No. 13 Gymnasts To Compete In NCAA West Regionals At UCLA

April 3, 2001

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THIS WEEK: The 13th-ranked Oregon State gymnastics team look to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season. OSU joins five other teams in the NCAA West Regional Championships at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion, The meet will begin at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 7, and the top two teams will advance to nationals. Joining the Beavers in the competition are No. 1 UCLA, No. 11 BYU, California, Cal State Fullerton and Boise State.

TICKET INFORMATION: Reserved seat tickets for the regional championships are $9 for adults and $7 for youth (16 and under). General admission tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for youth. Tickets can be purchased at UCLA's Central Ticket Office, (310) UCLA-WIN, and general admission tickets can also be purchased online at

FOLLOW THE MEET ON THE WEB: UCLA will be providing live scoring updates on the web throughout the competition. The live scores will available at

ROTATION ORDER: The Beavers will begin the competition with a bye before bars and will finish on vault. Following is the complete rotation order.


LAST TIME OUT: Oregon State last competed March 24 at the Pac-10 Championships in Seattle. The Beavers placed fourth with a 196.550, their second best score of the year. Katrina Severin turned in a pair of third-place performances, with 9.95 marks on both vault and beam. She also placed eighth on floor with a 9.925. Stephanie Bychowski placed second on bars for the third year in a row, this time with a 9.95. Bychowski's 9.875 on beam was good for a tie for ninth. OSU also got top 10 finishes from Annie Campbell (T4, beam, 9.925) and Elizabeth Jillson (T5, bars, 9.925).

OSU AT REGIONALS: Oregon State has won a total of eight west regional titles, with its most recent coming in 1992. UCLA has won seven of the last eight regional titles. Last year in Corvallis, UCLA took first (197.025), while the Beavers took second (196.175) to earn a trip to nationals.

SEVERAL BEAVERS RANKED NATIONALLY: The Beavers have at least one gymnast ranked nationally on every event (except all-around). Katrina Severin is ranked nationally on all three of her events, and Stephanie Bychowski is ranked on both her events. Severin is fourth in the country on vault, tied for 12th on floor and tied for 23rd on beam, while Bychowski is tied for eighth on bars and is 12th on beam. Lara Degenhardt ranks 20th (tie) on floor, Annie Campbell is tied for 23rd on beam, and Elizabeth Jillson is tied for 24th on bars.

SENSATIONAL SEVERIN: All-American Katrina Severin is ranked nationally on all three of her events. She's fourth in the nation on vault, 12th on floor and 23rd on beam. She's coming off an outstanding performance at the Pac-10 Championships, where she scored a 9.925 or better on all three of her events. She placed third on vault with a 9.95 and added a career-high 9.95 on beam to place third on that event as well. She also posted a 9.925 to finish in a tie for eighth 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 9.906 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 eight times this season, including the last four meets. She also has the team's top average on floor at 9.854, including a career-high 9.975 against the Bruins. Severin has scored a 9.90 or better on her floor routine nine times this year, including marks of 9.925 or better at the last six 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 9.760, highlighted by the career-high 9.95 at Pac-10s two weeks ago. She's scored a 9.85 or better seven times on that event, including the last six meets.

BYCHOWSKI'S BITS: Stephanie Bychowski has been phenomenal on beam over the last six weeks, and she's been strong on bars this year as well. She's ranked nationally on both events, checking in at eighth on bars and 12th on beam. She placed in the top 10 on both events at the Pac-10 Championships, placing second on bars (9.95) and ninth on beam (9.875). Bychowski has scored a 9.875 or better on beam in the last six meets, including two career-high 9.95 marks as well as a 9.925 routine. She's now averaging a 9.819 (best on the team) for the year. She's scored a 9.80 or better nine times and has won the event three times. Bychowski has also put up strong numbers on bars, although she's had some inconsistency in the last six weeks. After hitting her first six routines of the year (including five 9.90+ marks), she's had three falls in the last six meets. But when she hits, she scores high. Of the nine routines she's hit this year, she scored a 9.90 or better in all but one of them, including three career-high 9.95 scores. She's won the event five times and is averaging a 9.694.

