No. 10 Beavers Host Pink Out Friday

Feb. 3, 2009

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The meet ... The 10th-ranked Oregon State gymnastics team, remains in Corvallis for the second meet of back-to-back home weekends. This week, the Beavers host the fourth annual Pink Out when they compete against No. 23 Arizona State this Friday, Feb. 6, at legendary Gill Coliseum. The meet is scheduled to being at 7 p.m.

 Last week ... Oregon State hosted then-No. 2 Utah last Friday and suffered its first home loss since the Utes were in Corvallis in March of 2007.

          Despite the loss, the Beavers continue to show improvement tallying a season-high score (196.650) for the third straight week and scored above 49-points on all four events.

          The Beavers benefitted from particularly impressive performances from several underclassmen stepping into the spotlight. Freshmen Stephanie McGregor scored 9.825 on the floor, Leslie Mak tallied a 9.95 on bars and 9.9 on the beam and sophomore Jereme Bigelow added a 9.875 on the floor – all career-high scores.

          In addition to the underclassmen, junior Mandi Rodriguez scored a career-best 39.500 to win the all-around and added an individual title on the floor.

          Sophomore Becky Colvin returned to the vault lineup after missing the Arizona meet.

 What’s coming up ... The Beavers are on the road next week when they travel to Stanford to take on the No. 6 Cardinal along with UC Davis Saturday, Feb. 15. The dual meet is scheduled to start at 1 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. 23 Arizona State Sun Devils at legendary Gill Coliseum.

          The 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.

 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.).

 Smith Returns to the Beavers

          Oregon State senior gymnast Tasha Smith returned to the team this week.

          Smith, who has been away from the team during her pregnancy, gave birth to her daughter in December. Smith has recently been cleared by both her doctor and the team’s doctor to resume training.

          “I’m very excited to return to the gym with my teammates,” Smith said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity and look forward to supporting the team in any way I can.”

          “We are excited to have Tasha back in the gym training,” head coach Tanya Chaplin said.

 Rodriguez, Mak Earn Pac-10 Awards

          Mandi Rodriguez and Leslie Mak were honored this week with Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week and Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week honors respectively.

          Rodriguez set a career-high in winning the all-around (39.500) last week, tied her career-best on beam (9.85) and won the floor title.

          Mak also won a pair of individual titles, setting a career-high on bars (9.95) and tied her best on beam (9.9).

          Rodriguez and Mak’s performances against Utah helped the Beavers to another season-high score (196.650), marking the third straight week that the team has accomplished such a feat. This week’s distinctions are firsts for both Rodriguez and Mak in their respective categories. Rodriguez previously won event specialist accolades twice.

 OSU vs. ASU meet to be webcast ... Friday’s dual meet between Oregon State and Arizona State will stream live online via Beaver Nation Online (BNO), the audio/visual home of osubeavers.com.

          The OSU-ASU meet be broadcast on BNO 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 Sun Devils. The webcast’s audio feed will be provided by Oregon State public address announcer Brian Brooks.

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