Gymnasts To Compete On Back-To-Back Nights In Los Angeles

Feb. 19, 2002

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THIS WEEK: The No. 19 Oregon State gymnastics team (4-3-1) heads to Los Angeles for two meets this week as the Beavers will compete on back-to-back nights for the first time this season. OSU will compete at Cal State Fullerton at 7 p.m., Friday, February 22 and then will take on defending national champion and current No. 10 UCLA at 7 p.m., Saturday, February 23.

BEAVERS MOVE UP TWO SPOTS TO NO. 19, RANKINGS WILL SWITCH TO RQS NEXT WEEK: After a season-high 196.475 against Arizona last week, Oregon State moved up two spots to No. 19 in the rankings after improving its season average to 194.283. The rankings could see a significant shift next week, as the poll will be based on Regional Qualifying Scores after this week. The RQS is determined by taking a team's six highest scores, of which at least three must be from away meets. Of those six, the highest is dropped and the remaining five are averaged to obtain the RQS. Right now, Oregon State has an RQS of 193.845, but with two solid meets this weekend, the Beavers could drop scores of 192.950 and 192.400 from early in the season.

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BEAVS: Oregon State keeps improving each week. Last week against No. 11 Arizona, Oregon State recorded a season-high 196.475 to upset the Wildcats and pick up the ninth best score in school history. The Beavers had season-high marks on vault, bars and floor, and three OSU gymnasts won an individual title. Annie Campbell claimed the all-around title for the second consecutive meet, scoring a season-high 39.450, and she shared the floor title with Jerra Lopez for the second straight week as well. This time, Campbell and Lopez turned in scores of 9.925 to win the event. Elizabeth Jillson came away with OSU's other win, claiming her fourth victory of the season on bars after scoring a season-high 9.925 on the event.

BEAVERS BEAMING AFTER ARIZONA: Oregon State's beam team went six-for-six (seven-for-seven if you count the exhibition) for the first time this season against Arizona last week. OSU scored a season-high 48.975 on the event, bettering the previous best by 0.650 points. Prior to the Arizona meet, OSU had had 10 falls on beam this season, with five of them counting in the team totals. Last Friday's meet also marked the first time this season that two Beavers scored a 9.80 or better on the same night. Annie Campbell placed second with a 9.875, the highest beam score by a Beaver this year. Daylee Ingalls set a new career-high after placing fourth with a 9.825.

GETTING CLOSER TO 24-FOR-24: The Beavers continue to get closer to their goal of hitting 24 of 24 routines. Last week against Arizona, OSU hit 22 of a possible 24 routines - the closest they've come all season to 24-for-24. OSU had a miss on bars and floor, but neither was counted in the team totals - just the second time this season OSU did not have to count a fall. OSU counted four falls in the season opener (two beam, two floor), two at California (one vault, one beam), two against BYU (one bars, one beam), none against Washington and one at Arizona State (beam).

LINEUP CHANGES THIS WEEK: With back-to-back meets this week, coach Tanya Chaplin plans to alter the lineup slightly. As of Tuesday, Chaplin said Jerra Lopez and Annie Campbell would compete in the all-around against UCLA, but that they would compete only in two or three events Friday against Fullerton. Lindsay Nelson and Soni Meduna will fill in for Campbell and Lopez on floor, while Nelson is also slated to vault for Lopez on Friday. Nelson competed as an all-arounder in the first two meets of the season, Meduna has performed three exhibition floor routines this year.

OSU VS. CAL STATE FULLERTON: This will be the second time in three weeks that the Beavers and Titans have met. OSU improved to 10-7 all-time against CSUF after a win at the Uno's Classic at Arizona State on Feb. 8 (195.800-194.975). OSU's Annie Campbell won vault (9.875), floor (9.95) and all-around (39.425), while Fullerton's Kelly Mathiasen won beam (9.90) and took second in the all-around (39.375).

OSU VS. UCLA: The Beavers enter Saturday's meet with an 8-20 all-time record against the Bruins. Oregon State has not beaten the two-time defending NCAA champions since 1998. OSU scored a 195.450 in the 1998 Shanico Inn-vitational to place first, ahead of UCLA's second-place 194.500 score. The teams competed against each other four times in 2001, with the Bruins winning a dual meet in Corvallis as well as finishing ahead of OSU at the Pac-10 Championships, the NCAA Regional Championships and the NCAA Championships.

A LOOK AT THE TITANS: A week after their season-high 194.975 at Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton struggled in a tri-meet against UC Santa Barbara and San Jose State last week. The Titans scored a 191.775 but managed to win the meet despite having to count three falls on beam and one on vault. Megan Berry and Joanna Hughes each won two events. The duo tied for first on bars (9.85), while Berry also won floor (9.90) and Hughes vault (9.875).

