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A Fan's Perspective on what to look for in the
upcoming 2004 Season!
written by Robert Martinez
Today, January 2nd, marks the official beginning
of NCAA Gymnastics with several teams competing in their
first meet. This officially kicks off the 2004 Gymnastics
season!! How exciting is that?!
Even MORE exciting is that in just seven days our
very own Beavers will be competing in THEIR season opener
at the Super Six Challenge in Tuscaloosa!! GO BEAVS!!
This season looks to be incredibly exciting and the
athletes have big goals which we as BEAVER BELIEVERS
know they can accomplish! I love that they are setting
their goals high and making this as MEG-magnificent season!
Of course, meaning that this is a season dedicated to
our own Meghan Jones...Meghan --- we’re still thinking
Ranked as the number 11 team in the country from
the pre-season coaches poll, the Beavers are surely
recognized as a team that could make that impact at
NCAA's come April. They are the ONLY team ranked in
the top 12 that did not qualify to last years NCAA's.
Many schools in 2003 were knocked out of NCAA's by
the slimmest of margins.. Our own Beavers and UW Huskies
missed out by .025, where one other school went into
a regional tie breaker proving that EVERY routine is
vital (not just the top five on each event!)
So what does 2004 hold for our Beavers?? Only time
will tell but, boy, do we fans have plenty to be excited
The Beavers lost three routines from last season:
1. The amazing All-American bar routine from Elizabeth
Jillson and 2/3 the spectacular routines from Meghan
Jones on vault and bars. This season we would expect
to see the other 21 in the lineup but a few things could
be a factor. The 2004 pre-season intra-squad did not
feature Pac-10 athlete of the Week Lindsay Nelson and
Freshman Keegan Fitzgerald & those in attendance
saw Daylee Ingalls injured as she attempted a double
tuck. The status of those athletes have yet to be officially
mentioned. Added to this year’s roster include red-shirt
Annie Campbell and two new freshman: Chelsea Plourde
and Keegan Fitzgerald. The most exciting factor is that
the Beavers are DEEP! Each athlete will be working hard
to keep her spot in the lineup!!
This year's team boasts at least 8 athletes who are
capable of performing a vault valued at a 10 !! Six
of those athletes who return from last season include:
Heather Justus, Angela Morales, Thérèse Videan, Lindsay
Nelson, Tanya Ricioli and Daylee Ingalls. Justus, Morales
and Videan all perform a powerful piked front 1/2 where
Nelson, Ricioli and Ingalls perform the popular Yurchenko
1/2 laid out front (Hristekeva). Freshman Chelsea Plourde
will be a major factor in the lineup as she can throw
an amazing full twisting Yurchenko. Watch for Annie
Campbell to make an impact on vault as well with her
Five athletes who competed on a record-setting bar
team in 2003 will be back in 2004. Lindsay Nelson, Tanya
Ricioli, Chrissy Lamun, Heidi Goehring and Thérèse Videan
all contributed towards breaking the uneven bars school
record at least once last season. Look for each of these
athletes to return on bars. Other athletes to look for
on bars include Annie Campbell and Chelsea Plourde.
All athletes are training 'E' dismounts off bars. 'E'
being the most difficult you can perform. Watch for
a possible of THREE full twisting double layouts of
bars from Nelson, Goehring and Plourde!
Balance Beam :
The entire Beam squad is back Tanya Ricioli, Elaine
Yoder, Daylee Ingalls, Chrissy Lamun, Lindsay Nelson
and Angela Morales. But, you can't count out Annie Campbell
or Chelsea Plourde! Annie Campbell was the anchor on
balance beam in 2002 and Chelsea Plourde had the highest
of all beamers at the 2004 pre-season intra-squad! Heidi
Goehing also competed on beam during the 2003 season
and we could see Goehring on this event as well.
Floor is where the Beavers boast the Pac-10 Conference
Champion in Sophomore Chrissy Lamun. But that is not
all, Annie Campbell is the 2002 Western Regionals Floor
Exercise Champion and the only All-American accolade
on this Beaver team belongs to Tanya Ricioli who received
her recognition on floor!! Also returning from last
season on floor are Heather Justus, Angela Morales and
Lindsay Nelson. Justus, Morales and Nelson all are training
a double layout mount!! Our final returnee is Thérèse
Videan who has changed ALL of her tumbling as we saw
at the intra-squad. She now mounts with a very powerful
piked front through to a double back pike!! So awesome..
although I have to admit I will miss her second pass
from the previous two seasons (whip immediate 1 1/2
twist - layout!) Others to watch for on floor include
freshman Chelsea Plourde and Heidi Goehring...
This team is going to be incredible. So much depth,
so much talent, so much heart. It truly will be a MEG-nificent
season!! And that, my friends, is just a Fan's perspective.
Challenge, January 9, 2004, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
was so exciting to be able to be at the Season Opener, of course
things didn't go as planned, but what an excitement to be there
for the start of the season...
all that the team had to do to just GET to Tuscaloosa, plus missing
the practice meet ... they really fought hard and had some great
highlights even though they finished 5th in the meet .. they had
a combined five falls including two on bars and floor exercise...
some quick notes.. Bars: Their three minute touch warm ups
were AWESOME! They looked like they were so ready to go.. Thérèse
Videan started the team out strong as the lead off.. Heidi Goehring
took some extra swings in her bar set, but still went through her
whole bar set, making sure she got her bonus, but fell on her full
twisting double layout.. Annie was looking fantastic on bars hitting
every single handstand.. so impressed with Annie on bars, but she
too came up short on her double layout.. the top score went to Chrissy
with a 9.8
Probably the BEST beam team for the BEAVERS that I can remember!
These six athletes are going to go for a school record this season!!!
They hit every beam routine.. hardly a wobble amongst the six!!
But, the judges would not go higher than a 9.825 as FOUR of the
last beamers got the same score.. Pretty ridiculous scores for these
outstanding routines.. should have all gone 9.9+ IMO.. Angela, Elaine,
Chrissy, Tanya, Chelsea, and Annie.. it was a Wow, Wow, Wow, Wow,
Wow, Wow!!! Awesome Beam set!!
... two falls from Tanya and Chrissy. Both perfect routines except
for the falls, Double tuck dismount for T. and the piked mount for
Chrissy.... Thérèse's floor was incredible too! Her first and last
passes were perfect! Loved her new middle pass too.. whip 1/2 -
full - piked front! And only the second Beaver ever to land a double
layout in competition... Way to go Angela!! Annie rocked in the
anchor position, her 9.85 score was much too low!
no sticks from any Beaver but they made it through the competition.
The highest beam score went to Chelsea for her full twisting Yurchenko..
have to give it up to Chelsea Plourde, in her first collegiate meet
ever, she scores a 39+ score!!! 39.100 for the new freshman, I would
guess that is a Beaver first??
so glad that I made it to the meet to see my Beavers in action..
(although I had to get my self to Seattle then fly to Birmingham)
The Beavers will no doubt be back next week and shake this one off
as we'll be at home next Friday night!!
