Rodriguez, Lanz Set Winning Pace for No. 10 Beavers in Pink Out
Feb. 6, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Pink was the theme of the night as the No. 10 Oregon State gymnastics team beat No. 23 Arizona State in OSU’s fourth annual Pink Out. The Beavers entertained a season-high 5,028 fans by taking control of the meet in the early going and winning in convincing fashion, 196.275-194.025. Oregon State held the advantage on every event and Mandi Rodriguez earned the three individual titles including the all-around with a score of 39.375.
This annual meet brought together Oregon State with The Corvallis Clinic and Samaritan Health to help raise money and awareness for breast and cervical cancer.
“It feels really good to compete for a greater cause,” freshman Leslie Mak said. “It is a wonderful thing to compete for something that you are passionate about.”
Following the Olympic order, Oregon State began the night on the vault. After a straight-legged landing by Stephanie McGregor, Brooke Barclay followed by producing a score of 9.7. Whitney Watson stuck her landing to get the crowd going for the first time with a 9.825 to tie her career-high. Continuing a solid Beaver performance, Becky Colvin and Jami Lanz vaulted their ways to a 9.8 and 9.875 respectively. Anchoring for Oregon State, Mandi Rodriguez ended on a high note with a 9.9 to win the individual title.
Heading into the second rotation, the uneven bars, the Beavers used a 49.100 team score to take hold of the early lead over the Sun Devils by .650 lead. OSU’s first two gymnasts got off to a shaky start with a form break by Kera Bolen and Laura-Ann Chong’s fall on the dismount. But needing to break the cycle, Rodriguez came through with a 9.775 followed by Lanz’s 9.7. Mak, who scored a career-best 9.95 last week to earn the Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week, came back Friday night to score 9.925. Jen Kesler, in her usual anchor position, performed a near perfect routine to duplicate Mak’s 9.925.
Rounding to the beam, Barclay delivered a solid performance in the lead-off position for a 9.725. A bobble followed by an uncharacteristic fall by Kesler, was redeemed by Rodriguez’s 9.75. Chong’s wobble-free, stuck routine received a much needed 9.825, followed up by Mak’s 9.8. Always consistent on the balance beam, Lanz ended the rotation in solid standing with a 9.825.
Entering the final rotation, the Beavers had opened the lead to more than a full point. McGregor, in her customary lead-off slot in the lineup, jump started Oregon State with a 9.75. Building off the previous performance, senior Kera Bolen tumbled her way to a season-high 9.85 performing her routine from her sophomore season. Jereme Bigelow fought her way to a solid performance and a score of 9.8. Mak continued the momentum delivering a 9.85 routine. Continuing a string of solid scores that eventually resulted in a season-high team score on the floor (49.350), Lanz’s huge 9.9 performance set up for the best routine of the night which was delivered by Rodriguez. Rodriguez, who earned a 9.975 earlier in the season, nearly achieved perfection again earning a 9.95.
“Jami and I are confident in each other and we are confident in our routines,” Rodriguez said. “She just set me up really nicely. I did my best and the score just comes. We are kind of a duo that works together.”
Oregon State returns to the road next weekend when it travels to Stanford to compete Sunday, Feb. 15. The meet is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.
Team Scores: No. 10 Oregon State 196.275; No. 23 Arizona State 194.025