Gymnastics Team Awards Announced

April 24, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Tanya Ricioli-Hebron and Chelsea Plourde were honored as Co-Most Valuable Gymnasts at the Oregon State gymnastics team's end of the year celebration Saturday afternoon.

Ricioli-Hebron, a senior, and Plourde, a freshman, competed in the all-around in every meet for the Beavers during the 2004 season. Plourde scored as high as high as 39.650, setting an OSU freshman record and tying for the second-best score in school history. Ricioli-Hebron had a season-high of 39.525 and qualified for the NCAA Championships as a result of her 39.500 performance at the NCAA West Regional Championships.

Several other awards were handed out as well, with Plourde also earning the team's Newcomer of the Year Award. The Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Plourde was one of the top freshman all-arounders in the country.

In an award voted on by the gymnasts, Meghan Jones was recognized with the Most Inspirational Award. The team dedicated the 2004 season to Jones, who suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car in September.

Chrissy Lamun was honored with the Joy Selig Award, recognizing an athlete who encompasses strong characteristics in the gym, the classroom and the community. Lamun competed as an all-arounder in all but three meets, earned second team Pac-10 All-Academic honors and is a member of OSU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

The Scholar-Athlete Award was given to Christa Piazza and Keegan Fitzgerald, both of whom are in OSU's Honors College.

Heidi Goehring, Heather Justus, Angela Morales, Th�r�se Videan and Elaine Yoder were recognized as key performers.

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