CSU-F, January 16, 2004, Corvallis
were finally treated to watching the Beavers at home
a fun meet and we saw some AMAZING Gymnastics... Beavers
scored a 195.075 .. and you know I thought the judging
was harsh in Alabama!! Competing at home is supposed
to be an advantage... scoring in Oregon can be downright
brutal!! I mean, when was the last time we saw a 10
in Gill? I think we need to go back to 2001 where the
NCAA vault runner up Katrina Severin received a '10'
for her vault...
began on vault.. no perfect sticks, but nice vaults
... Heather Justus started out the rotation with an
amazing vault, a small hop on her front pike... one
of the score guys put up a 9.9! I thought they gave
her the 9.9, but he messed up .. he was supposed to
put the 9.9 start value score card instead.. wishful
thinking, but that vault was pretty spectacular! Chelsea
Plourde moved up to the anchor position from last week
where she got the highest score of the night ... 9.8
for an awesome Yurchenko full... Thérèse Videan also
had a very nice piked front 1/2... judges were pretty
tight on vault... I guess this is a good thing.. so
you don’t get shocked when you get to a Regionals or
Nationals and wonder why the scores all of a sudden
Go Bars! Wow.. Six incredible bar sets... the judges
were no doubt looking for EVERY handstand and the Beavers
gave them what they were looking for.. perfect handstands
routine after routine, it was AWESOME! Led off by Thérèse
Videan.. she drilled her double layout in the ground,
perfect stick and nailed a 9.875.. awesome handstands
as always.. Heidi Goehring landed her full twisting
double layout.. it was gorgeous! That skill really tops
off her incredible routine, again.. handstands were
awesome.. Chrissy also very nice handstands.. and of
course Tanya won bars with her routine.. very different
looking from the rest, only one step back on her double
front dismount.. very nice bar set from all the Beavers..
they broke the school record twice last season, they
are no doubt going for another bars school record this
season as well!! And this is without Lindsay and Meghan
in the bars lineup!!
here is where the scoring was so tight... Nadia herself
could not have gotten a 9.9 from these judges! The top
score was a 9.8 going to a Cal State Fullerton gymnast..
our beam team is awesome... they did fantastic, Angela
started the beam team in Morales fashion... very solid,
consistent as always.. to a 9.775!! Solid score, but
thought it could have gone higher.. Elaine looked stunning
also, wobbled on her side split.. but an otherwise gorgeous
routine.. Chrissy fell on her front tuck.. but after
the fall went through the most amazing beam routine..
and she put in her side aerial...in the PIKED position!
Love that skill.. nailed her 1 1/2 dismount.. I would
have given it a 9.5... after the fall it was AWESOME!
Tanya hit beautifully .. and I think one judge gave
her a 9.6 ?!! I think I saw a 9.75 from one judge..
I'm not sure where they came up with that score.. she
was short on her handstand but nailed her flip flop,
flip flop two foot layout... Chelsea was next, is this
girl really a freshman.. she looks like a seasoned veteran
on every event!! Her beam was so spectacular.. her two
foot layout mount was perfection! gainer back handspring
to back handspring to layout step-out.. again perfect..
side aerial was awesome.. just the teeniest of hops
on her 1 1/2 dismount.. and how she got that 9.750 score..
who knows!! I was for sure thinking 9.9.. It was soooo
good, people around me who hardly ever stand up were
standing up in applause.. very spectacular! Annie closed
out the rotation with a solid routine of her own.. 9.775..
Exercise --- Awesome choreography, amazing skills..
what a fun event this is going to be all season long..
Thérèse Videan on floor.. is so solid, love the new
routine.. perfect for her.. nailed the piked front through
to a double pike opening.. whip 1/2 full second pass..
great start for the Beavers.. Chelsea another one with
amazing choreography and dance.. so fun to watch.. Angela
Morales hit her double layout the best ever!! It was
so AWESOME!! She was going through a perfect floor exercise..
but had to much power on her double pike close and sat
it down.. oh that was such an awesome routine going..
she was looking at a HUGE Score... Tanya was next..
very nice routine.. small bobble on her double tuck
dismount.. Chrissy fell out of bounds on her double
pike mount, took the full twist out of her second pass...
went with a front-layout-layout.. still great dance...
Chrissy will no doubt be back in Pac 10 floor champion
style! The crowd was grateful to see Annie back on the
floor, she was short on her full in opening and her
double pike dismount, but nailed her piked front through
to double pike middle pass..
night for the Beavers.. great gymnastics.. good crowd..
we'll still need to bring in some more fans to see our
Awesome Beavers!! OSU will need to do great next week
when the Huskies come to town.. should be a fun meet..
we'll see you there!!
UW, January 23, 2004, Corvallis
were finally treated to watching the Beavers at home
This was such an exhausting meet! It was so much fun
though.. Beavers gave it their all and did not give
up to take the win away from Washington.. and just barely!!
began on vault and had problems right from the get go....
the first vaulter Heather Justus sat down her piked
front and later in the rotation Thérèse Videan changed
her vault to a piked front and sat it down also... the
top vaulter for the Beavers was Chelsea Plourde.. incredible
full twisting Yurchenko , slight hop back for a 9.850....
The Beavers were in a hole at a 48.0 something while
the Huskies had a six for six set on Bars
were ahead by more than a full point going into the
second rotation! It did not look good for the Beavers,
but boy they did not give up! Beavers took to the bars,
where they went six for six.. this Bars’ team is incredible!!!
Ranked #2 in the nation, they showed why tonight...
Thérèse Videan started out the rotation.. hoping on
her dismount and starting the scoring off with a 9.825..
Chelsea, Heidi, Chrissy, Annie and Tanya all went up
and hit incredible routines... 9.9,9.9, 9.875,9.9, 9.925
!! Awesome routines.. perfect handstands and a stuck
dismount for most .. only hops for Heidi on her full
twisting double layout and Annie's double layout.. but
boy were the handstands on tonight! 49.5 for the Beavers
they really closed the gap.. as UW had an ok but not
great showing on vault.. Had two vaults I saw were valued
at only a 9.8.. two Yurchenko layouts from their first
to Balance Beam.. UW to the floor... A good start for
the Beavers on beam, but it got better and better. Fall
for Chrissy on her one handed handstand... she got a
9.4 ! Stuck her 1 1/2 twisting dismount.. 9.9 from Tanya's
beam routine and a 9.925 for Chelsea Plourde.. her two
foot layout mount is sooooo solid! Annie closed the
beam rotation with a very nice 9.9.. great job for the
Beavers .. they just weren't giving up .. and they closed
the gap to 3 tenths going into the final rotation.
final rotation.. the Beavers went six for six on Beam..
so nice to See Chrissy hit her double pike opening and
her dance is unmatchable.. she is so great to watch
on floor.. Thérèse Videan started out the rotation solidly
hitting her front through to a double pike and nailed
the rest of her tumbling.. a 9.750, but I think she
lost something in her dance.. Chelsea Plourde continued
to impress hitting a 9.8.. I thought it would have gone
higher, but it was good enough to give her a 39.475
all around total and the win in the all-around! Nice
job for Plourde! Angela Morales, Tanya Ricioli also
hit all their passes.. Tanya went 9.9 and boy did she
nail her double pike and double tuck perfectly! It was
AWESOME!! At the end it came down to the wire after
Molly Seaman of UW hit a 9.950 on beam.. (she was so
steady on beam and stuck her dismount).. anyhow.. it
was all Annie Campbell who needed a 9.9 to make it win
number 100 for coach Chaplin.. and she hit all her passes!
it was Awesome.. she wasn't short on her passes like
she was last week.. she was fantastic!! No way she couldn't
get the 9.9.. one judge tossed the 9.95 and the other
was a 9.850.. that got booed, but the 9.9 clinched the
a fun meet!!! So great to see the Beavers not give up
and give it their all.. and they came home with their
second win this season at home.. Next we'll be traveling
to Berkeley where we'll see them put their talent out
in an away meet!
see you there!
OSU @ California-Berkeley,
January 30, 2004, Berkeley
State was without Annie tonight.. but they proved that
they are indeed a deep team as the athletes that replaced
Annie did a great job tonight...