DYNAMITE DEGENHARDT: Lara Degenhardt has scored a 9.80 or better on her last 24 routines (including vault, bars and floor, dating back to Feb. 2). At the Pac-10 Championships on March 24, she scored a 9.90 on floor, 9.875 on bars and 9.85 on vault. Degenhardt has the team's best average on bars (9.842) and has scored a 9.80 or better in every meet but one (the season opener), highlighted by a career-high 9.90 at Washington last month. 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 9.844. Like bars, she has scored a 9.80 or better in every meet but one this year. She's scored a 9.875 three times and she had a season-high 9.95 at the Shanico Inn-vitational. Her average on floor is a 9.702, but she's averaging 9.910 since changing her tumbling a month into the season. 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. That's also pushed her into the national rankings on the event, as she's 20th in the nation on floor this week. She's scored a 9.975 twice and has scored a 9.875 or better in every routine since making the switch. 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. Last week Degenhardt was honored as a National Strength and Conditioning All-American, and two weeks ago she was named a Verizon District VIII Second Team All-Academic selection.

LIZ A WHIZ ON BARS: Elizabeth Jillson is in the national rankings on bars for the third week in a row, with a No. 24 ranking this week. She scored a 9.925 on the event at Pac-10 Championships to place fifth and pick up her fourth consecutive score of 9.90 or better. She's now scored a 9.90 or better seven times this year, highlighted by a career-high 9.95 at Arizona. She's averaging a 9.750 on the event and has won bars twice this season, tying for first at Arizona and adding a 9.90 in a win at Stanford. 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 seven scores of 9.90 or better this year, she's now scored a 9.90 or better on bars in nine collegiate competitions. She had one 9.925 and one 9.90 score as a rookie last season.

RISS'S PIECES: Marissa Bruch has come on strong in the last three meets, posting marks of 9.80 or better on both of her events in all three competitions. She scored a 9.85 on beam and a 9.825 on floor at Pac-10s, marking the fifth time this season that she's scored a 9.80 on both events on the same night. She's scored a 9.80 or higher six times on beam and seven times on floor this year. She's averaging 9.709 on beam and 9.631 on floor. She had perhaps the best collegiate meet of her career on Senior Night at the Shanico Inn-vitational on March 17, winning beam with a career-high 9.95 and adding a near-career-high 9.85 on floor. In addition to picking up her first collegiate victory on any event, she also received an unexpected surprise at the end of the night. Boyfriend Steve Rodriguez proposed in front of the crowd while the final scores were being tallied, and Bruch accepted.

CAMPBELL'S CORNER: Annie Campbell had a career-high 9.925 on beam to place fourth at the Pac-10 Championships, but she fell on her vault for the first time this season to narrowly miss out on the 39+ all-around mark for the sixth time this year. Campbell finished the Pac-10 meet with a 38.975 (she added a 9.875 on floor, 9.85 on bars and had a 9.325 on vault). Campbell was attempting a vault worth a 10.0 for just the third time this season, and she had hit it the previous two weeks (9.825 and 9.90 scores) before missing it at Pac-10s. Prior to upgrading, she had performed a 9.80-valued vault and had hit it at every meet. She's averaging a 9.677 to rank third on the team on that event. Campbell's top events are beam and floor, with averages of 9.760 and 9.758, respectively (both rank second on the team). Campbell is tied for 23rd nationally on beam and has won the event four times this season. She's scored a career-high 9.925 on beam at the last two meets, and she's had two other scores of 9.90 on that event. On floor, Campbell has scored a 9.90 or better three times, including two 9.925 routines. She is averaging 9.658 on bars. Overall, she's had 25 scores of 9.80 or better on various events this season (eight on floor, eight on beam, seven on bars and two on vault). She's won the all-around three times, has scored a 39+ five times and is averaging 38.893 when competing all four events. She had the best meet of her college career at the Shanico Inn-vitational on March 17 when she scored a career-high 39.625 to win the all-around. In fact, her performance was one of the best ever by any OSU gymnast. Her score ties the fourth best all-around score in school history. Seven-time All-American Chari Knight scored higher than that three times, while Campbell's score matched Megan Murphy-Barcroft's 39.625 from 1999. Campbell set or tied individual career-highs on three of the four events and had a season-high on the other. She had a career-high 9.925 on beam, a career-high-tying 9.90 vault, a career-high 9.875 on bars and season-high 9.925 on floor. .

