Gymnastics Hosts No. 8 Stanford On Friday
Feb. 26, 2002
THIS WEEK: The No. 16 Oregon State gymnastics team (5-4-1) hosts No. 8 Stanford in the Precision Cuts Main Event at 7 p.m., Friday, March 1.
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. Friday's meet is also Faculty and Staff night. OSU faculty and staff will be admitted free with their OSU ID, and up to five family members can purchase tickets for $2 apiece.
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 www.osubeavers.com. Scores will be updated after each rotation.
BEAVERS CONTINUE TOUGHEST PORTION OF THEIR SCHEDULE: OSU's meet at UCLA on Saturday marked the start of the toughest portion of the schedule. The meet against the then-No. 10 Bruins is the first of four straight regular season meets against top 10 opponents. No. 8 Stanford will be in Corvallis this week, and then the Beavers are off to Salt Lake City to face No. 4 Utah next week. After that, No. 3 Michigan will be among the teams competing in OSU's annual Shanico Inn-vitational.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BEAVS: Oregon State competed back-to-back meets in southern California last week, and the Beavers responded fairly well to competing two nights in a row. On Friday (2/22), OSU defeated Cal State Fullerton, 194.400-193.950, but lost to No. 10 UCLA, 197.550-194.925, on Saturday (2/23). OSU picked up four individual titles against the Titans. Tanya Ricioli won her first all-around title of the season with a 39.225, and she also tied for first on vault with a 9.775. OSU also got wins from Jerra Lopez (9.90 on bars to tie for first) and Annie Campbell (9.925 on beam). The defending national champion Bruins swept the individual titles on Saturday, but OSU got a second-place showing from Campbell on beam with another 9.925 and a third-place finish on bars with Elizabeth Jillson's 9.90 score.
BEAVERS JUMP TO 16TH AFTER RANKINGS SWITCH TO RQS FORMAT: In the first week of the rankings being based on Regional Qualifying Scores (RQS), Oregon State jumped up three spots to No. 16 in the national rankings. OSU was 19th last week, the final week the rankings were based on season averages. 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. With scores of 194.400 and 194.925 in southern California last week, OSU was able to drop two scores in the 192 range from earlier in the year, which contributed to OSU's increase in the rankings. OSU currently has an RQS of 194.640.
MORE ON THE RQS: Oregon State moved into the top 18 for the first time this season now that the rankings have gone to the RQS format, and that's exactly where the Beavers want to be. The RQS determines which teams will qualify for NCAA postseason competition, and it also determines the seedings for the regional competition. The top 18 teams will be seeded, with three top 18 teams being sent to each regional site. The remaining three teams at each of the six-team regional meets will come from within that geographic region. So, if OSU stays in the top 18, the Beavers would have to face only two other top-ranked teams for a trip to the NCAA Championships. If the Beavers drop out of the top 18, three top-ranked teams would be among OSU's competitors at the April 6 regional meet in Corvallis. Only the top two teams at each regional meet advance to nationals.
OSU VS. STANFORD: The Beavers are 18-8 all-time against the Cardinal. The teams met twice last season, with Stanford winning both times. The Cardinal beat the Beavers, 197.050-195.050, in a dual meet at Stanford, and the Cardinal also won the Pacific-10 Championship last year.
A LOOK AT THE CARDINAL: Eighth-ranked Stanford is under the direction of first-year head coach Kristen Smyth, former Arizona State assistant. The Cardinal improved to 7-3 after defeating California, 195.750-191.700, last week. Several Stanford gymnasts are ranked nationally on various events. Lise Leveille, who scored a 9.925 to win beam against Cal, ranks eighth on that event, while Lindsay Wing is 13th on that same event. Becky Meldrum is 10th on bars, and Kendall Beck is 14th on vault.
BEAM TEAM HAS ONE OF ITS BEST WEEKENDS OF THE SEASON: While OSU had three falls on beam in the two meets over the weekend, there were several highlights on the event. Five of the six beam performers set season or career highs at one or both of the two meets in southern California. As a team, the Beavers matched their season-high team score with a 48.975 at UCLA. Annie Campbell scored a 9.925 at both meets, matching her career-best set last season. Jerra Lopez, who fell at Fullerton, rebounded with a career-high 9.875 at UCLA one night later. Tanya Ricioli scored a season-high 9.85 at both meets, while Daylee Ingalls and Elaine Yoder had season-highs of 9.85 at Fullerton. Prior to this weekend, only Campbell had scored above a 9.825 this season. With the strong routines, OSU moved into the national rankings on beam for the first time this year. OSU is now ranked 19th on the event.
