Falls Cost Beavers As OSU Gymnasts Lose To BYU, 194.400-192.950

Jan. 25, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Jerra Lopez set a new personal best in the all-around with a 38.950 to finish second, but the Oregon State gymnastics team lost its home opener to Brigham Young at Gill Coliseum on Friday night. BYU prevailed, 194.400-192.950.

Falls once again cost the Beavers. This time, OSU had to count a fall on beam as well as a bar routine that had two falls, essentially meaning the Beavers had to count three falls. The Beavers have had to count at least two falls in all three meets this season.

'The last three meets we've had the opportunity to win, and we gave it away. We have it in our control, and we let it slip away,' said coach Tanya Chaplin. 'We can't let that happen. We need to tighten things up, mentally and physically.'

Despite the falls, there were several strong performances by the Beavers.

Lopez bettered her previous all-around effort of 38.85, which she set as a freshman in 1999, to finish second to BYU's Kelly Evanson, who scored a 39.250 and won floor (9.90) and beam (9.825). Lopez also picked up her third individual victory of the season by tying teammate Tanya Ricioli for first place on bars with 9.825 marks, and Lopez also took second on floor with a 9.875 to match her season-high on the event.

Annie Campbell, making her season debut, took third on bars with a 9.80, while Ricioli and Heather Justus tied for third on vault with 9.70 scores.Elaine Yoder finished in the top three on beam for the third meet in a row, this time placing third with a 9.725.

'We're on the right track, but I'm frustrated with the results,' Chaplin said. 'Wehave a lot of work to do.'

Meet Results

Team Scores: Brigham Young, 194.400, Oregon State, 192.950

Vault: 1. Angie Hickman (BYU), 9.80, 2. Kelly Evanson (BYU), 9.725, T3. Tanya Ricioli (OSU), Heather Justus (OSU), Megan Shupe (BYU), 9.70. Other OSU Scores: Th�r�se Videan, 9.65, Jerra Lopez, 9.60, Meghan Jones, 9.525, Annie Campbell, 9.30 (Alisha Stephenson, 9.525 - exhibition)

Bars: T1. Jerra Lopez (OSU), Tanya Ricioli (OSU), 9.825, T3. Annie Campbell (OSU), Kelly Evanson (BYU), 9.80. Other OSU Scores: Lindsay Nelson, 9.65, Elizabeth Jillson, 8.80, Heidi Goehring, 8.75. (Th�r�se Videan, 9.60 - exhibition)

Beam: 1. Kelly Evanson (BYU), 9.825, 2. Jamie Mabray (BYU), 9.80, T3. Elaine Yoder (OSU), Lindsay Lines (BYU), 9.725. Other OSU Scores: Annie Campbell, 9.675, Jerra Lopez, 9.65, Daylee Ingalls, 9.60, Tanya Ricioli, 9.30, Heidi Goehring, 9.20. (Meghan Jones, 9.050 - exhibition)

Floor: 1. Kelly Evanson (BYU), 9.90, T2. Jerra Lopez (OSU), Jeni Lopez (BYU), 9.875. Other OSU Scores: Tanya Ricioli, 9.825, Th�r�se Videan, 9.80, Heather Justus, 9.725, Annie Campbell, 9.70, Elaine Yoder, 9.575. (Soni Meduna, 9.325 - exhibition)

All-Around: 1. Kelly Evanson (BYU), 39.250, 2. Jerra Lopez (OSU), 38.950, 3. Tanya Ricioli (OSU), 38.650. Other OSU Score: Annie Campbell, 38.475.

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