Cal meet had two women's teams.. and three Men's team
all running at the same time, so I didn't really get
to see the Cal team much.. Oregon State started the
night on bars... this team is quite phenomenal! Starting
out with Thérèse Videan.. she hit her handstands as
usual and nailed her double layout dismount.. Heather
Justus, who was replacing the injured Campbell, was
going very strong on bars but missed her piked Jaeger
and scored a 9.075... The other four athletes stayed
on and the Beavers began the night with a solid 49.100..
Chelsea Plourde had an outstanding bar set.. every handstand
was perfect and her double layout was a perfect stick!
Heidi took out the full twist from her dismount but
still scored solid 9.8.. Chrissy began her first ever
all-around effort by posting a 9.775.. and Tanya anchored
with a 9.85.. awesome routine.. just a couple steps
on her double front dismount.
to vault.. Chrissy STUCK her Yurchenko layout.. her
score of 9.575 was way too low... also too low was Heather
Justus’ 9.75 for a stuck piked front.. super power amazing
distance.. don't know where that score came from! Thérèse
Videan ran strong but had some problems and tucked her
vault... and landed on her back.. ouch!... Angela Morales
scored a 9.85 on a super powerful piked front 1/2..
Tanya who moved up in the vaulting lineup scored a 9.3
after putting her hands down on her Yurchenko 1/2 laid
out front... Chelsea Plourde anchored with one hop back
on her Yurchenko full and scored a 9.825
beavers were forced to count a miss on vault.. and they
were behind the bears going into the third rotation....
didn't see much of Cal but I could hear from the announcer
that they had a gymnast post a 9.95 on vault and I saw
Monique Chang stick her full twisting double tuck dismount
off bars.. she scored a 9.875 which ended up tying our
Chelsea Plourde for first on bars...
State on floor.. Heather Justus was back in the floor
lineup, solid and consistent as ever scoring a lead
off 9.775.. very clean routine.. Thérèse nailed her
tumbling and scored a 9.8 for a fantastic routine, I
would have thought it would go higher.. Chelsea Plourde
stepped out of bounds on her opening double pike mount,
but danced through a great set for a 9.725.. Angela
is hitting her double layout very nicely each meet..
she stuck her double pike dismount and scored a 9.825
to set up the Pac-10 floor exercise Champion.. Chrissy
Lamun... Chrissy gave the performance we know her for..
and why she is the reigning Pac-10 champion.. hit every
tumbling run.. and her dance is amazing... great presentation
and scored a 9.925.. Tanya Ricioli kept the momentum
going adding another 9.925.. Tanya did a fantastic job,
she nailed her double pike mount and double tuck dismounts
perfectly.. it was an awesome rotation for the Beavers.
and it put them in the lead going into the final rotation.
went to beam where the scoring was way harsh! Angela
had an incredible lead off routine but only got a 9.7...
Elaine Yoder another nice set but only 9.725.. not sure
what the judges were looking for although one judge
was consistently on a low side! Heidi Goehring did fantastic
as the replacement for Annie but again only 9.725..
Chrissy Lamun had what the judges were looking for..
she nailed her punch front mount.. hit her front aerial
to back handspring (no 1 handed back handspring or piked
aerial), but it was still good enough for the beam high
of 9.85.. she stuck her dismount and was very fluid..
Tanya Ricioli missed her handstand but nailed everything
else in her beam set, and one judge gave her a 9.6!!
harsh score that resulted in a 9.7 final score for T.
Chelsea finished off the night hitting her beam routine..
it was amazing.. hit all of her skills down to the nailed
1 1/2 twisting dismount.. gorgeous!! one judge went
9.8, the other 9.9 for a 9.85 finish.. The scores on
beam were way harsh... and it left the Beavers in second
place as the Bears were hitting 9.85+ scores on floor...
all a great meet for the Beavers, just need to get the
consistency on vault and they will be right up with
the best.. that's even with this team that is down four
note: Chrissy Lamun hit a 39+ in her first ever all
around effort.. she is the FIFTH member of this Beaver
squad to have a 39.. she joins Chelsea Plourde, Annie
Campbell, Lindsay Nelson and Tanya R-Hebron as the others
that have scored a 39 in the all around!!!
Plourde has hit a 39 at every meet this season!! She
added a bars, beam, and all around title to her resume
.. she's just racking them up!
job tonight.. we'll see them next week in Tempe.. fun
night, but the scores were kind of tight..
ya next week!
OSU @ ASU,
February 6, 2004, Tempe
impressed with the Beavers in Tempe!! They did a fantastic
job hitting a 196.700 in an AWAY meet! Have to admit
I was extremely frustrated with the scoring on bars
and floor but there really isn't anything you can do
about it.. but it really takes away from enjoying a
meet when scoring SEEMS to be lopsided...
time you enter another arena you just never know how
they are going to run the meet... they could be running
the events simultaneously, you could be straining to
hear your schools floor ex music but need to pull out
your ear plugs for theirs, etc.. etc.. ASU was no different
in that it was different from what I was used too..
they ran vault and bars at the same time and then alternated
when the teams went to beam and floor...
State started the night on bars and they went six for
six! Awesome routines... Thérèse Videan is so under-rated
.. her bar set was absolutely incredible... perfect
handstands and an effortless double layout.. stuck perfectly!!
Only a 9.825, good score... but as time would tell not
consistent with what scores would come. Heather Justus
in her second official bar set caught the piked Jaeger
she missed last week and stood up her toe on tuck front
dismount to post a 9.75. Great job for Heather who replaced
Annie on bars. Chelsea Plourde had an amazing bar set
hitting every handstand and took one step back on her
double layout dismount to post a 9.875.. Heidi Goehring
took a lunge forward on her double layout dismount and
posted a 9.825... Chrissy Lamun followed with a 9.875
and Tanya Ricioli-Hebron anchored bars scoring a 9.725.
Tanya had a great bar set but took a few steps back
on her double front dismount...
start for the Beavers as they posted a 49.150 and was
leading the competition after one rotation as ASU scored
a 49.050 on vault... ASU on vault.. caught a few
vaults... a very nice piked front 1/2 from one of their
athletes and Maggie Germaine anchored with a 9.9.. she
had a nice Hristekeva.
knew our Beavers were deep on every event and we knew
that they could be spectacular on vault when they do
what they are capable.. and they did that as they went
six for six on the event that was giving them problems
this season... Chrissy Lamun started the Beavers off
throwing a Yurchenko layout.. she hopped out of it and
matched her career high of 9.575... PERFECT stick for
Heather Justus... It was a beauty! but the judges weren't
going to let go of a perfect score and she got a 9.775...
Nice to see Thérèse Videan hit her vault, she hopped
back on her piked front 1/2 for a 9.8 and Angela Morales
hopped out of her EXTREMELY powerful piked front 1/2
for a 9.85... Tanya Ricioli took a few steps forward
on her Yurchenko 1/2 laid out front to post a season
high 9.825 and Chelsea Plourde anchored the Beavers
with a team best 9.875... A 49.125 vault total!!! Awesome
job for the Beavers on vault!
was scoring huge on bars.. they actually posted an all
time best bar set total of 49.525... The 9.9's were
flying on bars.. I did see some very nice sticks on
the dismounts... but what I saw it did not seem consistent
with scoring for our Beavers... ASU took the lead at
the halfway point...98.550 to 98.275...
Beavers took the floor as ASU headed for Beam... Heather
Justus solid as ever.. 9.8 lead off score on floor.
Thérèse Videan had a fall on her opening pass (front
through to a double pike) for a 9.05. Chelsea Plourde
hit a fantastic floor set! She nailed everything.. and
somehow only scored a 9.825!! Way too low... Angela
Morales NAILED her double Layout.. her routine was amazing..
slight trouble on her double pike dismount.. as she
took some steps back, but it was a great routine for
Angela and she scored 9.875.. Chrissy Lamun hit another
incredible floor routine.. Absolutely AWESOME!! No question
why she is the reigning Pac-10 champion on this event!
