Beavers Third at Pac-10 Championships; Chaplin Earns Coach of the Year

March 26, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. - No. 12 Oregon State (17-8) gave No. 3 UCLA all it wanted at the Pac-10 Championships at Berkeley, Calif. keeping the meet close until the final rotation. OSU set a season-high on the beam for the second week in a row, but the effort wasn't enough as the floor exercise proved again to be the demise of the Beavers.

Oregon State drew a favorable rotation for the meet starting with a bye, allowing other teams to warm up the judges, before getting started on the vault. Throughout the afternoon, the Beavers followed UCLA from event to event and had the final say in the standings, but were unable to overcome the two-time defending national champions and were eventually overtaken by No. 19 Arizona.

Starting off on vault Oregon State got jumped out of the chutes launching itself to a 49.250 score to stay within .05 of the Bruins. Five vaults of 9.8 or better including a 9.900 from freshman Megan Devencenzi, who tied for second on the event. Heather Justus scored 9.875, Daylee Ingalls scored 9.850 and Yuki Lamb tumbled to a 9.825. Angela Morales completed the scoring on vault with a 9.800.

After a second bye, the Beavers mounted the uneven bars posting a solid set of routines. Heidi Goehring and Chrissy Lamun led OSU with matching scores of 9.825. Chelsea Plourde, Lindsay Nelson and Thérèse Videan all posted scores of 9.775. Senior Heather Justus made her return to the bars lineup for the first time in eight meets leading off for the Beavers with a 9.675. Despite the overall team score of 48.975, OSU lost considerable ground (.3) on UCLA.

The Beavers attacked the balance beam needing to make up ground on the Bruins but despite a season-high on the event, OSU again lost ground (.025). All five counting scores for the Beavers set or tied season-highs, with Plourde and Lamun leading the way with impressive scores of 9.925 and 9.900 respectively. Goehring and Courtney Dennison posted matching scores of 9.850 and Morales added a 9.825.

With UCLA sitting on the sidelines with a bye in the final rotation, the Beavers had the opportunity to complete the comeback with all of the power in their hands. But needing 49.525, which would match a season-high for OSU, was just too much for the Beavers to overcome. Justus, who tied for second on the floor, scored a 9.900 led the charge for OSU. Lamun scored season-high 9.850 to help the cause and 9.775 scores by Devencenzi and Videan would have kept Oregon State in the right neighborhood. But a pair of falls forced the Beavs to count a 9.025 from Morales.

The Beavers' misfortune on the floor, coupled with an outstanding beam set by Arizona brought the Wildcats from a full point behind to pass the Beavs for second place.

Following Saturday's meet the Pac-10 Conference announced several season-ending awards. OSU Coach Tanya Chaplin earned the Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor for the second time. The first award for Chaplin came in 1999. UCLA's Tasha Schwikert earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and her teammate, Kristen Maloney was selected as the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year.

OSU has a week off from competition before traveling to NCAA Regionals. Regional seedings will be announced Monday, March 28.

Meet ResultsTeam Scores: No. 3 UCLA 197.100; No. 19 Arizona 195.925; No. 12 Oregon State 195.900; Stanford 194.600; No. 23 Washington 194.425; No. 25 Arizona State 192.975; California 163.550.

Vault: 1. Kristen Maloney (UCLA) 9.925; T2. Megan Devencenzi (OSU), Rachelle Silberg (UA), Tasha Schwikert (UCLA) 9.900. Other OSU Scores: Heather Justus 9.875; Daylee Ingalls 9.850; Yuki Lamb 9.825; Angela Morales 9.800; Thérèse Videan 9.725.

Bars: 1. Tasha Schwikert (UCLA) 10.000; 2. Tabitha Yim (STAN) 9.900; 3. Ashley Kelly (ASU) 9.875. OSU Scores: Chrissy Lamun, Heidi Goehring 9.825; Lindsay Nelson, Thérèse Videan, Chelsea Plourde 9.775; Heather Justus 9.675.

Beam: T1. Kristen Maloney (UCLA), Ashley Kelly (ASU) 9.950; 3. Chelsea Plourde (OSU) 9.925. Other OSU Scores: Chrissy Lamun 9.900; Heidi Goehring, Courtney Dennison 9.850; Angela Morales 9.825; Daylee Ingalls 9.250.

Floor: 1. Kristen Maloney (UCLA) 9.975; T2. Heather Justus (OSU), Kate Richardson (UCLA), Tasha Schwikert (UCLA) 9.900. Other OSU Scores: Chrissy Lamun 9.850; Megan Devencenzi, Thérèse Videan 9.775; Angela Morales 9.025; Heidi Goehring 9.000.

All-Around: T1. Kristen Maloney (UCLA), Tasha Schwikert (UCLA) 39.700; 3. Ashley Kelly (ASU) 39.375.

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