No. 11 Gymnasts Headed To UCLA For Pac-10 Championships

March 25, 2003

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What's in store: The No. 11 Beavers (12-5) head to Los Angeles for the Pacific-10 Championships, set for 6 p.m., Saturday, March 29 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. This year's conference meet could be one of the best in recent years, as all seven Pac-10 teams are ranked in the nation's Top 20. Joining the 11th-ranked Beavers will be No. 1 UCLA, No. 3 Arizona State, No. 7 Stanford, No. 14 Washington, No. 18 California and No. 20 Arizona.

Pac-10 Championships to be televised: Fox Sports Net will air the Pac-10 Championships on a tape-delayed basis, with Barry Tompkins and Kathy Johnson-Clarke calling the action. The meet will be aired on Fox Sports Northwest at noon on Friday, April 4 and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. Check local listings for air times in other regions.

Beavers against the field: OSU has beaten three Pac-10 teams this year. The Beavers upset No. 1 UCLA, 195.750-195.475, on January 24, and beat then-No. 6 ASU, 196.325-195.750, on February 7. The Beavers have also beaten Cal (197.025-194.550). OSU lost to Stanford, Arizona and Washington, and the Beavers also lost to UCLA in the season opener in Hawaii. However, with the Pac-10 having so many ranked teams, the conference title could come down to which teams don't have to count falls. OSU had to count falls in its losses to Arizona and Stanford, but the Beavers would have won those meets if they didn't have count any falls. On the other hand, ASU and UCLA counted falls in their losses to OSU, and UCLA would have won had it not been for the falls.

OSU's Pac-10 Championships history: Oregon State has won four Pac-10 titles, with the most recent coming in 1996. UCLA has won three of the last four team titles. OSU finished fourth with a 196.125 at last year's meet. The Beavers have had 23 Pac-10 individual champions, most recently in 1999.

Beavers to start on beam: Oregon State will start the Pac-10 meet on beam and will finish on bars. The rotation order is determined by a blind draw a year before the competition. Following is the complete rotation order.

   	Bye    	V    	Bye    	UB    	BB    	Bye    	FXI    	Stan    	Wash	UCLA    	Ariz	OSU    	ASU    	CalII    	Cal    	Stan    	Wash	UCLA    	Ariz   	OSU    	ASUIII    	ASU    	Cal    	Stan	Wash	UCLA    	Ariz	OSUIV    	OSU    	ASU    	Cal	Stan    	Wash	UCLA    	ArizV    	Ariz    	OSU    	ASU    	Cal    	Stan	Wash	UCLAVI    	UCLA    	Ariz	OSU    	ASU    	Cal    	Stan    	WashVII    	Wash    	UCLA    	Ariz	OSU    	ASU    	Cal    	Stan

Looking for another 24-for-24 performance: OSU starts the Pac-10 meet on beam, and the last time the Beavers started a competition on that event, they went 24-for-24. OSU started on beam at the January 10 meet at Michigan State, where they went 24-for-24 to beat Auburn and the host Spartans. Prior to that meet, the last time an OSU team went 24-for-24 was at the 1996 Pacific-10 Championships, which the Beavers won. OSU has gone 23-for-24 in four other meets this year.

Beavers in the rankings: OSU is 11th in the latest national rankings, which are based on Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). The RQS is determined by taking a team's top six scores (at least three of which must come from away meets), dropping the highest and averaging the remaining five. OSU has an RQS of 196.500 entering the final week of regular season competition, and the Beavers would like to maintain their Top 12 ranking to help their regional seeding. The top 18 teams (based on RQS) will be seeded, with three teams being sent to each of the six sites (Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, Utah and Washington are hosting). The three remaining teams at each site will come from within each respective geographic region. Regionals will be held on April 12.

More on the rankings: In addition to being ranked 11th as a team, the Beavers are ninth on bars, tied for 12th on floor, tied for 14th on vault and rank 16th on beam. Two gymnasts are ranked individually as well. Tanya Ricioli is 23rd in the all-around and tied for 18th on beam. Elizabeth Jillson is tied for 22nd on bars.

