No. 10 Beavers To Compete At Pacific-10 Championships At Arizona

March 16, 2004

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This week's action: The No. 10 Beavers travel to Tucson, Ariz., for the Pacific-10 Championships at the McKale Center at 5 p.m. PST, Saturday, March 20. Six of the league's seven teams are ranked among the nation's top 25. Joining the Beavers in the national rankings are No. 1 UCLA, No. 6 Stanford, No. 12 Washington, No. 14 Arizona and No. 22 Arizona State.

OSU jumps to 10th after strong showing at Utah: The Beavers jumped four spots from 14th to 10th after its solid outing at Utah last week, with OSU turning in a 197.450 for its second-best score of the year and best ever on the road. Heidi Goehring won a share of the title on bars for the third meet in a row, this time finishing with a 9.925. Chelsea Plourde took home the beam title with a 9.975 that capped off an OSU school record of 49.600 on the event. Plourde also led the Beaver vaulters with a 9.90, and Tanya Ricioli-Hebron led the floor team with a 9.925.

Beavers at Pac-10s: Only three teams have won the Pacific-10 team title, and OSU is one of them. The Beavers have won four team titles, with the most recent coming in 1996. UCLA has won 11, including the last two, and Stanford has claimed the league title twice. OSU placed fifth at last year's championship meet, where the Beavers scored 196.650.

Lamun to defend Pac-10 title: Although OSU placed fifth as a team at last year's Pac-10 Championships, the Beavers did walk away with two individual champions - including current sophomore Chrissy Lamun, who scored a 10.0 to share the floor title with UCLA's Kate Richardson at the 2003 Pac-10 meet. While Lamun has not scored a 10.0 on floor this year, she has scored as high as 9.95 on the event. In all, 11 OSU gymnasts have combined for 25 individual Pac-10 Championships.

OSU to start on vault: Oregon State will start the Pac-10 meet on vault and will finish with a bye after performing on floor. Following is the complete rotation order for the competition.

   	Bye    	Vault   Bye    	Bars	Beam	Bye    	FloorI    	Cal	OSU	Stan.	ASU	Ariz.	UCLA	Wash.II    	Wash.	Cal	OSU	Stan.	ASU	Ariz.	UCLAIII    	UCLA	Wash.	Cal	OSU	Stan.	ASU	Ariz.IV  	Ariz.	UCLA	Wash.	Cal	OSU	Stan.	ASUV    	ASU	Ariz.	UCLA	Wash.	Cal	OSU	Stan.VI    	Stan.	ASU	Ariz.	UCLA	Wash.	Cal	OSUVII    	OSU	Stan.	ASU	Ariz.	UCLA	Wash.	Cal

Beavers keep building on the road: OSU has broken the school record for an away meet score in its last three road meets. Most recently, the Beavers scored a 197.450 in a narrow loss at then-No. 4 Utah (197.675). OSU set its first road meet record with a 196.700 at Arizona State on February 6 and set a new standard on February 22 with a 197.175 at UCLA. Prior to this year, OSU's top road score was its 196.650 at last year's Pac-10 Championships at UCLA. OSU also set an overall school record with its 197.675 in the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational at home on March 5.

School-record performance keeps beam team at No. 7: OSU's beam team, which has been ranked No. 7 nationally the last three weeks, has improved its season-high in each of its last three meets, highlighted by a school record 49.600 at Utah last week. Chelsea Plourde, who ranks 15th nationally, led the Beavers with a career-high 9.975 at Utah. Tanya Ricioli-Hebron tied her career-high with a 9.95, and Angela Morales set a new career-high with a 9.90. OSU also counted a 9.90 from Chrissy Lamun, and Heidi Goehring tied her personal best with a 9.875. OSU's previous school record was 49.575 set in 2001. Prior to the Utah meet, OSU's season-high was 49.400 in the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational.

