Gymnasts Host Annual Shanico Inn-vitational On Saturday

March 13, 2001

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THIS WEEK: No. 14 OSU will host the annual Shanico Inn-vitational at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 17. Joining the Beavers in this year's field are No. 21 Washington, Cal State-Fullerton and Seattle Pacific.

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.

SHANICO TO BE TELEVISED: Saturday's Shanico Inn-vitational will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on FOX Sports Net Northwest. The meet will be aired Tuesday, March 20 at 8 p.m. Bob Akamian and Judy Corwin will call the action.

SATURDAY IS SENIOR NIGHT: Oregon State will recognize its seniors on Saturday prior to their last competition in Gill Coliseum. Marissa Bruch, Stephanie Bychowski, Lara Degenhardt and Katrina Severin, along with Annette Taylor, will be honored.

SEVERAL BEAVERS RANKED NATIONALLY: For the third week in a row, the Beavers have at least one gymnast ranked nationally on every event (except all-around). Katrina Severin is third in the country on vault and ninth on floor, while Stephanie Bychowski is eighth on bars and tied for 11th on beam. Elizabeth Jillson checked into the national rankings for the first time this year, tying for 18th on bars, and Lara Degenhardt is tied for 22nd on vault.

RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S ACTION: Although losing to then-No. 3 Utah, 197.425-196.050, the Beavers had a good showing in Salt Lake City to improve their Regional Qualifying Score.OSU came close to season-highs on bars (49.350) and vault (48.875), but struggled on beam in the final rotation, with two falls on the first two routines to force the Beavers to count a fall. Stephanie Bychowski had an outstanding meet, winning both bars and beam with career-highs of 9.95 on both events. OSU also got scores of 9.90 or better from Katrina Severin (9.925 on floor, 9.90 on vault) and Elizabeth Jillson (9.90 on bars).

OSU VS. THE FIELD: The Beavers are 39-11 all-time against Washington, 7-7 against CS-Fullerton and 22-3 against Seattle Pacific. OSU and Washington have already met once this season, with the Huskies winning a dual meet in Seattle, 196.875-196.325, on Feb. 25.

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENTS: The Huskies are 21st in the nation, and they have a couple gymnasts ranked nationally. Stacy Wong is 12th on bars, and Lanna Apisukh is 22nd on floor. The Huskies are coming off a 195.775 performance in a loss at Boise State last week. CS-Fullerton scored a 195.075 in wins over Illinois and Sacramento State last week. The Titans are led by Kelly Mathiasen, who ranks second in the region in the all-around. Seattle Pacific, a Division II power, struggled at UC-Davis last week, where the Falcons scored a 189.925 - their lowest score since Feb. 9.

STELLAR STEPHANIE: Stephanie Bychowski had the best meet of her college career at Utah last week. The senior tied her career-bests with 9.95 marks on both bars and beam, also good enough for wins on both events. Those victories give her eight wins for the year, five on bars and three on beam. Bychowski is ranked nationally on both events, checking in at eighth on bars and 11th on beam. She's scored 9.90 or better on bars seven times, with career-highs of 9.95 at Arizona and Utah. She is averaging 9.725 for the year. On beam, she has the team's top average at 9.803, including three scores of 9.90 or better.

SENSATIONAL SEVERIN: All-American Katrina Severin is ranked in the top 10 nationally on two different events. She's third in the nation on vault and tied for ninth on floor. The standout senior has won a total of 11 individual event titles this year: seven on vault and two on both beam and floor. She needs just one more vault victory this year to become the first Beaver to win eight vault titles in a single season since All-America Tina Barnes in 1987. Severin's averaging a team-leading 9.903 on vault and became just the second Beaver to score a perfect 10.0 on that event when she did so against UCLA. She's scored a 9.90 or better on the event six times this season. She also has the team's top average on floor at 9.838, including a career-high 9.975 against the Bruins. Severin has scored a 9.90 or better on her floor routine seven times this year, including marks of 9.925 or better at the last four meets. Up until this season, she hadn't scored a 9.90 on floor since her freshman year in 1997. On beam, she's averaging 9.725, highlighted by a career-high 9.90 against Cal. She's scored a 9.85 or better five times on that event, including the last four meets.

