Tanya Ricioli-Hebron To Compete At NCAA CHampionships On Thursday

Upcoming action: Senior All-American Tanya Ricioli-Hebron will represent Oregon State as an all-arounder at the NCAA Gymnastics Championships at UCLA. Ricioli-Hebron will compete at 1 p.m., Thursday, April 15 in the preliminary competition. If she places in the top four on any event in her session, she'll advance to the individual finals at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 17. In the Thursday prelims, she'll rotate with Florida and will begin with a bye before bars - the same rotation she had at the NCAA West Regionals.

How she got there: Ricioli-Hebron qualified for the NCAA Championships as a result of her performance at the NCAA West Regional Championships at OSU on April 3. She scored a 39.500 to place third in the all-around. She won the beam title with a 9.95, tied for third on floor with a 9.90, tied for 11th on vault with a 9.85, and tied for 12th on bars with a 9.80. The top two all-arounders not on an advancing team qualify for nationals as individuals. The Beavers missed qualifying as a team by .050, finishing behind Oklahoma (197.100) and Alabama (196.900) with a 196.850. OSU's score was the eighth highest score in the six regionals throughout the country, but only the top two teams at each region advance to the NCAA Championships.

Ricioli-Hebron at the NCAA Championships: Ricioli-Hebron is making her third appearance at the NCAA Championships. It's her first trip as an individual and her first that she'll compete as an all-arounder. She earned second team All-American honors with a 9.85 on floor (tying for seventh place) as a freshman in 2000 and also competed on vault (9.80/T15) and beam (9.625/T30) in that meet, but a thumb injury kept her off bars for most of the season. As a sophomore in 2002, she scored a then-career-high 39.450 at regionals to help OSU qualify for the NCAA Championships, but a sprained ankle then limited her to bars (9.65/38) and beam (9.30/37) at nationals. OSU also qualified as a team in 2001, but Ricioli-Hebron missed the season with an Achilles injury.

Summing up her season: The All-American has competed all-around in all 12 meets this year, with a season-high 39.525 three times. Tanya has won eight individual titles this year, most recently placing first with a career-high-tying 9.95 on beam at regionals. She's also won four titles on floor and three on bars this season. She's scored 9.90 or higher on a total of 17 routines this year (eight on floor, five on bars, two on beam, two on vault) She's scored 9.90 or higher on eight of her last 10 floor routines and has a season-high of 9.95. She also has a season-high of 9.95 on beam, with top marks of 9.925 on bars and 9.90 on vault. She has 36 total scores of 9.80 or higher this season.

Ricioli-Hebron breaks OSU record at regionals: Tanya's 39.500 at regionals gave her sole possession of OSU's record for career 39-plus all-around scores. After her performance at regionals, she has scored 39 or higher 24 times in her career, topping Chari Knight's former record of 23. Ricioli-Hebron has scored 39-plus in nine of the 12 meets this season, with a high of 39.525 three times. Her regional score was her sixth career score of 39.500 or higher; she and Knight are also the only two OSU gymnasts to score 39.500 or higher more than four times. Ricioli-Hebron had a career-high 39.575 in 2003; Knight holds the school record with a 39.750 set in 1993.

One of the Fab Four: Ricioli-Hebron is one of four gymnasts in OSU history to score a 9.90 or better on all four events at least once. She scored her first career 9.90 on vault at UCLA earlier this season to become the third Beaver to join the group. Ricioli-Hebron 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 career-highs of 9.95 on beam and floor, 9.925 on bars and 9.90 on vault. Prior to the dual meet at UCLA this year, Tanya's previous career-high on vault was a 9.875 set her freshman year.

2004 Meet-by-MeetDate	Meet	                Vault	Bars	Beam	Floor	All-Around1/9	at Super Six Challenge    9.275	9.575	9.825	9.225	37.9001/16	vs. Cal State Fullerton   9.65	9.90*	9.675	9.85*	39.0751/23	vs. Washington	        9.70	9.925*	9.875	9.90	39.4001/30	at California	        9.30	9.85	9.70	9.925*	38.7752/6	at Arizona State	        9.825	9.725	9.85	9.925	39.3252/13	vs. Arizona	        9.875	9.90*	9.85	9.80	39.4252/22	at UCLA	                 9.90	9.90	9.825	9.90	39.5252/27	vs. Stanford	        9.85	9.90	9.30	9.95*	39.0003/5	Salbasgeon Suites Inv.    9.90	9.85	9.85	9.925*	39.5253/12	at Utah	                 9.775	9.875	9.95	9.925	39.5253/20	at Pac-10 Championships   9.875	9.85	9.30	9.85	38.8754/3	NCAA West Regionals       9.85	9.80	9.95*	9.90	39.500* denotes first-place finish on that event
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