No. 11 Gymnastics Opens Season At Super Six Challenge In Alabama
Jan. 6, 2004
The Super Six Challenge: The No. 11 Beavers head to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to kick off the season at the Super Six Challenge at 5 p.m. PST on Friday, January 9. OSU will get a chance to test itself against the nation's top teams early on, as all six teams at the Super Six Challenge are ranked in the top 18. Joining the Beavers will be No. 2 Georgia, No. 3 Alabama, No. 7 Florida, No. 13 Oklahoma and No. 18 Denver. This will be Oregon State's first appearance in the Super Six Challenge.
Follow the meet on the internet: Live stats for the Super Six Challenge will be available on the web at http://www.gymtide.com/current_season/2004/scores/00/index.shtml.
Catch the Beavers on ESPN2: The Super Six Challenge will be televised, tape-delayed, on ESPN2. The meet will be aired at 3 p.m. PST on Sunday, January 11.
A quick look at the Beavers: Oregon State is aiming to return to the NCAA Championships after narrowly missing out on a fourth consecutive trip last year, when it missed out by .025 points - the narrowest possible margin in gymnastics. The Beavers began fall workouts with more depth than any other OSU team in recent years, although injuries since have hit the team. The Beavers were expected to return 23 of 24 routines (losing only All-American Elizabeth Jillson on bars) from last year's team. In addition, they'd regain four routines from Annie Campbell, an All-Pacific-10 all-arounder and NCAA regional floor champion in 2002. Campbell missed all of last season while recovering from an achilles injury suffered just before the 2002 NCAA Championships at Alabama. Freshman Chelsea Plourde also gives the Beavers added depth on all four events, as she is expected to compete all-around this week.
Injuries hit early on: OSU's depth will get a true test this season, as the Beavers have already lost three gymnasts for the season. Meghan Jones suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car in Corvallis on September 20. She is continuing her rehabilation in her hometown of Medford, Ore. In addition, Daylee Ingalls and Lindsay Nelson both have been sidelined with season-ending knee injuries. The trio accounted for seven routines last season. Nelson competed as an all-arounder (high of 39.575), Jones was in the vault (high of 9.90) and bars (9.875) lineups, and Ingalls competed vault (9.875) and beam (9.85).
Vault: Oregon State is expected to have four gymnasts who have scored a 9.90 or higher at least once on vault in the lineup on Friday. Angela Morales scored a 9.90 twice last year, and Thï¿½rï¿½se Videan scored a 9.90 once in 2002 and 2003. Heather Justus had one 9.90 a year ago, and Annie Campbell returns after scoring a career-high 9.925 at the 2002 Pacific-10 Championships. Rounding out the lineup should be Tanya Ricioli-Hebron, who has switched from handspring to yurchenko vaults this season, and freshman Chelsea Plourde, who also competes yurchenko vaults.
Bars: Four of the five returnees expected in the lineup have scored a 9.90 on this event. Tanya Ricioli-Hebron has won the event five times (twice last season) and has four scores of 9.90 or higher (including a career-high 9.925 last year) during her career. Chrissy Lamun and Thï¿½rï¿½se Videan each had career-highs of 9.90 at the Pacific-10 Championships last year to help the Beavers set a school record of 49.525. Annie Campbell scored a 9.90 once in 2002. Heidi Goehring, who had a career-high of 9.875 last year, is also expected to compete for the Beavers this week. Chelsea Plourde should round out the lineup.
Beam: Three seniors who have combined for 13 individual beam titles during their careers return to the lineup this year. Annie Campbell enters the season with eight wins and a career-high of 9.925 on the event. Tanya Ricioli-Hebron scored a career-high 9.95 last year and has four career wins on the event. Elaine Yoder, the third senior expected to compete on beam, scored a 9.90 or higher four times and won her first collegiate event title last year. Also returning are Chrissy Lamun, the 2002 Junior Olympic beam champion, and Angela Morales, who had five marks of 9.80 or better last year. Chelsea Plourde also is expected to compete on beam.
Floor: The Beavers return an All-American, a Pacific-10 champion and an NCAA Regional champion on this event. Chrissy Lamun scored a 10.0 to claim the Pac-10 title on floor last year, and Annie Campbell won the 2002 NCAA West Regional floor title with a 9.975. Tanya Ricioli-Hebron, who had a career-high 9.95 at last year's Pac-10 meet, earned second team All-American honors on the event in 2000. Also returning to the lineup are Angela Morales, who scored a 9.925 three times last year, and Thï¿½rï¿½se Videan, who scored a 9.90 at the NCAA Regionals in 2002. Chelsea Plourde also should compete on this event.
Two senior all-arounders going for record: Seniors Annie Campbell and Tanya Ricioli-Hebron each enter their final season with 15 career all-around scores of 39.00 or higher, tying them for second on OSU's career list. They need eight more to tie seven-time All-American Chari Knight for the school record of 39-plus performances. Knight had 23 such scores from 1991 to 1994, including a school record 39.750 in 1993. Campbell had a career-high 39.625 in 2001, tying for the fourth highest all-around score in OSU history and the highest by someone other than Knight. Ricioli-Hebron had her career-high of 39.575 last season. She had a 39.525 in last year's season opener, good for the highest all-around score by a Beaver in the first meet of a season.