Elizabeth Jillson To Compete For National Championship On Bars

April 19, 2002

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Elizabeth Jillson will compete for a chance to become Oregon State's first national champion on the uneven bars when she performs Saturday on the final day of the 2002 NCAA Gymnastics Championships.

Jillson, who advanced to the event finals after scoring a 9.85 in Thursday's preliminary team competition, is one of 13 gymnasts to qualify for finals on bars.

The junior will be the ninth competitor to perform in finals. She joins four UCLA gymnasts, as well as two from Nebraska and Alabama along with one gymnast from Michigan, Iowa, Utah and Georgia.

Jillson, an All-Pacific-10 Team selection on bars this season, has scored a 9.90 or better on the event seven times this season. She had a season high 9.925 three times, most recently at the Pacific-10 Championships, where she placed fourth.

By advancing to the event finals, Jillson was named a first team All-American and became the 10th Beaver to earn All-American honors on bars.

Oregon State has won seven individual national championships, but those have all been on beam and floor. OSU has had a national runner-up on bars twice, with Heather Bennett placing second in 1996 and Chari Knight finishing second in 1991.

Event Finals Rotation Order On Bars1. Doni Thompson, UCLA2. Yvonne Tousek, UCLA3. Onnie Willis, UCLA4. AJ Lamb, Nebraska5. Elise Ray, Michigan6. Alexis Maday, Iowa7. Andree Pickens, Alabama8. Julie Houk, Nebraska9. Elizabeth Jillson, Oregon State10. Chelsa Byrd, Georgia11. Natalie Barrington, Alabama12. Theresa Kulikowski, Utah13. Jamie Dantzscher, UCLA
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