No. 9 Gymnasts Host California In Valentine's Day Dual Meet

Feb. 11, 2003

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What's in store: No. 9 Oregon State (6-3) hosts California in a Valentine's Day showdown at 7 p.m., Friday, February 14 at Gill Coliseum. OSU will sign autographs after the meet. Reserved seat tickets are $10 apiece. General admission tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and children.

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

Last time out: The Beavers scored a season-high 196.325 last week to defeat then-No. 6 Arizona State (195.750) on February 7. OSU gymnasts won or tied for first on all four individual events. Heather Justus won her first career event title with a 9.875 on vault to tie for first, and Elizabeth Jillson had a season-high 9.90 on bars for her first win of the year. Tanya Ricioli had a career-high 9.925 on beam to take top honors on that event, and Chrissy Lamun and Angela Morales turned in career-highs of 9.925 on floor to tie for the title. As a team, OSU had season-highs on vault (49.200) and bars (49.225), but had to count a fall on beam.

Beavers remain in the top 10: OSU's 196.325 against ASU last week allowed the Beavers to maintain their No. 9 ranking again this week after improving their season average to 195.775. OSU is ranked seventh on floor, eighth on vault and ninth on bars and 13th on beam. In addition, Tanya Ricioli is ranked on two events. She's 23rd in the all-around with an average of 39.242, and her 9.879 average on beam ranks 14th. Rankings will be based on season averages again next week before switching over to Regional Qualifying Scores on February 24.

Series records: The Beavers lead the all-time series with California 33-2. Cal picked up one of its wins last year, when OSU had to count two falls en route to a 193.250-193.125 loss in Berkeley in the second meet of the season. OSU did beat the Golden Bears at last year's Pacific-10 Championships, where OSU placed fourth (196.125) and Cal took seventh (189.600).

A look at the Golden Bears: Cal struggled early on with scores below 193.000 in its first three meets, but the Golden Bears appear to be back on track after a school-record 196.375 at home against Cal State Fullerton, Boise State and UC-Davis last week. My-Lan Dodd won the all-around (39.425), bars (9.925) and beam (9.90). She tied teammates Monique Chang and Stephanie Kim for first on floor (9.90), and Janet McKnight won vault (9.85).

A perfect 10.0 lineup? Five of OSU's six vaulters competed a 10.0-valued vault against Arizona State last week. Angela Morales (9.85), Th�r�se Videan (9.825) and Tanya Ricioli (9.75) all competed a handspring pike half. Lindsay Nelson (9.85) competed a yurchenko half off layout front, and Meghan Jones (9.80) officially competed her yurchenko full for the first time. OSU has all five of those vaulters available this week, and Daylee Ingalls is also back in the mix. Ingalls, who competes the same vault as Nelson, was given a rest on vault last week due to shin and knee pain. With her return, the Beavers have six vaulters who could compete a 10.0-valued vault this week, but there's no guarantee those six will make up the lineup. OSU's top scorer against ASU was Heather Justus, who won the event with a 9.875 on her handspring pike front, worth a 9.90. Justus has scored a 9.80 or better on that vault in five of the six meets this year and has been the team's anchor at the last two meets.

Hey, it's good to be back home again: This week's meet marks the second of three consecutive home meets for OSU, a welcome occurence after competing on the road for four of the first five meets this season. OSU wraps up the three-week home stand against No. 4 Utah on Feb. 21. After flying 13,468 miles for their January meets, the Beavers won't have to visit an airport during any of their February meets. OSU has one road meet this month - at No. 14 Washington on February 28 - but the team will bus to Seattle.

Ricioli, Nelson among the top five: Tanya Ricioli scored a 39.275 in the all-around against Arizona State last week, good for her fifth 39-plus score of the year. It was also the 12th such score of her career, which ranks third for the most 39-plus performances in an OSU career. Lindsay Nelson has three such scores this year and seven for her career, which ranks fifth all-time. Chari Knight holds the record with 23.

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 50-37-1 for the regular season and 86-66-1 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:
Goehring has gotten back to her old form on bars after being hampered by a wrist injury in the offseason. She competed on bars in every meet but one as a freshman, but because of her limited training this fall, she sat out the event at OSU's first three meets this year and has competed in an exhibition role at the last three competitions. She had a 9.825 at Stanford (1/31) for a score that tied her best mark of the 2002 season. She has also exhibitioned beam four times, with a high of 9.75 in the season opener. She was in the official lineup at Arizona (1/17) but fell and scored a 9.30.

Daylee Ingalls: After competing only on beam as a freshman, Ingalls has become one of OSU's top vaulters as well this year. She's competed a 10.0-valued vault all season long (yurchenko half off layout front) and is averaging 9.815 on the event, second best on the team. She's scored a career-high 9.85 twice, most recently at Arizona (1/17), but she sat out the event last week against Arizona State. Ingalls has competed on beam five times, with a 9.75 against ASU last week. She had a season-high 9.825 against UCLA (1/24).Elizabeth Jillson: Jillson picked up her first win of the year last week when she scored a season-high 9.90 on bars to place first against Arizona State. The All-American has scored a 9.85 or better on the event four times this year. She scored 9.875 in both meets against UCLA and had a 9.85 at Michigan State. Jillson was a first team All-American on the event last year.

