No. 13 Gymnasts Prepare For Home Opener Against No. 1 UCLA

Jan. 21, 2003

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What's in store: The No. 13 Oregon State gymnastics team hosts No. 1 UCLA in the Cellular One Season Opener at 7 p.m., Friday, January 24 in Gill Coliseum. Reserved seat tickets are $10 apiece. General admission tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and children.

Living scoring on the internet: Fans who are unable to attend the meet can check for live scoring updates throughout the meet.

Home sweet home: This week's meet against the Bruins ends nearly a month of contstant travel for the Beavers, who opened the season with three road meets. OSU flew 12,744 miles and five time zones during that span. The Beavers opened against UCLA in Hawaii on January 2, were at Michigan State on January 10 and at Arizona on January 17. It's the first time since 1985 that OSU has opened with three road meets.

Pre-meet entertainment features two U.S. national team members: U.S. national team members Sarah Curtis and Danielle Lord will perform exhibition routines prior to Friday's meet. Curtis, a freshman at Crescent Valley High School, is on the USA Gymnastics junior international team and will perform a beam exhibition Friday. Lord, a senior at Tualatin High School, will perform a rhythmic exhibition. She's one of eight members of the USA Gymnastics rhythmic national team.

Nation's best on hand for Friday's meet: Several of the nation's top gymnasts will be competing in Friday's meet. Oregon State has two All-Americans, Elizabeth Jillson and Tanya Ricioli, on its team. The No. 1 Bruins have eight All-Americans, including NCAA champions Jamie Dantzscher, Yvonne Tousek and Onnie Willis. Dantzscher and Tousek are also two of four Bruins to have competed in the Olympics (an additional two others were alternates). In addition, eight of the Bruins have competed in the World Championships.

Coaching connections: OSU head coach Tanya Chaplin was a six-time All-American at UCLA from 1986-89, when current UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field was an assistant with the Bruins. OSU assistant Michael Chaplin and UCLA assistant Chris Waller were teammates on UCLA's 1987 national championship team and both earned All-American honors during their careers.

The first time around: Oregon State and UCLA have already met once this season. The Beavers and Bruins opened the year with a dual meet at Kokokahi Gymnastics in Kaneohe, Hawaii. The teams worked out together for three days prior to the January 2 competition, which the Bruins won 197.600-195.675. Despite the loss, OSU turned in its best ever score for a season opener. Tanya Ricioli (39.525) and Lindsay Nelson (39.300) both had career-high all-around scores in that meet. Ricioli and Chrissy Lamun tied for third on floor with a pair of 9.90s, and Heather Justus placed second on vault with a 9.90. UCLA now leads the all-time series 24-8.

Falls cost Beavers at Arizona: Just a week after going 24-for-24 at Michigan State (good for OSU's first 24-for-24 performance since the 1996 Pacific-10 Championships), the Beavers had to count three falls in their meet at Arizona last week. The No. 11 Wildcats came away with a 195.775-194.800 win, but OSU claimed a share of three individual event titles. Freshman Angela Morales had a nice homecoming, winning vault with a career-high 9.90 in her return to her hometown of Tucson. Another rookie, Chrissy Lamun, also picked up her first career win, tying for first with a 9.875 on floor. Lindsay Nelson rounded out the victorious Beavers, capturing top honors on bars with a career-high-tying 9.875.

January's been good for the Beavers: Prior to this season, the Beavers had scored a 195.00 in the month of January only twice in the history of the program. OSU has doubled that number after two 195-plus scores this month. OSU opened the season with a 195.675 against UCLA, good for a school record for a season opener. That score was also OSU's best-ever January score until the Beavers posted a 195.825 at Michigan State a week later (also the 20th best score at OSU for any month). OSU's 195 streak ended at Arizona last week when three falls resulted in a 194.800, but that score still matched the sixth-best score in January. OSU's other January 195s were a 195.575 against Cal in 2001 and a 195.000 at Washington in 1993.

All-arounders could move up: OSU's two all-arounders, Tanya Ricioli and Lindsay Nelson, scored in the 39 range at OSU's first two meets but one miss apiece at Arizona stopped their streaks. Ricioli has scored 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 all three meets this year, already surpassing the number of 49s the Beavers scored on the event a year ago (OSU scored a 49 only twice in 2002, with the first not coming until March 16). Three Beavers have already scored a 9.90, each in a different meet. Last week, Angela Morales won at Arizona with her career-high 9.90. Lindsay Nelson took top honors with a 9.90 at Michigan State the week before, and Heather Justus placed second with a career-high 9.90 against UCLA in the season opener. Nelson, Justus and Daylee Ingalls have scored a 9.80 or better in all three meets.