Recent action: The Beavers had last week off for final exams. OSU last competed on March 15 in a dual meet at No. 22 Brigham Young. The Beavers had to count three falls (two on beam and one on vault) in a 196.775-195.325 loss to the Cougars. Still, there were several highlights. Chrissy Lamun had a career-high 9.95 to win her fourth floor title of the year, and Angela Morales had career-highs on all three of her events to place in the top three on all three. She was second on floor (9.925) and vault (9.90) and third on beam (9.85). Meghan Jones and Th�r�se Videan also had career-highs of 9.90 on vault to tie Morales for second on that event. The Beaver floor team finished with a 39.400 to tie their best score of the year. Tanya Ricioli had a 9.90, and the Beavers also counted Heather Justus's 9.825 and Lindsay Nelson's 9.80.

Raising the bar record: OSU has the ninth-ranked bars team in the country, and it has a school record to show for it. The Beavers are averaging 49.116 on the event, highlighted by a school-record 49.500 versus Utah (2/21) to break the previous mark of 49.475 (set at the 1999 Pac-10 Championships). All six of the Beavers who competed against Utah set or tied their career-highs in that meet. Elizabeth Jillson, a 2002 first team All-American on bars, won the event by tying her personal-best of 9.95 against the Utes. Lindsay Nelson had a career-high 9.925 in that meet, and Meghan Jones, Chrissy Lamun and Heidi Goehring all had 9.875 scores to set or tie their best marks. Th�r�se Videan had a 9.80, which was a career-high until scoring a 9.825 at Washington a week later. Tanya Ricioli, who has the team's second-best average on the event at 9.815, missed the Utah meet because of illness, but she scored a career-high 9.925 a week prior to the meet with the Utes. Nelson's average of 9.845 is the team's best on the event.

Vaulting to the top: OSU's vault team has made significant strides from a year ago. The 2003 Beavers are averaging 49.066 and are ranked 14th in the country. Last year, OSU averaged 48.581 and topped the 49.00 mark in just two meets. OSU has scored a 49-plus in nine of 11 meets this year, with a high of 49.200 twice. Six vaulters have competed a 10.0-valued vault, although OSU has not had six 10.0 vaults in the same meet. All seven vaulters who have competed have scored a 9.80 at least once, and five of them have scored a 9.90 or better. Lindsay Nelson, has eight scores above a 9.80, including a 9.925 twice. Angela Morales has scored a 9.90 twice, and Meghan Jones, Heather Justus and Th�r�se Videan each have one 9.90 mark this season. OSU's other two vaulters, Daylee Ingalls and Tanya Ricioli, have highs of 9.875 and 9.85, respectively. Nelson leads the Beavers with a 9.857 average, and Ingalls' average of 9.808 is second on the team.

Nelson in elite company: When Lindsay Nelson scored a career-high 9.925 on bars against Utah (2/21), she became only the second Beaver to record a 9.90 or better on all four events at least once in her career. Nelson, who also has personal bests of 9.925 on vault and 9.90 on beam and floor, joined current Beaver Annie Campbell (9.975 on floor, 9.925 on vault and beam, 9.90 on bars) in the elite group. Seven others have come close, with a 9.90 or better on three of the four events. Current Beaver Tanya Ricioli has scored a 9.90 or better on every event but vault, the same event that kept Joy Selig, Chari Knight, Amy Slack and Jerra Lopez from the elite group. Bars stopped Megan Murphy-Barcroft, and beam kept Amy Durham off the list.

Seven-Eleven: Seven of the 11 gymnasts who have competed for the Beavers this year have won at least one individual event title. Tanya Ricioli leads the Beavers with 12, and Lindsay Nelson, Elizabeth Jillson and Chrissy Lamun have four apiece. Angela Morales has three wins, and Elaine Yoder and Heather Justus each have one. Three different Beavers have won on vault, bars and floor, and two have claimed wins on beam and in the all-around.

There's no place like home: With no postseason meets being held in Corvallis, the Beavers have finished the home portion of the 2003 season with a 6-0 record in Gill Coliseum. It was OSU's first undefeated home season since 1998, Tanya Chaplin's first year at head coach. OSU was also undefeated at home in 1980, 1988, 1991, and 1992.

