Assistant Coach Dick Foxal Comments On OSU's First Intrasquad

Nov. 25, 2002

After two months of intense training, adding new skills and preparing new routines, the Oregon State gymnastics team performed in its first preseason intrasquad on November 21.

Here's what OSU assistant coach Dick Foxal had to say about the team's performance.

We had solid performances shown on vault. Six gymnasts displayed 10.0 start values, and last season, only four gymnasts were able to perform 10.0 vaults. Daylee Ingalls and Lindsay Nelson did yurchenko layout � fronts, and Meghan Jones performed a yurchenko layout full. Tanya Ricioli, Angela Morales and Heather Justus each did a handspring front pike half.

Bars and Beam
Some signs of nerves showed up on both bars and beam. Meghan Jones debuted two new skills on bars, doing a piked jaeger and a double front dismount. Lindsay Nelson, Th�r�se Videan, Tanya Ricioli, and Elizabeth Jillson also put on strong bar performances. On beam, freshmen Chrissy Lamun and Angela Morales and junior Elaine Yoder showed solid routines. Competition will remain strong among the 12 beam workers over the next month to prepare for the season. The gymnasts on bars and beam in the next several weeks will see plenty of pressure situations created by the coaching staff. When the consistency improves, you will see one heck of a team on bars and beam.

The floor routines were a display of poise, expressive dance, beautiful lines and incredible power. Freshman Angela Morales and sophomore Th�r�se Videan started their routines with double layouts. Lindsay Nelson, Heather Justus, Tanya Ricioli and Chrissy Lamun included double pikes in their routines. It was also a treat to watch Michelle Dickinson, Elaine Yoder and Chrissy perform beautiful dance and show incredible toe point.

Looking ahead, the coaches see a wealth of talent on this team and are looking forward to the team's exhibition on December 15 at 2 p.m. in Gill Coliseum.

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