No. 10 Beavers Head To Desert For Meet With No. 11 Arizona

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Jan. 14, 2003

What's in store: The No. 10 Oregon State gymnastics team travels to Tucson, Ariz., where the Beavers will compete against No. 11 Arizona at 6:30 p.m. PST on Friday, January 17 at the McKale Center.

On the road again: OSU's meet at Arizona marks the third consecutive road trip for the Beavers. The Beavers traveled five time zones in a one-week period, returning from their season opener in Hawaii on January 4 before hopping on a flight to Lansing, Mich. on January 9. The Beavers have already flown 10,174 miles this season, and this week's trip to Tucson will bring the total to 12,744 miles. OSU hasn't opened with three straight road meets since 1985, when the Beavers were at the Aloha Gym-Fest, at San Jose State, at Washington State and at Utah before hosting Oregon in the home opener that year.

Home sweet home: After competing on the road the first three weeks of the season, the Beavers will finally get a chance to compete at home next week when they host No. 1 UCLA on Friday, January 24 in a rematch of the January 2 season opener. Meet time is set for 7 p.m. at Gill Coliseum.

24-for-24: The Beavers came through with a 24-for-24 performance at Michigan State last week and finished with a 195.825, good for the 20th best score in school history and OSU's best ever score in the month of January. Coupled with OSU's 195.675 against UCLA in Hawaii on January 2, the Beavers have now scored two 195.000s in January for the first time in program history. Until this year, OSU had scored a 195.000 in January only twice (195.575 vs. Cal on 1/28/01, and 195.000 at Washington on 1/29/93). OSU's 24-for-24 performance at Michigan State was the first time since the 1996 Pacific-10 Championships that the Beavers hit all 24 routines in a competition. Incidentally, 1996 was the last time the Beavers won the Pac-10 Championship and also the last time the Beavers made the Super Six.

Beavers pick up first wins at Michigan State: In addition to going 24-for-24, OSU also picked up its first wins of the season during its trip east last week. The Beavers posted a 195.825 to Auburn's 195.350 and Michigan State's 191.800. The Tigers were leading OSU, 146.725-146.650, after three events before OSU responded with a 49.175 on bars to cap off a come-from-behind victory. The Beavers also picked up their first individual wins of the year. Tanya Ricioli won the all-around (39.300) and took first on bars (9.875), while Lindsay Nelson won vault (9.90).

All tied up: This week's OSU-Arizona meet will give the winner the advantage in the all-time series, as the Beavers and Wildcats enter the competition with a 17-17 record against each other. The teams met twice last year, with each winning once. OSU beat the Wildcats 196.475-195.625 in a dual meet in Corvallis, but Arizona prevailed at the Pac-10 Championships. UA placed second with a 197.050, while OSU took fourth with a 196.125.

Homecoming for freshman: Friday's meet at Arizona will mark a homecoming for one Beaver freshman. Rookie Angela Morales graduated from Canyon Del Oro High School in Tucson last year.

Beavers in the rankings: After being picked 13th in the preseason coaches poll, the Beavers jumped three spots to 10th in the first regular season poll by virtue of their 195.825 score at Michigan State (rankings are based on high scores for the first two regular season polls). OSU is ranked fourth on bars, fifth on vault and floor and 11th on beam. Five individuals are ranked as well, including Tanya Ricioli and Lindsay Nelson on four events apiece. Ricioli is seventh all-around, tied for fifth on beam, tied for 15th on bars and tied for 18th on floor, while Nelson is 18th all-around, tied for 13th on vault and beam, and tied for 24th on bars. Chrissy Lamun is tied for 18th on floor, Elizabeth Jillson is tied for 15th on bars, and Heather Justus is tied for 13th on vault.

Lucky number 7: The six gymnasts in OSU's bars lineup all placed in the top seven against Auburn and Michigan State last week. Tanya Ricioli won the event with a 9.875, and Lindsay Nelson and Elizabeth Jillson tied for second with 9.85 scores. Meghan Jones and Th�r�se Videan scored career-highs of 9.80 to tie for fifth. The Beavers didn't have to count Chrissy Lamun's 9.775, but the score was good for a tie for seventh place.

All-arounders could move up: OSU's two all-arounders, Tanya Ricioli and Lindsay Nelson, have scored in the 39 range at OSU's first two meets. With a repeat performance at Arizona this week, the two juniors will move up a spot in the OSU record books. Ricioli has recorded a 39.00 or better in nine meets, fourth best at OSU. Her 10th such performance would move her into a tie for third with Amy Durham. Nelson is in a three-way tie for fifth with six 39.00 scores; a seventh would give her sole possession of fifth place. Chari Knight holds the record with 23, and Annie Campbell is second with 15.

Oregon State's 39.00+ All-Arounders	             No. ofGymnast	            39+ Scores	High ScoreChari Knight	        23	39.750 (1/29/93)Annie Campbell	        15	39.625 (3/17/01)Amy Durham	        10	39.300 (4/15/93)Tanya Ricioli	         9	39.525 (1/2/03)Megan Murphy-Barcroft	6	39.625 (3/20/99)Joy Selig	                  6	39.400 (3/16/91)Lindsay Nelson	         6	39.300 (1/2/03)Amy Slack	                  4	39.275 (3/23/96)Jerra Lopez 	         2	39.400 (3/1/02)Randi Miller	         2	39.175 (3/22/97)Amanda Turko	         1	39.025 (4/18/95)

Vault team could be one of OSU's best: OSU has scored a 49-plus on vault in both meets this year, already matching the number of 49s the Beavers scored on the event a year ago. The Beavers scored a 49.200 in their season opener in Hawaii and had a 49.025 at Michigan State last week. OSU didn't score a 49.00 until March 16 last year. Lindsay Nelson picked up her first win of the year with a 9.90 at Michigan State last week after a 9.875 in the opener. Heather Justus had a career-high 9.90 in Hawaii to place second, and she tied teammate Daylee Ingalls for third with a 9.80 at Michigan State (Ingalls had a career-high 9.85 in Hawaii).