MEDUNA'S MARKS: Soni Meduna turned in a near-season-high 9.775 on floor for the second week in a row after earning that score at the Pac-10 Championships. Her top score of the season was a 9.80 on Feb. 9 against Boise State. Meduna has made the floor lineup 10 times (11 counting an exhibition) and is averaging a 9.639 on the event. Meduna also helped set the pace for a school record performance on bars at Pac-10s. While her score of 9.725 did not count, she led off the Beavers on that event and OSU finished with a school-record-tying 49.475. Meduna has competed on bars in every meet this year, with a high of 9.775 and an average of 9.583. She also competes vault and scored a 9.575 in her last outing (Pac-10s). She had a career-high 9.80 - a perfect score for her vault, a handspring front tuck - at the Shanico Inn-vitational on March 17. She's now averaging a 9.564 on the event.

NELSON'S NEWS: Lindsay Nelson has been back in the lineup on three events (vault, bars and beam) in the last six meets after seeing limited action prior to that because of an ankle injury. In Nelson's most recent outing (at Pac-10s), she tied her career-high with a 9.875 on bars, scored a 9.675 on vault and added a 9.525 on beam. Nelson had competed as an all-arounder at Nebraska in the second meet of the season and was slated to go on all four events the following week against Arizona State. However, she sprained her ankle on her beam dismount against ASU and thus did not compete on floor. She missed the next meet (Cal) entirely, was back in the bars lineup at Arizona and competed on bars and vault against Boise State before rejoining the beam lineup six meets ago. She has not officially competed on floor since the injury, although she did perform an exhibition routine on March 17. Nelson's best event has been bars, having scored a 9.825 or better at the last seven meets. She's had a career-high 9.875 three times, including the last two meets. She's averaging 9.780 on that event. She's averaging 9.638 on vault, with a season-high 9.70 twice. Her top beam score is a 9.825, coming against UCLA, and she's averaging 9.553 on that event. She scored a 38.725 in her only official all-around appearance, and she's competed on floor three times (two exhibitions) this year for an average of 9.667 on that event. Her exhibition score of 9.75 at the Shanico meet was a season-high for her. Had it been official, she would have had a 39.00 all-around score.

ELAINE'S EFFORTS: 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 six scores of 9.80 or better, including a career-high 9.875 twice (vs. UCLA and at Washington). Most recently, she scored a 9.80 at Pac-10s. She's averaging 9.685 on that event. Yoder has scored a 9.70 or better in all eight meets she's competed on floor. She's averaging 9.741 on that event since making the lineup eight weeks ago, with highs of 9.80 against UCLA and in the Shanico. Yoder has also vaulted in nine meets (10 counting an exhibition) and has had a career-high 9.65 four times (three on the road, one at home). She's averaging 9.475 on that event.

BEAVERS LOOKING TO GO 24-FOR-24: OSU is still looking to achieve its goal of going 24-for-24. The Beavers have had at least one fall in every meet and have had just two meets that they didn't have to count a fall. The last time out (Pac-10s), OSU went 6-for-6 on bars, beam and floor but had to count a fall on vault for the first time this season. OSU's most consistent event has been vault, averaging a 48.748 and ranking 21st in the nation. Up until lPac-10's, OSU hadn't had to count a fall on that event. In fact, the Beavers vaulters had made all but three vaults all season until missing two at the conference championships. OSU has had 11 falls on bars, 14 on floor and 16 on beam. OSU's bars scores have ranged from a school record 49.475 at the Pac-10 Championships down 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 49.575 all the way to a 47.400, and the Beavers have had to count a fall on beam at six of the 12 meets this season. OSU has had just five meets without a fall on floor and has had to count at least one fall in five meets, although they've gone 6-for-6 in the last three 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 34-24 for the regular season and 62-41 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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