Beavers Conclude Regular Season at Missouri
March 11, 2009
The meet ... The No. 9 Oregon State gymnastics team concludes the regular season with a trip to Columbia, Mo. to face the No. 13 Missouri Tigers. Competition begins at 6:30 p.m. CT (4:30 PT). Live Stats and a webcast will be available via mutigers.com.
The SERIES ... The Beavers and Tigers last faced each other at the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational in Corvallis last season. In that meeting, the Beavers won the quadrangular meet scoring a season-high 197.200 while the Tigers struggled through an off-night to finish third with a score of 195.325.
In all, Oregon State and Missouri have faced each other only three times with the Beavers coming out on top in all three meets. Oregon State’s only previous trip to Columbia was for NCAA Regionals in 2003. The Beavers narrowly missed qualifying for the NCAA Championships falling .025 short to Iowa.
Last week ... With the emotions running high on Senior Night the Beavers produced their best meet of the season going 24-for-24 in the 28th annual Salbasgeon Suites Invitational. Oregon State scored 197.500, the third-highest team score in school history, in beating No. 22 Washington and Seattle Pacific.
In the second rotation, the Beavers used a new lineup on the bars, shuffling most of the gymnasts to new positions. The result was a school record team score of 49.575.
Following the meet seven seniors (Brooke Barclay, Kera Bolen, Jami Lanz, D’Anna Piro, Johnnie Rae Schmelzer, Tasha Smith and team manager Cassandra Rowell) were honored after making their final appearances at Gill Coliseum.
There were several highlights for the Beavers including:
• Mandi Rodriguez set a career-high in the all-around with a 39.600, and tied her career-best on beam (9.85). In addition, she had a season-high on bars (9.875) and tied her season-high on vault (9.925) and added a 9.95 on the floor.
• Leslie Mak set career-bests on bars and beam scoring 9.975 and 9.925 respectively.
• Jami Lanz scored a season-high in the all-around with a 39.550. She scored a season-best 9.925 on the bars and tied her season-high on vault and floor with a pair of 9.9’s.
What’s coming up ... Oregon State competes at the Pac-10 Championships next week at Stanford. OSU traveled to Stanford earlier in the season for a triangular meet with UC Davis. The Beavers are the only other Pac-10 team besides the Cardinal to have competed at Maples Pavilion this year - all of Stanford’s other home meets were at Burnham Pavilion.
This week, Rodriguez secured the second Gymnast of the Week award of the season on the strength of three individual titles including a career-high in the all-around (39.600), and top scores on vault (9.925) and floor (9.95).
Mak earned her third Special Performance of the Week award after flirting with perfection on the bars to score 9.975. She added a second career-high on the beam scoring 9.925.
FULL HOUSE ... Fans arrived at legendary Gill Coliseum in droves in 2009. The Oregon State gymnasts performed before 20,460 fans over the course of five home meets an average of 4,092 per meet which is the highest average since the Beavers brought in 4,800 fans per meet in 1998. Currently Oregon State unofficially ranks fifth in the nation in average attendance.
IN THE RANKINGS ... This week, all four of OSU’s lineups are ranked among the top 12 in the nation. The beam team is the Beavers’ top ranked lineup at 8th (49.090), followed by bars (9th - 49.105), floor (11th - 49.135) and vault (12th - 49.130).
Individually, Mandi Rodriguez ranks No. 3 in the nation on the floor exercise. Rodriguez also ranks 5th on the vault and the all-around. Leslie Mak is 4th on the bars and Jen Kesler ranks 6th. Jami Lanz ranks 20th on beam, is 10th on the floor and is 16th in the all-around.