Head coach Tanya Chaplin: Tanya Chaplin is in her sixth season as head gymnastics coach at OSU. She has guided the Beavers to three consecutive trips to the NCAA Championships and was named OSU's Female Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2001. In 1999, she was named Pacific-10 Coach of the Year. Chaplin has a career record of 46-35-1 for the regular season and 82-64-1 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.

Gymnast Notes
Daylee Ingalls:
After competing only on beam as a freshman, Ingalls finds herself competing on several events this year. She's in the lineup on beam and vault and has exhibitioned twice on bars and once on floor. Vault has been her best event so far. She scored a career-high 9.85 on her yurchenko half off layout front in the season opener, competing the vault for the first time in collegiate competition (she exhibitioned a yurchenko layout five times as a rookie with one official performance). She followed up with a 9.80 at Michigan State last week. Ingalls scored a 9.75 on her beam routine at MSU after a fall in the season opener. She's hit both bar exhibitions, with a high of 9.775 in Hawaii, although she fell on her floor exhibition at MSU.

Elizabeth Jillson: The All-American continues to be strong on bars, her only competitive event (although she has begun training beam this year as well). Jillson, who earned first team All-American honors and finished 11th nationally on bars last year, led OSU with a 9.875 in the season opener and had a 9.85 at Michigan State last week.

Meghan Jones: A walk-on, Jones is one of the most improved gymnasts on the team. She's earned a spot in the bars lineup after exhibitioning the event just twice as a freshman. Last week at Michigan State, she responded with a career-high 9.80 to tie for fifth place. She scored a 9.40 in Hawaii after a solid routine ended with several steps on her dismount. Jones was also expected to be one of OSU's top vaulters, but a December ankle sprain has slowed her down on the event. She's been training a yurchenko full, but she hasn't competed it yet. She's exhibitioned a yurchenko layout in the first two meets.

Heather Justus: A mainstay on vault and floor as a freshman, Justus remains in the lineup on those two events as a sophomore. She led OSU with a career-high 9.90 on vault in the season opener and then scored a 9.80 a week later at Michigan State. She's also been solid on floor, with marks of 9.825 and 9.75 the first two weeks of the season. She exhibitioned on beam in Hawaii, where she scored 9.675.

Chrissy Lamun: The freshman has already made an impact in her brief two-week collegiate career. She's tied for the team lead on floor at both meets this year, turning in a 9.90 in Hawaii and a 9.825 at Michigan State. Lamun is also in the lineup on bars and beam. She had a season-high 9.775 on bars last week after scoring 9.675 in her very first collegiate routine the week before. She fell on beam in the opener but bounced back for a 9.625 at MSU.

Angela Morales: Another rookie, Morales also competes on three events and is making an early impact with the Beavers. She's been in the lineup on vault, beam and floor at OSU's first two meets. Her top score came with a 9.875 on floor in Hawaii and she had a 9.725 on the event at Michigan State. After falling and scoring 9.35 on beam in the opener, she came back with a 9.80 at MSU, good for OSU's second-best beam score at that meet. Morales scored 9.725 and 9.65 on vault in the first two meets.

Lindsay Nelson: The junior is one of OSU's two all-arounders, and she's putting up strong numbers early on. She had a career-high 39.300 in the season opener and followed with a 39.225 a week later to give her six 39-plus performances in her career. Nelson has been OSU's top vaulter thus far. She's led off the lineup at both meets and scored a 9.90 to win the event at Michigan State after a 9.875 against UCLA in the opener. She placed second on bars with a 9.85 at MSU after a 9.775 in Hawaii. She opened the season with a career-high 9.90 on beam and added a 9.75 at MSU. On floor, she's turned in 9.75 and 9.725 marks.

Tanya Ricioli: The All-American is off to a great start in her junior year. She's scored 9.825 or better on seven of her eight routines so far this year. She opened the season with a career-high 39.525 all-around score, highlighted by a career-high 9.925 on beam to go along with a 9.90 on floor and a pair of 9.85 scores on vault and bars. The 39.525 topped her previous best of 39.450 set at the NCAA regional championships last year. It was good for the 11th best all-around score in OSU history and set an OSU school record for an all-around score in a season opener. With that performance, Ricioli became just the second OSU all-arounder to score 39.500 in the month of January and the fourth to score a 39.500 in any month. Ricioli followed up her successful season opener with a 39.300 at Michigan State to win the all-around title at that meet. She also won bars at MSU after scoring a 9.875 on the event. She added team-bests of 9.85 on beam and 9.825 on floor and also had a 9.75 on vault at that meet.

Th�r�se Videan: After competing primarily on vault and floor as a freshman, Videan has made her way into the bars lineup as well (she competed that event just three times last year). Her best score on any event this year was a 9.85 on floor in the season opener, where she also had a 9.725 on bars and a 9.70 on vault. Last week at Michigan State, she had a career-high 9.80 on bars to go along with a 9.775 on vault and a 9.70 on floor. She also exhibitioned beam for a 9.70, which would have given her 38.975 had her all-around score been official.

Elaine Yoder: Yoder continues to be a solid beam performer for the Beavers. She's hit both routines this year, scoring a 9.75 against UCLA and a 9.55 at Michigan State. Yoder has also performed two exhibition floor routines this year, earning 9.80 and 9.60 marks.

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