No. 11 OSU Hosts No. 2 Utah for Showdown at Gill

Jan. 28, 2009

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The meet ... The 11th-ranked Oregon State gymnastics team, which returns to Corvallis for back-to-back home weekends, hosts perennial powerhouse Utah this Friday, Jan. 30, at legendary Gill Coliseum. The meet is scheduled to being at 7 p.m.

          The annual showdown between the Beavers and second-ranked Utes features several All-Americans including five from Utah (Kristina Baskett, Daria Bijak, Annie DiLuzio, Beth Rizzo and Kyndal Robarts) and three from Oregon State (Jen Kesler, Jami Lanz and Mandi Rodriguez).


Last week ... Oregon State traveled to Arizona to where the Beavers had won in a dual meet only once (2005) since 1988. Undaunted by their predecessors’ history, the 2009 OSU team delivered another impressive performance tallying season-high team scores on three events and eclipsing the 196-point mark easily (196.450).

          Leading throughout the night, the Beavers stretched the lead at every opportunity and dominated the awards ceremony following the meet with individual titles — Mandi Rodriguez (9.9 on vault; 9.925 on floor; 39.425 in the all-around), Jen Kesler (9.875 on bars) and Leslie Mak (9.9 on beam).

          The meet had a strange beginning, with Arizona’s Sarah Tomczyk getting hurt during the three-minute touch period prior to the first event (she returned to the bars and floor lineups). Then just as OSU’s first competitor, Olivia Vivian, prepared to mount the bars, she aggravated a foot injury and was unable to continue.


What’s coming up ... The Beavers remain at home next week when they host No. 16 Arizona State at legendary Gill Coliseum Friday, Feb. 6. The dual meet is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.


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. 16 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.


Pink Out breakfast and silent auction ...

          In addition to the gymnastics meet, this year the gymnastics booster club, the 10.0 Club, is set to 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

          The deadline for reserving your seat at the breakfast and silent auction has been moved to Friday, Jan. 30.


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


OSU vs. utah meet to be webcast ... The Oregon State gymnastics meet Friday featuring the No. 11 Beavers and No. 2 Utah will stream live online via Beaver Nation Online (BNO), the audio/visual home of

          The OSU-Utah showdown will be the first webcast of the season by Oregon State and will stream for free. OSU Media Services will produce Friday’s webcast between the Beavers, who have reached the NCAA Championships for three years in a row, against the Utes, who have finished as the runner-up at the NCAA Championships each of the last three seasons. The webcast’s audio feed will be provided by Oregon State public address announcer Brian Brooks.


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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