Huskies suffer first loss of young season.
Jan. 30, 1998
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The 14th-ranked Washington women's gymnastics team suffered its first loss of the season, falling to 16th-ranked Oregon State 193.5 to 191.8 before a crowd of 4,992 at Gill Coliseum. The Huskies dropped to 4-1 this year while the Beavers improved to 4-0. Both teams posted their highest scores of the season in the meet.
Washington's only individual event winner was Klara Kudilkova, who tied for first on vault with OSU's Lara Degenhardt, with a 9.850 score. Junior Tiffany Simpson, who won the all-around at Washington's first two meets, placed second overall with a score of 38.8. Oregon State's Megan Murphy won the all-around competition with a score of 38.95.
Washington was far from its form of a year ago when the Huskies upset the Beavers en route to recording the highest team score (196.775) in the history of the program. Washington's lineup was not at full strength this time around. Sophomore Rhyan Pelander did not compete due to a strained neck while all-arounder Jamie Stauffer missed the floor exercise due to a strained achilles tendon.
The victory was especially gradifying for first-year Beaver coach Tanya Chaplin. She was an assistant coach at Washington the past seven seasons.
Washington will travel to 19th-ranked Arizona next Friday for a meet that also features California and Illinois-Chicago.
Women's Collegiate Gymnastics
Team Scores -- 1. Oregon State 193.500, 2. Oregon State 191.800.
All-Around -- 1. Megan Murphy (OSU) 38.950; 2. Tiffany Simpson (UW) 38.800; 3. Amy Slack (OSU) 38.775.
Vault -- 1. Klara Kudilkova (UW) and Lara Degenhardt (OSU) 9.850; 3. Simpson (UW) 9.750; 4. Jamie Stauffer (UW) and Danae Phillips (OSU) 9.725.
Uneven Bars -- 1. Deanne Droegemuel (OSU) and Slack (OSU) 9.850; 3. Phillips (OSU) 9.725; 4. Simpson (UW) 9.650).
Balance Beam -- 1. Murphy (OSU) 9.850; 2. Simpson (UW) 9.800; 3. Lauren Riesenman (9.775); 4. Bea Tistu (OSU) and Corrie Young (OSU) 9.750.
Floor Exercise -- 1. Murphy (OSU) 9.800; 2. Riesenman (UW) 9.650; 3. Simpson (UW) and Lanna Apisukh (UW) 9.600.