BEAVERS HAVE THREE 39+ ALL-AROUNDERS: Three OSU gymnasts have surpassed the 39.00 mark in the all-around at least once this season. Annie Campbell and Tanya Ricioli each have done so three times. Campbell has competed as an all-arounder in five meets this year and her scores include a 39.450, 39.425 and a 39.200. Ricioli, the only Beaver to compete in the all-around in all eight meets, has scored above a 39.00 in three of OSU's last four meets. She had a career-high 39.300 at Arizona State and also has marks of 39.225 and 39.175. Jerra Lopez had a career-high 39.175 against Washington (2/1) to join the 39.00 club. 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. After scoring a 39.200 at UCLA last week, Campbell now has scored a 39+ a total of 13 times, second only to Knight, who did so a school record 23 times. With back-to-back 39+ efforts in southern California last week, Ricioli lifted her career total to five - which ranks sixth among OSU gymnasts. 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 13 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)Tanya Ricioli 5 39.300 (2/8/02)Amy Slack 4 39.275 (3/23/96)Randi Miller 2 39.175 (3/22/97)Jerra Lopez 1 39.175 (2/1/02)Amanda Turko 1 39.025 (4/18/95)
STILL LOOKING TO GO 24-FOR-24: The Beavers have had at least two falls in every meet, although they have had three meets where they didn't have to count a fall (already surpassing last season, when they had just two meets when a fall wasn't counted). OSU didn't have to count a fall in its 194.925 score at UCLA last week, although there were two falls as well as a few routines that were given lower start values, resulting in some lower scores. OSU did not count a fall in its meets against Arizona (196.475) and Washington (194.900) as well. 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), one at Arizona State (beam), and two at Cal State Fullerton (one vault, one beam).
RICIOLI ONE OF NATION'S TOP ALL-AROUNDERS: Tanya Ricioli went the distance for OSU last week, having the tough task of competing as an all-arounder two nights in a row. She responded with two of her top three scores this year, winning the all-around with a 39.225 at Cal State Fullerton and then scoring a 39.175 at UCLA the next night. Those scores improved her season average to a 38.863 and also moved her into the national rankings for the first time this season, tying for 24th in the all-around rankings. Ricioli, the only Beaver to compete in the all-around in all eight meets this year, has claimed a total of four individual titles this season (1 all-around, 1 vault, 1 bars and 1 beam). She has scored a 9.80 or better on various events a total of 13 times this season. She's scored as high as 9.90 on floor twice (vs. Washington and at Arizona State), with a high of 9.875 on bars (vs. Arizona for a new career-high) and 9.85 on beam twice (at Fullerton and at UCLA). The only event she has yet to score a 9.80 on is vault, but she's scored a 9.775 twice. She had a career-high 39.300 in the all-around at Arizona State. For the season, Ricioli is averaging 9.703 on vault (best on the team), 9.731 on bars, 9.70 on beam (second on the team) and 9.728 on floor.
JILLSON BACK IN THE TOP 10: Now that the rankings have switched to RQS, Elizabeth Jillson returns to the national rankings in a big way. The junior bars specialist ranks sixth in the nation on the event in the latest rankings. She has scored a 9.90 or better in five of OSU's eight meets and has won the event four times. However, she had a fall and scored an 8.80 against BYU, which significantly lowered her season average. Because the rankings were based on season averages for the last four weeks, Jillson wasn't listed among the nation's best bar workers. Now that the fall isn't factored into the rankings, she's moved up to sixth nationally. She's averaging a 9.756 on bars (including the fall). Of the seven bar routines she's hit this year, she's scored no lower than a 9.85.
CAMPBELL'S CORNER: Annie Campbell has been having an outstanding junior season, highlighted by some career-highs over the last month. At OSU's two meets in southern California last week, Campbell scored a 9.925 on beam both times, matching a career-best that she set twice as a sophomore. She also matched her personal best on floor with a 9.95 at Arizona State (2/8) to equal a mark she set as a rookie in 2000. She's come close to tying career marks on other events. Her top bars score this year is a 9.85 against Arizona (2/15), just .025 off her best. She's scored a 9.875 on vault this season, also just .025 off her career-high. She's competed as an all-arounder in five meets and is averaging an impressive 39.055. She's scored 39.200 or better in her last three all-around performances, highlighted by a season-best 39.450 against Arizona (2/15). She has OSU's best average on three events - 9.875 (tied with Jerra Lopez), 9.783 on bars and 9.750 on beam. She's averaging 9.567 on vault. Campbell has won a total of six event titles, all coming in the last three weeks. She's won the all-around twice, to go along with two on floor and one apiece on vault and beam.
