2003 Gymnastics Season Awards Announced
May 13, 2003
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Coach Tanya Chaplin announced the 2003 season awards for Oregon State gymnastics at the team's annual end-of-the-year gathering on Friday.
Junior co-captains Lindsay Nelson and Tanya Ricioli were named co-Most Valuable Gymnasts. Nelson won four individual event titles, was named Pacific-10 Gymnast of the Week after leading OSU to a win over Utah, and had the team's top average on vault and bars. Ricioli was a two-time Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week, won a team-best 12 individual event titles, and had the team's top averages on beam and floor. Both Nelson and Ricioli recorded a career-high of 39.575 in the all-around, tying for the eighth-best score in OSU history.
Freshmen Chrissy Lamun and Angela Morales were named co-Newcomers of the Year. Both rookies competed on three events in all 13 meets. Lamun won a Pac-10 Championship with a perfect 10 on floor and finished her freshman year with five individual victories, all on floor. She also competed on beam (high score of 9.925) and bars (high of 9.90). Morales won three individual titles, two on vault and one on floor. She had high scores of 9.925 on floor, 9.90 on vault and 9.85 on beam.
Sophomore Meghan Jones was awarded Most Improved Gymnast. Jones competed on bars in every meet but one and scored a 9.80 or better nine times, with a high of 9.875. She was also one of the team's top vaulters, upgrading to a vault worth a 10.0 midway through the season. She scored a 9.80 or better five times, with a high of 9.90. As a freshman, she was a regular in the vault lineup, but her vault was worth a maximum of just 9.80. She did not make the lineup on bars as a rookie, performing just two exhibitions on that event last year.
Nelson and Morales were named the team's Most Consistent Gymnasts. Nelson competed all-around in all 13 meets, hitting 49 of her 52 routines (94 percent) during the season. Morales hit 38 of the 39 routines (97 percent) she performed this past season, with her only miss coming on beam in the season opener - her first ever collegiate competition. Of Nelson's 52 routines, OSU counted 49 of them in the team totals (all 13 on vault and bars, 12 on floor and 11 on beam). The Beavers counted 38 of Morales' routines in the team totals (all 13 on beam and floor and 12 on vault).
The Best Performance Award went to Lamun and senior Elizabeth Jillson. The two put together perfect performances at the Pac-10 Championships to win conference titles. Jillson scored a 10.0 on bars to become the fourth Beaver with a perfect score on that event and the fifth to win a Pac-10 title on bars. Lamun's perfect score was on floor as she became the third OSU gymnast with a perfect floor score and the fifth Beaver to win a Pac-10 floor title.In addition, Lamun became the first Beaver freshman with a 10.0 on any event and just the second OSU freshman to win a Pac-10 Championship.
For the second year in a row, sophomore Heidi Goehring was awarded the Clutch Performance Award. She was scheduled to compete on bars against No. 3 Utah but found out just hours before the competition that she was also needed on beam and floor since Ricioli was sidelined with an illness. She helped the Beavers set a then-school record on bars with a career-high 9.875, and her floor routine marked the first time she had competed the event in a collegiate meet.
Sophomore Christa Piazza, the team's academic captain, was named the Most Inspirational Gymnast.