And so worthy of a huge score.. one judge responded
with a 9.950... and the post from the second judge got
a yell from at least one fan 'What's with the 9.85 on
floor!!' Ok, that was me, but the frustration on floor
only got worse in the last rotation!! Tanya anchored
the Beavers hitting another fantastic floor set to close
the rotation.. She scored a 9.925.. awesome job for
the Beavers.. they scored a 49.325 and were looking
for a huge team score with only the balance beam to
had some problems on balance Beam... had to count a
fall as two Sun Devils came off the beam including their
top all-arounder Maggie Germaine.. they looked good
on beam, but had some problems.. way impressed with
A..Kelly on beam.. she does a DOUBLE full off the side
of the beam.. she won beam with a 9.950... After ASU's
troubles on beam, and the BEAVERS amazing floor set..
OSU took the lead again by just under 3 tenths heading
into the final rotation.
went to beam where they went five for six.. Elaine Yoder
came off on her side split ... the rest of her routine
was awesome though... Angela Morales started the Beavers
with a solid 9.75 and Heidi and Chrissy both added 9.825's
and two back to back 9.85's from Tanya and Chelsea..
Ricioli and Plourde both had some AMAZING routines which
you think would have gone a bit higher .. but what an
amazing effort for our BEAVERS!!! They hit their fourth
49+ score and hit a 196.700!!! They're fans in the stands
were WAY excited!!
floor was just so frustrating.. it took away so much
from the meet to watch these scores pop up.. 9.9+ scores
flying out for 5 of the 6 ASU gymnasts for routines
with obvious deductions.. I counted 4 athletes who were
short on their tumbling runs and not just a small step
but a HUGE lunge!! and all 4 got a 9.9+ score!! No question,
these athletes are AMAZING and ASU did have very nice
floor routines, but how they got these 9.9 scores was
beyond me.. when Maggie Germaine finished her floor
routine without any huge visible errors they judges
HAD to go higher.. I was so sure she would get the '10'
.. how could they go lower after what we saw?! Well
she got a 9.975 for her routine... Pretty frustrating
to see all this happening but of course all you could
do with sit and watch it happen, well I did have another
yell for the judges, probably not very sportsman like,
but I had to point out a lunge for the last ASU gymnast
so the judges were aware of it! 'HEY!! Did you see that?!!!'
This of course is no fault of the ASU athletes just
a bit frustrating for fans.. but HEY a 196.700 !!! That
is so exciting in itself!!!
all that.. you just have to look at the positive.. and
there were many positives ....
Six for Six on vault ... the BEAVERS have NO weak event!!!
Down four athletes and our BEAVERS are still in it for
the fight!! Our 3 All-Arounders!! Chelsea, Tanya
and Chrissy took 2,3 and 4 in the all-around all scoring
39+ !! Chelsea continued to be the top all-arounder
for the Beavers for the FIFTH consecutive week!! The
fight on beam and floor!! The second athlete on both
beam and floor missed their routines but the next four
athletes on each event stayed focused and hit their
routines! GREAT to see!!
Beavers have finished 5 meets.. and they have 6 more
meets to go that will be a factor in their seeding to
Regionals... You could look at it and see that the next
six meets are what will be the scores that count...
Three Away Meet and Three Home Meets.. With the Top
Six scores (where three are away) will determine your
Regional seeding and the Beavers can look forward to
these next six meets and position themselves for a great
seeding at Regionals!!
are at the midway point of the Regular Season and are
BEAVERS have just started to shine!! Looking forward
to the rest of this Meg-nificent season!!
you next Friday.. The Beavers will take on the other
Arizona team.. the Wildcats will be in town.. Andi McCabe,
Monica Bisordi are a couple athletes to watch on this
team... We'll see you in Gill!
OSU vs Arizona,
February 13, 2004, Corvallis
Beavers put on another fun meet for the fans.. So much
adversity, but the many trials and tribulations are
not even phasing our Beavers as they came out strong
edging out the Arizona wildcats for their third home
meet win of the season.... A 196.950!!! Just .050 shy
of a 197!! They did great!!
teams were great!! It looked like it was going to be
a meet where we would see 48 for 48 hit routines!! Every
athlete was hitting.. a way you love to see meets..
where every athlete hits and the best team comes out
on top.. Going into the last rotation and the last routines
it looked like we might see a 48 for 48 meet but Monica
Bisordi came off the beam for ASU and then OSU's Chrissy
Lamun fell on her opening tumbling run.. so a 48 for
48 was not to be but it was a 46 for 48 night where
no team had to count a fall!!! Incredible.. and it made
the meet more exciting for the fans...
began the night on vault... they showed last week that
they are indeed strong on vault.. and they did it again
scoring a season high 49.175.. Chrissy Lamun started
off the Beavers with an awesome Yurchenko layout.. she
hopped back but got a great score.. 9.7 out of a 9.8
start value.. I really thought we were going to see
a perfect score when Heather Justus landed her piked
front.. it was GORGEOUS!! She nailed this vault PERFECTLY...
The height the distance was all there and the landing
was without a waiver.. but maybe it was her position
in the lineup.. but she got a 9.8... one judge saw a
9.85.. and I'm not sure where the other judge saw a
9.75!? Thérèse Videan stumbled forward on her piked
front 1/2 for a 9.725 and we saw back to back 9.875's
from Angela Morales and Tanya R-Hebron for two AWESOME
vaults.. Morales had probably the best vault ever..
she took just one step back on her powerful piked front
1/2 .... and I thought we might see Tanya finally get
the 9.9 on vault that had alluded her .. incredible
Yurchenko 1/2 laid out front... Chelsea Plourde anchored
the Beavers and started out her all-around effort with
a team high 9.9 for her Yurchenko full.
was looking pretty good on bars and they got some decent
scores... saw some cool skills on bars.. full twisting
Takachev (Shushunova), and I think I saw a full twisting
moved to Bars where Thérèse Videan continued to impress
as the lead off athlete.. one hop on her dismount for
a 9.8 and Heather Justus scored a 9.775 for her unique
set and Chelsea Plourde added a 9.825.. Great handstands
on this team from EVERY athlete!! You can really tell
they have been focusing on that the last couple years!!
Heidi Goehring had a nice Takachev and one step forward
on her double layout for a 9.8.. The Beavers were missing
sticks on bars and Chrissy Lamun gave the judges the
stick they were looking for and she scored a 9.9 to
tie Tanya Ricioli who added another 9.9 to give the
Beavers a 49.225 bar set total.. and a 98.400 at the
mid-way going.. a 197 looked within reach...
was very impressive on vault.. they showed 5 of 6 vaults
valued at a 10 and one at a 9.9.. clean form... and
they have the start values.. Andi McCabe throws a very
nice Yurchenko full...
State went to the Beam .. Angela Morales had a couple
balance checks but an overall solid set to post a starting
9.7.. Elaine Yoder had a wobble on her tumbling series
and added a 9.775... The athlete who is replacing the
injured Annie Campbell on beam did fantastic.. Heidi
Goehring is doing an EXCELLENT job.. she posted a 9.85
for a very nice set.. Her side split on beam is SUPER
HIGH! Chrissy Lamun matched her career high on beam
.. 9.925 .. making it the third event in a row that
she set or tied her career best.. she was having a great
night! Tanya Ricioli had some checks for a 9.85 and
Chelsea Plourde got a standing ovation for her amazing
set which got a 9.95 which would be good enough to win
the event... She had a check on her two foot layout
mount but really STUCK her 1 1/2 twisting dismount!
