Gymnastics Hosts Washington On Friday

Jan. 28, 2002

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THIS WEEK: The Oregon State gymnastics team (0-3) will try to pick up its first win of the season when the Beavers host against Northwest rival Washington. The Beavers host the Huskies in the Younger Oil/Texaco Showdown at 7 p.m., Friday, February 1 at Gill Coliseum.

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets for Friday's meet are $10 for reserved seats, $6 for adult general admission and $4 for senior citizens/child general admission. OSU students are admitted free with a valid student ID.

MEET TO BE TELEVISED: Friday's meet between OSU and Washington will be televised on FOX Sports Net Northwest on a tape-delayed basis. Judy Corwin and Todd McKim will call the action. The meet will be aired twice, at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 3, and again at noon, Thursday, Feb. 7. This marks the first of two OSU gymnastics meet to be televised this season. The March 16 Shanico Inn-vitational also will be aired on FOX Sports Net NW on tape-delay.

LIVE STATS ON THE INTERNET: Fans unable to attend Friday's meet will be able to follow the competition on the Oregon State website at Scores will be updated after each rotation.

THE BEAVERS VS. THE HUSKIES: Oregon State and Washington have become quite familiar with each other over the years because of the proximity of the two schools. OSU has faced Washington 52 times, more than other opponent in program history. The Beavers have gone 40-12 in those meets. The two teams met three times last year, with each winning in their home gym. In the first meeting of 2001, Washington came out on top, 196.875-196.325, in a dual meet in Seattle. At the Shanico Inn-vitational in Corvallis later that season, OSU prevailed 197.625-195.775 as the teams took the top two spots in the four-team competition. Washington also hosted the Pac-10 Championships, where the Huskies took third with a 197.425 and OSU was fourth with a 196.550.

A LOOK AT THE HUSKIES: Washington has been plagued with injuries so far this season, but the Huskies (2-1) picked up two wins this past weekend. UW defeated Boise State, 191.800-101.075, on the road Friday and then came home to defeat California, 194.800-192.625. The Huskies have lost Pac-10 bars champion Stacy Wong (knee) as well as Daniela Medlin (foot) and Tacia LaBatte (foot) to injuries. Molly Seaman has stepped up, winning the all-around for the first time in her career after a 39.250 against Cal.

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BEAVS: Oregon State lost its home opener against Brigham Young last week, with the Cougars coming out on top, 194.400-192.950. The Beavers had to count falls on bars and beam in the loss. BYU claimed top honors on every event except bars, with Jerra Lopez and Tanya Ricioli tying for first with a pair of 9.825 marks on that event. The Beavers also picked up several other top three finishes. Lopez tied for second with a 9.875 on floor, while Ricioli and Heather Justus tied for third on vault with 9.70 scores. Annie Campbell was third on bars with a 9.80, and Elaine Yoder tied for third on beam with a 9.725. In the all-around, Lopez took second with a 38.950, followed by Ricioli's third-place 38.650.

BEAVERS REMAIN AMONG NATION'S BEST ON BARS: Even after last week's problems on bars, when OSU had to count an 8.80 for a season-low 47.900, the Beavers are still ranked 12th in the nation on the event. OSU had scored a 48.900 and a 49.100 on bars at the first two meets. Five different Beavers have scored at least a 9.80 on bars this season, and three have claimed a first-place finish on the event. Elizabeth Jillson has scored as high as 9.90 and Jerra Lopez has scored a 9.875, followed by Lindsay Nelson (9.85), Tanya Ricioli (9.825) and Annie Campbell (9.80). Jillson, Lopez and Ricioli have all placed first on the event this year.

OSU ALSO AMONG THE TOP FLOOR TEAMS: OSU just missed its second straight 49.00 mark on floor after scoring a 48.925 against BYU last week. With a season-high 49.025 at Cal two weeks ago, the Beavers are averaging 48.575 on the event to rank 22nd nationally. Jerra Lopez has led the floor team, scoring a 9.875 at the last two meets - the best score on that event by any Beaver this year. Three other gymnasts have also scored a 9.80 or better on the event. Tanya Ricioli scored a 9.825 against BYU, and Elaine Yoder and Th�r�se Videan have each scored a 9.80.