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 56-39-1 for the regular season and 92-68-1 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 competed twice on bars and three times on beam, although she has performed several other exhibitions on the two events this season. She had a career-high 9.875 on bars against Utah (2/21), and she had a 9.825 against Cal (2/14) in her other official bar routine. Including five exhibitions, her season average is 9.782. She's had falls on her three official beam routines, but she's hit four of her five exhibitions, highlighted by a 9.90 against Denver and Seattle Pacific (3/7). She has competed once on floor, scoring a 9.65 against Utah in her first collegiate performance on the event.

Daylee Ingalls: Ingalls missed OSU's final dual meet at BYU (3/15) because of illness, but she's been a key contributor on vault and beam for the Beavers this season. Her 9.808 average on vault ranks second on the team, and she's scored 9.80 or better in seven of the nine meets she's competed the event. She had a career-high 9.875 against California (2/14) and had a 9.85 in two other meets. Ingalls has also competed on beam in nine meets, with three marks of 9.80 or better. She matched her career-high from last year with a 9.85 in the Cal meet.

Elizabeth Jillson: Jillson has scored a 9.90 or better on bars five times this year, although she had a 9.85 in OSU's last outing (at BYU on 3/15). She's won the event four times. She had career-high 9.95s to win against Utah (2/21) and California (2/14), and she had a 9.90 to win against Arizona State (2/7) and Denver/Seattle Pacific (3/7) in the final home meet of her career. Jillson, who was a first team All-American on bars last year, is tied for 22nd in the national rankings.

Meghan Jones: Jones has had back-to-back career-highs on vault and has placed second on the event in OSU's last two meets. She had a career-high 9.90 to tie for second at BYU (3/15), just a week after she had a then-career-high 9.85 to place second against Denver and Seatlle Pacific (3/7). She's been in the vault lineup in five meets and has scored a 9.80 or better in four of them (she's exhibitioned in several other meets). She's competed on bars in every meet but one (although she exhibitioned in that meet) and had a career-high 9.875 against Utah (2/21). She's scored 9.80 or better on the event seven times (eight counting her exhibition), with a 9.80 at BYU. She is averaging 9.770.

Heather Justus: Justus has been a mainstay on vault and floor all season. She's averaging 9.784 on floor and has had a season-high 9.825 five times, most recently at BYU (3/15) in OSU's last meet. She's scored a 9.80 or better on vault in seven of the 11 meets. She had a career-high of 9.90 in the season opener and is averaging 9.693. She won the event with a 9.875 against Arizona State (2/7) for her first collegiate event title. She's exhibitioned on bars twice, with a high of 9.725 (2/14), and once on beam (9.675, 1/2).

Chrissy Lamun: Lamun is coming off a solid performance at BYU (3/15), where she hit all three of her events. The highlight was her floor routine, which ended up placing first after scoring a career-high 9.95. It was her fourth win on the event, and it was her fourth score of 9.90 or better, improving her season average to 9.825. She rounded out the BYU meet with a 9.775 on beam and a 9.75 on bars. She's averaging 9.707 on bars, with five marks of 9.80 or better and a career-high of 9.875 twice. She's had two beam routines score a 9.90 or better, highlighted by a career-high 9.925 vs. Utah (2/21). She had a career-high 9.925 on beam against Utah (2/21) and had a 9.90 against Denver/Seattle Pacific (3/7), placing second in that meet.

Angela Morales: Morales had the best meet of her one-year career in OSU's meet at BYU (3/15), OSU's final meet before the Pac-10 Championships. The rookie had career-highs on all three of her events. She placed second on both vault (9.90) and floor (9.925) to tie her personal bests on the two events, and she placed third with a new career-high of 9.85 on beam. Overall, her best event has been floor, where she has the team's second-best average at 9.859. She's scored a career-high 9.925 three times, won the event once, and has scored a 9.80 or better in every meet but one. She also has two wins on vault, most recently against Denver/Seattle Pacific (3/7) with a 9.875. Her 9.90 at BYU matched her score at Arizona (1/17), where she won the event for the first time. She's averaging 9.802 on the event, with seven scores of 9.80 or better. On beam, she has five marks of 9.80 or better. She had a then-career-high 9.825 twice before coming up with the 9.85 at BYU. She's averaging 9.743 for the season.

