update the focus of <select> menu after reloading the page

I have a form that auto submits to itself when an onchange event occurs.  What I can't figure out is how do I now get it so that the menu's focus is now on the value that was previously selected?  Here's the code without database stuff.

<form action="test.asp" method="get" name="form1">
   <select name="options" onChange=document.form1.submit()>
      <option value="1">first</option>
      <option value="2">second</option>
      <option value="3">third</option>

So now when someone selects an option, for example option two, then the page reloads itself and the url will now be:  test.asp?options=2

so now i would probably do a request.form("options") to get the value, but what do I need to write in order for the menu dropdrop to have option two displayed instead of the first option?

The only way I can think of is to have two recordsets.  The first one only has the value selected and the other one has the rest of the options.  I'm sure there is a better way.  Any suggestion?
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Is your select menu built from a database?
 If so, then check to see if the value you're outputting == request.form("options"); and if so echo " selected" before closing the option tag.

Sorry if I'm not grasping the problem right.

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smikAuthor Commented:
okay, that worked.

i just need to write <option value="whatever" selected>whatever</option> for the one that i want selected.

That was a pretty stupid question...

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