OSU Gymnasts 13th in Final Rankings

April 28, 2005

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Oregon State finishes the season at No. 13: The Beavers finished the 2005 season ranked 13th. Oregon State, which was ranked in the top 25 throughout the entire season, was ranked 12th in the preseason coaches' poll. OSU rose as highly as 8th in the Jan. 10 rankings and as low as 24th in the Jan. 31 rankings.

OSU finishes seventh in attendance: Oregon State finished the 2005 gymnastics season with the seventh highest average attendance in the country with 3,266 fans per home meet. OSU's attendance ranked highest in the Pac-10 Conference for at least the eighth season in a row (attendance has been tracked since 1998). Only three programs averaged more than 5,000 fans with Utah (11,300) leading the way.

Season wrap-up: Despite an early end to the season, Oregon State's 2005 gymnastics season was one of many successes. Among the accomplishments of the season were: the Beavers finishing third at the Pac-10 Championships; OSU earned a 20-10 record including beating 11 ranked teams throughout the season, four of which were ranked higher than the Beavs; Oregon State rolled off 10 straight wins in the middle of the season, going more than a month between losses during that stretch; and finally the Beavers finished the season ranked 13th in the country.

The Beavers also enjoyed individual successes throughout the season with senior Heather Justus (floor) and freshman Megan Devencenzi (vault) tying for second on at the Pac-10 meet and sophomore Chelsea Plourde earning a third place finish on beam.

Junior Chrissy Lamun led the team with six individual titles (four on beam and two on bars), senior Thérèse Videan earned five titles (two each on bars and floor and one on vault), and Plourde earned four (three beam and one bars).

Oregon State's vault team provided a high point for the season sparking the Beavers to a final rotation victory over then-No. 12 Arkansas and then-No. 15 Washington at Seattle. Five of the six vaulters set what was then season-highs en route to the comeback victory.

The end of the 2005 season also means the end of careers for six gymnasts and the loss of 12 routines from the lineup. But the returning talent of three seasoned gymnasts, Plourde (the 2004 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year) and Lamun (the 2003 Pac-10 Floor Exercise Champion) and Angela Morales (three individual titles in 2005). The freshmen from the 2005 squad also showed the potential to indicate that the cupboard is hardly bare at the Gladys Valley Gymnastics Center. Devencenzi and Yuki Lamb earned spots at the anchor end of the vault lineup as the season progressed and Kim Sedlak performed as the lead off for half of the season. Keegan Fitzgerald, Jacey Draper and Claire Pierce showed plenty of potential on bars in practice. Courtney Dennison was a mainstay on beam throughout the season while Draper and Pierce also saw limited action on the apparatus. Devencenzi and Pierce gained plenty of experience on the floor exercise with Lamb also showing potential.

Beavers to host 2006 NCAA Championships: Oregon State and Gill Coliseum have been selected as the site of the NCAA Championships in 2006 to be held April 20-22. 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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