Beavers, Lanz Finish Second at Cancun Classic
Jan. 2, 2009
CANCUN, Mexico - The Oregon State gymnastics team got its season started with a positive step finishing second in the second session of the Cancun Classic Friday evening. Mandi Rodriguez and Whitney Watson tied for first on vault and Jami Lanz finished second in the all-around as the Beavers scored 194.575 in the first meet of the season.
Stanford (3-0), which ranked No. 5 in the Preseason Coaches Poll, finished first with a score of 195.6, No. 9 Oregon State (2-1) came next at 194.575, No. 14 Denver University (1-2) scored 193.825 to place third and BYU (0-3) scored 189.125 to take fourth.
'There are always some stumbles in the first meet of the year,' head coach Tanya Chaplin said. 'Tonight when we had a fall, the next person did a great job, didn't get rattled or let the pressure have an effect. That shows mental strength and character and that is a great thing to see so early in the season. It will be exciting to build off of this score.'
'The team did a great job,' Rodriguez said. 'We're further along now than we were at this point last year. Everybody went out there and performed with the confidence. I feel like we're already in midseason form.'
The Beavers received a tough draw beginning the season on the balance beam (for the second straight year). Despite the challenge, Rodriguez delivered an excellent routine to score 9.775 from the lead off position. Matching scores of 9.825 by Lanz and Laura-Ann Chong followed to give OSU a score of 48.775 in the first rotation.
The second rotation wasn't quite as high scoring with the Beavers settling for a team score of 48.375. Rodriguez (9.8), Lanz (9.775) and Stephanie McGregor (9.75) led the scoring for the Beavers.
'Overall, we did a great job as a team,' Lanz said. 'We need to clean a few things up as a team, but everybody performed like they have been in practice and this is a good starting point.'
Oregon State bounced back in the third rotation to score 48.800 on the vault. Rodriguez and Whitney Watson each scored 9.825 to tie with Stanford's Carly Janiga for the vault title. Lanz added a score of 9.75 and Brooke Barclay scored 9.725.
Next week, the Beavers travel to Provo, Utah to face BYU Friday, Jan. 9. OSU opens the home season the following week, Friday, Jan. 16 when the Beavers host No. 12 Arkansas and California at legendary Gill Coliseum starting at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Season and individual tickets can be purchased online, by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS or in person at the OSU Ticket Office located in room 107 of Gill Coliseum.
Team Scores: No. 5 Stanford 195.600; No. 9 Oregon State 194.575; No. 14 Denver 193.825; BYU 189.125.