Oregon State Gymnastics Weekly Release: Week 13

March 28, 2005

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OSU assigned to North Central Region: Oregon State has earned the 12th seed for the NCAA Regionals pairing them with No. 1 seeded Utah which hosts the North Central Regional. No. 13 seeded BYU joins the Beavers and Utes as the other seeded team in the region. No. 20 Minnesota, No. 22 Southern Utah and Iowa round out the competition scheduled for 5 p.m. PST.

Head Coach Tanya Chaplin: (on seeding in Utah) 'We're excited to go to Utah. It is near home for us, and is a program and venue that we are familiar with. Utah runs a very good competition and does things the right way which eases a lot of anxiety for us.'

'We will have to be on our game to advance. As the only out-of-region team to end up at Utah it will make things even more interesting.'

Other Regional Pairings:North Central Region - #1 Utah, #12 Oregon State, #13 BYU, #20 Minnesota, #22 Southern Utah, Iowa
West Region - #2 UCLA, #11 Penn State, #14 Central Michigan, #24 Washington, Stanford, Boise State
South Central Region - #6 Nebraska, #8 Michigan, #18 Arizona, #19 Missouri, Arizona State, Illinois
Central Region - #4 Alabama, #9 Iowa State, #16 Utah State, #21 Auburn, #23 Kentucky, Kent State
Northeast Region - #3 LSU, #10 Oklahoma, #15 Arkansas, New Hampshire, Rutgers, Pittsburgh
Southeast Region - #5 Georgia, #7 Flordia, #17 Denver, #25 North Carolina, West Virginia, NC State

Chaplin earns Pac-10 Coach of the Year: For the second time in her eight year tenure at Oregon State, Tanya Chaplin earned Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year honors. The Beavers were chosen as the 13th ranked team in the preseason coaches' poll and are currently ranked 12th. OSU has been ranked this season as high as eighth.

'This award is a tribute to our program. It is the work that our athletes, coaches and staff put in this year that earns this recognition.'

'It is a definite positive to have your peer group vote and recognize the effort and accomplishments we've attained this season.'

Last week at the Pac-10 Championships: The Beavers showed that they could hang with anybody in country giving No. 2 UCLA a brief scare before a pair of falls on the floor exercise doomed a shot at a Pac-10 Championship. Solid performances on vault and bars kept the Beavs close early on. OSU's beam team posted yet another season-high performance that had the OSU faithful thinking that there was a chance to bring home a championship banner. But the inconsistency Oregon State has experienced throughout the season on floor again ended the Beavers championship hopes and knocked them back to a third place finish with . Megan Devencenzi (9.900) tied for second on the vault, Heather Justus (9.900) tied for second on floor, and Chelsea Plourde (9.925) took third on beam.

Pac-10 Meet to be televised: Last weekend's Pac-10 Championship meet has been scheduled to be televised on FSN, Thursday, March 31 at 12 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 earned the title of National Champion. In 1990, Joy Selig won on the balance beam and the floor exercise and in 1993 Amy Durham claimed the top honor on the floor.

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