A LOOK AT THE BRUINS: The defending national champions have been battling injuries, but UCLA is still ranked 10th in the nation and averaging a 195.354 this season. The Bruins boast two of the top five all-arounders in the country in Jamie Dantzscher (third) and Onnie Willis (fifth), although Willis did not compete last week and Dantzscher only competed three events in UCLA's last meet. Dantzscher also ranks fifth on floor with an average of 9.918, including five straight perfect 10s on the event. She also leads the nation with an average of 9.937 on bars and is third on vault with an average of 9.935. Willis ranks eighth on bars, while Yvonne Tousek is seventh on beam.

BEAVERS HAVE THREE 39+ ALL-AROUNDERS: Three Oregon State gymnasts have surpassed the 39.00 mark in the all-around this season. Annie Campbell has done so twice, with a season-high 39.450 last week and a 39.425 the week before to win the all-around title at OSU's last two meets. Tanya Ricioli had a career-high 39.300 at Arizona State (2/8), while Jerra Lopez had a 39.175 against Washington (2/1). It's only the third time in program history that three all-arounders have scored a 39 or better in the same season. Amy Slack, Megan Murphy and Randi Miller did so in 1997, and Joy Selig, Chari Knight and Amy Durham did so in 1991. With Campbell's latest score, she now has scored a 39+ a total of 12 times, second only to Knight, who did so a school record 23 times. Ricioli's performance at ASU marked her third 39+ competition, while Lopez reached the mark for the first time against the Huskies. A total of 10 OSU gymnasts have scored a 39.0 or better. A complete list follows.

Oregon State's 39.00+ All-Arounders	           No. ofGymnast	          39+ Scores	High ScoreChari Knight	      23	39.750 (1/29/93)Annie Campbell	      12	39.625 (3/17/01)Amy Durham	      10	39.300 (4/15/93)Megan Murphy-Barcroft  6        39.625 (3/20/99)Joy Selig	       6	39.400 (3/16/91)Amy Slack	       4	39.275 (3/23/96)Tanya Ricioli	       3	39.300 (2/8/02)Randi Miller	       2	39.175 (3/22/97)Jerra Lopez            1	39.175 (2/1/02)Amanda Turko	       1	39.025 (4/18/95) 

WINS KEEP COMING FOR JILLSON: Elizabeth Jillson picked up her fourth win on bars - and third in a row - after scoring a season-high 9.925 against Arizona last week. Her previous three wins all came with scores of 9.90. For the season, Jillson is averaging a 9.717, but that includes an 8.80 from a routine that had two falls (1/25 vs. BYU). Without that score, she's averaging 9.90 on the event.

CAMPBELL'S CORNER: Annie Campbell has been outstanding at OSU's last two meets, putting up of all-around scores of 39.450 and 39.425 over the last two weeks - both good enough to win the all-around. Her 39.450 score ties for the 13th best in school history, while the 39.425 is the 15th best all-around score. Campbell has won a total of five event titles in two weeks, with two in the all-around to go along with two on floor and one on vault. She's scored a 9.925 on floor at OSU's last three meets, highlighted by a 9.95 at Arizona State to tie her career-high. She's averaging a 9.875 on floor, second best on the team. She has the team's best average on bars at 9.80, and she placed third with a season-best 9.85 last week against Arizona. Campbell also has averages of 9.681 on vault with a high of 9.875 (which earned first place at ASU) and 9.663 on beam (with a high of 9.875 last week). She's averaging a 39.019 in the all-around.

LOPEZ CONTINUES TO FLOOR THE COMPETITION: Jerra Lopez extended her streak of victories on floor to three straight meets after tying for first with a 9.925 against Arizona last week. The previous week she tied for first with a 9.95 at Arizona State and claimed sole possession of first with a career-best 9.975 against Washington the week before. She has a total of four floor titles this season, also winning with a 9.875 at California in the second meet of the year. For the season, Lopez is averaging a team-best 9.888, which also ranks 18th in the nation. Her victories and high scores aren't limited floor, she has a win on bars and beam as well this season. She won bars with a 9.825 against Brigham Young, and she took first on beam with a season-high 9.80 at California. Jerra had scored a 9.80 or better on bars in the first five meets of the season (with a high of 9.875 at Cal), but a fall against Arizona last week ended that streak. Still, she's averaging a 9.733 for the year, second best on the team. She's averaging 9.567 on vault with a high of 9.725 at the last three meets. For the year, she's averaging 38.667 in the all-around with a career-best 39.175 against Washington.

