No. 12 Beavers Set to Get Season Underway Friday

Jan. 3, 2005

This week's action: No. 12 Oregon State hits the competition floor for the first time this season with a four-way Friday night at 7 p.m. at Titan Gymnasium on the campus of Cal State Fullerton. The meet also includes No. 21 Washington and Sacramento State.

Beavers ranked 12th to start season: According to the preseason NACGC coaches' poll, Oregon State begins the season at No. 12. The 12th spot is one rung higher than the Beavers finished the 2004 season, when they missed the NCAA Championships by .050 of a point.

Only six Beavers saw action on the competition floor last season, but those six comtributed 19 of the team's 24 routines in 2004. They are joined this season by 10 extremely talented newcomers and the return of two seniors who missed last season due to injury. Six seniors are expected to provide leadership and experience to a group of nine freshmen as the Beavers blend a large group of youth with experience.

The road to the championships: The 2005 NCAA Championships are set for April 21-23 at Auburn, Ala. Teams must place first or second at the NCAA Regional Championships on April 9 to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Regional hosts in 2005 are Washington (West), Nebraska (South Central), Alabama (Central), Florida (Southeast), Utah (North Central) and New Hampshire (Northeast). Oregon State has made 19 national championship appearances (16 NCAA, three AIAW) in 27 seasons. The Beavers have missed Nationals the past two seasons by the narrowest of margins, falling .025 short in 2003 and .050 short in 2004. Still there are five Beavers who competed for the last Oregon State squad to reach nationals (Heidi Goehring, Daylee Ingalls, Heather Justus, Lindsay Nelson, and Thérèse Videan).

OSU vs. Cal State Fullerton: Oregon State holds a 13-7 advantage in the all-time series with the Titans. In January 2004, the Beavers notched a convincing win over CSUF 195.075-191.850. OSU outperformed the Titans again at Regionals in Corvallis 196.850-193.000. CSUF received votes in the preseason NACGC poll.

OSU vs. Sacramento State: The Beavers have never lost to the Hornets and lead the series 5-0. The two squads met last season at the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational where OSU set a school-record score of 197.675 while the Hornets finished tied for third at 195.875.

OSU vs. No. 21 Washington: This is the first of three times that these two squads are scheduled to face-off this season. OSU enters the season holding a decisive 45-14 lead in the series. Last season the Beavers beat the Huskies on two occasions beating them 196.050-196.025 in a dual at Corvallis and again 197.075-196.425 at the Pac-10 Championships.

Beavers to host Nationals: Oregon State and Gill Coliseum have been selected as the site of the NCAA Championships in 2006. OSU has twice previously hosted the event in 1990 and 1993 with the Beavers finishing seventh both times. Individually, both times Oregon State has hosted the Championships, a Beaver has become a national champion. In 1990, Joy Selig won on the beam and floor and in 1993 Amy Durham claimed the top spot on the floor.

Plourde receives accolades: Sophomore Chelsea Plourde spent her freshman season rewriting the Beavers' rookie record books and then spent the postseason collecting awards. Following the 2004 season, Plourde was selected as the Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year, a first for an OSU gymnast. Plourde, who also earned Oregon State's Female Newcomer of the Year for all sports, became just the fourth Beaver in history to record at 9.90 score on all four events as a freshman.

Head coach Tanya Chaplin: Head coach Tanya Chaplin enters her eighth season as head gymnastics coach at Oregon State with a career record of 65-48-1 in the regular season and 113-87-1 overall. Tanya has led 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.

Associate head coach Michael Chaplin: After spending seven season as an assistant coach at Oregon State, Michael Chaplin has been promoted to associate head coach to begin his eighth season with the Beavers. Michael works primarily with OSU's vaulters and as the floor coach as well as serving as the recruiting coordinator for the Beavs. Michael was named the West Region Co-Assistant Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2003, sharing his most recent honor with fellow Beaver assistant Dick Foxal. He was a two-time All-American at UCLA and was a member of the Bruins' 1987 national championship team.

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