Oregon State Gymnastics Weekly Release: Week 12
March 21, 2005
This week's action: No. 12 Oregon State (13-6) competes Saturday at the Pac-10 Championships hosted by California. The event features all seven teams from the conference, which includes five ranked teams (UCLA, OSU, Arizona, Washington, Arizona State).
No. 3 UCLA, which has topped OSU twice this season, leads the Pac and features three former Olympians in Kristen Maloney (2000), Tasha Schwikert (2000) and Kate Richardson (Canada - 2000 & 2004).
No. 12 Oregon State, which seeks to improve on last season's third place finish, has relied on a team effort throughout the season with no gymnasts competing all-around. However, five Beavers perform three events (Heidi Goehring, Daylee Ingalls, Chrissy Lamun, Angela Morales and Thérèse Videan) and throughout the season somebody different has stepped to forefront including freshmen Megan Devencenzi and Yuki Lamb.
No. 19 Arizona heads to Berkeley seeking to move into the Top 18 to improve regional seeding. The Wildcats are led by Katie Johnson and Monica Bisordi both of which have earned Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week awards this season.
No. 23 Washington, which is hosting the Western Regional, had last weekend off from competition. OSU has beaten the Huskies on three different occasions in 2005 including in Seattle, Corvallis and at Cal State Fullerton. All-American Carly Dockendorf and Chelsea Bakken lead UW.
No. 25 Arizona State has had an up-and-down season and has struggled with injuries throughout the season, to the point where the Sun Devils had only six healthy gymnasts last weekend. Despite their problems the Sun Devils scored a season-high at Utah.
Stanford goes to Pac-10's unranked after finishing third in the nation in 2004. Last season, the Cardinal won the Pac-10 meet and still possesses plenty of talent despite a long list of injuries. Freshman sensation Liz Tricase recently was lost for the season due to injury but fellow frosh Tabitha Yim has recovered from injury to help ease the loss. Stanford is the only Pac-10 team other than UCLA to have beaten the Beavers in 2005.
California, which has not hosted this event since 1990, has struggled throughout the season with injuries and just last weekend lost its top gymnast My-Lan Dodd for the season.
Last week at the LadyBack Classic: The Beavers dug themselves a hole to start the quadrangular meet with a less-than stellar performance on the floor exercise. OSU came back with outstanding performances on the other three events, including a season-high on beam, but it wasn't enough to catch any of the other three teams. Chelsea Plourde posted a season-high 9.925 on beam and Heather Justus tied a career-high 9.900 on vault, which was matched by Yuki Lamb, to lead the Beavers. The LadyBack Classic also marked the sixth straight meet in which OSU has scored 195 or higher. Plourde earned a share of the beam title and Chrissy Lamun earned a share of the bars title (9.850).
Time Change: The scheduled start time for the Pac-10 Championships hosted by California has been set for 3 p.m. The start time had originally been reported as 6 p.m.
Beavers to host 2006 NCAA Championships: 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.