RICIOLI PICKS UP ANOTHER CAREER-BEST MARK: One week after setting a career-high on bars (a 9.85 at ASU on 2/8), Tanya Ricioli turned around and bettered that mark with a 9.875 to place second against Arizona last week. It was her third score of 9.825 or better on the event this year. Ricioli has a total of nine scores of 9.80 or better on various events this season, with four of them coming on floor. She's scored a season-high 9.90 on that event twice. Her other two 9.80+ scores have come on beam, highlighted by a season-high 9.825 at Arizona State. She came close to a 9.80 on vault last week, when she turned in a season-high 9.775. Ricioli has competed in the all-around in all six meets this season, and she had a career-best 39.300 at Arizona State. (her previous best was a 39.200 in 2000). She has claimed two individual event titles this season, one on beam (a 9.80 at Denver in the season opener) and one on bars (a 9.825 on bars against BYU on 1/25). For the year, Ricioli is averaging 38.750 as an all-arounder.


HEIDI GOEHRING: Heidi Goehring has competed on bars in all six meets for the Beavers this year, although she has had problems with consistency in her first year at the collegiate level. In the six meets, she has scored as high as 9.75 three times (including last week against Arizona), but she also has two falls on the event for a 9.454 average.

DAYLEE INGALLS: Daylee Ingalls has been a mainstay on beam this season, competing in all six meets. When she hits, she is capable of high marks, but she has been somewhat up and down on the event. Last week against Arizona, she placed fourth with a career-high 9.825 (good for OSU's second best score). Against Washington (2/1), she took second with a 9.80 to lead the Beavers in that meet, but she's also had two falls on the event (in her very first collegiate meet and at ASU), giving her a season average of 9.50.

MEGHAN JONES: As a freshman walk-on, Meghan Jones has played a big role in her short time on the team. Jones has been in the lineup on vault in five of the six meets this year. She had a career-high 9.65 at Arizona State two weeks ago, and she had two scores of 9.60 as well. She's averaging 9.571 on the event. Jones has also performed exhibitions on two other events, with two on bars and four on beam. Her top score on both those events has been a 9.65 as well.

HEATHER JUSTUS: After a rough start to her collegiate career (she had misses on both vault and floor in the season opener), freshman Heather Justus has come on strong with solid scores the last five weeks. She's competed vault and floor all six meets. Last week against Arizona, she tied her season-high on vault with her second 9.80 score of the season and is now averaging 9.654. After a disappointing 9.250 on floor in the season opener, Justus has hit her last five floor routines. She's scored as high as 9.80 twice and is averaging a 9.688 on the event.

SONI MEDUNA: Soni Meduna is expected to make her official season debut at Cal State Fullerton this week. Meduna has competed three exhibition floor routines this year, with a high of 9.525 at Denver, but she has not yet competed in the official lineup.

LINDSAY NELSON: Lindsay Nelson should compete as an all-arounder against Cal State Fullerton this Friday. She competed as an all-arounder in the first two meets of the season but then was limited to bars in the third meet because of an injury. Since then, she hasn't been in the all-around, at least not officially. In two of OSU's last three meets, she competed all four events, but both times at least event was an exhibition routine so they did not count as all-around competitions. Nelson's best event this season has been bars, the only event she's competed on in all six meets. She's scored as high as 9.85 on that event, with an average of 9.692. Her top floor score is a career-high 9.775, and she has a season-high of 9.775 on beam as well. Her top vault score is a 9.625, although she did score a 9.65 on an exhibition vault.

TH�R�SE VIDEAN: Th�r�se Videan has made an immediate impact as a freshman. She has competed on vault and floor in all six meets, with a career-high of 9.875 on floor at ASU two weeks ago and a career-high of 9.85 on vault last week to place second against Arizona. Videan has scored a 9.80 or better on floor at OSU's last four meets to improve her season average to 9.783. She's scored above a 9.80 on vault twice, including last week. She also had a 9.825 on vault to tie for first against Washington. That victory makes her the first of OSU's seven freshmen to win an event this season. Through six meets, Videan is averaging 9.629 on vault. Videan has also competed on bars, with official appearances in the first two meets and exhibitions in the last four. Her top score is a 9.75, at Calfiornia (1/18). She's averaging a 9.663 on that event.

ELAINE YODER: Elaine Yoder has competed on beam and floor in all six meets this year. Last week, she set a new career-high on floor with a 9.85, bettering her previous mark of 9.80 (twice this season and twice as a rookie last year). She leads the team with a 9.692 average on beam, highlighted by season-high scores of 9.775 in the first two meets.

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 38-27-1 for the regular season and 70-50-1 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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