Beavers did awesome on Beam going six for six!!! 49.350..
The Beavers really made a statement and it looked like
they were going to go 24 for 24 as they headed to floor!
floor was so-so for me.. The tumbling was GREAT.. spot
on.. nailed tumbling runs throughout.. but the routines
themselves seemed kind of slow to me... but even though
they didn't impress me.. it was the judges they impressed
where they got two 9.9's from Katie Johnson and Monica
rotation and the Beavers were in the lead by only .05..
but the Beavers had already defeated the balance beam...
so it was the Beavers meet to win... Heather Justus
again solid as ever on floor got OSU off to a nice start
.. 9.825 .. great night for Heather! Thérèse Videan
added a 9.825 and Chelsea Plourde finished another solid
evening posting a 9.85 in her final routine of the night..
Chelsea is 24 for 24 in her first six meets of the season!!!
I wasn't sure if Angela Morales was going to do her
double layout as the smaller mat was not out.. but she
SURPRISED me when she did do it on the regular mat and
STUCK IT! SO AWESOME!!! She is only the second Beaver
ever to perform a double layout on floor .. but the
first to do it more than once.. (Megan M-Barcroft did
it only once her senior year at Pac-10s')... The crowd
was so into Angela's floor.. you could hear the entire
crowd clapping along with her music.. she finished strong
with a double pike and scored a 9.9! Chrissy was having
a great night and if she did what she did on her other
events (match her career high) then we were looking
at a 10 routine to come.... Lamun looked strong but
over rotated her double pike mount and went out of bounds...
she shook off the fall and nailed her last two tumbling
passes and her dance was , as always, amazing.. and
she got a 9.225... It was all Tanya Ricioli-Hebron to
bring in a big score to put them over the wildcats..
and T. did her job.. she nailed her double pike mount
and over-rotated her double tuck but saved it from going
out of bounds.. and she scored a 9.8 to put the Beavers
ahead of Arizona in another nail biter!!
on beam.. really was impressive.. I think the judging
on beam was just confusing... I saw some routines from
both teams that looked mighty good but got lower scores
than what I thought.. then I would see a routine that
looked like it had errors but scored higher.. not sure
what the judges were looking for on beam...
in all great scores for BOTH Pac-10 teams.. Awesome
job for our Beavers and they took home the win or the
share of the win for every event.. Chelsea on vault,
beam and the all-around.. Tanya and Chrissy on bars
and Angela on floor...
196.950.. really will help in their seeding placement
when the rankings come out in a couple weeks by their
RQS (Regional Qualifying Score)..
Plourde once again led the Beavers in the all-around
and in the process joined an exclusive club.. the 39.5
all-around club! Current Beavers Annie Campbell, Lindsay
Nelson AND Tanya Ricioli-Hebron all have joined this
club.. Megan Murphy-Barcroft and Chari Knight are the
only other two who have done this.. pretty impressive
that out of the 6... 4 are current team members!!! Look
out we might have another!!! Watch for Chrissy Lamun
to join this club very soon!!
week we head to Westwood where we will go against the
Los Angeles Bruins.. where the Beavers will compete
against athletes that have competed against the world..
UCLA boasts many Olympians and World Team members...
Olympian Jaime Dantzscher is expected to compete as
well Canadian Olympian Kate Richardson and 1999? World
Team Member Jeanette Antolin...
will see you next week in Cali !!
OSU @ UCLA,
February 22, 2004, Westwood
wanted to add a reminder, for that our readers, that
applys to all of Robert's meet reports, that they are
one fan's personal point of view! Also, that Robert
is a big fan of the UCLA team, and any comments here
on scoring/judging are not meant to reflect badly on
the UCLA gymnasts or coaching staff! Richard Thomas)
to me this meet was not UCLA vs Oregon State.. it felt
more like UCLA vs Stanford.... Stanford had just hit
an NCAA record on Friday night .. an incredible (and
unbelievable 198.875!!!).. and all night it felt like
how high can the judges go to make sure that UCLA beat
that record... there was no point in looking at the
scores, all you could do was just watch and enjoy the
athletes... Oregon State went out and did what they
could do, but it didn't seem like it mattered, if you
were wearing orange you would get a decent score but
don't hold your breath for a 10 from even one judge...
on bars... Thérèse Videan ... another solid routine...
STUCK double layout.. awesome.. her 9.825 was too low
for that awesome routine. Heather Justus.. fantastic
set for her.. one step forward on her toe on front dismount
for a 9.85.. career high for Heather.. Chelsea Plourde..
nailed handstands.. STUCK double layout.. 9.9.. very
solid scores for our Beavers.. Heidi Goehring looked
fantastic.. one hop on her double layout for a 9.875..
will be interesting to see if Heidi puts back the full
twist back in her dismount as she heals from her injury..
Chrissy Lamun.. career high on bars! Awesome set! 9.925..
STUCK her double tuck dismount.. Tanya anchored the
rotation with another great set.. one step back on her
double front.. 9.900.. and the Beavers put up a very
nice 49.450 .. just short of their season high...
on vault... 9.875 from Lori Winn on her Yurchenko full..
good vault but she took a hop.. Ashley Peckett.. still
scored a 9.9 with even taking a step on Yurchenko 1/2..
Kristen Maloney fought for the stick for a 9.925.. two
judges saw two different vaults.. one judge thought
it was a 10 even with her struggle for the stick! the
other a 9.850.. the 9.9 was about right and Kate Richardson
had an awesome Yurchenko full.. incredible distance
but had a HUGE hop.. but somehow still scored a 9.925!
Jeanette Antolin DID deserve her 10 on vault though..
it was a beauty.. stuck perfectly.... 49.625 for the
went to vault, where they are doing great! Chrissy Lamun
hopped forward on Yurchenko layout.. 9.65.. Heather
Justus.. AWESOME piked front.. she is just nailing them
as of late!! the judges gave her a 9.85/9.750 for 9.8..
Thérèse Videan had one hop to the side for 9.775, and
Angela Morales scored a 9.85 for her powerful piked
front 1/2..... Tanya Ricioli-Hebron is looking AMAZING
on vault!! She stuck her Yurchenko 1/2 and quickly saluted
as she stepped out of it, but it was AWESOME! Would
she join Lindsay as Annie as the only athlete to score
9.9's on every event?! And she GOT IT! 9.9 for T on
vault, it was great! Chelsea Plourde took a step forward
on her Yurchenko full for 9.8... nice job for the Beavers
who were 12 for 12 at the midway point.. 98.575 and
were on their way to a 197+ away score...
of course needed that 198.875 so of course.. 10's were
flying.. 10 for Danztscher..
Richardson took a shuffle on the dismount and scored
a 9.975?! Kristen Maloney another 9.975.. no doubt this
team is FANTASTIC and their skills are way cool, but
still all night it just felt like it was all about beating
that Stanford score...
on to floor.. solid start for Heather Justus.. 9.825..
Thérèse Videan.. another solid routine 9.825.. Chelsea
Plourde is so charismatic on the floor.. I didn't notice
before, but she starts of her routine with a wink ...
