Beavers Top 196, Fall Short to No. 4 Bruins
Feb. 27, 2009
Corvallis, Ore. – The Oregon State gymnastics team scored over 196 for the fifth time this year but the eighth-ranked Beavers came up short against No. 4 UCLA Friday night. After two weeks away from home, the Beavers returned to legendary Gill Coliseum, to perform for a crowd of 4,028, surpassing the 49-point barrier on all four events in the 196.350-196.575 loss.
“Tonight was a good meet for us coming off a difficult meet last weekend,” senior Jami Lanz said. “Obviously we didn’t do as well against Washington as we could have, so this week we went back into the practice gym to work on those problem areas.”
Oregon State began the competition on the vault where building the scores was essential. In her usual lead-off position, Stephanie McGregor nailed her vault to a 9.7, followed by Brooke Barclay’s 9.775. Building momentum, Becky Colvin vaulted her way to 9.8, while Lanz’s stuck landing earned a 9.825. Feeding off the increasing scores, Mandi Rodriguez maintained her streak of consistently high scores on the event, earning her a 9.925.
With a solid showing on the vault (49.025), Oregon State rounded to its second event of the night, uneven bars, trailing by .025. Freshman Olivia Vivian, who was making her return to the lineup after missing several weeks with a foot injury, tallied a career-best score of 9.75. A consistent bar worker for the last three seasons, Laura-Ann Chong stuck her landing to a 9.85. A pause in a routine by Rodriguez during a sequence on the high bar was redeemed by Lanz’s 9.775-performance. Needing a pair of high scores, Leslie Mak and Jen Kesler mounted the bars to produce a 9.825 and 9.8 respectively.
“It was my debut in Gill today,” Vivian said. “As soon as I saluted, I pretended I was back in the practice gym. I strive for perfection in my bars routine and I want to hit every handstand and stick every landing.”
The Beavers took to the balance beam for the third rotation of the night trailing the Bruins 98.025 to 98.350. Barclay’s lead-off performance set up the rest of the lineup for a high-scoring rotation with a beautiful routine tallying a 9.725. Kesler and Rodriguez saluted to the judges after wobble-free routines that scored a 9.8 and 9.775. Chong’s stuck landing tallied a 9.825, followed by a solid 9.85 for Mak. In her usual anchor position, Lanz came through with one of her strongest routines of the season and a score of 9.875.
“I was pleased with their beam performances coming back,” head coach Tanya Chaplin said. “We came back strong from last week and some of them did some really nice things so we want to keep building off of that.”
On the final event of the night, Oregon State rallied for a solid performance on the floor. McGregor, in her customary lead off position, got the Beavers off to a promising start with a 9.7. Kera Bolen posted a 9.775, followed by a 9.85 by Jereme Bigelow and 9.75 by Mak. The dynamic combination of Lanz and Rodriguez anchored the lineup. Lanz debuted a new floor routine for the home crowd to the tune of a 9.875. Rodriguez took to the floor to a roar from the crowd and exited it to a standing ovation and a 9.95.
Oregon State remains at home next week to host Pacific Northwest rivals Washington and Seattle Pacific in the annual Salbasgeon Suites Invitational, Friday, Mar. 6.
Team Scores: No. 4 UCLA 196.525; No. 8 Oregon State 196.350
Vault (49.025): 1. Mandi Rodriguez (OSU) 9.925; T2. Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs (UCLA), Vanessa Zamarripa (UCLA) 9.900. Other OSU Scores: Jami Lanz 9.825; Becky Colvin 9.800, Brooke Barclay 9.775, Whitney Watson 9.700, Stephanie McGregor 9.700.
Uneven Bars (49.000): T1. Ariana Berlin (UCLA), Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs (UCLA) 9.875; 3.Laura-Ann Chong (OSU) 9.850. Other OSU Scores: Leslie Mak 9.825, Jen Kesler 9.800, Jami Lanz 9.775, Olivia Vivian 9.750, Mandi Rodriguez 9.100.
Balance Beam (49.125): T1. Jami Lanz (OSU), NiKi Tom (UCLA), Vanessa Zamarripa (UCLA), Aisha Gerber (UCLA) 9.875. Other OSU Scores: Laura-Ann Chong 9.850, Leslie Mak 9.850, Jen Kesler 9.800, Mandi Rodriguez 9.775, Brooke Barclay 9.725.
Floor (49.200): 1. Mandi Rodriguez (OSU) 9.950; T2. Jami Lanz (OSU), Brittani McCullough (UCLA) 9.875. Other OSU Scores: Jereme Bigelow 9.850, Kera Bolen 9.775, Leslie Mak 9.750, Stephanie McGregor 9.700.