Beavers sport two nationally ranked all-arounders: Two of OSU's three all-arounders are nationally ranked. Chelsea Plourde ranks 21st, and Tanya Ricioli-Hebron is 23rd. Plourde is averaging 39.413 and has been OSU's top finisher in eight meets. She's the highest ranked freshman in the Pac-10 and second highest in the country. She had a high score of 39.650 in the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational, breaking her own OSU freshman record and tying for the second-best score in OSU history (she had a then-freshman record of 39.525 twice earlier in the season). Plourde also ranks 15th on beam, with a 9.975 and a pair of 9.95s on the event. Ricioli-Hebron has had a season-high of 39.525 three times this season, including last week's meet at Utah. She's also nationally ranked on floor, tying for 24th in the latest rankings. She has a season-high of 9.95 (tying her career-high), and has scored 9.90 or higher seven times this season - including the last four meets.

Bars team moves up to eighth: OSU's bars team scored a 49.325 at Utah for its second-best road score of the year, and the Beavers moved up one spot from ninth to eighth in the national rankings. OSU is averaging 49.205 - the best of any of the four events - and has scored 49.100 or higher in the last nine meets. OSU had a season-high 49.500 against Washington, just missing the school record by .025 (the record was set at last year's Pac-10 Championships). Five gymnasts have scored a 9.90 or higher this year. Heidi Goehring has led the bars team in the last three meets, including two career-high 9.95s, to win or tie for first in all three competitions. Chrissy Lamun, Chelsea Plourde and Tanya Ricioli-Hebron all have highs of 9.925, and Annie Campbell had a 9.90 before her injury. Th�r�se Videan, the team's lead-off performer has a season-high of 9.875, and Heather Justus has a high of 9.85.

Ricioli-Hebron looking to break record: If Tanya Ricioli-Hebron scores a 39.00 or higher this week, she'll take sole possession of the OSU record for career 39-plus performances. Ricioli-Hebron, who ranks 23rd nationally as an all-arounder, scored a 39.525 in the all-around at Utah last week for her 23rd career performance of 39.00 or higher, tying Chari Knight for the most 39-plus meets in an OSU career. Ricioli-Hebron has scored 39-plus in eight of the 10 meets this season, with a high of 39.525 three times. Knight, who competed from 1991-1994, also holds the school record for a single-meet score with a 39.750 in 1993. Another senior all-arounder, Annie Campbell, entered the year also chasing that record, but a knee injury has since sidelined her. Campbell has scored a 39-plus in 16 meets during her career, but she's missed the last six meets because of the injury.

That sounds like a broken record: OSU's floor score of 49.700 against Stanford broke the school record of 49.625 set at the 2002 NCAA Regional Championships. With the exception of Chrissy Lamun (who scored a 10.0 to win the Pac-10 title last year), every gymnast in the floor lineup has set or tied a career-high in one of the last three meets. Chelsea Plourde and Tanya Ricioli-Hebron scored 9.95s to tie Lamun for first place in the meet against Stanford. The 9.95 was a season-high for all three. It tied a career-high for Ricioli-Hebron and was a personal best for Plourde. Angela Morales tied her career-high of 9.925, and Th�r�se Videan set a new career-high with a 9.925. OSU didn't count a then-season-high 9.85 from Heather Justus, who tied her career-high of 9.875 (set as a freshman in 2002) in the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational. OSU is ranked 16th in the national rankings on floor.

The Fab Four: Only four gymnasts in OSU history have scored a 9.90 or better on all four events at least once, and all four are on this year's roster. Two have joined the elite group this season. Tanya Ricioli-Hebron scored her first career 9.90 on vault at UCLA to become the third Beaver to join the group, and Chelsea Plourde followed a week later when she scored a 9.95 on floor against Stanford. Plourde, who also has highs of 9.975 on vault, 9.975 on beam and 9.925 on bars, is the first freshman to score a 9.90 on all four events. Ricioli-Hebron, a senior, first reached the 9.90 mark on beam and floor as a freshman in 2000 and earned her first 9.90 on bars as a sophomore in 2002 (she now has highs of 9.95 on beam and floor and 9.925 on bars). Her previous career-high on vault was a 9.875 set her freshman year. Fellow seniors Annie Campbell and Lindsay Nelson - both currently sidelined with injuries - are the other two gymnasts who have at least one 9.90 on every event; both were juniors when they reached the milestone.