LOPEZ ADDS ANOTHER WIN: Jerra Lopez has won seven individual titles this season, more than any other Beaver gymnast. She tied her career-high with a 9.90 on bars at Cal State Fullerton last week to up win No. 7 on the season. She's won floor four times, bars twice and beam once. Lopez has competed as an all-arounder in seven of the eight meets this season (she competed only bars and beam at Fullerton last week). Lopez's best event has been floor, ranking 20th in the nation and averaging a team best 9.875 on the event. She had a career-high 9.975 against Washington (2/1), and she's had scores of 9.95 and 9.925 as well. She's had career-highs on two other events this season as well, with both coming in southern California last week. She had a 9.90 on bars at Fullerton (2/22) and then had a career-high 9.875 on beam at UCLA (2/23). Her best vault score this season is a 9.725, which she's scored three times. She's averaging a 9.738 on bars, 9.561 on vault and 9.503 on beam. Her top all-around score is a career-high 39.175, which she scored against Washington. She's averaging 38.686 in seven all-around efforts.
OTHER GYMNAST NOTES:
HEIDI GOEHRING: Heidi Goehring has competed on bars in seven of OSU's eight meets this year. Last week, she did not compete at Cal State Fullerton but had a 9.65 at UCLA. In the seven meets, she has scored as high as 9.75 three times (most recently against Arizona on 2/15), but she also has two falls on the event to average 9.482 on the event.
DAYLEE INGALLS: Daylee Ingalls has been a mainstay on beam this season, competing in all eight meets. When she hits, she is capable of high marks, but she has been somewhat up and down on the event. She's scored a 9.80 or better three times, highlighted by a career-best 9.85 at Cal State Fullerton to tie for second last week. However, she's also had three falls on the event (including last week at UCLA), giving her a season average of 9.509.
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 seven of the eight meets this year. She had a career-high 9.65 at Arizona State three weeks ago, and she has three scores of 9.60 as well. She's averaging 9.566 on the event. Jones has also performed exhibitions on two other events, with two on bars and five on beam. Her top score on both those events has been a 9.65 as well.
HEATHER JUSTUS: Heather Justus is one of two freshmen who compete on two events for the Beavers. She's made the lineup on vault and floor in all eight meets. She's scored as high as 9.80 five times, with three on floor and two on vault. She's averaging a 9.70 on floor and has hit her last seven routines after a fall in the season opener. She's had some problems with consistency on vault and is averaging a 9.541. She had falls at both meets last week but scored her second 9.80 against Arizona in OSU's last home meet.
LINDSAY NELSON: Lindsay Nelson competed as an all-arounder for the third time this season and first time since Jan. 18 when the Beavers competed at Cal State Fullerton last week. She scored a season-high 38.425 even with a fall on beam. Nelson had a career-high 9.825 on floor and added another 9.825 on bars. She also scored a season-high 9.675 on vault, but fell on beam to score a 9.10. The following night at UCLA, she competed on bars and beam, with marks of 9.75 on both events. Nelson started the season as an all-arounder but was hampered with injuries shortly thereafter and has competed mostly on bars and beam since then. Her best event has been bars, the only event she's competed in all eight meets. She's averaging a 9.716, with a season-high of 9.85 at California (1/18). She's been in the beam lineup in every meet but one and had a season-high 9.775 at Arizona State (2/8). She's competed vault four times (five counting an exhibition), and had her best score at Fullerton last week. She's performed three floor routines (five counting two exhibitions), with a career-high 9.825 last week.
THï¿½Rï¿½SE VIDEAN: Thï¿½rï¿½se Videan has made an immediate impact as a freshman. She has competed on vault and floor in all eight meets and on bars in three meets (seven counting four exhibitions). She's scored a 9.80 or better seven times, with four on floor and three on vault. Her top floor score is a 9.875 at Arizona State (2/8), and she's averaging a 9.738 on the event. Her best vault score is a 9.85, set against Arizona (2/15), and she holds an average of 9.666 on the event. Including her exhibition routines, she's averaging 9.664 on bars, with a career-high of 9.75 in an official routine at Calfiornia (1/18). Videan is the first freshmen to claim an individual event title this season, with her 9.825 vault against Washington (2/1) earning a share of first place.
ELAINE YODER: Elaine Yoder has competed on beam and floor in all eight meets this year. Last week, she had a season-high 9.85 on beam at Cal State Fullerton (2/22), and the week before she had a career-high 9.85 on floor against Arizona (2/15). She's averaging 9.697 on beam (third on the team) and 9.659 on floor.
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 39-28-1 for the regular season and 71-51-1 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.