LOPEZ HAS A CAREER-BEST MEET AGAINST BYU: Jerra Lopez had the best all-around meet of her collegiate career against BYU last week. She placed second in the all-around with a career-high of 38.950, bettering the mark of 38.850 that she had as a freshman in 1999. Lopez won bars with a 9.825 and took second on floor with a 9.875. She also chipped in a 9.65 on beam and a 9.60 on vault. Lopez has three individual event titles this year, all on different events. At Cal two weeks ago, she won beam (9.80) and floor (9.875) and then followed that up with a victory on bars last week. Her season averages on bars (9.842) and floor (9.825) are the best on the team.

RICIOLI TIES CAREER-BEST ON BARS: Tanya Ricioli's 9.825 score on bars against BYU tied her career-high, which she recorded at Michigan State in her very first collegiate competition as a freshman in 2000. That score also earned her a tie for first place against BYU, good for her second victory of the year (the first came on beam against Denver in the season opener). Ricioli has competed as an all-arounder in all three meets this year and is averaging a 38.533, although she has yet to have a meet where she hits all four routines, so her potential to score in the 39s is within reach. She has scored a 9.80 or better on three of the four events this year, with highs of 9.825 on bars and floor and 9.80 on beam. Her top vault score, a 9.70, came against BYU last week, when she also finished with a season-high 38.650 to place third in the all-around.

CAMPBELL RETURNS TO THE LINEUP: Annie Campbell competed in the all-around against BYU in her first meet of the season after missing the first two meets. She finished with a 38.475, with a high of 9.80 on bars to finish third on that event. She added a 9.70 on floor and a 9.675 on beam but fell on her vault to score a 9.30 on that event.

YODER CONTINUES STREAK: Elaine Yoder has placed in the top three on beam in all three meets this season. She has scored a 9.775 twice, good for second place at Cal and third place at Denver. Last week against BYU, she scored a 9.725 to place third. Yoder's 9.758 average on the event is the best on the team. She also has been in the floor lineup in all three meets, highlighted by a 9.80 at Cal to tie her career-high.

NELSON BACK TO TRAINING ALL EVENTS: After competing as an all-arounder in the first two meets, Lindsay Nelson was limited to the bars lineup against BYU as a result of bursitis in her left knee. However, she's been cleared to train on all four events this week. Whether or not she'll be back in the lineup on all four events against Washington will be determined as the week progresses.

JUSTUS VAULTING HER WAY TO THE TOP: Heather Justus leads the vault team with an average of 9.683 this season. She's the only OSU vaulter to score a 9.80 on the event this year, which she did at Cal two weeks ago. She also has competed on floor in all three meets. After a fall in the season opener, she's returned to hit her last two routines - a 9.775 at Cal and a 9.725 against BYU.

BEAVERS STILL LOOKING TO GO 24-FOR-24: OSU has had to count at least two falls in every meet this season. Beam has been the biggest problem, with the Beavers having to count at least one fall on that event in every meet this year. In the season opener, OSU had to count two falls on beam and two on floor. The following week at Cal, OSU had to count a fall on beam and floor. Last week against BYU, the Beavers had to count a fall on beam as well as one on bars. That bar routine scored an 8.80 and had two falls, so in essence it was as if the Beavers had to count three falls in that meet. The team struggled with consistency last season as well. OSU had at least one fall in every meet a year ago and had just two meets in which the team did not have to count a fall.

HEAD COACH TANYA CHAPLIN: Tanya Chaplin is in her fifth season as head gymnastics coach at OSU. She has guided the Beavers to back-to-back trips to the NCAA Championships and has been named OSU's Female Coach of the Year the past two years. In 1999, she was named Pacific-10 Coach of the Year. Chaplin has a career record of 34-27 for the regular season and 66-50 including postseason competition. 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.

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