9.825.. Angela Morales.. was a big WOW tonight.. hit
her double layout and double pike, very nice score 9.925
for her.. Chrissy Lamun fell short on her double pike
mount and scored a 9.25.. Tanya Ricioli took a step
back on her double tuck but nailed the rest of her routine
for another 9.9! Her third of the night!.. Beavers did
great 49.325 on floor! A solid beam set in the next
rotation would guarantee the 197!
on beam were great but not completely solid.. but the
judges overlooked some things on beam.. as the scores
were way high... uuh, did anyone else notice the Kristen
Maloney almost fell off the beam on her Rufolva (full
twisting swing down) ... she hit the side of her leg
and looked like she had to drag herself up! And still
she got a 9.9!! Kate Richardson has one of my all-time
favorite beam routines.. she looks fantastic... she
missed a connection and took a hop on her dismount..
but she's from UCLA so let's give her a 9.95.. UCLA
was at an astonishing 149.000 before floor?!
our Beavers off to balance beam where the goal was to
get a 197+ .. didn't really matter what was going on
over on floor... the Bruins were going to take the meet,
but our Beavers still impressed on beam going six for
six.. the scores for Beam were pretty low in comparison
.. Angela Morales 9.775 for her solid routine.. Elaine
Yoder had a bobble on her layout and got a descent score
9.85 .. Heidi Goehring looks fantastic.. no punch front,
but super solid and her leaps are so high! 9.875.. just
a hop on her dismount.. Chirssy Lamun had a check on
her front layout.. nailed the rest for a 9.825 and Tanya
Ricioli added a 9.825 for a spectacular routine, but
had a hop on her full dismount... Chelsea Plourde had
a GORGEOUS routine to finish of the night.. hit EVERYTHING..
it was fantastic.. from her two foot layout mount to
her stuck 1 1/2 twisting dismount.. but only a 9.9...
(the same score we saw from Kristen Maloney!).... but
what do I know?!
on floor were rocking the 10's.. great choreography,
awesome tumbling.. my favorite Bruin routine.. had to
be Kate Richardson.. her choreography was so incredible!
Her 10 was well deserved, as was Jeannette Antolin..
very nice back to back routines.. nice to see Jaime
Danztscher back on floor, her injury didn't allow her
to do her big tumbling, but it was nice to see her out
there.. and of course Yvonne Tousek is also awesome
there you have it.. the Bruins matched the 198.875 that
Stanford got... and well our Beavers did their job and
got a 197.175... they have really showed their depth
this season!... looking forward to the meet against
Stanford this week!! Look for Lise Leveille, Natalie
Foley and Lindsay Wing to lead this talented team..
my favorite Cardinal is actually out with injury.. Mandy
Delgado doesn't have the most difficulty, but she is
the most fun to watch.. I'll miss seeing her this season...
see you in Gill on Friday night to cheer on our Beavers..
and Boosters don't forget the pre-meet gathering!!
February 27, 2004, Corvallis
was a pretty impressive meet ... both schools are phenomenal,
but it was so impressive to see our Beavers " NEVER
GIVE UP" as they got better and better as the night
were first treated to a beam exhibition from our very
own Chari Knight-Hunter..:-) Chari, at age 31(+)
is just amazing.. her fitness level is astonishing..
she showed us her elite beam routine.. and it must be
so nerve-wracking for Chari to come home and perform..
even more so than an actual meet!! She mounted with
a layout mount.. but came off the beam.. and wrote in
chalk.. " NEVER" onto the mat... she fell off
an additional two times and had a message for all her
fans.. " GIVE" " UP" ... what a great
theme for the night.. Chari showed us her signature
reverse plange at the end of the balance beam.. flip-flop
to layout-stepout, sheep jump.. and double tuck dismount..
good luck Chari at next weeks National Qualifier!!
State vs Stanford... I was really looking to seeing
this meet.. and to see what Stanford had to offer...
started on vault where there were no stuck landings..
and it would put the Beavers in a hole.. Chrissy Lamun
started the Beavers off with such a HUGE Yurchenko layout...
it was so powerful! She took a big hop for a 9.625.
Heather Justus scored a 9.3 as she stumbled backwards
and had to catch herself against the vaulting table.
Thérèse Videan followed with a nice piked front 1/2
but took a hop to the side for a 9.775.. Angela Morales,
powerful as ever took a hop back for a 9.75. Tanya Ricioli
is getting so good at her Hristekeva, its getting better
and better each week!! Stuck but had to step out of
it for a 9.85.. and Chelsea Plourde had a low landing
and a teeny hop for a 9.825.. The Beavers started the
night with a 48.825...
on bars, the Stanford Cardinal was doing great! They
posted a 49.425 total for a six for six effort... Natalie
Foley led the Cardinal with a 9.95.. for an AWESOME
routine..Shaposhnikova, Shushunova.. Double Layout dismount..
and this from an athlete who had the bars collapse on
her while she competed in Oklahoma!! Great to see her
do well on this event after that mishap! Lindsay Wing
had a really great routine as well.. She stuck her double
front 1/2 dismount .. that was great.. for a 9.875..
Caroline Fluhrer anchored with a 9.925.. although I
didn't think it was as great as Wing's she received
went to bars where once again the landings on the dismounts
were hurting their score... the judges were awarding
stuck landings as you could tell as Heidi Goehring fought
for the stick on her double layout dismount after an
awesome set.. She received a 9.950!! Great job for Heidi....
no doubt would have received that 10 if she was completely
healthy and doing her full twisting double layout! Tanya
Ricioli was going through one of her best routines ever
as the anchor.. great interior but one step back on
her double front dismount.. it was great... a 9.9 for
T. Thérèse Videan missed a connection as the lead off
athlete for a 9.75 and steps on landings for Heather
Justus, Chelsea Plourde and Chrissy Lamun resulted in
9.8,9.8, 9.825 scores.. still great scores.. and the
Beavers were at 98.100 at the halfway point.. where
it looked like they were heading towards a 196 score...
on vault Stanford showed all vaults valued at a 10!!
The lowest score was a 9.825 .. Shelly Goldberg who
had a huge piked front 1/2.. great distance for Shelly..
Jessica Louie stuck her Yurchenko full for a 9.9 as
did Natlie Foley for a 9.925... Incredible power from
Lise Leveille on her Yurchenko full, but she took a
hop and scored a 9.875.
the third rotation, the Beavers showed their focus..
they did fantastic on beam... they went five for six..
posting a 49.375.. Angela Morales started the beavers
out well with a 9.85 and Elaine Yoder had just a gorgeous
beam set.. and her 9.875 was too low.. Heidi Goehring
continued to be a solid beam player as she added a 9.85
and Chrissy Lamun fought for her mount and full turn
for another 9.85.. Beautiful 1 1/2 twist from Lamun,
stick perfectly!! and what a great layout front to two
back-handsprings!! Biggest shock came from our fifth
athlete.. I don't recall the last time I had seen Tanya
on the side of the beam.. she missed her beam series
and was off the beam after her second back-handspring!
She hit the rest of her beam routine and hit a 9.3 ..
Chelsea Plourde was not even fazed as she hit one of
her best beam sets.. a 9.95!! Incredible routine.. she
is just so amazing on this event! Two foot layout mount,
side-somi, two back-handsprings to layout-stepout, and
1 1/2 twist dismount.. just nailed it all!
on floor, Stanford opted for just five routines.. but
with a 49.425 they didn’t need the sixth.. the only
bad thing about it was that the crowd would not be treated
to a routine from Lise Leveille :-) really was looking
forward to seeing her tumble.. she is fantastic on this
event! Natalie Foley led the Cardinal with a 9.950..
her tumbling is fantastic!! Full in mount and a double
rotation and the Beavers were on fire.. Every counting
score was a 9.925 or HIGHER!! Heather Justus led off
consistently and solid as ever.. 9.85.. Then Thérèse
Videan had a solid routine nailing all her tumbling
passes for a 9.925! Career high for Videan.. Chelsea
Plourde gave the performance of her life.. started the
routine with a stuck double pike and nailed her 1 1/2
twist to layout and hit her front layout to full ending...
and beyond that the dance was absolutely crowd pleasing...
she hit her double turn to
the best ever! That was a highlight in that routine..