DYNAMITE DEGENHARDT: Lara Degenhardt has scored a 9.80 or better on her last 18 routines (including vault, bars and floor, dating back to Feb. 2). Last week at Utah, she scored a 9.875 on both vault and bars and added a 9.85 on floor. Degenhardt has the team's best average on bars (9.835) and has scored a 9.80 or better in every meet but one, highlighted by a career-high 9.90 at Washington three weeks ago. Degenhardt's average is impressive in itself, but it's even more impressive considering that she'd scored above a 9.825 on bars only once before this season (she had a 9.85 once as a sophomore). She has the team's second-best average on vault, with a 9.833. She's ranked 22nd in the nation on that event and has scored a 9.80 or better in every meet but one this year. She's scored a season-high 9.875 three times, including last week. Her average on floor is a 9.655, but she's averaging 9.90 since changing her tumbling six weeks ago. After inconsistent performances on the event in the first four meets (she fell in all four of those meets), she changed her tumbling passes and has hit every routine since then (six meets). Her top score was a 9.975 against UCLA, just missing her second career perfect 10.0 on that event. She was crowned the Pac-10 champion on floor with a 10.0 in 1999. She's one of only two Beavers to receive a perfect score on that event.

LIZ A WHIZ ON BARS: Elizabeth Jillson has jumped into the national rankings on bars for the first time this season after scoring a 9.90 on the event at Utah last week. She's now tied for 18th nationally and has scored a 9.90 or better five times this year. She's averaging a 9.709 on the event, highlighted by a career-high 9.95 at Arizona on Feb. 2. She's won bars twice this season, tying for first at Arizona and adding a 9.90 in a win at Stanford two weeks ago. She missed two meets with a knee injury (she was injured on vault in the first meet of the year), but she's been solid for most of the year. With five scores of 9.90 or better this year, she's now scored a 9.90 or better on bars in seven collegiate competitions. She had one 9.925 and one 9.90 score as a rookie last season.

CAMPBELL DEBUTS NEW VAULT: Annie Campbell had been performing a vault valued at a 9.80 (a Yurchenko layout) all season, but she upped the vault value to a 10.0 last week at Utah when she added a 1/2 twist to her vault for the first time in competition this year. She scored a 9.825 on the vault for a new season-high. Her previous best was a 9.75. Campbell also performed the 10.0 value vault a few times in 2000, with a best of 9.90. This season she's averaging a 9.690 on the event, good for third on the team. Campbell also competes the other three events and is OSU's only all-arounder at the moment. Her top events are beam and floor, with averages of 9.728 and 9.730, respectively. She has won beam four times this season and has scored a career-high 9.90 twice (both on the road). She has scored a 9.90 or better twice on floor, including a season-high 9.925 against UCLA. Campbell is averaging 9.618 on bars, with a career-high of 9.825 twice this year - including last week at Utah. She's had 18 scores of 9.80 or better on various events this season (six on floor, six on beam, five on bars and one on vault). She's won the all-around twice, has scored a 39+ four times and is averaging 38.803 when competing all four events.

RISS'S PIECES: Marissa Bruch came out strong at Utah after having some inconsistent performances in the previous two meets. Bruch turned in a 9.85 on beam at Utah, good for her second best score of the year on that event. She also added a 9.80 on floor for her fifth score of 9.80 or better this season. Her career bests are 9.90 on beam and 9.875 on floor, both against UCLA. She's averaging 9.667 on beam and 9.590 on floor.

