No. 13 Beavers Host Home Opener Friday
Jan. 15, 2009
The meet ... Oregon State is set open the home season by hosting No. 5 Arkansas and Pac-10 rival California at legendary Gill Coliseum, Friday night. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
The Beavers have had two strong early season performances in 2009 and, with their first appearance of the season on their home floor, they expect their scores to show dramatic improvement.
What’s coming up ... The Beavers are back on the road next week when they travel to the desert to face Arizona, Friday, Jan. 23. The dual meet is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. MT at the McKale Center.
Last week ... Oregon State, facing BYU for the second time in two weeks, put on a dominating display of gymnastics in Provo, Utah last Friday.
The Beavers “hit” their first 18 routines and went 23-for-24 overall. Despite receiving disappointing, OSU’s gymnasts showed improvement from the previous week and will carry considerable momentum into this week’s meet.
Oregon State nearly swept the medals podium taking first through third on vault, bars and floor. Jami Lanz won the all-around (39.150), beam (9.85) and tied for the top score on floor (9.8). Mandi Rodriguez also scored 9.8 on floor and won the vault (9.825). Jen Kesler took the bars title (9.85).
Tickets ... Tickets for the 2009 season are on sale for Oregon State’s five regular season home meets.
The Beavers are scheduled to face California and Arkansas (Jan. 16), Utah (Jan. 30), Arizona State (Feb. 6), UCLA (Feb. 27), and the annual Salbasgeon Suites Invitational (Mar. 6) when they host Washington and Seattle Pacific.
Season tickets are available starting at $30. Individual meet tickets are also available by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS, in person at the OSU Ticket Office located in room 107 of Gill Coliseum or by going online to osubeavers.com.
Defending the Home Floor ... Oregon State was undefeated in legendary Gill Coliseum in 2008 going 13-0 over the course of six home meets including the NCAA West Regional Championships. The Beavers have not lost at home since falling to Utah in a quad-meet, March 16, 2007.
Beavers All Access ... The Oregon State was recently featured on by FSN NW on Beavers All Access. The 30-minute television program can now be seen via Beaver Nation Online, the audio/visual service of osubeavers.com.
Pink Out ... The Oregon State gymnastics program is set to hold the fourth annual “Pink Out,” Friday, Feb. 6 when the Beavers host the No. 24 Arizona State Sun Devils at legendary Gill Coliseum.
Past Pink Out meets have brought in some of the largest crowds of the last three seasons, including more than 5,000 fans in 2008, as the Beavers join together with The Corvallis Clinic and Samaritan Health to help raise money and awareness for breast and cervical cancer.
Fans are encouraged to support the cause by purchasing an official Pink Out t-shirt from Beaver Authentics at its location in Gill Coliseum or online at osubeavers.com. All fans that purchase the official t-shirt and wear it to the meet will receive one free general admission ticket to the event.
In addition, this year the gymnastics booster club, the 10.0 Club, will host the second annual “Pink Out” breakfast and silent auction, Saturday, Feb. 7. All proceeds from the event will benefit two local charities, W.I.S.H. (Women Investing in Samaritan Health) and Project H.E.R. (Help. Enlightenment. Resources.). For more information about the breakfast and silent auction go to osubeavers.com.
Fans are encouraged to trade in their Orange & Black for pink.
Picking Up the Check ... Former OSU gymnast Yuki Lamb, who recently graduated, will be honored during Thursday night’s men’s basketball game. Lamb was awarded a 2007-08 Oroweat “Healthy Minds” Postgraduate Scholarship. She’ll receive a giant check during the presentation which is set for the first timeout of the game.
OSU signs solid recruiting class ... As is always the goal, Oregon State signed another top flight class of recruits during the early signing period in November. Joining the Beavers for the 2010 season are Leilani Alferos of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Kelsi Blalock of Puyallup, Wash. and Makayla Stambaugh of Antelope, Calif.
Alferos, who trains at the Olympic Gymnastics Academy, is a powerful yet graceful gymnast whose gymnastics is expected to blossom in the coming years at OSU.
Blalock, a former pupil of new assistant coach John Carney at Gymnastics East, is a Junior Olympic National Team member after a second place finish in the all-around in 2007. In 2008, Blalock earned an eighth place finish in the all-around and won the USAG Region 2 titles on vault, bars and floor.
Stambaugh, is a former U.S. National Team member. In 2008, she won national titles on beam, floor and all-around at Level 10.