One judge saw perfection and gave her a 10, while the
other saw a 9.9.. to give her a 9.950.. Great job for
Chelsea who has hit every routine this season!! Angela
Morales was next and boy can this girl tumble, she draws
the crowd into her routine and received a 9.925.. Awesome
double layout mount .. just a hop back... and then a
STUCK double pike dismount! A highlight of the night
was to see Chrissy Lamun nail her floor routine.. having
trouble in past routines.. she gave the performance
of her life.. STUCK her double pike mount beautifully!
Incredible dance... what showmanship! She was amazing..
and I would have given her the 10.. but the judges saw
a 9.950... Tanya Ricioli anchored with a 9.950 .. her
double tuck dismount is awesome! and it gave the Beavers
an incredible 49.700 floor total and a school record
on the floor.. and through every routine they showed
that the NEVER GAVE UP!
was on beam.. where they went six for six.. and took
the meet. Five gymnasts scored 9.925's.. they were solid
overall.. although they all scored 9.925 I would give
the best Stanford beam routine to Lise Leveille, she
had a great routine.. and a nice double tuck dismount!
She is so solid.. they showed great skills too, I think
I counted three athletes doing flip flop to TWO layouts!
job for the Beavers who never did give up and scored
a 197.175!! And they moved up to #13 in the rankings!!
Every week they are climbing and putting themselves
in a better position towards a National berth!
week we'll see the Beavers at the Salbasgeon Invitational..
where they will look to make another 197+ score :-)
see you in Gill.
March 12, 2004, Salt Lake City
A meet like this really makes you proud to be a Beaver fan.. it was
absolutely incredible.. from beginning to end.. the incredible gymnastics, the
fight.. our Beavers going 23 for 24 routines.. hitting a school record on
balance beam and an away team record!! What an awesome meet to be at.. just a
handful of Beaver fans seated way up high.. with hopes that our Beavers could
hear our squeaks of cheer to let them we existed out there! :-)
OSU had the potential to throw out a low score and boost their RQS and they
set out to do their best... OSU began the night on bars where the host Utes were
on the vault... Thérèse Videan, had an uncharacteristic error, going over the
low bar.. she covered well and nailed her double layout dismount to start the
Beavers off with a 9.7. Heather Justus.. showed us her best bar set this year..
taking just one step back on her toe on front tuck dismount to match her career
high 9.85.. Chelsea Plourde matched Justus' score as she took a step back on her
double layout.... Heidi Goehring has been on fire lately.. for the third week in
a row she won this event! 9.925 for another incredible bar set!! perfect
handstands, stuck double layout, only thing I saw was maybe they deducted for a
short pause from the low to high bar.. Chrissy Lamun took one step on her double
tuck dismount for a 9.825.. but her Takachev was amazingly HIGH!! Tanya anchored
our Beavers posting a 9.875 and the Beavers started the night out with a
49.325.. great start for our Beavers...
Over on vault.. nice vaults for the Utes where all six competitors performed
vaults valued at 10.0 .. Best vault was Rachel Tidd.. very nice vault... Stuck
Yurchenko full... Arguably the best vaulter in the country.. Annabeth Eberle
took a hop forward on her Yurchenko 1/2 laid out front to go 9.9 as the
anchor... Utes posted a very nice.. 49.500
Beavers moved to the vault where no stuck landings resulted in a 49.200
total.. Chrissy Lamun started off the Beavers with a Yurchenko layout (9.8 start
value) .. looked like she had the stick but took a step for a 9.65... heather
Justus powerful as ever on her front pike.. step back for a 9.8.. Thérèse Videan
had great power on her piked front 1/2 and hopped back for a 9.85.. Angela
Morales added a 9.875 for her powerful piked front 1/2.. another hop back for
Morales.. Tanya Ricioli took a few steps forward on her Yurchenko 1/2 laid out
front for a 9.775 and freshman Chelsea Plourde anchored with a 9.9 for her
Yurchenko full.. just one teeny step back.. The Beavers were at a 98.525 at the
midway point and in great position to post another 197+ road score..
on bars.. Utah.. posted two 9.925's.. Melissa Vituj and Rachel Tidd both led
Utah with the 9.925's.. Both Vituj and Tidd had excellent stuck dismounts...
Tidd stuck her full in and an AMAZING triple full of bars from Vituj!! STUCK!
Was a highlight for me from this Utah team. Utah also had two 9.9's and a 9.875
to count towards their 49.525 bar set total as they had an amazing 99.025 at the
Our Beavers took the floor to begin the third rotation.. where Heather was
solid as ever scoring a 9.8 and Thérèse Videan was consistent to add a 9.825.
Chelsea Plourde had too much power on her double pike mount and stepped out of
bounds for a 9.675... Next up Angela Morales was AMAZING!!! She nailed EVERY
tumbling pass! Double layout, front-full-layout, and double pike!! Awesome!! But
only a 9.875 from the judges ..too low.. it was great! Chrissy Lamun's routine..
pure beauty.. awesome!! Another hit floor routine from Lamun.. finally got her
score of 9.9 when it was posted on the reader board (side note: don't really
like when kids do the score posting.. sometimes they don't turn the score all
the way around.. this night was bad, the girls didn't even post Lamun's score..
they were too busy watching Utah on beam!!) ANYWAY! Lamun was awesome, but 9.9..
ok.. good score.. could have gone higher.. Tanya anchored with a great routine
9.925.. beavers were at 147.850 and 18 for 18 with the beam to go..
Over on Beam.. the Utes were having problems.. Gabriella Onodi.. came off the
beam to post a 9.325 and the next gymnast scored a 9.650.. wasn't sure how they
deducted when she leaned over and touched the beam.. I'm guessing three tenths, I
thought maybe they would have counted it as a fall.. Annabeth Eberle had
problems on her dismount for a 9.750.. Melissa Vituj had that highlight beam
routine anchoring with a 9.950... 49.100 for the Utes.. still great score, as
they had a 148.125 after three rotations.
Final rotation .. and the Beavers were on the balance beam... I predicted a
possible beam team record in my first report at the Super Six and hey.. they did
it tonight!!! What an incredible display of determination .. it was awesome!
Solid and consistent as ever.. the ever dependable Angela Morales set a career
high 9.9 to start the Beavers on beam... Trouble came as the second athlete up,
Elaine Yoder looked like she had her layout, but came off the beam .. she posted
a 9.325.. with four athletes left to go... as the fans held their breath for
every element... the Beavers came through as fighter they are.. Heidi Goehring..
great job .. incredible height on her leaps.. posted a 9.875 and Chrissy Lamun
who had a few balance checks added a 9.9.. Tanya and Chelsea went two for two on
routines that looked like perfection.. no wobbles, no checks, hit every skill
and nailed their dismounts to go 9.95 and 9.975 and this team broke the beam
team school record by .025!! Awesome performance.. great to see the athletes
keep their composure after a fall and do what they know they can do!!
Utah took the meet as they posted a 49.550 on the floor... The were led by
senior Melissa Vituj who posted a 9.950 to win the event.
What a night for the Beavers and their FANS!!! They made this such a fun
night...The Beavers hit their best road score in school history! A 197.450!!
They scored a beam school record with a 49.600... and senior Tanya Ricioli tied
Chari Knight with the most 39+ performances! Each with 23! Chelsea added yet
another individual event (beam) to her already impressive resume... Heidi
Goehring for the third week in a row won the bars event!! What an excellent
night for our Beavers.. they did a FANTASTIC job!!