NELSON BACK ON THREE EVENTS: Lindsay Nelson has competed on three events at the last four meets after seeing limited action prior to that because of an ankle injury. In last week's meet at Utah, she scored a 9.85 on bars and a 9.65 on vault but fell on beam for a 9.275 score. Nelson had competed as an all-arounder in one meet this season (at Nebraska) and was scheduled to compete all-around against Arizona State on Jan. 19, but she sprained her ankle on her beam dismount and was unable to compete on floor in that meet. Nelson missed the next meet (Cal) completely, was back in the bars lineup at Arizona and competed on bars and vault against Boise State before rejoining the beam lineup three meets ago. Her best event has been bars, having scored a 9.825 or better at the last five meets. She's averaging 9.756 on that event, with her best score (9.875) coming against UCLA. She's averaging 9.625 on vault, with a season-high 9.70 at Washington. Her top beam score is a 9.825, also against UCLA, and she's averaging 9.539 on that event. She scored a 38.725 in her only all-around appearance, and she competed on floor twice this year for an average of 9.625 on that event.

YODER PUTTING UP SOLID MARKS: Elaine Yoder has been putting up solid marks on her three events this season (she doesn't compete bars). Her best event is beam, with four scores of 9.80 or better, including a career-high 9.875 twice (vs. UCLA and at Washington). She's averaging 9.658 on that event, although she had her streak of eight straight 'hit' routines snapped last week when she fell at Utah (9.350). Yoder has scored a 9.70 or better on all six meets she's competed on floor. She's averaging 9.738 on that event since making the lineup six weeks ago, and she had a high of 9.80 against UCLA. Yoder has also vaulted in seven meets (eight counting an exhibition) and has had a career-high 9.65 three times (all on the road). She's averaging 9.506 on that event.

THE SCOOP ON SONI: Soni Meduna scored a 9.675 on floor and had a 9.625 on vault at Utah last week, but she fell on her bars dismount for the second week in a row to settle for a 9.375. Both of those bar routines looked to be the best of her career until the very end, with the falls. Soni has competed on bars in every meet this season and is averaging a 9.550. Her top score is a 9.75, which she scored at Washington. Meduna also had another career-high in that meet with the Huskies, scoring a 9.70 on her vault. She's competed on that event in every meet but one and has an average of 9.536. She's made the floor lineup eight times (nine counting an exhibition) with a high score of 9.80against Boise State. Her average on that event is a 9.608.

SURATT, DIXON CONTINUE TO EXHIBITION: Megan Suratt and Lyndsay Dixon have been performing exhibition routines on beam and bars, respectively, in recent weeks. Suratt scored a career-high 9.90 on her beam routine against UCLA, but since it was an exhibition, the score didn't officially count. She has exhibitioned beam at the last four meets (and has scored a 9.80 or better in three of them) after being in the official lineup twice. However, she fell in both those meets for scores of 9.25 and 9.225. Overall, she's averaging 9.533 in six total routines. She also performed three exhibition bar routines earlier in the year, with a high score of 9.55. In addition, Lyndsay Dixon has performed exhibition bar routines at the last five meets. She's averaging 9.345, with her best score (9.675) coming against UCLA.

BEAVERS LOOKING TO GO 24-FOR-24: OSU has had to count at least one fall in every meet but one this year, and the Beavers have had at least three falls in every meet this season. Most recently, OSU had three falls and counted one at Utah last week to score a 196.05. OSU's meet at Washington three weeks ago (196.325) was the only meet the Beavers haven't counted a fall this year, although they still had three falls in the meet. OSU's most consistent event has been vault, averaging a 48.697 and ranking 19th in the nation. That's the one event the Beavers haven't had to count a fall on, and the Beaver vaulters have hit all but three vaults this year. But OSU has had 10 falls on bars, 14 on floor and 16 on beam. 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 four different meets this year. 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 six of the 10 meets this season. OSU has had just three meets without a fall on floor and has had to count at least one fall in five meets. Team scores have ranged from 49.550 down to a 47.050 at Michigan, where four of the six competitors fell.

RICIOLI, LOPEZ OUT FOR THE SEASON: Tanya Ricioli and Jerra Lopez are out for the season. Both are out after rupturing an Achilles tendon. Ricioli injured her left Achilles in the season opener at Michigan, while Lopez injured her right Achilles at home 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 31-24 for the regular season and 56-38 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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