Meghan Jones: Jones has been in the bars lineup all season and last week found herself in the vault lineup for the first time this year. She responded with a career-high 9.80 on her yurchenko full, the first time she had officially competed that vault. She was expected to be one of OSU's top vaulters, but a December ankle sprain slowed her down on the event. She exhibitioned a layout in the first three meets, exhibitioned the full in the next two meets and made the lineup against Arizona State last week. On bars, she's scored a 9.80 or better three times, most recently posting a 9.80 at Stanford (1/31). She had a 9.75 against ASU, and she had a career-high 9.825 at Arizona (1/17) to place third in that meet.

Heather Justus: Justus picked up her first collegiate win on any event when she tied for first with a 9.875 on vault against Arizona State last week. It was her fifth score of 9.80 or better this year on vault (she had a career-high 9.90 against UCLA in the season opener). Justus, who will celebrate her 20th birthday on the day of the Cal meet, also turned in one of her top floor routines of the year in last week's meet with the Sun Devils, as she matched her season-high of 9.825 (also set in the season opener). She's hit all six floor routines this year and is averaging 9.767 on the event.

Chrissy Lamun: The freshman is making an impact early on in her college career, competing on bars, beam and floor for the Beavers. Her 9.879 average on floor is the team's best, and she's won or tied for first on the event at three of the last four meets. She's had a career-high 9.925 at the last two meets for two of her wins (at Stanford and last week at home against Arizona State), and she added a 9.875 in a win at Arizona (1/17). She also had a career-high on bars in last week's meet with ASU, turning in a 9.875 to tie for second place. her previous best was a 9.80 against UCLA (1/24). She had a career-high 9.850 on beam at Stanford (1/31) and had a 9.825 at Arizona.

Angela Morales: Like Lamun, fellow rookie Morales has been a solid contributor on three events (vault, beam and floor). She had the best overall meet of her brief career last week against Arizona State, when she placed in the top three and scored a 9.80 or better on all three of her events. She notched a career-high 9.925 on floor to tie for first, good for her first career win on that event and the second win on any event this year. She tied for third on vault with a 9.85 and matched her season-best with a 9.80 on beam, also good for a tie for third. Overall, floor has been her best event, with an average of 9.838. She's scored 9.80 or better in all but one meet. She picked up her first collegiate victory with a win on vault at Arizona (1/17) when she scored a 9.90, and she's averaging 9.771 for the year. She's had a 9.80 on beam twice, last week and also at Michigan State (1/10), and she's averaging 9.704.

Lindsay Nelson: Nelson, one of OSU's two all-arounders, has the team's top averages on both vault and bars. She's averaging a team-best 9.842 on vault and had a 9.85 to tie for third against Arizona State last week. She's scored a 9.85 or better in every meet but one and had a season-high 9.90 to win the event at Michigan State (1/10). On bars, she's averaging 9.838 and has had a career-high 9.875 three times this year, most recently against ASU to tie for second. She also had a 9.875 at Arizona, where she won the event, and at Stanford (1/31). She had a season-best 9.875 on floor against ASU to up her season average to 9.792. She had a career-high 9.90 on beam in the season opener against UCLA (1/2), but had a fall against ASU last week. She's scored 39-plus in the all-around three times this year, highlighted by a career-best 39.325 at Stanford. She's averaging 39.038 through the first six meets.

Tanya Ricioli: The All-American has won five individual titles this year (two all-around and one each on bars, beam and floor), the most among the Beavers. She added her latest win last week against Arizona State when she matched her career-high of 9.925 on beam to pick up her first win of the year on that event. That upped her season average to a team-best 9.879, which ranks 14th in the country. She rounded out the ASU meet with a 9.825 on bars, a 9.775 on floor and a 9.75 on vault for a 39.275 in the all-around, good for second place. It was her fifth 39-plus score of the year and improved her season average to 39.242, ranking 23rd nationally. She was named the Pacific-10 Gymnast of the Week on January 28 after her efforts against UCLA (1/24) helped the Beavers upset the No. 1 Bruins. She had a 39.250 in the all-around in that meet, with her 9.875 on floor clinching the victory. She had a career-high 39.525 against UCLA in the season opener (1/2) and she added a 39.475 at Stanford (1/31). She's scored as high as 9.85 at least once on every event (9.925 on beam and floor, 9.90 on bars and 9.85 on vault). Her season average of 9.846 on floor is the second best on the team, and she's averaging 9.767 on bars and 9.750 on vault. Her 39.525 in the season opener was good for the 11th best all-around score in OSU history and set a school record for an all-around score in a season opener. With that performance, she became just the second OSU all-arounder to score 39.500 in January and the fourth to score a 39.500 in any month.

Th�r�se Videan: Videan has been a mainstay on vault, bars and floor all season. After recording a season-high 9.825 on vault against Arizona State last week, Videan has now scored a 9.80 or better at least once on all three of her events this year. Prior to the ASU meet, her top vault score was a 9.775, which she had scored twice. Her best score on any event this year was a 9.85 on floor in the season opener, and she's had a 9.825 in the last two meets. She had a career-high 9.80 on bars at Michigan State (1/10). She's averaging 9.754 on bars, 9.746 on vault and 9.750 on floor.

Elaine Yoder: Yoder has competed on beam in all six meets and is averaging 9.696 on the event. She had a career-high 9.925 at Stanford (1/31) to earn a share of second place on the event. Her previous career-best was a 9.875, which she scored once in 2002 and twice in 2001. Prior to the Stanford meet, her best score this year was a 9.80 against UCLA (1/24), and she added a 9.775 against Arizona State last week. Yoder has also performed five exhibition floor routines this year, with a high of 9.80.

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