Region 1 meet, where OSU took second with a 196.175 while the Huskies were fourth with a 195.250.

A LOOK AT THE HUSKIES: Washington is coming off a 195.575 in a win against Arizona last week. The Huskies got individual wins from Lanna Apisukh in the all-around (39.275) and floor (9.975) and Stacy Wong on bars (9.925). Wong is ranked 10th nationally on bars with an average of 9.882 on the event.

SEVERIN VAULTS TO SECOND IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: After scoring a perfect 10.0 on vault last week, All-American Katrina Severin jumped up a spot to second from third in the national rankings on that event. The senior is averaging a 9.907 on her vaults, an average that is tops in the Pac-10 and the region. After her 10.0 last week, she extended her streak of vaulting victories to five consecutive weeks with a win on that event. She has captured first place on vault in six out of seven meets the season and has scored a a 9.925 or better at the last four meets. With her 10.0, she became just the second Beaver to reach perfection on that evnet (Kristie Snyder, the only other OSU gymnast with a 10.0 on vault, received a 10.0 twice, once in 1995 and once in 1996.). Severin's 10.0 against the Bruins was just the start of perhaps the best collegiate meet of her career. She just missed becoming only the second Beaver to score two 10s in the same meet. She recorded a career-high 9.975 on floor, receiving a 10.0 from one judge and a 9.95 from another, to place second on that event. She also added a 9.85 on beam (her second-best score of the year on beam) to help the Beavers set a school record on that event. In addition to her six vaulting victories, she has two wins apiece on both beam and floor. She's scored a 9.90 or better on her floor routine in four of seven meets, and her average of 9.80 on floor is the best on the team. She's averaging a 9.664 on beam, highlighted by a career-high 9.90 against California.

DEGENHARDT JUST MISSES SECOND CAREER 10: Lara Degenhardt scored a season-high 9.975 on floor last week to tie for second place against UCLA. Had she received a 10.0 from both judges, that would have been her second career 10.0 on floor. She was crowned the Pac-10 champion on floor with a 10.0 on the event in 1999. She's one of only two Beavers to receive a perfect score on that event. She's now scored a 9.95 or better on floor the last two weeks, but she's still averaging just 9.564 for the year. She had falls in the first four meets of the season while using some of the most difficult tumbling in collegiate gymnasts. After those first four meets, she changed some of her tumbling and has been averaging a 9.93 in the three meets since making the switch. She's turned in OSU's top score on floor at each of those three meets and earned her first victory on any event this season when she scored a 9.95 against Boise State. Degenhardt's also been solid on both her other events all year long. She's ranked 19th in the nation on vault, with an average score of 9.825 (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 has the team's top average (9.821) and has scored a 9.80 or better at every meet but one. She's had a career-high 9.875 twice this season, including last week against UCLA.

CAMPBELL CONTINUES CONSISTENCY: Annie Campbell appears to have things back on track after turning in back-to-back 39+ all-around scores the last two weeks. This past week against UCLA, she scored a 39.225 (season-high 9.925 on floor, 9.80 on bars and beam, 9.70 on vault). The previous meet she had a season-high 39.250 to win the all-around against Boise State (9.875 on floor, 9.85 on beam, career-high 9.825 on bars, 9.70 on vault). Those two meets came after a three-week string of missing at least one routine a week. She won the all-around with a 39.075 at Nebraska on Feb. 14 in her first all-around competition of the year but struggled on at least one event at each meet up until the Boise State competition. In those three meets, she hit all three of her vaults but had one meet with a fall on bars, one meet with a fall on beam and one meet with a fall on floor and an extra swing on bars. Now that those inconsistencies appear to be out of the way, Campbell has gotten her all-around average back up to a 38.725. She's won the all-around competition twice this year, and she also has three beam titles to her name. She has the team's second best average on beam at 9.75, highlighted by a season/career-high 9.90 at Arizona. Her 9.725 average on floor is also second on the team, and her average of 9.664 on vault is the team's third best on that event. She also has an average score of 9.543 on bars. She's had 11 scores of 9.80 or better on various events this season. The only event on which she hasn't reached the 9.80 mark yet this year is vault. However, she has scored a 9.70 on that event three times this season while performing a vault that has a maximum value of 9.80. She is working on upgrading to a 10.0 start value vault and may perform that vault this week at Washington.

LIZ A WHIZ ON BARS: Elizabeth Jillson has scored a 9.875 or better on bars at every meet since her return from an injury, and those four routines have upped her season average on the event to a solid 9.765 (that includes a 9.20 from a fall in the season opener). Jillson missed two meets after a knee injury on vault in the first meet of the year. Although she remains out of the vault lineup, she been back in full force on bars since returning to the competition floor. She scored a 9.90 on bars against UCLA last week, good for her third score of 9.90 or better this year. She also had a 9.90 in her first meet back after the injury, and she had a career-high 9.95 at Arizona on Feb. 2 for her first victory of the season. She's now scored a 9.90 or better on bars in five collegiate competitions. She had one 9.925 and one 9.90 score as a rookie last season.

BRUCH'S NEWS: After falling on both her routines two weeks ago against Boise State, Marissa Bruch more than made up for it a week later against UCLA. The senior had the best meet of her college career last week against the Bruins, as she put up career-best marks on both her events. She scored a 9.90 on beam and then followed that with a 9.875 on floor. Her previous best marks were a 9.825 on beam and a 9.85 on floor. Bruch has now scored a 9.80 or better on floor four times this year, with an average of 9.650. She also has three scores of 9.80 or better on beam, with an average of 9.638.

