No. 10 Gymnastics Travels to Desert

Jan. 22, 2009

The meet ... The 10th-ranked Oregon State gymnastics team travels to the desert this Friday to take on the Arizona GymCats. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. MST.

          The Beavers have now had three consecutive strong performances and look to build off of an impressive 195.950 score that was tallied in last week’s double dual victory. In addition, OSU has performed admirably on the road thus far, having their best meet (not score) at BYU two weeks ago.


Last week ... The Beavers hosted their first home meet of the season in a triangular with then-No. 5 Arkansas and California. Oregon State gymnasts swept the individual event titles en route to an exciting victory that wasn’t secured until the final routine of the night.

          After leading throughout the night, the gap between the Beavers and Razorbacks had narrowed to just .050 entering the final rotation. While Arkansas put on a brilliant display on its bars set, the Beavers were working on a solid set of routines on the floor exercise. Sophomore Jereme Bigelow, in the competitive lineup for the first time in her career, hit her routine for a score of 9.775. Junior Kera Bolen and freshman Leslie Mak followed with matching scores. Then a 9.9 by senior Jami Lanz set the stage for Mandi Rodriguez.

          Needing a 9.95 to tie the Razorbacks, Rodriguez took the floor to debut her new floor routine to the home crowd of 3,429. Rodriguez’s tumbling was huge with stuck landing after stuck landing. Her dance was wonderfully choreographed and her timing was impeccable as she brought the crowd to its feet upon finishing her routine. When the judges flashed their scores, the crowd roared with approval as the head judge awarded Rodriguez a 10.0. The final score of 9.975 gave the Beavers the win.

          Rodriguez won individual titles on vault (9.9) and floor (9.975), Lanz took the title on beam (9.875) and Jen Kesler won on the bars (9.9). Arkansas’ Casey Jo Magee took the all-around competition (39.425).


What’s coming up ... The Beavers return to the friendly confines of legendary Gill Coliseum to finish the month of January, when they host No. 3 Utah Friday, Jan. 30. The dual meet is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.


Tickets ... Tickets for the 2009 season are on sale for Oregon State’s five regular season home meets.

          The Beavers are scheduled to face 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


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 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

          Fans are encouraged to trade in their Orange & Black for pink.


PIRO ACCEPTED TO GRAD SCHOOL ... Senior D’Anna Piro received wonderful news yesterday (Jan. 21) when she was admitted to Stanford’s Graduate School of Business for the class of 2013. D’Anna will start school in the fall of 2011. While this may be the biggest academic moment of her life, academic awards are not new to her. D’Anna is a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic first team selection, has earned the NACGC/W (National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women) Scholastic All-American award four times and was selected was honored as an everyday champion at Oregon State in 2007. In addition, last year, D’Anna was selected as OSU’s 2008 NASPE (National Association for Sport and Physical Education) Outstanding Major of the Year. D’Anna is a double-major in Business Administration and Exercise and Sport Science in Oregon State’s Honor’s College. On top of those academic endeavors, D’Anna also holds the title of president in OSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council.


Defending the Home Floor ... The roll continues for the Oregon State gymnastics team. The Beavers are 2-0 at home in 2009, but their undefeated streak goes further than that. The team 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.

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