No. 12 Gymnasts Place Third At NCAA South Central Region Championships

April 12, 2003

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 12 Oregon State gymnastics team finished with a 195.850 to place third in the NCAA South Central Regional Championships at the Hearnes Center on Saturday night, with the Beavers missing out on a trip to the NCAA Championships by the narrowest of margins. No. 1 UCLA won the meet with a 197.725, and No. 13 Iowa narrowly edged out the Beavers by .025 - finishing second with a 195.875.

Arizona placed fourth at 195.450, followed by Missouri (194.925) and Illinois-Chicago (193.200). The top two teams advance to the NCAA Championships at the University of Nebraska from April 24-26.

The Beavers, who went 23-for-24 and did not have to count a fall, had to wait to find out their NCAA fate after finishing with a bye. The Hawkeyes still had to compete on floor in the final rotation, with Iowa needing a 49.275 to overtake the Beavers. The Hawkeyes scored exactly that.

Still, Tanya Chaplin was pleased with OSU's performance at regionals.

'I am so proud of this team. They did a phenomenal job,' Chaplin said. 'They didn't have to count a fall. I couldn't have asked for more. They did a great job.'

Despite not earning the trip to nationals, the Beavers did receive some good news as Michael Chaplin and Dick Foxal were named West Region Co-Assistant Coaches of the Year, with the honors being announced at the end of the meet.

OSU had several top-five individual performances. Lindsay Nelson took third on bars with a 9.90, while Tanya Ricioli tied for fourth with a 9.90 on floor. Chrissy Lamun tied for fifth on beam with a 9.85. Nelson was sixth in the all-around, posting a 39.250.

'There were a lot of positives,' Chaplin said. 'Everyone went as hard as they could.'

The floor team started strong with a six-for-six performance highlighted by Ricioli's 9.90 in the anchor spot. OSU also counted a 9.85 from Angela Morales, a 9.825 from Th�r�se Videan and a pair of 9.80 marks from Nelson and Lamun. Heather Justus started things off with a 9.775, which OSU didn't have to count.

The floor performance gave OSU the early lead, with Arizona scoring a 48.700 on beam, Iowa a 48.675 on vault, and Illinois-Chicago a 48.375 on bars. UCLA and Missouri had byes in the first rotation.

OSU scored a 48.700 on vault in the second rotation. Morales got great distance on her handspring pike half to scored a team-high 9.825. Nelson added a 9.775 on her yurchenko half-off layout front, and Justus turned in a 9.75 on handspring pike front. OSU also counted a 9.70 from Videan and a 9.65 from Meghan Jones.

After a bye in the third rotation, the Beavers started strong on bars with Videan leading off with a 9.85. Jones and Lamun followed with 9.80 and 9.75 marks to set up Nelson, who nailed her full twisting double layout dismount for a 9.90 - the second best score of her career and the best score of the night at that point. Ricioli had a solid routine going until she fell on her double front dismount for a 9.375, but Elizabeth Jillson hit her routine for a 9.825 to give the Beavers a 49.125 as a team.

OSU finished out the night with a six-for-six performance on beam, led by Lamun's 9.85. Nelson and Ricioli chipped in 9.775 routines, and Morales started off the rotation with a 9.75. OSU also counted Elaine Yoder's 9.675.

UCLA's Jamie Dantzscher took top honors on three individual events as well as the all-around. She scored a 10 on floor and a 9.95 on bars. She tied teammate Kate Richardson with a 9.925 and won the all-around title with a 39.750 to take the all-around title. Missouri's Alisha Robinson won vault with a 9.875. Advancing to the NCAA Championships as all-arounders were Robinson (39.350) and Arizona's Monica Bisordi (39.300).

MEET RESULTS

Team Scores: 1. UCLA 197.700; 2. Iowa 195.875; 3. Oregon State 195.850; 4. Arizona 195.450; 5. Missouri 194.825; 6. Illinois-Chicago 193.200

Vault: 1. Alisha Robinson (MU) 9.90; T2. Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA), Kate Richardson (UCLA), Veronique Meunier (UIC) 9.875; Onnie Willis (UCLA), Alexis Maday (Iowa) 9.85. OSU Scores: Angela Morales 9.825; Lindsay Nelson 9.775; Heather Justus 9.75; Th�r�se Videan 9.70; Meghan Jones 9.65; Daylee Ingalls 9.60.

Bars: 1. Jamie Dantszcher (UCLA) 9.95; 2. Jeanette Antolin (UCLA) 9.925; 3. Lindsay Nelson (OSU) 9.90; T4. Onnie Willis (UCLA), Alisha Robinson (MU) 9.875. Other OSU Scores: Th�r�se Videan 9.85; Elizabeth Jillson 9.825; Meghan Jones 9.80; Chrissy Lamun 9.75; Tanya Ricioli 9.375.

Beam: T1. Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA), Kate Richardson (UCLA) 9.925; 3. Jeanette Antolin (UCLA) 9.90; 4. Malia Jones (UCLA) 9.875; T5. Chrissy Lamun (OSU), Janna Alexandra (Iowa) 9.85. Other OSU Scores: Lindsay Nelson 9.775; Tanya Ricioli 9.775; Angela Morales 9.75; Elaine Yoder 9.675; Daylee Ingalls 9.575

Floor: 1. Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA) 10.0; T2. Ashley Godwin (SEMO), Onnie Willis (UCLA) 9.925; T4. Tanya Ricioli (OSU), Jeanette Antolin (UCLA), Kristin Parker (UCLA) 9.90. Other OSU Scores: Angela Morales 9.85; Th�r�se Videan 9.825; Chrissy Lamun and Lindsay Nelson 9.80;Heather Justus 9.775

All-Around: 1. Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA) 39.750; 2. Jeanette Antolin (UCLA) 39.550; 3. Onnie Willis (UCLA) 39.500; 4. Alisha Robinson (MU) 39.350; 5. Monica Bisordi (Ariz.) 39.300; 6. Lindsay Nelson (OSU) 39.250.

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