NCAA West Regional Gymnastics Championships Set For Saturday At Gill Colliseum
April 2, 2002
THIS WEEK: The No. 13 Oregon State gymnastics team (10-10-1) looks to qualify for the NCAA Championships. The Beavers will host the NCAA West Regional Championships at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 6 in Gill Coliseum. Joining the Beavers will be No. 4 Utah, No. 9 Oklahoma, No. 24 Southern Utah, Washington and Boise State. Individual competitors from San Jose State, Sacramento State, Seattle Pacific and California also will compete. The top two team finishers will advance to the NCAA Championships, set for April 18-20 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In addition, the top two all-arounders whose teams don't advance will also qualify for nationals, as will any gymnast who wins an individual event title if her team does not advance.
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets for Saturday's meet are $10 for reserved seats and $8 for general admission seats.
LIVE STATS ON THE INTERNET: Fans unable to attend Saturday's meet will be able to follow the competition through live scoring on OSU's website, www.osubeavers.com.
BEAVERS IN THE NCAA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Oregon State has won eight NCAA regional titles, the most recent coming in 1992. In 1999, the NCAA began seeding the nation's top 12 teams (top 18 in 2001) and often sending them outside of their geographic regions for the regional championships. Under that new format, the top two teams at each regional meet qualify for nationals. In the first year of that new format, the Beavers placed third, but OSU has placed second in each of the last two years to earn a trip to the NCAA Championships.
HAVE WE SEEN THIS BEFORE? Oregon State will compete in Olympic order (vault-bars-beam-floor) at regionals. The rotation order, which is decided by a random draw by the NCAA, is the same one Oregon State had the last time the Beavers hosted regionals -- in 2000, when they finished second behind UCLA to qualify for nationals. Following is the complete rotation order for all six teams:
Rot. Vault Bye Bars Beam Bye FloorI OSU SUU Boise Okla Wash UtahII Utah OSU SUU Boise Okla WashIII Wash Utah OSU SUU Boise OklaIV Okla Wash Utah OSU SUU BoiseV Boise Okla Wash Utah OSU SUUVI SUU Boise Okla Wash Utah OSU
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BEAVS: The Beavers finished fourth at the Pacific-10 Championships at Stanford on March 23. OSU scored a 196.125, just narrowly behind third-place Stanford (196.150). UCLA won the title with a 197.625, while Arizona took second with a 197.050. Washington was fifth, followed by Arizona State and California. OSU's score was its highest road score of the season and third highest score overall this year. Annie Campbell placed third on a pair of events, scoring 9.925 on vault and floor to tie for third on both events. Elizabeth Jillson added a 9.925 on bars to tie for fourth on that event. Elaine Yoder had OSU's highest score on beam, with her 9.85 putting her in a tie for eighth on that event. Lindsay Nelson was OSU's top all-arounder, scoring 39.150 to place eighth overall.
OSU VS. THE FIELD: The Beavers have faced three of the five teams in this week's regional at least once this season. OSU has defeated Washington twice, 194.950-193.850 in a dual in Corvallis in February, and at the Pacific-10 Championships where OSU scored a 196.125 to UW's 195.425. OSU lost a dual meet to Utah, 197.350-195.475, in Salt Lake City in March. The Beavers faced Southern Utah for the first time at Arizona State in February. OSU won the meet with a 195.800, while the Thunderbirds were fourth at 192.375. OSU has not met Oklahoma or Boise State this season. OSU's all-time records against the field are 20-1 against Boise State, 2-1 against Oklahoma, 1-0 against Southern Utah, 5-27 against Utah, and 42-12 against Washington.
STILL LOOKING TO GO 24-FOR-24: Consistency has been OSU's biggest problem this season. The Beavers have missed at least two routines in every meet except one this year (the Shanico Inn-vitational, where the Beavers had one fall). As a result, the Beavers have had to count at least one missed routine in eight of 12 meets this year. OSU did not count falls in the Shanico (196.675) or against Arizona (196.475), Washington (194.950) and UCLA (194.925). OSU counted four missed routines 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), two at Cal State Fullerton (one vault, one beam), one against Stanford (bars) and one at Utah (beam) and one at the Pacific-10 Championships (bars).