Beavers in the rankings: OSU is ranked 13th in this week's poll, which is based on high scores until moving to season averages next week. OSU is sixth on vault and bars, seventh on floor and 23rd on beam. Tanya Ricioli is ranked 10th in the all-around and 12th on beam. A trio of vaulters, Heather Justus, Angela Morales and Lindsay Nelson, are tied for 15th, and Nelson is also tied for 22nd on beam.

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 46-36-1 for the regular season and 82-65-1 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
Heidi Goehring:
Heidi found herself in the lineup on beam for the first time this season last week at Arizona. She had competed exhibition routines in OSU's first two meets, scoring 9.75 and 9.725, but she scored a 9.30 after a fall in her official debut.

Daylee Ingalls: After competing only on beam as a freshman, Ingalls has become on of OSU's top vaulters this season. She's competed a 10.0-valued vault all season long. She's scored a career-high 9.85 twice (including last week at Arizona) and had a 9.80 in OSU's other meet for an average of 9.833. She's competed on beam twice, with a high of 9.75. In addition, she's exhibitioned bars in all three meets (high of 9.775).

Elizabeth Jillson: Jillson struggled on her bar routine at Arizona last week when she had two falls, but she was in her usual All-American form in OSU's first two meets. She led OSU with a 9.875 in the season opener and had a 9.85 at Michigan State on January 10. Jillson was a first team All-American on the event last year.

Meghan Jones: A walk-on, Jones has earned a spot in the bars lineup after exhibitioning the event just twice as a freshman, and she's gotten better each week. She placed third at Arizona last week after a career-high 9.825, just a week after placing fifth with a then-career-high 9.80 at Michigan State. She scored a 9.40 in the season opener 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 three 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 in Hawaii and has scored a 9.80 in OSU's last two meets. She's averaging 9.758 on floor with a high of 9.825 in the season opener. She exhibitioned on beam in Hawaii, where she scored 9.675.

Chrissy Lamun: The freshman has already made an impact in her brief three-week collegiate career. She picked up her first collegiate victory last week in Arizona, where she tied for first with a 9.875 on floor. She's had or shared OSU's top score on the event in all three meets. She had a 9.90 against UCLA in Hawaii and added a 9.825 at Michigan State. Lamun is also in the lineup on bars and beam. She scored a season-high 9.825 on beam at Arizona to tie for fifth, and she's had a season-high 9.775 on bars at OSU's last two meets.

Angela Morales: Like Lamun, fellow rookie Morales picked up her first collegiate victory last week. Morales returned to her hometown of Tucson for OSU's meet at Arizona, and the freshman had the best meet of her brief college career. She had a career-high 9.90 on vault, for the first win of her career. She was fifth on floor (9.80) and placed seventh on beam (9.775). She had a season-high 9.875 on floor against UCLA in the season opener, and she had a season-high 9.80 on beam at Michigan State.

Lindsay Nelson: The junior is one of OSU's two all-arounders, and she's putting up strong numbers early on. She's already won two individual event titles this season after winning just one in her first two seasons. Last week at Arizona she matched her career-high on bars with a 9.875 to win the event for the first time. The previous week at Michigan State, she had a 9.90 on vault to win that event for the first time this year and second time in her career. Nelson has scored a 9.85 or better on vault in all three meets this year for a team-best 9.875 average. Her 9.833 average on bars is also the best among the Beavers. She had a career-high 9.90 on beam in the season opener against UCLA in Hawaii, and she had a season-high 9.775 on floor at Arizona last week. She had a career-high 39.300 all-around score in Hawaii, and she followed up with a 39.225 at Michigan State a week later but missed out on another 39-plus perfornance after a fall on beam at Arizona last week.

Tanya Ricioli: The All-American is off to a great start in her junior year, particularly on beam. She's been OSU's top scorer in all three meets on that event. She opened with a career-high 9.925 against UCLA in Hawaii and has had 9.85s at the last two meets for a team-best 9.875 average. She's scored as high as 9.85 at least once on each of the other events as well. She had a season-high 9.90 on floor against UCLA and had a season-best 9.875 on bars at Michigan State to win the event. Her top vault score was a 9.85 in Hawaii. She had a career-high 39.525 all-around score in the season opener, topping her previous best of 39.450 set at the NCAA regional championships last year. Her 39.525 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, but a miss on bars at Arizona last week cost her another 39-plus score.

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, and she had a career-high 9.80 on bars at Michigan State. She's scored a season-best 9.775 on vault at the last two meets. After competing a 9.90-value handspring pike front in the first two meets, Videan upgraded to the 10.0-valued pike half last week, becoming the fourth Beaver to compete a 10.0-valued vault this year. Videan has also exhibitioned beam twice this year, with a high of 9.70.

Elaine Yoder: Yoder has competed on beam in all three meets, scoring a season-high 9.75 against UCLA in the season opener. She had a 9.55 at Michigan State but fell at Arizona last week for a 9.375. Yoder has also performed three exhibition floor routines this year, with a high of 9.80.

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