Beaver Gymnasts Score 196.550 To Place Fourth At Pac-10s

March 24, 2001

SEATTLE - The No. 13 Oregon State gymnastics team turned in a 196.550 - its second-highest score of the season - to place fourth at the Pacific-10 Championships.

Stanford ended two-time defending champion UCLA's hopes of a three-peat by a narrow margin of just .05, with the Cardinal capturing a 197.850-197.800 advantage over the Bruins. Washington placed third with a 197.425. Arizona was fifth with a 195.525, followed by ASU (195.200) and Cal (193.750).

'The spectators got an exciting evening of gymnastics, especially with it being so close between UCLA and Stanford,' said OSU coach Tanya Chaplin.

The Beavers had to count a fall on vault (their second event), but rebounded strong with a school record 49.475 on bars to stay in the hunt. Stephanie Bychowski scored a career-high 9.95 on bars to place second for the third year in a row, this time finishing behind Washington's Stacy Wong (9.975).

'We had to count a fall on vault, but we were able to score a school record on bars and come close to a 49.500 on beam, and I'm extremely proud of the character I saw from this team,' Chaplin said.OSU also got a pair of third-place performances from Katrina Severin, who turned in 9.95s on both beam and vault.

UCLA's Mohini Bhardwaj and Stanford's Caroline Fluhrer won vault with 9.975 performances, while the Cardinal also got first place on beam with 9.975's from Lindsay Wing and Lise Leveille. UCLA's Jamie Dantzcher scored a 10.0 to win the floor title.

OSU opened with a 49.300 on floor in the first rotation, highlighted by a 9.925 from Katrina Severin and a 9.90 from Lara Degenhardt. Annie Campbell added a 9.875 to go along with Marissa Bruch's 9.825 and Soni Meduna's 9.775.

Severin scored a 9.95 on vault to lead OSU in the third rotation, but the Beavers had to count a fall on that event for the first time all season after Elaine Yoder and Campbell both fell. The Beavers finished with a 48.375 after having to count Campbell's 9.325. Degenhardt scored a 9.85, while Lindsay Nelson had a 9.675 and Meduna a 9.575.

With the falls on vault, the Beavers dropped to fourth place with a 97.675 and looked to move up with a solid effort on bars.

OSU came through by tying the school record on bars to move into third place with a 147.150 behind UCLA and Stanford, although Washington was still an event behind the Beavers because of byes. Bychowski tied her career-high with a 9.95, while Elizabeth Jillson turned in her second-highest score of the year with a 9.925 to aid in the record-setting performance. Degenhardt and Nelson each scored 9.875 marks, and Campbell's 9.85 closed out the record books.

The Beavers kept the momentum alive with a 49.400 on beam in their final rotation. Severin led the way with a career-high 9.95, while Campbell tied her career-high with a 9.925. OSU didn't have to count a score lower than 9.80, with Bychowski scoring 9.875, Bruch, 9.85 and Yoder 9.80.

After that it was a waiting game to see where the Beavers would end up in the final standings. OSU knew it would finish with a 196.550 - and no lower than fourth place - but Washington still had to compete on beam and could overtake OSU for third place. The Huskies needed just a 48.225 on beam to move into third place and give OSU a fourth-place finish. Washington scored a 49.150 to move ahead of the Beavers.

The annual Pac-10 awards were given out Saturday evening as well. Stanford's Mark Cook was named Coach of the Year, while the Cardinal's Wing was named the league's Freshman of the Year. UCLA's Bhardwaj was honored as the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year.

The Beavers now await their regional selection, which they should know Monday.

'They are really pumped up and ready to get to work over spring break. We're going to clean up some things and work on getting even more consistent,' Chaplin said.

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