BYCHOWSKI PICKS UP CAREER-HIGH ON BEAM: Stephanie Bychowski suffered an uncharacteristic fall on bars against UCLA last week, but she quickly turned things around by responding with a career-high 9.95 on beam in the next rotation. Bychowski's beam score earned her a second-place showing and upped her season average to a team-best 9.761. Her average on bars dropped to a 9.796 after a 9.15 routine against the Bruins (her only fall on bars this year). That fall ended her streak of wins on the event, she had won four straight bars titles prior to the UCLA meet. That also dropped her out of the national rankings, she was eighth in the nation on the event (based on averages) last week. The rankings switch to the RQS format next week, which means that fall will no longer be counted in the rankings, so she could jump back in after this week's meet. She's scored a 9.90 or better on bars at five of seven meets this year, and she has two beam scores of 9.90 or better. She's claimed six individual event titles this year, four on bars and two on beam.

NELSON BACK ON THREE EVENTS: Lindsay Nelson competed on three events last week against the Bruins. It was the first time she competed on three events since spraining her ankle on beam on January 19. Nelson, an all-arounder, is now back in the lineup on vault, bars and beam. The rookie had career-best marks on all three events in that meet against UCLA. She scored a 9.875 on bars, a 9.825 on beam and a 9.675 on vault. It was the first time she'd competed on beam since her injury. She missed one meet (Cal) completely, was back in the bars lineup at Arizona and competed on bars and vault two weeks ago (Boise State) before adding beam to her repertoire this past week. Prior to the injury, Nelson had competed as an all-arounder in one meet, scoring a 38.725 at Nebraska (she was slated to compete all-around against ASU but after the injury on beam she was unable to compete on floor at that meet.). Nelson is averaging 9.710 on bars, 9.605 on vault and 9.588 on beam.

YODER IMPRESSIVE ON BEAM: Elaine Yoder scored a career-high 9.875 on beam against UCLA last week, marking the third week in a row she's scored at least 9.80 on that event. She's now averaging a 9.668 on the season and has hit her last six routines after falling in the season opener. Yoder has also put up solid numbers on floor since making that lineup three weeks ago. In three meets on floor, she's averaging 9.758 with a high of 9.80 against UCLA. Yoder has also vaulted in the last four meets (five counting an exhibition) with a high of 9.65 at Arizona and an average of 9.430.

THE SCOOP ON SONI: Soni Meduna turned in solid marks on floor (9.70) and vault (9.60) against UCLA last week, but she fell on bars (9.15) for the first time this season against the Bruins. Meduna has competed on bars in all seven meets this season, with an average of 9.582 per routine. She's had a career-high 9.725 twice, against Boise State and California. She's competed on vault in every meet but the season opener. Meduna is averaging 9.475 on that event and has had a career-high 9.65 twice (at Arizona and against Cal). She's competed on floor at the last five meets (six, including an exhibition at Nebraska) with a high of 9.80 against Boise State. She's averaging a 9.654 on the event.

SURATT GETS AN UNOFFICIAL CAREER-HIGH: Megan Suratt scored a career-high 9.90 on her beam routine against UCLA, but her routine was an exhibition so it didn't officially count. She'd been in the official lineup at the previous two meets but had falls on both those routines (both times on her aerial) and scored a 9.25 and a 9.225. Those two routines were her first official collegiate competitions - and her first on beam at all. Prior to then, she had performed exhibition routines on bars. Her top score on bars was a 9.55 from the meet against California on January 28.

DIXON CONTINUES TO IMPROVE ON BARS: Lyndsay Dixon has not officially competed this season, but she has performed exhibition bar routines at the last two meets. After scoring a 9.575 in her first routine, she upped her score by a tenth when she scored a 9.675 in the meet against UCLA. That score would have counted had she been in the official lineup as the Beavers had two falls on that event.

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 should see a fairly high score. In fact last week, OSU scored a season-high 196.375 even though the Beavers had to count a fall in that meet. It was the third time this season OSU scored above 195.500 despite counting a fall. While the falls are hurting the team score, they are also affecting OSU's overall record. OSU is 2-6 on the year, and three of those losses were by less than .500 (the automatic deduction for a fall). One other loss was by just .600, and the Beavers had to count two falls in that meet. The Beavers have been very consistent on vault - they're averaging 48.646, ranked 15th 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 three different meets this year. After going three straight weeks with 49+ scores on bars, OSU had two falls on the event against UCLA last week. Beam scores have ranged from a school record 49.400 all the way to a 47.400, and the Beavers have had to count a fall on beam at five of the seven meets this season, although all six gymnasts hit beam last week. OSU has managed to make it through the last two meets with no falls on floor - the only two times this year they've been fall-free on that event. The team has had to count at least one fall in four of the seven meets, and scores have ranged from last week's season-high 49.550 down to a 47.050 at Michigan, where four of the six competitors fell.

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 gymnastics coach at OSU. Last year she guided the Beavers to their first trip to nationals since 1996 and was named OSU's Female Coach of the Year. Including this year's totals, Chaplin's career record is 31-21 for the regular season and 56-35 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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