Oregon State Gymnastics Weekly Release: Week 14

April 4, 2005

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OSU vs. this week's opponents#1 Utah - Oregon State faced the Utes early in the season at Gill Coliseum with Utah coming out on top 194.500-192.875. In that meet, both teams suffered falls with the Beavers having to count one on the floor exercise. Overall Utah leads the all-time series with OSU 30-6. The last time the Beavers traveled to Salt Lake City, they gave the Utes quite a scare in a close meet but ultimately fell 197.675-197.450. The Utes are led by freshman phenom Ashley Postell, ranked fourth in the country in the all-around. Joining her is sophomore, Nicolle Ford and senior Annabeth Eberle ranked sixth and seventh overall and sophomore Rachel Tidd at 19th.

#13 BYU - OSU entered the season with the Cougars on the schedule but a scheduling conflict prevented the teams from meeting prior to Regionals. The Beavers are 20-5 against BYU in the history of the series including a victory in 2004 at the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational. Senior Jaime Mabray, ranked 25th in the all-around, and Marie-Helene Claveau, ranked 35th, lead the Cougars.

#20 Minnesota - Oregon State leads the all-time series with Minnesota 11-1 with the most recent meeting between the programs coming at the NCAA Championhips in 2002 when the Golden Gophers finished ahead of the Beavs. Senior Carolyn Yernberg, the Big Ten co-Gymnast of the Year, is the Gophers' top gymnast.

#22 Southern Utah - The Beavers have beaten the Thunderbirds both times the teams have faced off in the past with the most recent meeting coming at the 2002 Regional at Gill Coliseum. The T-Birds are led by sophomore Leah Sakhitab.

#36 Iowa - The Hawkeyes are ranked 25th in the nation on bars and 29th on beam. OSU lost to Iowa in their only previous meeting. Senior Annie Rue is seeking to become the first gymnast in Hawkeye history to perform at the NCAA Championships all four seasons of her career. Freshman Natalie Padilla leads the Hawkeyes with four individual titles this year.

Recent Performances at Regionals: The Beavers seek to get the proverbial 'monkey off their back' by advancing from the NCAA Regionals to the NCAA Championships. The past two seasons have ended for OSU in heartbreaking fashion, first getting edged out by Iowa by .025 in 2003 at Missouri and then falling to Alabama by .05 in 2004 at home.

Eight Beavers earn academic recognition: Senior Lindsay Nelson earned Pac-10 All-Academic First Team while junior Chrissy Lamun earned second team honors for the second year in a row. Redshirt freshman Keegan Fitzgerald also garnered second team selection. Seniors Christa Piazza, Thérèse Videan, Heidi Goehring and Heather Justus and redshirt freshman Kim Sedlak all received honorable mention.

Live Scoring on the Internet: Follow the Beavers at this weekend's NCAA North Central Regional meet at www.UtahUtes.com. Choose Real Time Statistics under 'Follow the Utes.'

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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