BEAVERS HAVE FOUR 39-PLUS ALL-AROUNDERS FOR THE FIRST TIME: All four of the Beavers who have competed in the all-around this season have scored above a 39.00 this year, making this the first season the Beavers have had four different gymnasts do so in the same year. Annie Campbell has done so four times in 2002, highlighted by a season-best 39.575 (3/16). Tanya Ricioli has also topped the 39.00 mark four times this year, with a career-high 39.300 at Arizona State (2/8). Lindsay Nelson has done so three times - all in her last three all-around performances, highlighted by a career-best 39.275 (3/16). Jerra Lopez had a career-high 39.400 against Stanford (3/1), one of two 39-plus scores for her this season. OSU had three all-arounders score a 39.00 or better in 1991 and 1997. A complete list of all the Beavers who have scored a 39-plus follows.
Oregon State's 39.00+ All-Arounders No. ofGymnast 39+ Scores High ScoreChari Knight 23 39.750 (1/29/93)Annie Campbell 14 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 6 39.300 (2/8/02)Amy Slack 4 39.275 (3/23/96)Lindsay Nelson 3 39.275 (3/16/02)Jerra Lopez 2 39.400 (3/1/02)Randi Miller 2 39.175 (3/22/97)Amanda Turko 1 39.025 (4/18/95)
BEAVERS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Beavers are ranked nationally as a team on every event, and three gymnasts are ranked individually. OSU is ranked 11th on bars and floor, 17th on beam and 20th on vault. Annie Campbell is ranked on two individual events, checking in at 12th on floor and 23th on beam. Elizabeth Jillson ranks 11th on bars, while Jerra Lopez is 20th on floor.
ANNIE CAMPBELL: Annie Campbell has been having an outstanding junior season. She's won a total of nine individual event titles (four floor, two all-around, two beam, 1 vault) and has set or tied career-high marks on all four individual events this year. At the Pacific-10 Championships (3/23), she scored a career-high 9.925 on vault to tie for third on that event. Earlier in the season, she had a career-high 9.975 on floor (twice), 9.925 on beam (three times) and 9.90 on bars (3/1). She ranks 12th in the nation on floor and is averaging 9.847 (second on the team) on that event. Campbell also ranks 23rd nationally on beam, and she has a team-best 9.790 average on that event. She was named Pacific-10 Gymnast of the Week on March 19 for her performance in the Shanico Inn-vitational, where she had a season-high 39.575 in the all-around, good for the eighth best score in school history. She claimed top honors on floor (9.975) and beam (9.925) in that meet. Her all-around score in that meet makes her just the second Beaver to score above a 39.500 twice in her career (joining seven-time All-American Chari Knight as the other). Campbell has scored a 9.80 or better 24 times this season (five vault, five bars, seven beam, seven floor) and a 9.90 or better 11 times (six floor, three beam, 1 vault, 1 bars). As an all-arounder, Campbell is averaging a team-best 39.053 and has scored a 39.200 or higher four times this season.
HEIDI GOEHRING: Heidi Goehring has competed on bars in 11 of OSU's 12 meets. Entering the Pacific-10 Championships, she had hit her last five routines, including a career-high 9.825 in the Shanico Inn-vitational (3/16), but she took some extra swings at the conference meet to score a 9.25. She's averaging 9.545 on the event.
DAYLEE INGALLS: Daylee Ingalls has been a mainstay on beam this season, competing in all 12 meets. She's scored a 9.80 or better four times, highlighted by a career-best 9.85 at Cal State Fullerton (2/22). She's scored a 9.725 in OSU's last four meets and is averaging 9.594 for the season.
ELIZABETH JILLSON: Elizabeth Jillson ranks 11th in the nation on bars, her only event. She has scored a 9.90 or better seven times and has won the event four times. Jillson has scored a season-high 9.925 three times, including OSU's last two meets. Her most recent 9.925 performance earned a tie for fourth place at the Pac-10 Championships. She's averaging a 9.706 on the event (includes two misses). Of the 10 routines she's hit this year, she's scored no lower than a 9.85.
MEGHAN JONES: A freshman walk-on, Meghan Jones has been in the lineup on vault in 10 of the 12 meets this year. She's had her two highest scores of the year in OSU's last two meets. She had a career-high 9.70 in the Shanico Inn-vitational (3/16), and she followed that up with a 9.675 at the Pacific-10 Championships (3/23). She's averaging a 9.593 on the event.
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 every meet. She's scored a 9.80 or better nine times - six on floor and three on vault. She had a career-high 9.85 on floor at the Pacific-10 Championships, bettering her previous best of 9.80, which she had scored five times this season. She's averaging 9.733 on the event and has hit her last 11 floor routines after a fall in the season opener. She's had some problems with consistency on vault, however. She's scored a 9.80 three times, most recently at Utah (3/9), but is averaging 9.596 as a result of some misses.