Up next is the Pac-10 .. where we will see some of the greatest display of
Gymnastics in the nation!! Oregon State, UCLA, Stanford, Arizona, Washington,
Arizona State and California!! 7 INCREDIBLE schools, each with unbelievable
talent!! This meet is going to be incredible!!!
And we will see you in Tucson as we cheer on our Beavers as they look for
their first Pac-10 title since 1996!!
March 20, 2004, Tucson
The Beavers went 23 for 24
at the Pac-10 meet in Tucson and finished a distant 3rd to champions Stanford
and second place UCLA.. the Beavers proved that they are among the top of the
Pac with their performance on Saturday.. but the Beavers can actually do way
better than they did on Saturday night... we had no stuck landings on vault,
just two on bars, on beam they did great with landings but had some errors, and
on floor had some landing issues and they STILL finished 3rd!!! Imagine if they
did what we know they are capable!! Their routines are amazing and they have
excellent form.. so nailing those landing will really put our Beavers in
contention with the best! Best performance of the night... have to give it up
to Junior Heidi Goehring, she is doing absolutely amazing!! Led the bar team
once again and was .025 from being a Pac-10 champion on balance beam.. her beam
set was the BEST we had ever seed from Heidi.. Awesome!
The Pac-10 is so stacked with talent...
that any error could drop you even down to last!! That is how GOOD all of these
seven teams are!!
Beavers had the Olympic rotation order and
started on vault.. Chrissy Lamun started off the Beavers in their quest for a
Pacific-Ten Conference Team title as she had a powerful Yurchenko layout.. a
hop back for a 9.675.. Heather Justus followed.. incredible height and distance
but the step forward for a 9.775 .. Amazing vault for Thérèse Videan.. just
gorgeous.. but again a big hop back for the Beaver for a 9.875 and Angela
Morales a hop back another gorgeous vault and another 9.875.. when these
athletes stick.. the potential for huge scores is there! Tanya vaulted her
Yurchenko 1/2 laid out front ...steps forward for a 9.875 and Chelsea Plourde
anchored for another 9.875.. a step back on her Yurchenko full which had a
slight form break as she landed.. Beavers started out well on vault.. posting a
49.275.. and were in second place after four teams had finished the first
rotation.. UW had a great start on floor led by Emily Pritchard and Carly
Dockendorf (9.975) and the Huskies were leading with a 49.375 after one..
Arizona was third after a great beam set and Arizona State started with a
48.875 after a mediocre bar set.. Maggie Germaine came off on her
OSU went to a bye.. where UCLA jumped up
to the top with a 49.650 floor total.. Kate Richardson assured herself the
defense of her Pack-10 title on floor as she hit a 10 on this event.. Double
layout mount.. two whips to double tuck dismount!!! Awesome choreography..
great to watch! Stanford began on bars.. great bar total.. 49.475 for
Stanford... Natalie Foley went 9.95.. great set.. Shaposhnikova and Shushinova
in her bar set...
OSU moved to the bars.. where Thérèse
Videan began with a 9.75.. she lost her grip on the low bar and had some form breaks
.. hop on her double layout dismount.. Heather Justus.. great set! STUCK her
toe on front dismount for the first time this season for a 9.8.. Chelsea
Plourde.. nice handstands.. kinda stuck double layout.. one foot off to the
side.. 9.875 to set up Heidi.. another great one for Goehring! stuck double
layout .. just gorgeous routine.. one judge gave her a 9.95! The other a 9.85
for a rip off 9.9.. I saw the lead judge look at the score that was brought
over for Heidi's routine and it was a look of surprise that was what was
given.. (the lead judge gave her the 9.95!) Great routine from Heidi! Chrissy
Lamun can fly on her Takachev!! So high! steps back from a a9.875 and Tanya
Ricioli another great routine, but a hop on the dismount for 9.85.. good set for
the Beavers.... the landings cost them some for a 49.3 and a 98.575 at the
midway point.. After five teams had gone five.. Stanford was in the lead with a
99.125 and OSU was next with a 9.8575.. but UCLA had yet to go on their second
event... not far behind was Arizona with a 98.450 after their floor and UW who
had good vaulting was a t 98.425.. ASU had an ok beam for 98.425...
Beavers headed to the beam.. an event that
the Beavers could really capitalize on when the hit.. AWESOME routine from
Angela Morales.. but the judges gave her a low score 9.775.. Elaine Yoder..
just beautiful! Her two flip flops to layout was so solid.. and just a teeny
shuffle on her dismount.. one judge went 9.95.. the other.. 9.8!! Crazy 9.8
score and Elaine went 9.875... Heidi followed with the best beam routine of her
career 9.925.. fantastic.. nailed everything! Then Chrissy Lamun went 9.75
after saving her front layout.. great fight from Chrissy to stay on the beam..
Tanya came off on her two foot layout but continued with her routine to get
everything she could and got a 9.3.. Chelsea Plourde put her leg up on her two
foot layout mount but the rest of the routine was perfection!! Chelsea did her
job and received a 9.9 to help the Beavers to a 147.8 after three... great fight
for the Beavers.. not their best beam set.. but they fought through it well...
Beavers went to a bye .. Stanford and UCLA
were battling out for the win.. and the rest of the schools were trying to
fight for third.. After three OSU was #3.. Arizona was one tenth behind the
Beavers and Arizona was .25 from OSU.. UW had fallen out of the hunt for third
with a disaster on bars.. two missed routines including one from the ever
consistent Emily Pritchard!!
Beavers went to floor.. Heather Justus
missed her second cat leap and scored a 9.75.. Thérèse Videan took some steps
back on her double pike for a 9.825 and Chelsea Plourde had a step back on her
double pike and a hop on her 2 1/2 to layout second pass for a 9.85.. The
Beavers were solid, but steps were costing them some scores.. the Beavers have
potential to score big! Angela had a great routine.. stuck double layout but
steps on her double pike dismount for 9.875.. All eyes were on Chrissy as she
was going toward the defense of her Pac-10 floor title.. She would need a 10 to
get it and she went through a beauty.. Awesome.. stuck double pike.. great
dance.... and she went with a 9.9.. Awesome job for Chrissy.. trying to defend
a title must be VERY hard and nerve wracking.. and I think you could see it a
little bit.. but boy did she did FANTASTIC out there! Tanya Ricioli.. added a
9.85 .. step on her double pike opening.. the Beavers finished with a 197.075..
Nice score for the Beavers, a record setting pac-10 score for them.. they were
great tonight, but we know we can see them better.. when they stick their
landings, they will get bigger scores and contend with the best!!
Last rotation, Arizona needed a 49.4 on
bars to overtake the Beavers for third and Arizona State needed a 49.550 on
vault.. The Arizona state schools did not get the scores they needed and the
Beavers left the competition in third.. as Stanford took the Pac-10 title from
UCLA who had to count a low beam score...
One Beaver finished in the top six..
Heidi's awesome bar set finished in a tie for 6th.. .05 from first and her beam
set would have been 7th.. .025 from first! With no individual Beaver taking any
events.. this was truly a TEAM effort to place third.. every athlete did her
part and consistency led to their third place total.. Way to go BEAVERS.. they
are quite the TEAM!!
In a great way to start the Post Season
Freshman Chelsea Plourde was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (OF COURSE
-- We all knew it had to be her!!) Great Job Chelsea!! The first and only
Beaver to be named the Freshman of the year since its inception in 2000!
So now.. the race to Nationals is on!!!
It's going to be exciting!! We will see you in Corvallis on April 3rd as we
will watch our Beavers to cheer them on as they compete for a top two spot for
a Nationals berth!! GO BEAVERS!!
Your doing GREAT!!
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