Lindsay Nelson: One of only two Beavers ever to score a 9.90 or better on all four events at least once in her career, Nelson has scored a 9.90 or better four times on vault (three times this season, with a high of 9.925 twice), and once each on the other three events (career-high of 9.925 on bars came against Utah on 2/21 this year, career-high of 9.90 on beam was in this year's season opener against UCLA, and her career-best 9.90 on floor came at last year's NCAA West Regional Championship). Nelson has competed all-around in all 11 meets this year, averaging 39.150. She had a career-high 39.575 (tying the eighth-best score in OSU history) against Utah to earn Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week honors for her role in OSU's upset of the then-No. 3 Utes. She also won at Washington (2/28), where she had a 39.475. Her 9.857 average on vault is the team's best. She's scored 9.80 or better in every meet but one. She's had a career-high 9.925 twice and won the event with a 9.90 at Michigan State (1/10). Nelson also has OSU's best average on bars at 9.845, with a 9.80 or better in all but two meets. She had a career-high 9.925 against Utah and won the event at Arizona (1/17). She's averaging 9.809 on floor, with a season-high of 9.875 twice, most recently against Utah. She had a career-high 9.90 on beam in the season opener and had a 9.875 against Denver and Seattle Pacific (3/7) for her second-best score of the year. In all, she has five marks of 9.90 or better and 31 of 9.80 or better this year.

Tanya Ricioli: The All-American is having the best season of her collegiate career. She's been named Pacific-10 Gymnast of the Week twice (first for her role in OSU's upset of No. 1 UCLA on 1/24 and again after winning four events in a win over then-No. 13 Denver and Seattle Pacific on 3/7). Ricioli ranks 23rd nationally as an all-arounder and is tied for 18th on beam. She's won a total of 12 individual titles this year (four all-around, three on beam and floor and one on bars). She's averaging 39.273 in 10 all-around appearances, highlighted by a career-best 39.575 against Denver and SPU to tie for the eighth-best score in school history. She had a 39.525 in the season opener and is now one of only two Beavers to score higher than 39.500 twice in the same season. Her averages of 9.880 on beam and 9.860 on floor are the team's best this year. She had a career-high 9.95 on beam in the meet with Denver and SPU, and she's scored 9.90 or better five times. She's tied her career-high of 9.925 on floor twice this year and has had a 9.90 in three other meets. Her 9.815 average on bars ranks second on the team. She had a career-high 9.925 against Cal (2/14) and has two other 9.90 marks. Her best vault score was a 9.85 in the season opener, and she's averaging 9.718 on the event. In all, Ricioli has scored a 9.90 or better 13 times and a 9.80 or better 29 times this season.

Th�r�se Videan: Videan heads into the Pac-10 Championships on the heels of one of her best meets of the season. In OSU's last outing (at BYU on 3/15), Videan placed second on vault with a season-high 9.90 to tie her career-high from last year. She added a 9.80 on bars and a 9.75 on floor in that meet. Videan's previous best on vault this season was a 9.825 against Arizona State (2/7, although she did have a 9.85 in an exhibition routine on 3/7). She's averaging 9.759 on the event. She's averaging 9.777 on bars, with a career-high of 9.825 once and a 9.80 in five other meets. She's had a season-high 9.85 twice on floor and has had a 9.825 three times for an average of 9.725.

Elaine Yoder: Yoder has competed on beam in every meet, and she's put up some solid marks throughout the year. She had a career-high 9.925 at Stanford (1/31) and she's scored 9.90 in three other meets. She won the event for the first time in her collegiate career when she had a 9.90 against Cal (2/14) to tie for first. She's averaging 9.714 on the event. She has also performed seven exhibition floor routines this year, with a high of 9.80.

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