JERRA LOPEZ: Jerra Lopez has won nine individual event titles this season, tying for the most of any Beaver this year. She's won the all-around once, and she has four wins on floor, three on bars and one on beam. She set a new career-high in the all-around with a 39.400 against Stanford (3/1) to claim an all-around title for the first time in her career. Lopez ranks 20th nationally on floor and is averaging a team-best 9.882 on the event. She has scored a 9.90 or better five times this season, highlighted by a career-high 9.975 against Washington (2/1). She's also scored a 9.95 twice on the event. She's scored a 9.80 or better on bars in 10 of 12 meets, including a career-high 9.925 and a pair of 9.90s, giving her a season average of 9.779 (also best on the team). She had a career-high 9.90 on beam at the Shanico Inn-vitational (3/16), and she's scored as high as 9.725 on vault four times this year (although she hasn't competed the event at the last two meets). Lopez is averaging 38.722 as an all-arounder.
LINDSAY NELSON: Lindsay Nelson has come on strong the last few weeks, scoring a 39-plus in her last three all-around performances. She was OSU's top all-arounder at the Pacific-10 Championships (3/23), scoring 39.150 to place eighth. The week before that, she had a career-high 39.275 in the Shanico Inn-vitational. She also had a 39.025 against Stanford (3/1) this month. During that span, she has set or tied career-highs on three events. At the Shanico meet, she won her first collegiate event title by scoring a career-high 9.925 on vault (bettering her previous career-high of 9.70 set as a rookie last year). She had a career-high 9.85 on floor against Stanford, and her 9.875 score on bars at Pac-10s tied her personal best set last year. Her best event this year has been bars, the one event she's competed in all 12 meets. She's averaging 9.752 (second on the team) and has scored 9.825 or better six times. She's been in the beam lineup in every meet but one, scoring as high as 9.775 (at Arizona State on 2/8). She's been in the floor lineup seven times and has scored a 9.80 or better on her last five routines to improve her average to 9.731. Nelson has vaulted in seven meets as well and is averaging 9.488. She has upgraded from a yurchenko layout (worth a 9.80) to a yurchenko front layout half (worth a 10.0) and has performed that vault at the last two meets. She's scored a 9.925 and a 9.85 on vault at those two meets.
TANYA RICIOLI: All-American Tanya Ricioli has competed as an all-arounder in 11 of 12 meets this season (she competed three events against Stanford on 3/1, a week after having to compete in the all-around on back-to-back nights in southern California). She has scored a 9.80 or better on various events a total of 22 times this season, with at least four 9.80 marks on every event. She has seven 9.80-plus scores on floor, seven on bars, four on beam and four on vault. Her top score on any event this year has been on floor, an event she's scored a 9.90 on three times in 2002 (also the event she earned All-American honors on in 2000). She had a career-high 9.875 on bars against Arizona (2/15), and she had a season-high 9.85 on beam twice (at Cal State Fullerton, 2/22 and at UCLA, 2/23). She had a season-high 9.85 on vault at the Pacific-10 Championships (3/16) and has scored a 9.80 or better on that event in the last four meets. Ricioli had a career-best 39.300 in the all-around at Arizona State (2/8), and she's averaging 38.852 when competing all four events. She has the team's best average on vault (9.742), and she's averaging 9.725 on bars, 9.720 on floor and 9.652 on beam. Ricioli has won four individual event titles this season, one apiece on vault, bars, beam and all-around.
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 12 meets and on bars in three meets (nine counting six exhibitions). She's scored a 9.80 or better 14 times - seven times apiece on vault and floor. She's won vault twice this season and had career-high 9.90 on the event against Stanford (3/1), making her the only freshman to win an event title this season. She's scored a 9.80 or better on vault at the last five meets, including a 9.875 at the Pacific-10 Championships (3/23). For the season, she's averaging 9.727 on vault - second best on the team. She's had a career-high 9.875 three times on floor (most recently in the Shanico Inn-vitational on 3/16). She's averaging 9.771 on that event. On bars, she's scored as high as 9.75 twice, in an official routine at Cal (1/18) and in an exhibition against Stanford. She's averaging 9.678 on bars, including the exhibition routines.
ELAINE YODER: Elaine Yoder has competed on beam in all 12 meets, scoring a 9.80 or better three times. She's had a season-high 9.85 twice, at the Pacific-10 Championships (3/23) and at Cal State Fullerton (2/22). She's averaging 9.592 on the event. Yoder had also competed on floor in the first nine meets but has not competed the event in the last three meets. She had a career-high 9.85 against Arizona (2/15) and scored a 9.80 in two other meets. She's averaing 9.60 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 44-34-1 for the regular season and 76-57-1 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.