Regional pairings announced Monday; Road to NCAA Championships goes through Corvallis: For the fourth time in six years, the road to the NCAA Championships will go through Corvallis, as Oregon State will host an NCAA Regional Championship meet for the 13th time (OSU last hosted in 2002). The Beavers will find out Monday, March 22 which five teams will join them for the April 3 regional competition. The top two teams at each of the six regionals will advance to the NCAA Champiomships, to be held at UCLA from April 15-17. Oregon State has made it to nationals the last two times the Beavers hosted a regional competition (2000 and 2002; OSU also went to nationals in 2001, when it competed at UCLA for regionals). Tickets for the regional meet are available at the OSU Ticket Office (1-800-GO-BEAVS). Reserved seats are available for $12; general admission tickets are $8, with a $3 GA rate available to OSU students and children.

OSU's depth gets tested this season: The Beavers, who have already lost three gymnasts to season-ending injuries, have put their depth to another test in recent weeks. Annie Campbell, an all-arounder in the first three meets, had arthroscopic knee surgery seven weeks ago and has missed the last seven meets. Her status will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis. Out for the season are Lindsay Nelson, an all-arounder last season, Daylee Ingalls, a vault/beam competitor last year, and Meghan Jones, a vault/bars performer last season. Ingalls and Nelson are out with knee injuries. Jones suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car in September and is rehabbing in her hometown of Medford, Ore.

Head coach Tanya Chaplin: Head coach Tanya Chaplin is in her seventh season as head gymnastics coach at OSU. She enters this week's meet with a 64-45-1 record for regular season action and is 106-80-1 including postseason competition. Chaplin has guided the Beavers to three 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. Formerly Tanya Service, she was a six-time All-American and held six school records while competing for UCLA from 1986-89.

Gymnast Notes
Annie Campbell:
Annie has missed the last seven meets after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery seven weeks ago. Her status will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis. Prior to the knee injury, Annie had competed as an all-arounder in three meets. After opening the year with all-around scores of 38.650 and 38.875 in the first two meets, Campbell returned to top form against Washington, scoring a 39.350 with 9.90s in three events. She tied her career-high of 9.90 on bars (she had a 9.90 once in 2002) and added 9.90 marks on beam and floor as well. The three 9.90s were her only of the season; prior to the meet with Washington, her top scores were a 9.85 on floor and a 9.825 on beam, both at the Super Six Challenge. Her top bars score was a 9.775 against Cal State-Fullerton. She had a 9.65 on vault in all three meeets. Annie missed all of last season to rehab from an Achilles injury suffered the week prior to the 2002 NCAA Championships.

Heidi Goehring: Heidi has won or tied for first on bars at the last three meets, scoring two career-high 9.95 marks as well as a 9.925 to pick up her first collegiate event titles. She has now scored 9.80 or better on her last nine bar routines. She's had four 9.90s or higher, including the last three meets. Goehring also has replaced Campbell in the beam lineup at the last seven meets, and she has scored 9.825 or better in the last six. She's had a career-high 9.875 three times, including the last two meets. Prior to this season, her career-high was a 9.80 set at the 2002 NCAA Championships - where she also filled in for Campbell, who was injured just prior to that meet as well.

Heather Justus: Heather has been a solid performer on three events for the Beavers, starting the year on vault but later adding bars and floor as a result of Campbell's injury. Justus has scored 9.80 or better on her last six floor routines, highlighted by a career-high-tying 9.875 in the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational. She's scored a career-high 9.85 on three of her last four bar routines, and she's had a season-high 9.80 on four of her last five vaults.

Chrissy Lamun: Chrissy, normally a regular on three events, has competed all-around at the last seven meets after joining the vault lineup while filling in for Campbell. She's finished with 39-plus scores five times, including a personal best 39.300 in the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational and a 39.275 last week at Utah. Chrissy's best event overall this year has been bars, averaging 9.848 to rank second on the team. She had a career-high 9.925 at UCLA after tying her previous best of 9.90 against Arizona the week before. She's also scored three 9.875s on the event this year. Chrissy has scored 9.90 or higher four times on floor, including last week at Utah. She had a season-high of 9.95 against Stanford. She's had three 9.90s or higher on beam, with a 9.90 at Utah last week after scoring a career-high 9.95 the week before. She's scored 9.825 or better eight times, including the last seven meets. On vault, she had a career-high 9.70 against Arizona. Chrissy has won five individual titles this year, with two on floor and beam and one on bars. In all, she has scored a 9.80 or higher 23 times this year, nine times on bars, eight on beam and six on floor. Chrissy is the reigning Pac-10 co-champion on floor, scoring a 10.0 at last year's Pac-10 Championships.

