Tanya Ricioli-Hebron Ends Career With Solid Performance

April 15, 2004

LOS ANGELES - Senior All-American Tanya Ricioli-Hebron capped off her career with a strong showing at the NCAA Gymnastics Championships on Thursday at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion, where she represented Oregon State as an all-arounder. Ricioli-Hebron finished with a 39.250 score to tie for 12th in the afternoon session.

'I'm really happy with the way I finished. My main goal for today was to hit all four routines and go out and celebrate and have fun,' Ricioli-Hebron said. 'I really feel like I did that, and I'm happy with my performance.'

Ricioli-Hebron just missed All-American honors on two events, finishing one spot shy of second team recognition on vault and floor.

'She handled herself exceptionally well. It's difficult to compete as an individual, and she did an awesome job,' coach Tanya Chaplin said. 'Florida was a great team for her to rotate with. They helped her out and made her feel welcome. They really made it easier for her.'

Her highest score of the meet came on floor, where she earned a 9.875 to tie for 14th. Nine gymnasts scored a 9.90 to tie for fifth and earn second team All-American honors.

She added a 9.85 on vault, good for a tie for 13th place. A six-way tie for seventh at 9.875 ended up being the cut-off for second team All-American honors.

The top four finishers, plus ties, are declared first team All-Americans on each event. Places five through eight earn second team status. Ricioli-Hebron earned second team honors on floor as a freshman in 2000, when she tied for seventh with a 9.85.

She started off the meet with a 9.825 on bars to tie for 18th, and she tied for 27th with a 9.700 on beam.

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