Fourth-ranked Oregon State pulled the upset of the season so far in collegiate women's gymnastics, nudging previously unbeaten Utah, the top-ranked team in the nation, 193.95-193.7 Friday night in Gill Coliseum, site of the Utes' 1990 NCAA championship.
The Utes lost .3 point in deductions for two gymnasts going out of bounds, one with two feet and one with one foot, on floor exercise, and that was more than Oregon State's margin of victory."Overall," said Utah Coach Greg Marsden, "it was a good meet. Oregon State did a great job.
"We both hit on a lot of our routines. Oregon State deserves to win."
Oregon State's Joy Selig, the defending NCAA champion in two events, equaled her career high in the all-around to tie Utah's national record-holder, Missy Marlowe, each with 39.35. Marlowe's NCAA record set two weeks ago was 39.5. Utah's Shelly Schaerrer posted her second-best all-around score of the season, 39.1.
"We weren't flawless," said Marsden, "and you have to be flawless to go in and beat a school like Oregon State."
Utah, now 5-1, defeated Oregon State, now 8-1, 193.35-189.75 in Utah's season opener, but Selig competed in only two events because of a knee injury that was arthroscopically repaired the next day.
"I'm extremely pleased with our performance," said Oregon State Coach Jim Turpin. "This meet goes a long way in proving to our athletes they truly are national contenders."
Utah lost freshman Jenny Donaldson to a premeet foot bruise. She competed on bars, scoring 9.7, after hurting herself in warmups. Meredith King, who expected to compete in only one event, filled in for Donaldson on two events.
For Utah, Marlowe scored 9.9 on bars - she had a 10.0 in Monday's home meet - and Schaerrer had a 9.9 on floor exercise.
At Tempe, Ariz., Seventh-ranked Utah State placed second in the four-team Southwest Cup women's gymnastics meet Friday night, but the Aggies increased their Regional Qualifying Score with one of their better road totals. Host Arizona State took first place with 188.9, with the Aggies second at 187.35. Third was Cal-Fullerton at 185.55, while Stanford was fourth at 184.3.
The road score upped USU's RQS, which determines what teams make it to post-season meets, from 189.61 to 189.38. USU is now 6-4.
The meet all-around titlist was Chris Belotti of Arizona State at 38.25. She also won balance beam and floor exercise. USU's best all-arounder was Brenda Scholl, sixth at 37.45. Michelle Bugbee of USU was seventh at 37.1, and Barb Zahl, with falls on beam, scored 36.8 and tied for 10th all-around. USU had the best team bars score of the night, 47.2, and Scholl tied for fourth individually with 9.55. Zahl and Natalie Cannon of USU tied for third on floor with 9.6s.
The meet is to be televised, along with a six-team men's portion, at 10 p.m. MST on ESPN-TV Wednesday.
At Boise, Eighth-ranked Brigham Young University picked up a pair of dual-meet gymnastics victories Friday night at Boise State when its women's team totaled 188.1 behind a 38.1 all-around score from Marianne Squires, who tied her season high. Boise State scored 186.2, and Seattle Pacific trailed at 183.4.
It was the second time in a week that the Cougars beat Boise State. They'd scored a season-high 190.4 against the Broncos at home last week. Squires had the same all-around total in that meet.
The highest individual-event score of the night went to BYU freshman vaulter Christy McAdams, 9.7. Squires scored 9.65 on floor exercise, and Tammy Packard had 9.65 on balance beam.