Angela Morales: Angela is one of the team's most consistent gymnasts, hitting 29 of 30 routines so far this season after going 38 for 39 as a freshman last year. She had one of her best meets of the year at Utah last week, where she set a career-high of 9.90 on beam and tied her season-high of 9.875 on vault. She also had a 9.875 on floor. Her best event this year has been floor, where she's had two 9.925s (tying her career-high from last year) and a 9.90. She's scored 9.80 or better in the last eight meets and won the event with her 9.90 against Arizona. Angela has scored 9.85 or better on vault in six of the last seven meets, including a pair of 9.875 marks. Prior to her 9.90 on beam last week, her top beam score was a 9.85 against Stanford to tie her then-career-high set last year.

Chelsea Plourde: The freshman is having an outstanding rookie season. She has been OSU's top all-arounder in eight of the 10 meets and ranks 21st in the nation. She's averaging 39.413, with a career-best 39.650 in the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational to break her own OSU freshman record (she's had two 39.525s earlier this season; Chari Knight had a 39.500 in 1991). The 39.650 earned a share of Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week honors and ties for the second-highest score in OSU history. Chelsea has personal bests of 9.975 on vault and beam, 9.95 on floor, and 9.925 on bars, making her the first OSU freshman ever to score 9.90 or better on all four events at least once. Plourde has the team's top averages on three events - 9.853 on vault, 9.858 on bars, and 9.883 on beam, and she's second with a 9.820 average on floor. In addition to ranking among the nation's top all-arounders, she's tied for 15th on beam. Plourde has won 15 individual titles this season, with five all-around wins to go along with four wins on vault and beam and one apiece on bars and floor. She's scored 9.90 or higher 13 times, and 35 of the 39 routines she's competed have earned scores of 9.80 or better. All but one of her 39 scores have counted in the team totals this season.

Tanya Ricioli-Hebron: The All-American has competed all-around in all 10 meets this year and ranks 23rd in the nation. She's had a season-high 39.525 three times - including the last two meets. With her 39.525 at Utah last week, she tied Chari Knight's school record of 23 career all-around performances with scores of 39.00 or higher. The senior has won seven individual titles this year, most recently tying for first on floor with a 9.925 at the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational. In all, she's won four titles on floor and three on bars. She's scored 9.90 or higher on seven of her last eight floor routines, highlighted by a career-high-tying 9.95 against Stanford. She ranks 24th nationally on the event and leads the Beavers with an average of 9.833. She's scored 9.90 or better five times on bars, with a high of 9.925 against Washington to tie her career-high. On vault, she's scored 9.825 or better five times, with a career-high 9.90 twice. Her first 9.90 vault made her the third Beaver to record a 9.90 on all four events at least once in a career. She tied her career-high of 9.95 on beam last week at Utah to improve on her previous season-high of 9.875. She's scored 9.825 or better seven times on the event this year. In all, she has a total of 15 scores of 9.90 or higher and 29 scores of 9.80 or higher this season. With her three 39.525 all-around scores, she became the second Beaver to score 39.500 or higher five times in a career (she had a 39.525 and a 39.575 last season).

Th�r�se Videan: Th�r�se has competed on vault, bars and floor in every meet this year, and she's put up solid marks throughout the year. She's scored 9.85 or better on her last two vaults, with a 9.85 at Utah last week after scoring a season-high 9.875 in the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational the week before. She's had one 9.80 as well. She's scored 9.80 or better on seven of her 10 bar routines, with a high of 9.875 against Cal State-Fullerton. She had a career-high 9.925 on floor against Stanford, and she's scored 9.825 or better on the event in the last five meets.

Elaine Yoder: Elaine has competed on beam in all 10 meets, with three scores of 9.85 or better. She's had a season-high 9.875 twice - against Stanford and in the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational. She had a 9.85 at UCLA.

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